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“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”-Theodore Roosevelt
No matter how many times I hear a statement like this I find it hard to swallow. Mostly because my ego doesn’t want to believe that I have anything to do with the troubles that I think others cause. The thing is I know nothing can put me in a tizzy unless I let it. That’s right! I know this, but it doesn’t make it any easier until I get the ego out of the way so I can see it for what it is. Yes, I admit people get on our nerves, and they can be hurtful. Situations can come about that I don’t like, too, but how I react to each trouble that comes along determines how I’m willing to let it affect me. That’s the bottom line. Yet, I still find it hard to let go, even with all this understanding. I can go for weeks feeling troubled over something that’s not mine to take on. While I go around wanting to kick the person in pants for creating this trouble in the first place, I’ve lost all those days of my life that I could have been at peace because I couldn’t see it for what it was. No-one is responsible for my happiness, but me. It seems to be a lifetime lesson that I continue to practice over and over again. My behind is getting sore from all the butt kicking I keep having to give myself.
I say to my Tom, “it’s a good lesson for me, don’t you think?”
“Yes it is,” he says. “I’m surprised that you can still sit.”