Joy…Why Bother…


The other day…I’m loving that expression as I realize it’s the Southern version Jane Carrollof…once upon a time…I was cranky…and…I don’t mean just a little grumpy…I mean…a full blown…crabapple cranky…and I had the sour face and attitude to show for it…

Bertha…being…Bertha…let me crank for a while…before chiding me…

Now…let me explain…whenBertha…chides…she doesn’t call me stupid or anything like that…no…that’s my other inner voice…rather…she points out to me…that there’s probably a different way I can look at things…

So…as we went over the situation that had me so riled…she pointed out that I was allowing what was…bothering…someone else…to…bother…me…

And…she was absolutely right…how simple…why didn’t I realize that…yes…I had been dealing with someone who was bothered about something…and instead of stepping back…and letting them be bothered…I took it on…I embraced it…I claimed it…and…I became…itbothered

Looking back…it was so easy to see what had happened…but…I wanted foresight not just hindsight…so I asked…how do I keep from getting knee deep in the Tar Baby of bother again…

Of course…she was happy to ‘splain it to me…seems as though…the more I can keep myself in a place of…joy…the less susceptible I am to…bother

She then reminded me…that to stay in a place of joy…I needed to work on it…prayer…forgiveness…mediation…affirmation…and consciously looking for the joy around me…whether it is in nature…people…memes on Facebook…it doesn’t matter…there is at least a smidgen of joy wherever I am…

Hmmm…I really don’t enjoy being…bothered…so I think I’ll be looking for those smidgens of joy today…

Jane

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