Friday, February 28, 2014

It's All Up for Interpretation

Some people live life taking everything so literally and personally, and I can't help but feel sad for those people. It must be painful to walk on a path of broken glass all day long--and why would you when there's a perfectly nice sidewalk paved alongside it?



There's no need to take daggers from words that aren't meant to hurt you! You just have to install the right filters in your ears. If you're going to twist people's words, at least twist them into rainbows instead of lightning bolts. Understand how impossible it would be for someone to word all of their phrases so specifically inclusive of every one of seven-point-zero-five billion individuals' beliefs. Of course, people should be careful what they're saying or doing--but sometimes you need to protect yourself. Hear what you want to hear. Besides, a lot of things are not meant to be insulting, but we still feel them like sticks and stones thrown at our heads, and then we might fire back. Meanwhile, all of that energy we waste feeling hurt and firing back could be used trying to politely explain why our feelings could be hurt by certain statements or actions, and potentially even changing someone's point of view in the process.

Your heart does not have to go through half the trouble it does; you need to know that. Tune into a different radio station and let your ears listen to sweetness, for once. Step off the broken glass and give your feet a break. The world is meant to be up for interpretation, and it's a lot more tolerable--and enjoyable--that way.

5 comments:

  1. lovely, I definitely need to practice this more, often I can only hear the hurtful parts!

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  2. You have such a way with words. And not only are you eloquent, but--as all of your advice posts clearly demonstrate--you are wise as well! I've a feeling you're going to change a lot of lives in your lifetime, and I sincerely thank you for changing mine.

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    1. Kat, I'm a puddle and it's all your fault! Thank you so so SO much for drenching me in sweetness every time you get the chance. ^-^ You're an amazing person yourself, you know!

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  3. I love this. You've touched right on something I've been dealing with recently and written this inspiring post so well.

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad we got to share our advice with someone who needed it. :)

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