human nature and all that curiousness


Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
~Marcel Proust

Human nature is a curious and quirky thing, is it not? People come in and out of our lives at different times, for different reasons.

How are you when you hear news of people who used to be in your life, but are no longer in your life? Is it from a slightly disinterested, detached position? You are happy for them in a “that’s nice” fuzzy sort of way. They don’t affect your life, aren’t part of it, but it costs nothing to mentally wish someone well, is there?

But what about the life misers? The life misers are those captains of their own destiny who just can’t be happy for anyone’s good fortune no matter what. They have little sense of personal accountability and somehow what happens to them is never their doing, and the world just owes them. These are the people that can’t hear good of anyone without a sharp or unpleasant word. It is exhausting to know these people.

I am a people watcher. Sometimes observing is easier than interacting with difficult people. Sometimes observing is just fun. Sometimes it is somewhat educational.

Then there is that question of when you let people go in your life. And why. Sometimes you just need to close that door permanently , sometimes just for a while. Either way, it is never an easy decision.

Sometimes people leave your life and you know why, other times you are left to put periods on your own sentences, and that is o.k. After all, you can’t see it from your window, right? So if they are gone, why not let them be gone instead of carrying them around like a bunch of mental suitcases?

So when you hear news of these people how do you react? I admit it used to depend on who it was and sometimes it was easier to make a mental voodoo doll. But at the end of the day what does putting that negativity out there do? Besides taking up too much mental air time that is?

The thing is this: karma isn’t just a word. It’s real. So you might as well let it go, right? It’s kind of that whole being grateful thing. And the whole philosophy of when God closes a door he opens a window.

It’s not easy sometimes to just release stuff back to the universe, and let go of things. It’s really hard. I know. But when you take baby steps towards this end, it frees you. After all, who wants to be stuck?

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

~Steve Jobs

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