Friday, February 27, 2015

LENT: Order Your Own World

This is a journey of good things. It is introspection. It is digging into the reasons behind why I focus too much on things that don’t matter… on things that hinder my life, instead of help it.

But it’s also a journey of Empowerment. It’s beginning to understand that I am not obligated to stay in situations where my faith in what I know to be true is continually tested. I am not obligated to be in relationship with people who are unkind to me. But neither am I obligated to stay in relationships with people to whom I struggle to be kind myself.

Our worlds have gotten much bigger with the advent of the internet. And in a lot of cases, that’s a really wonderful thing. Some of my best friends are people who live far away. Some of my best friends are people that I’ve met through that internet, that I never would have come in contact with, if it weren’t for that outwardly-growing world.

But there is no rule that says you have to be friends with everyone. There is no rule that you have to be exposed to everyone all the time.

You’re allowed to order your own world…  you can “friend” and “follow” who you like. You can choose to undo those things too, if it’s best. Not everyone needs to be part of your world… 

Sometimes you need to stop and take stock of whether people add value to your life or not – and also whether you add value to theirs.

This doesn’t have to be a value judgment on another person’s worth. It’s a value judgment on whether they’re a positive part of your life, on whether they’re healthy for you to be exposed to.

There is no rule that says someone else’s negativity has to be something you are exposed to. If it’s something that you can’t handle – whatever the reason –

Take the reins. Be in control. Make your own choices.

Order your own world.

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