I saw an image on facebook earlier today and it really struck a chord with me.
Now, I can’t actually find the post to share with you (though I scrolled forever trying), but thankfully I thought to save the image.
It’s something to think about isn’t it? All those little annoyances in our everyday life… sometimes they’re caused by inexplicable circumstances in other people’s lives – and we should know to give people the benefit of the doubt. But, let’s be honest, we don’t always… do we?
And so, I was inspired to create some “signs” of my own:
Some of these are painfully obvious, but you’d be amazed at how many times I annoy people who don’t just know I’m an author…
You might even be surprised at how annoyed extended family can become with me because I’m a writer. I think my immediate family is even annoyed with me at times because I tend to lose track of time ridiculously easy, I forget everything (and I really mean everything) if it’s not part of one of my stories, and I never seem to be on the same page as any of them.
This is the most difficult sign for me to post. It’s not that I keep it a secret exactly… it’s more that every time I admit it, I feel the same old pain, the feeling that I am less than human, the shame, the hurt, the brokenness. There’s really no escaping it. And if there’s a real way to move completely, entirely past it, I’d like to know that secret.
It’s not an easy thing, to – as the saying goes – walk a mile in someone’s shoes, but if you knew a little more about the person in front of you… beside you… behind you, you just might have a little more patience and compassion for them.
What’s your sign?
It takes a tremendous amount of courage to put yourself out there and let the world see you for who you really are – and not everyone has that kind of courage. And that’s OK. You just be you. And let the rest of the world worry about themselves.