As I sat down to write this post my cat began meowing, which always means she wants something…love, food (or both), or to go outside.
This time she wanted to be loved. I sat down by her towel (she prefers the towel to the cat bed) to give her my undivided attention. Well, while showering her with cooing words of adoration and stroking her with love, she scratched my hand in two places, hard enough to draw blood.
I put a couple of Band-Aids on my hand, and then went back to my office. My cat followed me. As I write this she is behind me (on another designated cat towel) focused on her daily routine of cleaning herself, oblivious to the fact that she hurt me!
Although I know that cat’s scratch, it is their nature, in that moment, I felt betrayed by her. How dare she hurt me, especially while lavishing her with love!
Uck…I can’t ignore the “human fallibility” in this little cat tale.
How often do we feel clawed – betrayed, ignored, misunderstood, or unappreciated by those that we love? And how often do we take it personally?
As much as I would like to call-up my magnanimous self and rise above – as much as I want the emotional comfort of knowing NOTHING is personal – I take things personally!
If only – I took as gospel truth – NOTHING is PERSONAL!
About the time that I think my transcendent self is fail-safe; I find myself fretting over something that someone did or didn’t do.
After licking my wounds a bit, with a shield of self-determination (or self-preservation), I pull up my spiritual stamina to harmonize my emotions. (More about harmonizing emotions on the next post)
In harmonious alignment I can SEE that it’s all a matter of perception.
My new “clean” perception frees me to once again breathe easier and for that moment know: Nothing is Personal!
Thanks for taking the time to read my post.
I would love to hear from you. When have you taken something personally and how did you let go of it? Please respond on the comment section.
P.S. If you would like to SEE beyond a conflict (taking it personally) I can soulfully listen to hear the truth.