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On Trek

By Judith Kroll

      The hardest thing in life is to be able to know ourselves fully. When people throw the proverbial arrows at us, we duck and twist and turn and try every way possible to avoid the arrows. What did I do to deserve this kind of treatment from so called friends.

      You don't have to do anything. Why do some people shoot birds out of a tree? Because they can. Because the birdies are there, and they are singing and minding their own business, but some person comes along and decides to have some fun at the expense of the bird. Some people listen to the bird and smile, and wish the bird well. Some people want to shut them up. What kind of person are we?

      People shoot birds because they can. There are bullies out there, and they continue to be bullies. Most people, to keep peace walk away. Soon the bullies will stand alone. They already are alone, and they can only interact with other bullies and they, together, hurt other people. By hurting other people, they hide their own hurt. They hide their own dissatisfaction of themselves. I don't need friends. I don't need anyone. On and on they convince themselves they are ok. They keep their own power by destroying the power of another, or trying to destroy it.

      Think of what a bully tries to do. They try to take the peace and happiness away from someone else. If they cannot find inner peace, why should you have it? What kind of person are we?

      Walk away if you can, and someday the bullies of the world might truly love themselves. A person cannot truly love another unless they love themselves first.

      If you can get up in the morning, and be thankful for the singing birds, the beautiful sunrise, yourself, your own inner peace, then continue to do so. It does rub off, and you will attract more birds, and more beautiful people, and true love in your own life. People can change, but it is truly up to each one of us to change ourselves. No one can make you happy, and it should never be expected of us that someone else make us happy. If we have those kinds of expectations, we are in for a disappointment. We set ourselves up for disappointment if we expect others to make us happy. What kind of person are we?

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