Tuesday, February 19, 2013

In the Blink of an Eye

That's all it takes - the blink of an eye. 

Sometimes you see the blink coming because you are the cause of it. Sometimes you know you have to tell someone something that is going to hurt them or disappoint them.  It gnaws at you until you tell them and tears you up once you do tell them. 

Sometimes you are blindsided by the blink. Something happens or something is said that you didn't see coming at all and in an instant your feelings are turned upside down. One moment everything is fine, the next . . . not so much.

Part of life I suppose. We can't prevent being blindsided. No matter how careful we try to be, it's going to happen now and then. 

And try as we may sometimes we will unwittingly be the cause. We are human and sometimes we mess up.  Sometimes we mess up really big.  Sometimes it's with the person we care most about. 

It sucks to be on either end. On the receiving end we have to decide how to react. If it has shaken our emotions that means it involves someone we care about deeply. That's tough.  When we are the cause, we have to offer our apologies, acknowledge our mistake, and then wait as the person we hurt decides what happens next. Ugh! The waiting!

Life is an adventure! Sometimes it's high mountaintops and sometimes it's Death Valley, and there's a lot of in between.  

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