People are angry. I can feel it and see it. I’m sure a lot of you do too. Anger is an emotion that can be controlled.
Remember, I don’t watch the news, and yes, at times I must make my way out of Mayberry – Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp. On the way out the other morning, I was greeted by a beautiful rainbow. I pulled my vehicle into the Bookstore parking lot, hopped out and took a few pics. What a way to start the morning. I continued on my way down Cassadaga Road, a winding, scenic road. The rainbow followed. Or perhaps, I chased it. I wondered if I could find the spot where it touched the ground. Now I’m at the stop sign. Did I mention it’s about 7 a.m.? A driver coming from my left in the right turn lane saw the rainbow too. He pulled off to the side and grabbed his camera. I could not see the oncoming traffic. Next thing I know someone is honking at me. I’m like this is not I-4 – calm down. I rolled my window down to wave to the person. She tried to get around me. I inched forward, so I could see beyond the vehicle that was off to the side. Good thing I did. I had to wait for a car to go by. I then was able to move forward. This all took less than a minute. And of course, the driver was stopped at the same light I was. I could not believe this just occurred.
It’s true – I was once a person who flipped an occasional finger to rude drivers and maybe said a few explicities. As I grew on my spiritual path, I now sent people peace signs. One time I looked in the rearview mirror and saw a woman laughing at the gentleman driver.
My new found growth was put to the test and still is at times. I was on the way to speak at a church in Kissimmee. I left like two hours early for the one hour trip. I-4 turned into a nightmare. I was diverted along with hundreds of others. I prayed I would make it. I called the church and they said not to worry. I did get a little hyper a couple of times. I just don’t understand why people cannot remain calm; take turns. We’re all going somewhere. We’re all in this together. Let’s get out of it together. By the time I made it to church, the service had already started. I used the restroom, walked to the podium and spoke. My topic: Overcoming Challenges. LOL. Oh boy, did I have a story to share with them. Everyone laughed when I said I made it without one curse word. LOL
Why do people react the way they do? Maybe it’s their upbringing; maybe they just spilled coffee on their suit pants; maybe they’re running late for work. There’s many reasons why we do what we do. Isn’t it time that we stop and think before doing?
The Golden Rule is something to live by and it just so happens it’s one of the Principles of Spiritualism. In fact, it’s pretty much in every religion that ever existed. Slow down and think about what is really important.
Mayberry it is! Blessings!
P.S. Just after writing this I saw a quote on Facebook by Yehuda Berg – “Remember: everything in your life is there for one reason and one reason only; to offer you the opportunity to grow.”
Love the synchronicity!
Lori Carter is a freelance writer and Spiritualist Medium -- truly a Spiritual Being, and aren't we all.