Did you spend any time this holiday with any negative people? Are you related to any of them? Do you think your mood affected them? Did their perspective affect theirs? We’re often influenced by our environment, while at the same time we “are” the environment of others. The point of this article has nothing to do with religion. It’s about people.
During one of our holiday gatherings, I found myself in a fun & healthy conversation with a fellow Catholic I’ll call, Mr. Jovial. He was having fun and in a good mood, when someone mentioned how the church was packed on Christmas with people who never usually attend. They’re sometimes referred to as Christmas and Easter Only or Chr-easters.
Mr. Jovial’s happy mood quickly went sour, and he began ranting, “Where are they the rest of the year?” Ouch! I got up and left the conversation.
It bothers me when people who attend church, think that going on a regular basis makes them more religious. People who are “Christians” are not supposed to be “judging” others. That’s exactly what Mr. Jovial was doing. Many family members who come from out of town for the holiday are not there the rest of the year. We also don’t know everyone’s story and personal journey. So it’s important to be careful when we make assumptions.
I wasn’t happy and I walked away upset. I didn’t want to be part of that conversation. Though usually quiet, I was afraid of what I might have said. When I get upset, I can tend to be brutally honest… then the thought hit me.
“Crap!” (Sorry, but that was my honest thought.) I usually don’t talk like that in my articles, but it seems appropriate this time. I realized that I was judging Mr. Jovial for judging others! I was no better than him in this situation. I suppose many of us are hypocrites at times. Have you ever been? Ever caught yourself that way? Let me know on my blog if you’re willing to admit it.
When I realized my own error, a peaceful feeling came over me. I learned my lesson, I let go of my frustration, and just smiled. Our thoughts can give a different filter in which to see our own environment.
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