Part of this was written in 2014– it just fit in what I was trying to say today.
A few weeks ago someone walked up to me and said,
“Linda, you always do the right thing.”
It was something that I never expected, nor even thought about as I have always felt the opposite.
My life has always been about pleasing people and making sure they are all right. That is just the way I am and will never change. If something feels unacceptable, I deal with it differently than most people. Being self-righteous over behaviour I disagree with does create unnecessary stress– but I personally go that extra mile with my thoughts about the town of Carleton Place.
Lectures about good behavior often fall on deaf ears, and I know that what I write daily is not going to affect the world–but it does affect me. So why do I write about Carleton Place, and bitch and complain about things I don’t like? It is because I care, I live here, and want to see this town flourish.
I can’t please everyone with my comments and thoughts about Carleton Place. When you’re too focused on living up to other people’s standards, you aren’t spending enough time raising your own. It doesn’t take any brains to just sit there and smile, agree, and let things roll over you.
There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Hard to teach in a society where most cannot see the “Forest for the Trees”! Now it is about how well we can turn the page, accept the decision which has resulted in today, and move on. One traditional view is that this world is a proving ground for our souls and when we get to heaven we will receive the final reward for living right.
In the parable of The Good Samaritan, three people had a chance to help an injured traveler.The priest and the Levite both knew that God commanded us to love our neighbor as ourselves, yet they passed by on the other side. It was the Samaritan who helped the traveler, which is interesting, because in John’s gospel it notes that Jews had no dealings with Samaritans. We are not supposed to pick and choose who is our neighbor. If God even calls us to love our enemies, the very people who are the most opposed to us, how does that leave any room for exceptions?
Love is the healing balm this world needs, but love also warns and rebukes. Unfortunately many people would call us judgmental for this, but even Jesus found it necessary to overturn tables and offer some less than Christian-like comments sometimes.
As Monk Wansong once said,
“Just do good, don’t worry about the road ahead.”
Let’s all do one good thing for Carleton Place every day!