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When Integrity Is Challenged

Yesterday I was accompanying several clients to go on there weekly store trip, going about it as I normally would waiting at the register for each client. A couple had made their purchases and a woman from the community had arrived at the register. She looked at me and asked what establishment we were "representing", and without thinking twice I politely responded. She heavy sighed, rolling her eyes and said, "I cannot believe YOU are buying THOSE PEOPLE candy". Again, I replied, "But I'm not, it's their financials to do with as they please.''  The lady rebutted, "Such a shame YOU bring THEM out into OUR community with the poor choices THEY continue to make."

My thoughts, "Is this bitch for real????"  "I bet this ignorant woman would love to know I AM THOSE PEOPLE!!"

But I didn't; I composed myself and said nothing, even though it took every ounce of dignity I didn't even know I held in my possession.

I handed the binders to my co-worker and contemplated following her to her car, again I refrained. (You bet your bottom dollar my Ally McBeal thoughts were running wild with rage and colors I never knew existed; however, today I will carry myself with dignity and grace and not allow her to take me to a place of chaotic behaviors that could potentially negatively impact my life.)

She simply is not worth it, even though I let her hold me emotionally hostage for longer than I should have. I didn't act on it or say something that I would have regretted.

Narrow minded people are everywhere throughout life, this is and will continue to be one of the many things we cannot change.

What I can change; my thoughts and how I react. Nothing more, nothing less.

1.) Acceptance, as hard as it may be sometimes, it is a gift to utilize daily

2.) Empathy, we never know what someone is going through

3.) Change, it's going to happen so why not choose to change for the good?

4.) Growth, sitting in these moments flat out sucks, but will help me as a good human being.

5.) Freedom from the obsession

6.) Gratitude and humility

7.) Unconditional love

8.) Elise Corinne 💖💖 mommy loves you so very much

9.) My wife, each day she absolutely amazes me with her love and adoration

10.) My family; even the ones who choose to not be in my life today, I deeply love and am grateful for all they do for my child

It doesn't matter what others do or don't do; what matters is what I'm doing today. How I'm treating others, what I'm doing when no one is looking.

That my friend, is integrity.     Have a beautifully blessed and relaxingly safe weekend!! 😇💖


Yours truly,



Anna

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