|This woman was arrested on June 26th for|
spraying poison in the face of a seven year
old. No, I wasn't sprayed with poison, but you get
an idea of the venom I encountered in Bakersfield.
I was going through that aisle when a woman came from another direction.
"Back away!!!" she screamed.
Her gruff manner came easily, without hesitation. Her salty personality indicated she was accustomed to getting her way. I understood why. Ninety-six percent of all people are codependent. Such individuals are easily flustered. They becoming apologetic, if someone snarls, spitting emotional venom their way, even if they haven't done anything wrong. This weather-faced woman---in her sixties---was good at intimidating.
Only one problem. I am not codependent. With a calm but steely look, I stood still. Peering into her eyes, I replied, "With that tone of voice, you'll have to back up. I'm not."
She scooted back, letting me pass.
When it was her turn to pass down the aisle, she muttered a stage whisper, "Jesus!!" A cloud of anger enveloping her. Fortunately, the over-stuffed elephants and bears between her and me had no feelings. Like me, they were not triggered by her wrath.
I turned towards her, caught the woman's eye and with a gentle smile said, "Thank you for respecting me. Thank you for calling me Jesus."
She stared at me as if she was a Democrat in the presence of George W. Bush. She looked me up and down, then shrugged her body, doing a backstep, almost in terror. And it wasn't because she saw the gleam on my machete, because there wasn't one.
I turned around paid $1.69 for the bag of ice and returned to my car.
1. I am thankful for the joy of being present. When we are present with angry people, we don't react. Emotional vampires are unable to sink their fangs into the neck of our insecurities. When the bells and whistles of our vulnerable self gets triggered, we are not present.
2. I am glad the woman did not have a gun in her car.
3. I am grateful realizing that bad things do not happen to bad people. Bad things happen to very nice people because there are unkind emotional predators out in the world. Ninety-six percent of the time, they get away with victimizing others.
Not this time. Her behavior was a statement about her, not me.
How About You?
Who have you had to stand up to, recently?