If curse words horribly offend you, do not read this post. Cause I'm going to use one throughout this piece and it starts with an "s." It's necessary, trust me.
I’m a church girl, tis true, but I’m far from perfect, and cursing from time to time is one of my vices. I often enjoy it, truth be told, and I find it sometimes necessary. This is common news to some of you, while others are clutching your pearls. Just pray for me, ok? Now…
The other day my beloved cat, Sasha Malia, was acting quite strangely. She’d sit down on the floor and then quickly get up and start scratching at the place she’d just sat. She was doing the kind of scratching that cats do when they’re in their litter boxes, as if she was trying to cover up something that she found offensive.
She did this a few times, in a few different places so I, as any concerned cat mother would do, got up to investigate. I quickly realized that my long-haired cat had a little bit of shit stuck in the hair near her behind.
Now, please, do not judge my Sasha. Her hair is extremely long and she usually does a marvelous job of keeping herself clean. On this day, however, she was a tad bit shit-challenged, it could happen to any of us.
The poor girl smelled shit wherever she went, though I’m not sure she realized that the problem was her. Nonetheless, wherever she went, the smell of shit followed.
By now you probably know that I look for the message in everyday things, so I found one in this situation. And it came to me in the form of a question that I will pose to you today...
When was the last time you were shit-challenged? The last time you found yourself in a situation where you knew something didn’t “smell” right? And you scratched and sniffed and sniffed and scratched only to find the problem was you? Yes, you!
Of course not literally, but figuratively speaking, when was the last time you were guilty of bringing the shit into the situation?
Maybe it was in the form of a frowning face or a nasty attitude or an unkind remark or an ugly gesture. Maybe the funkiness in the air was because of you.
Don’t get offended, I’m really talking to myself.
You see, there’s a young lady in my office that just rubs me the wrong way. She tries to be nice to me, but each and every encounter I have with her is unpleasant. Once I gave the situation some honest consideration, I had to admit that the problem was me. I was bringing a shitty attitude into the relationship with her, I wasn’t even trying to meet her halfway. The shit was attached to me and it was up to me to get it removed.
So now I’m trying my best to bring my better self to the table as it pertains to her. I have to, otherwise the shit will remain in the air, the room will continue to stink, and that won’t serve either of us well.
Am I the only one? Or do you have some shit to you as well? 😊