I’m a little bummed and disappointed this week. Well, I should say first that I’m grateful my family and I are well. Also grateful my husband still has his job, but that may be reevaluated if we don’t get back to work by the end of this month. We’ll cross that bridge if we have to.For now, I’ve been introspecting…wondering how I could’ve done something differently.
Do people understand that what they say or do has consequences? Do they get the concept that for every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction?
I’m paying the consequences for something I said . . . or at least I think that’s why some people reacted. I’ve lost a few friends I’ve known since the 90’s.
A few years ago, I set up separate social media accounts away from friends for times I want to discuss politics. I do not post about politics on my personal (friends & family) account’s feed, although I have been known to comment on others’ political posts. I do not unfriend when they write rude political comments on social media, for two reasons: 1) I believe in free speech. 2) I care about my friends and don’t mind if they have different views.
We are living through a time of crisis, and it’s my belief we should be coming together like we did during the few days after 9/11. I’ve been disappointed in long time friends who feel the need to continue to spread anger and division. When I mentioned that very comment on my personal social media account, I lost a few friends. It wouldn’t be so hurtful if it were people I never met in person and only had brief interactions with on social media, but these were good friends.
So, it seems I’m paying the consequences of my actions, but do they realize that my comment was the consequence of their actions? Do they realize how petty it is to drop friends over a different view?
It appears they do mind my different view. I can tell you this, if any of the friends I’ve lost over politics wanted to restore our friendship, I’d welcome them with open, loving arms. I don’t get the feeling they’d do the same for me.
In the meantime, I broke a tooth. Due to the lock down, my dentist was closed last I heard, but I’m going to try calling after I finish this post.
Thanks for reading. Stay well everyone.