For those of you who have read my blog, you know I am a fan of the ID (Investigation Discovery) channel. This morning I was doing some housework and “listening”. The commentator shared a comment that struck me to a point of heightened eyebrows. He said “If his reputation is damaged, his life is over”…which ended up being the motive for killing his soon to be ex wife. I sat down, grabbed the remote control, rewound it…Yep, that was what I heard. “If his reputation is damaged, his life is over”.
Too many times on these programs the motive is to hide a secret, a dirty secret. I didn’t listen to what he was hiding, I didn’t care. This phrase just struck me. “If his reputation is damaged, his life is over”. Really?
I thought of how stupid that comment was. Mind you, I am not underestimating the mentality or ego driven homicides that happen everyday. I think the word “narcissism” can be used to describe many of these murderers, these criminals. Narcissism not being quite as cold as evil. So why did that comment bug me?
It is simple. It has been the roughest, most difficult times in my life when I experience the most growth. It is when I am humbled that I become one with my gratitude. My mind isn’t bouncing from here to there, with a tongue that flippantly says “I am grateful…”. The truth is, I am grateful daily, for the things I do recognize as gifts in my life. But when I am humbled, when I am scraping bottom and feeling like my happiness is gone forever, that my life now has no purpose, that my pain will never end, my bruised ego gets pushed to the side. What replaces it, at first, is a steady flow of self pity. But eventually that gets old and I’m forced to look at my situation, my shortcomings, my problems head on. The very thing that displaces my hurt ego has the impetus to become an eventful, meaningful, powerful change in my perspective, thus my life.
I recall two occasions in my early 30’s when I went through what I then called “hell”. One being a divorce from my second husband with whom I had been married for 10 years. Now, I was working full time, I had good benefits, I was receiving good pay, but his “threats” to sell the house out from under me ruled my mind. Between the loss of love, betrayal, and images of a cheating spouse in which I had compromised too much over the relationship (basically myself) and the loss of my home being threatened, what was “clear” and indeed a lie was that “my happiness, my life is over”.
As I think about that now I shake my head, in fact I am right now. Much worse things happened to me in life, and while not invalidating the pain of a broken marriage, it was a time of incredible growth, painstaking growth. My girlfriend Janice was my saving grace during this time. Ever my confidant, my friend, my support, I doubt I would have made it through without her. Not because it was insurmountable but because my unhealthy mental state was leading me down suicide alley. My crushed ego, my “security”, my life had been turned upside down, thus my thinking not only what would obviously be unsettling, but the mindset in itself was a mine field. I was my own worst enemy.
Twenty years later, another long term relationship having ended, a new career in the arts which I seeked out, I realize that what was totally devastating then, was the beginning of my life! Engulfed in misery and pain, it can only last so long before one self destructs or can no longer look at themselves in the mirror. I certainly didn’t pull myself out of this by myself. I was given people, places, things that put me in alignment with my desires IF I dared to step away from my sorry self loathing, pain. The event of this painful divorce helped ready me for the next major change in my life.
What that divorce brought me was the beginning of understanding, there is no security in marriage. There really is no security in any relationship except your relationship with God, source, whom or whatever you call it. As difficult as this time was in my life, it would later seem insignificant to things that happened in my life. It was the beginning of my paving out my life in the terms I wanted it, what I wanted to do, to become aligned with that which I believe I was born to do. I don’t believe we have one purpose but many. That time in my life, that separation, divorce actually became my security! I survived what I thought I never would, and not only that, became a better person. I was being “pushed” to the next phase of my life. All I had to do was show up! But how difficult that can be when we are in despair.
So the comment “If his reputation was lost, his life was over” really made me think about how grateful I am for the things in which dropped me to my knees. I am grateful I was humbled, I am grateful that I felt humiliated and embarrassed and 100 other things. My life today, my security today is not based on another person, and while I am considered poor financially, my life is rich with color, family and friends.
I seldom carry “secrets”. I have learned that we become as sick as our secrets. I share openly events, both good and bad in my blog. Chuckling as I recall a male friend saying to me “For someone who is afraid of intimacy you sure do share some personal things in your blog!” I looked at him and said “Well, I wouldn’t talk about my sex life… even if I had one!”
We are all one. A person’s financial wealth may societally be high on the totem pole, but that doesn’t make them a better person, or exempt from loss, illnesses, pain. Perhaps one of the most significantly positive events in their life could be LOSING that societal “security”. As there really is no security in that. We are all one in the same. It is not only basic needs that uniforms our lives similar. We may have different colored skin, drive different cars, live in smaller or bigger houses, and for some, boxes, we are all one. We may only be an event, a thought away from new perspective, a perspective that probably will not come without painful consequences, but our lives as a result of this could very well in fact become more purposeful, more meaningful.
I often say that I wouldn’t wish the journey of cancer on anyone, but I wouldn’t trade my personal growth for the world. Sharing my life’s journey with others is in itself, humbling, but what another person thinks of me no longer rocks the core of my existence. If nothing else my words are there to help another whom is walking a similar journey. We are all one, we are all susceptible to things we fear (or don’t fear), and we are all a work in progress.
As has been proven repeatedly to me in my life… when I am aligned all that I need is put in front of me. After a day of thinking about this, I logged into facebook and read an excerpt from Dr. Wayne Dyer’s new book “I can see clearly now” which speaks of this very thing but much more eloquently! 😉 Validation, a sign, proof for me that I am on the right track. I am right where I am supposed to be. My thinking is clear and my perspective on healthy ground.