You Know, Someone just Recently Sent me a Comment that I did not Post. Mostly it was because it Seemed more Like a Personal Message to me, then Like Something that Needed to be Posted. The Truth is, though, his Message has Stimulated some Thought.
There were a Number of Themes in it that I'd Like to Respond to and the First one is Frustration. It's just Like I said to Beth, Beneath an Earlier Post, "As a Person who Struggles with Depression on Occasion, it is Interesting how Often People will Tell me to Stop Doing a Particular Thing that I am Doing at the Time in which I am Talking to them, as if Giving Up that One Item is going to be the Solution to a Life Long Problem."
It just so Happens that Frustration is a Part of Life. Life isn't Perfect and because of this, we are Never Going to be Experiencing Exactly Everything in the Exact Way that we would Like to be Experiencing it and Unfortunately, this Reality Brings with it at Least Some Level of Frustration. This is why it Puzzles me that People will Tell me to Run Away the Minute I Admit to some Frustration, as if they Think that the Existence of such Frustration is Something that can Actually be Avoided.
Another Thing Worth Noting is that just because I Admit Frustration does not Mean that I am being in some way "Dominated" by the Frustration. I believe that is the Word my Blogger Friend Used. To Me, the Challenge is to NOT "Submit" to the Various Levels of Frustration that will Inevitably always be in my Life.
Some People may Find it Odd when they Hear me Say that I Prefer Stress to Boredom and yet to me, Boredom is What Results whenever we Succeed at Removing all Stress from our Lives.
The Next Theme that I'd Like to Respond to is Trust. My Friend was Absolutely Right when he said that we Need to Trust Ourselves First. This Really is True, for we Need to First Trust Our Own Judgment about who is Trust Worthy and Who is not. We Also Need to Trust Our Own Level of Self-Discipline in not Giving in to Things when we shouldn't. If we are Afraid that Someone is Going to Steer Us Down the Wrong Path, then at Least Part of that is Trusting Ourselves that we are not Going to Allow that to Happen, for we are not Going to Follow if we do not Like the Direction that the Person is Going in.
Trust Does Indeed Begin with us, yet Part of that Involves Deciding who not to Trust and that is where the Responsibility of the One who Desires to be Trusted Comes in, for Trust is Earned and should Never just be Expected. If Someone Refuses to Even Try to Work to Earn Trust and Respect, then they Deserve the Lack of Such that they are Given.
I'd like to Thank my Friend for Inspiring this Post. I Know that there are Others who would Like to Take Credit for Saying Similar Things as this to me, yet the Credit Goes to the One who Said these Things to me more Recently, because his Delivery of the Information was both Humble and Respectable.