Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you felt an uncontrollable urge to “speak up” or “speak out”? To say something that might be “controversial”? I have had a few in my lifetime, maybe more than I would like to admit. On a few of those occasions, I ended up wishing I had walked the other way and said nothing and other times, I kicked myself for not saying anything!
As I get wiser, I realize that what I perceive is being filtered through my mind. My values, my beliefs, my upbringing, philosophy, my interpretation of what is “right” and what I determine to be “wrong” is my perception of my world. And, not everyone shares my same perceptive. I have found that I am able, when I choose and with a lot of help from my teachers, to recognize if my opinion is of value to others.
Such was the case yesterday, in the grocery store parking lot. Mind you, grocery shopping is not my favorite thing to do, and this sets my mind up for “crankiness”! My husband and I were walking out of the store and on our way to the crosswalk to the parking lot when it happened. I saw something, in my opinion, that was so bizarre I found myself paralyzed in shock!
Before the crosswalk a car was stopped. Inside I saw an elderly man driving with an elderly woman as his passenger. There were several cars stopped behind him and no one in the crosswalk which started my curiosity as to why he was stopped. I scanned where his head and eyes appeared to be facing and I saw a car, with its backup lights on, attempting to pull out of the first parking space near the cart return.
The car made several attempts but was stopped short whenever a car passed in the opposite direction making it unsafe for him to leave the space. For all intents and purposes, it appeared to me that the elderly man was waiting so he could park in this space.
As we entered the crosswalk, the number two car went passed the elderly man on the left. Impatient to wait any longer, which in turn made the car waiting to back up have to stop again. Yet, after this car passed was able to successfully back out and leave the space open. Then it happened! The next car in line, went rapidly around the elderly man waiting at the crosswalk, narrowly missing a car that was turning into the same lane and oblivious to my husband and I now in the crosswalk and sped into the newly opened space!
Holy crap! I stood paralyzed at what I would refer to as sheer ignorance, complete disrespect AND rudeness! I didn’t move, I stared at the back end of the car in disbelief at what I had just witnessed. Of course, even though my body wasn’t moving, my mouth was ablaze!
I must have said at least a dozen times, “You have got to be kidding me – REALLY!” Out pops this old woman with a cane and our eyes met. Instantly, I knew she knew what she had done AND telepathy confirmed she thought she was deserving of this space and had no idea anyone might have been waiting for its opening! How did I know this? Ask an intuitive how they know anything!
She looked at me and said, “What?”! (Here comes one of those moments!) I yelled back and asked, “Why would you take that space, were you oblivious that someone else in front of you was waiting?” Her reply, “What?” (Then it hit me like a ton of energetic bricks!) That was enough, nothing more needed to be said. Sometimes, and this was one of them, when energy is more powerful than words and more words would have neutralized the energy! Ego would have had an opportunity to to interfere!
Enough said – that’s what I heard! What I realized we are moved by spirit to respond to situations through our emotions, beliefs, values, etc. We need to realize that we are not judge, jury and prosecutor. Sometimes it is enough to provide the store clerk the description of the vehicle that has the dog locked up in the car with outside temperatures in the triple digits. It is enough to call 911 when your neighbor is getting smacked around by their spouse. It is enough to set an energy into motion that has the potential for change. We may not be the one who makes the changes, we may be the “catalyst” for the change to begin. Some times, if we listen, we will hear, “enough said”! Some people will “hate” you for what you said, some will “like” you! Yet, when spirit moves you so strongly to speak, it is important to respond – AND when spirit says enough – it is time to stop! I may never know how that energy shifts that woman, if at all! My portion of the change is complete! Yes, as I get “wiser” I am learning when to speak and when to shut up – Enough said!