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I Just Can't Take It Anymore!
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I Just Can’t Take It Anymore!

By Bernadette A. Moyer

Did you ever have one of those days or weeks when things just didn’t seem to come together or go the way that you planned? Frustrations mount and ultimately you feel like, “I just can’t take it anymore!” Last week was one of those weeks and what I learned is that if it is just me, I am fine. I control my destiny. But when experiences are shared and one person has one idea of what is “right” and what are “wrong” or how a situation should unfold and then it doesn’t …

I have also learned to limit my interactions and what I expose myself to, like news and politics. I can’t control the tragic events that occurred earlier today in Aurora, Colorado just like I can’t control the negative political dialogue ever present in our culture. It isn’t that I have my head in the sand either; it is a conscious choice to steer clear of events that drain me, bring a shock to my system and do virtually nothing but deplete my wellness.

There was a point in time when I was both news and a political junkie. My husband and I used to play this game of who could “scoop” who with the latest news story. I’m pretty sure I won that game when it was me who called him to say did you see the planes hit the towers on 9/11. He hadn’t yet heard. Most often he does beat me to sharing “the story” and has scooped me with it.

I am happiest in my peace-filled life without the drama associated with tragic news, family dramas, work associates gossip and our political climate just to name a few. If I can make a difference and add something positive and productive then by all means count me in. But if a “story” is filled with nonsense, hatred and negativity and ultimately it moves my spirit to “I can’t take it anymore” level then I am opting out.

It is my choice to see the good, to see happy healthy people as I have personally witnessed enough “downers” “drama kings and queens” and “blood suckers” as they wear me out, wear me down and ultimately cause me to be more like them, frustrated, empty and unsatisfied with life. Nothing good comes of feeling like that.

The TV is off, the news isn’t read and the music is playing and as a result, I am decidedly in my happy place. I am steering clear of, “I can’t take it anymore!”

Having said that, my prayers go out for anyone who needs them, I just don't need to know or see the unGodly acts of sick and hate filled people who do nothing to enhance life.