A number of years ago I made a catastrophic mistake. I was recruited into an organization that on the surface was just what I needed. I wasn’t looking for trouble but that didn’t mean it didn’t find me.
Back then I figured that if we all had the same agenda (we didn’t,) that I could trust fully. I saw issues and justified them, and was blind to the real scheme. I was wrong, I was naive. I’m still paying that price to this day.
The smiling face of darkness may be so charismatic that you don’t even question. It could be a partner, co-worker, someone you consider a friend, even a child. Without intention, they can do these acts, oblivious to how they affect others. When your eyes are truly open, and you are brave enough to take action, you must be prepared.
Darkness protects its own and it is excellent at it. You must be truly conscious of your surroundings, who is an ally, who is not. You don’t need to be paranoid, but you must protect your own, and stay in the light.
In my case, there were smiles, successes and accomplishments all around, leaving me blind and ripe for betrayal. My empathetic nature was exploited. I was moving so fast in what I thought was a positive direction, that when I was hit with an opposing dark force, the shock wave crashed my system with such intensity that it literally almost killed me.
The aftermath of the above story is that everything I held dear needed to be re-evaluated. I lost my innocence regarding trusting too soon, but not my drive to help people, especially those who are undergoing constant trauma. Many of those are parents, who for no fault of their own, have extraordinary burdens, and minimal guidance.I’ve made dramatic and often painful efforts to burn away everything in my life that wasn’t working, leaving only the good. Shit still happens, but I recognize it for what it is. Something to be cleaned up and purged. Period.
The vibes of my environment are vastly improved. My life continues to up level each day, and I make sure of that. And now when drama comes my way, I, in the most polite way possible, tell it to FUCK OFF. It is not welcome in my house, my head, or my heart.
ACCOUNTABILITY IS THE SECRET SAUCE
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