The Bus Stop is a series of true stories about my life, people I've worked with and events I've experienced. Of course the names have been changed. I hope these stories will brighten your day with a few laughs as well as give you encouragement. Hopefully you can avoid making some of the mistakes I've made and if you have already made them, then you can identify with me.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Great Pet for Sale

Here is a great cat for sale. It’s a pretty cat and very gentle. If you don’t have the money right now, that’s ok. You can pay us anytime if you can find us. He’s not very old and we have affectionately given him the name Psycho. Please call us anytime day or night and please hurry.

What’s wrong with this picture? It’s difficult to put the picture with the ad because of the cat’s body language among a few things in the ad. Would you want this cat? I know I wouldn’t.

However, I see people making these same decisions in seeking a spouse or other relationships. All the signs are there, but they simply refuse to see them. They become blinded by their own desires and lust. I’m sure you’ve heard the statement, “It’s my life and I’m doing what I want!” Maybe you’re the one who made it. Then a few months to a few years later they can’t believe they didn’t see the signs. The signs were there, but they were determined to get their way.

I will not work with anyone if there mind is made up. It’s a waste of my time and theirs. If you have ever seen the Dog Whisperer he says the only time you can train a dog is when their mind is in a state of submissiveness, which means open and willing to listen and learn. Have you taken on the persona that “No ones gonna tell me what to do or I think I know what’s best for me.” This is a place of rebellion and stubbornness and as long as one remains here they can be taught nothing. The best place to have a chat with someone is at the end of their rope. It’s remarkable how much more they’re willing to listen. Another reason may not be rebellion, but desperation. “If I don’t do it now I probably won’t get a second chance.” It really doesn’t matter because either one will cause you to end up in the same place. Have you ever heard the saying...The one who needs to deal the worst gets the worst deal.

I know through the years I wondered what had happened to God in my life. Where did He go and why wasn’t He listening. It’s simple, I had not tried everything myself and I had not come to the end of my rope. Therefore He wasn’t going to waste His time if I wasn’t listening anyway. It seems to me that most people come to the end of their rope in their 40’s if they live that long and some it takes longer. By then we’ve eaten enough dirt and have no place to look but up. That’s why I like working with people in their upper years.

Life comes down to a number of serious choices and whether they are good or bad and whether or not the signs were there, we still have to live with our decisions and move on. Toiling and feeling guilty for past decisions will not do anything but keep you stuck. The only thing any of us have is the “NOW.” Everything from yesterday past is out of our reach. The question is…What are we going to do now?

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