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Understanding people

By Kitt Parker | May 29, 2014

“So many times it happens too fast, you trade your passion for glory,” Eye of the Tiger, Survivor

I will never understand people. To quote a Seinfeld episode, “They’re the worst.” I just can’t wrap my head around not being there for someone. What is the point?

One of my closest friends right now is going through a very tough time. There have been some health issues and she has to spend tomorrow getting poked and tested to get some answers. There is a chance that it will work out Ok, but there is also a chance that she could receive bad news. It is sad and she is fully aware of what might happen tomorrow. Of course no one wants to think about that, but the fear is out there. She has told her close friends and family. Now you would think everyone would rally around her. Nope. Many of us are there for her and always will be, but that one who is not hurts more than all the support in the world.

Why do people act like this? I understand there may have been a falling out between the two, but when do you let it go? When do you realize that your family needs you and to grow up? When are you there for another no matter the cost? It is tough sometimes to be the bigger person, but people need to remember that there are better people worse off. Someone that has been a huge part of your life is going through a terrible time. I will never understand why someone would make it worse.

Everyone is busy, but turning your back on someone for whatever reason is not right. The way to make a point that you still are mad at someone is not to kick them when they are down. But it is a way to show the world what type of person you truly are. And that type of person is someone I hope to never be. This will get me hurt more times than I would like — sad fact. Hurt or not, I can look myself in the mirror. And while right now I may not be on top of the world, my actions and treatment of people will someday pay me back. It may take a while, but it will happen.

I believe Laura Bush can look herself in the mirror. She doesn’t treat people poorly. She believes in kindness. I don’t know everything about her, but I know enough to know she will always be there for someone. No matter the cost, she will be there. So as angry as I want to get at others, I will let it go. I will stop and ask, what would Laura Bush do?

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