I AM OFFENDED!!!!
There is a time to be offended in life - it's just not something to be done all the time and when it suits us to play the offended card because we know it's safe and fashionable to do so.
It seems many of us are getting more offended these days.
And why wouldn't we?
There are so many issues and causes we can all attach ourselves - and our truth and identity to - as we proclaim we know the truth and anyone who disagrees with us is either uninformed (and misinformed and disinformed...), stupid... or worse still?
A conspiracy theorist!
"Why you, you, conspiracy theorist you, how dare you burst my truth bubble and my sense of self, my purpose, and my belonging - what will people think!!!"
There is always a certain etiquette and sensitivity in having conversations with people.
Most people are too concerned with their identity and image to step outside of the life and the information they believe to be true.
That is the problem when we are too attached to our version of truth or reality.
It's not so much that we are wrong or right here, it's more about the energy and result of the resultant limitation that comes from it.
How can we possibly move through or beyond anything if we fail to acknowledge something else exists or is indeed possible?
It's why life coaching with a competent coach can help us all move through those sticking points and blind spots we all have.
Some of us can discuss anything - some of us can't, or won't, or are unable to have open conversations, because we have so many filters and judgements that we cannot possibly entertain other peoples thoughts or ideas without them irreparably challenging or conflicting with our own.
Then there is the what is allowed to be discussed conversations
(see the last 3 years if you are stuck on this one) as we close down anything that the narratives say is false or misleading.
"I am not allowed to talk about that."
There are the what will people think about me conversations.
(can't upset the image - or facade).
"Hey I have an image to uphold and maintain and getting into anything deeper than that might reveal me for who I am... or who I am not."
We are so limited, restricted, and self contained by the structures that are built - and we build - around us, that we end up seeing life through very narrow filters of reality and what life is and can be for us.
So next time we get offended?
Get offended with awareness listen anyway, laugh afterwards, and be open to anything that challenges our ideas of what we think truth and reality actually is.
We might be surprised...