I shared a bit of my authentic self on Facebook. I linked a blog that had taken me many years of soul searching to write. But it had to do with religion, addiction, being gay and the movie, "Twelve Years A Slave." Hot button issues to write about in the Deep South Bible Belt.
After posting the link to my blog, I was pleasantly surprised that there were positive responses immediately. I would like to say that it shouldn't have mattered but knowing someone else understood and had the same opinion was gratifying. It is my truth and I have worked so hard to get to the point of saying it out loud…well at least in a blog.
And then about a week later, I realized that one person was not pleased with the blog and needed to not see my "stuff" on FB and defriended without a word. I was saddened and angry because of who the person was but I remind myself that the reaction that comes back to me has to do with that person. It's their stuff.
This blog is my truth and I have worked so hard to come to know what I believe at my core. And I am learning bit by bit that I don't have to have anyone else agree with me either. And to take it a step further, I can be friends with people who don't have the same opinion as I. It is called, "Agreeing to Disagree."
|Love them and accept them for who they are.|
The irony with this particular situation of defriending is that my journey to figure out my authentic self, led me to a deeper relationship with God and his Divineness within me, always available to rely on. And that Divine within is all about love, not judgment. And this person and I just disagree about the "rules" of the God we both believe in.
So I'm back. I will stop here. But my journey has to continue whether anyone agrees with me or not.
It is well with my soul.