The Hedgehog (Listen while you read)
Day’s end. Can’t wait for day’s end.
Giving up, dear one?
Are you going to give up on living a life that suits you?
It doesn’t have to suit any other person, dear heart; this is true. As long as it suits you.
Think upon this and see if what you want to do, and what others want for you to do is one and the same. Then think upon the matter of:
Whose life are you living?
Sometimes we do this. Don’t we? We live the life that others want us to live, which is not necessarily what we may want to do.
And why do we do this?
Sometimes we do this because we fear not doing this. Sometimes we may feel obligated.
And what does obligation lead to?
I’ll tell you, dear friend. Obligation leads to a life that we do not necessarily enjoy. It is that simple. Obligation can sometimes be a road to dismay. Indeed this can be true.
And why do we feel obligated?
Sometimes we can feel obligated when someone does us ‘a good turn’, so to speak. Indeed, when someone does us a good turn, we feel obligated.
And what is a ‘good turn’?
It can be as simple as giving us birth, or it can be as complicated as allowing us to use their material possessions. Indeed, it can be great or small.
Obligation is a ‘double edged sword’ that can lead to dismay.
And so, what can we do when we feel obligated?
We can think upon this to ensure that it doesn’t prove a double edged sword. We can investigate our feelings to ensure that we are not placing ourselves into a position which shall cause us dismay. For, if we do, are we not doing ourselves an injustice?
Yes, or no?
This is the question that we must pose to ourselves whenever we feel an obligation.
Carolyn Page – ABC of Spirit Talk
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