Synonyms: martyr, fatality, casualty, underdog, stooge, pawn, gull, dupe, patsy, mark, innocent, sucker, hunted, sitting duck, babe in woods, injured party, sitting target, clown
Some of the synonyms for victim actually made me smirk. There’s something funny about the unsuspecting getting the chair pulled out from under them as they sit down. But really sometimes there’s damage done. Wounds that take awhile to heal. Yes we have been a victim of circumstance. It’s true, at different times in our lives we all are a victim. It’s life. This crazy carnival of life sometimes will smash our pretty heads up along the side of the merry go round. Does that mean we didn’t enjoy the ride? I don’t think so. I’m waiting in line for my next go round. I hope you’re all with me.
There’s a great capacity to heal in the human heart and body. And we all heal. Well most of us. Unless we have a Victim Mentality. Those are the people on the benches nursing their wounds. Peeling the band aid every three seconds and wondering why it won’t heal. Those are the ones focusing on the millisecond when fate had it that something malfunctioned and there was pain. For a minute. Maybe the ride had to stop. Maybe paramedics were called. Your heart pounded and there was weakness and even blood. The worried stares of passersby and whispered words of worst case scenario.
So we have a choice. Don’t you enjoy the wind in your hair? The pleasant experience of soaring along on the ride of life? Hearing the music, feeling the beat of life’s dance? The times you let go of the bar and put your hands in the air and your eyes water from the wind on your face? Or are you enjoying that hard bench in the heat. Your shoe sticking to the kids bubblegum spat onto the pavement. The baby screaming in the stroller beside you.
Get back on the ride. It’s where magic happens. Your head may get smacked again against that candy cane painted grate again. But so what. Most of the ride will be exhilarating and joy inducing.
I’m next in line. You with me?
Enjoy the Ride.
I love you xoxo