Sometimes we argue with the people we love.
Sometimes the arguing happens so frequently that you’re wondering if it’s even worth trying to resolve issues with this person.
Sometimes disagreement becomes the only reality you have with an individual or loved ones. The problems just keep growing, tumbleweeding into new arguments, unresolved issues, and past faults.
Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for our unresolved issues because that is easier than looking within.
So we do.
We blame the person, the past, or the circumstances. We cling to the negative, because we are lead to believe that the hurtful parts of our lives are somehow a greater reality than the good things we are so lucky to have.
We point fingers, we scream, and we cry. Then when we get nowhere, we tell secrets or incomplete truths. We hold grudges that can last for years.
These massive problems in our lives our not just Sad Dragons on their own. They’re something bigger, something far more powerful. They’re more like a family of Sad Dragons that caught something cancerous. And because we kept feeding those Cancerous Dragons more fuel with arguments, anger, self-destruction, hatred, violence and ugliness they grew into something more powerful than us. They become these horrible mutant creatures living in a pestilent cave, only coming out occasionally to burn down villages. It’s not because they’re inherently evil. It’s because destruction is the only thing they know how to do. Anger and hatred breeds more anger and hatred.
We can’t tackle them on our own when they get this big. It takes a community, family, or group of friends to come together and acknowledge that the Dragons exist in the first place. It can be in a deliberate meeting, or it can be characterized by silent acceptance, but it HAS to happen or nothing will change.
This is not easy to do.
It’s extremely difficult.
We can’t expect everyone to acknowledge that these problems even exist in the first place.
We can’t expect everyone to take care of their Sad Dragons before they turn into violent beasts.
We can only hope for it.
But in the meantime, I encourage you to acknowledge what is in your control. Take a good, hard, look and see what exactly your Dragon is doing.
Have you neglected it? Fed it? Encouraged it? Loved it from a safe distance?
How are you taking responsibility for yourself, so that you can be a wellspring of love, rather than a pool of negativity?
Are you spending time looking within, or are you expecting someone else to do all the work?
No one can do it all alone. It takes a whole village to undo damage done to an entire city.
But it starts with you.