Today’s card always makes me ask, “Who made me do it?” See, I don’t believe in the Devil as a Christian construct of behaviour correction. I do believe in evil as a motivation for action though. Confused? It’s okay. I can be convoluted. It’s one of my many charms. GRIN!
Thoreau (1817-1862) asked, “What demon possessed me that I behaved so well?”
Wouldn’t that have been a better attitude than “The Devil made me do it” as an excuse? Both use a similar perception though that I just can’t get behind.
See, I have this nagging idea that I am responsible for myself. That I, as a grown-assed woman, have to say:
I did that because I was tired and out of sorts. I let my emotions get away from me.
I did that because I was afraid. I let my lizard brain take over.
You know…basic self-responsibility statements. Annoying, right?
I’ve had a lot of discussion with myself that start with, “Well if X hadn’t made me angry” that end with me having to admit that X didn’t make me angry. I allowed myself to become angry. I’m not saying that anger isn’t a valid emotion or response. What I’m saying is that I have control of my emotions. I am, as I pointed out, a grown-assed woman.
No one made me eat that piece of cake.
No one made me angry.
No one made me cry.
No one made me happy.
NO one made me do anything.
Unless I’m puppet in which case can someone please show me where the strings are and who might be attached to them?
Yeah, that’s what I thought too. No puppet master.
I won’t buy “Devil made me do bad” any more than I buy “demon made me do good.” I get to own both of those things. My actions are controlled by me.
I won’t ask you to commit to 180 seconds today for this concept. Instead, I’ll ask that you take that three minutes to do something completely off-topic. I’m asking you to turn off the water while you wash your hands.
Crazy, right? Doesn’t even compute as belonging to this topic. I know, but it is very important to me.
Water is precious. Here in Texas we are facing another drought. If you wet your hands, then turn off the water, you can then soap your hands for however long without wasting the water. Same for brushing your teeth. Per The Daily Green, you can also save up to 8 gallons of water a day simply by turning off the tap while you brush your teeth in the morning and at night.
Check out these 100 ways to conserve water.
So, today’s post was about devils, demons and water. I take full responsibility for the juxtaposition. Maybe the devil made the drought?
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