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Galling

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Some actions are especially inimical to us, we just have no tolerance for behaviors or attitudes that offend us or seem to have offended others we care for. When we find actions such as these galling to an extreme it is time for us to look at our reactions to see what has caused so intense a reaction. We may have done something similar in the past and feel embarrassment and at the same time denial that had ever done something as insensitive or stupid as that which offends us now. We may have been put in our place when we should have been and feel that everyone should know better than to do what have learned not to. We may be envious of the person who is exhibiting the behavior and thus want to belittle them or bring them down to our size. We may wish we had thought of it first. What is in common with these things is that they are all really about ourselves, not about someone else’s behavior, the other person or people are merely reflecting our own feelings back at us. Which leaves us with a question: do we remain angry, upset, galled? Or do we look behind our own reaction and examine what we find there?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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