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Who Stole One of my Bread Sticks?

Recently, while having lunch with my daughter at a local restaurant, a family sat down several tables away. It appeared to be a three-generation family as there were grandparents, parents and children. The family had filled their plates and settled at their table, and the older child, a boy, about 50-75 lbs. overweight, approximately 12 years of age, left the table to go to the restroom. His return to the table caught my attention because, as he got within 15-20 feet of his table he suddenly came unglued.

The striking circumstances of the boy's countenance was amazing since as he was crossing the restaurant floor approaching his table he was grinning ear-to-ear. From about 20 feet away he appeared to spy something wrong at his plate because he suddenly became enraged, his face turned red, his chest puffed out, and in a shrill ear-shattering tirade he screamed,

"Who stole one of my bread sticks?"

"Who stole one of my bread sticks?"

He arrived at the table by then, grabbed his chair, slammed it backwards, nearly overturning it, yanked it forward and slammed it against the table and then dropped angrily and heavily into the chair. All conversation at the table stopped. All attention was focused on him. He sat sullenly with his arms folded across his chest–refusing to eat. Any attempt by any adult to speak to him was rebuffed with an angry shrug of his shoulder and a turn of his face away from the person. Finally, his grandmother, who was sitting next to him, started to tickle him under his chin while speaking to him and the boy started to relax and re-engage with the family.

This drama intrigued me because it reminded me of how easy it is for many of us to lose our bearings when things don't go our way, or the way we expect them to, or we feel we have been wronged in some way. Often, we are too attached to negative meanings about the many events and circumstances in our relationships, whether marital, family and/or occupations.

How many of us lose our bearings over things as seemingly "important" as bread sticks. How many of us lose our bearings because of the things that are happening outside of us–projecting our frustration and anger onto those closest to us.

With the understanding of the principles of human experience: Mind, Consciousness and Thought, we are able to see our creation as it unfolds in our consciousness and we are able to make corrections as we bring our experiences into view. This understanding insulates us from making un-important "bread sticks" important, and protects us and those around us from our low-moods.

Just how fantastic could our lives and relationships be if we would let our consciousness show us our "bread sticks"?


D. Tully

Phoenix Counseling-L.I.F.E. Programs Las Vegas, NV © 2012
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