Working in the legal field often puts me in the bullseye of other people’s conflict. No one ever calls me because they are having a good day. It just doesn’t happen.
I’ve been asked, more than once, do you enjoy it (fighting, arguing)? People make that assumption, you LOVE to argue, you feed off fighting. Their assumptions are dead wrong. It’s just simply not true. My answer to these inquisitive people is always the same; “I don’t enjoy conflict, but I also don’t fear it.” It’s an unfortunate part of life. Until you deal with it, you can’t move on.
I haven’t heard this song in quite a while, but the lyrics to Have I Told You Lately, sung by Rod Stewart, has been on repeat in my brain for the past few days. Particularly, these words:
“Fill my heart with gladness, take away all my sadness, ease my troubles, that’s what you do.”
This past few weeks I’ve been feeling a tad bit frustrated and overwhelmed by the needs of others. It happens.
The words of this song I find to be a gentle reminder that helping shoulder a burden weighing down another is a gift of love (even when it is done begrudgingly). At the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, my hope of all hope still remains, and that is that everyone, when they find themselves thrust into a hell fire in life, has at least one person who is strong and compassionate enough to knock on the door, send a message, or pick up the phone, just to genuinely ask; “Are you okay?” Even if it’s just for the briefest of moments;
“Ease my troubles, that’s what you do.”