I just couldn’t stand the hot weather any longer, so I jumped on a plane and now I am standing on a frozen mountain in an exotic location. Since landing, I have purchased a snowmobile, a four-wheel drive vehicle and a cabin that is nestled in the trees at the edge of a forest. I’ve always wanted to live in a place like this and now I finally have the opportunity.
There are a lot of beautiful rock formations around the property, but most of them are buried in ice right now. I’m told that they are a vivid brown which is a shocking contrast against the deep green of the forest. I think this beautiful mountain is going to be the perfect place to live even though no one speaks English and my nearest neighbor is about twenty minutes away.
The ice formations are just breathtaking too. I know that I will enjoy waking up each morning to look across the valley and watch the sun rise. I’m already excited about all the pictures I will be able to take and post on my blog. The river rushes constantly and although it is at the bottom of the valley, I can still hear it from my porch swing. Every bit of the landscape relaxes my frazzled mind.
Sigh. My stomach is growling because I haven’t taken time to eat and I’m really hungry. I was just thinking about a few people I know that embellish the truth a whole bunch. Actually, they add so much to the truth that it really turns into a lie. People do that sometimes because they don’t really know the truth. Magazines do that kind of embellishing/lying all the time about celebrities. I am so out of the loop with the celebrity world that I wouldn’t be able to tell if what I was reading was the truth or not.
I wonder why people make up lies about other people? There are many reasons people embellish the truth and fill in the gaps of missing information. Did you ever hear, “Don’t believe everything you read” or “Don’t believe everything you’re told”? It is human nature to create drama especially when information is missing. That is the type of drama people should not participate in because it leads to hurtful lies way too often.
Why am I talking about lies while I’m standing on a frozen mountain in an exotic location? Well, I was thinking about all the trauma I have suffered over the past fifteen months. All of the experiences were beyond my control and just things that happen like sickness and death. However, one of the contributing factors to making my PTSD worse was caused by a person at my work who does not have integrity. Let’s just call him Mr. Liar since I will not tell you his real name. Mr. Liar took it upon himself to create a story to cover his inadequacies and so that he could get what he wanted without a big hassle. Unfortunately, I was the one that suffered because of Mr. Liar’s lie. Since I am trying to work through my anger at the situation with Mr. Liar, telling you about the frozen mountain in an exotic location will help you better understand my point.
Whether you call it an embellishment or an omission of information, it is still a lie. Not telling the truth will always look ugly and most of the time it will also hurt another person. I am actually mending albeit s-l-o-w-l-y and with no thanks to Mr. Liar’s contribution to the situation. It is really rather hard to talk to people at work without knowing if they heard the lie and believe it to be true. I have come to the point where I know that Mr. Liar will suffer for his lies and that is comforting.
I know you have been looking at the frozen pictures and trying to put your mind around me just hopping on a plane and flying away to resettle in a different home. It sounds totally out of character doesn’t it? That’s my point! Don’t believe everything people gossip about no matter who they are or what their position is at work, church, school or in the neighborhood. They might tell you that they are on a frozen mountain in an exotic location…
When they are really just looking at a container of frozen beans that they made last week.
Yeah, I really did just tell you that story and I bet you think about it the next time you are tempted to gossip or lie. At least, I hope you do and that you bite your tongue and don’t say a word instead.