It is Saturday morning. Breakfast and dishes are done. I am sitting here with my second cup of tea. Somewhere in downtown Saskatoon, there is a big rally on defending our climate, defend our communities. I am not there. There are too many things to defend. You have to choose your battles, or I should say, defenses.
The world is running amok. I have just finished watching Jon Stewart on YouTube. He has a field day with President Obama and Toronto’s mayor Rob Ford. The show is funny. Jon Stewart is funny. Maybe Obama deserves it. Rob Ford certainly does. If it is true that Ford ran the city better while on cocaine, alcohol and what have yous, than the others, what does that say about the others?
While I liked and respected Jon Stewart, I had a distaste in my mouth after watching the show. He was too gleeful. I can understand that joy he displayed at another human being’s downfall. I have felt that myself once or twice. I tried not to put it on public display, remembering, ‘There but for the grace of God, go I”.
Closer to home, I still have difficulties with my neighbour, Teri. After many unsuccessful attempts at ‘mending our fence’, I decided to adopt a ‘let it be’ attitude. If she wants to keep shoving her snow onto my yard through my Junipers, let her. I will clear it away from the house in the spring. If she wants to blare her music, it is okay. It is winter. My windows are closed. I have learned to look at the problem in a different way, thanks to Byron Katie’s tachings. I now see her as a gift, a reminder to me that you cannot change a person. Only they can change themselves.
What would you do, even after letting it be, that person still does not go away? That was my dilemma yesterday. Teri’s new man was trying to tear out our little fence, on our own property that we put up to keep her from driving into our trees. She had expressed that it was ugly and for us to take it down. She said that someone had told her to just rip it out.
Imagine my surprise when I saw her man doing that. I was frozen momentarily. Can I let it be? Well, I could not. I can let go, let be, but I cannot let someone disrepect me. I ran down the stairs, Sheba on my heels. I opened the door, being careful not to let Sheba run out the street. I had not known what I was going to say or do. I called out to him: “Excuse me, what is your name?”
I could see that he had a pleasant kind face. He looked uncertain as what to do. I kept a big smile in my voice, “We’re neighbours so we should at least know each other’s names.”
“My name is Robert.” He finally said. “You will be seeing me around.”
“Please to meet you,” I smiled. “I would appreciate it if you do not touch our stuff “, pointing to the fence.
He said that he ran into it night before and was putting it back. I did not contradict him, that we saw him pulling it out further. I told him he should be careful as one of my shrubs had been ran over and flattened. I did not tell him we already have plans of replacing it with more Junipers in the spring.
So far, so good. No further attempts. No words from Teri. I have to respect and stand up for myself. I will not be at all surprised if our fence goes missing before spring. BUT now, I can let it be.