Real life is a little like this, as well. Notice, I said “a little.” We all live with misunderstandings, which may or may not be true, but inevitably cause us to have problems! But most of the time, unlike the sit-coms that left us laughing, our real life situations leave us frustrated and groping for answers.
As we run the roller coaster of emotions, swaying back and forth from one side to the other, we try to sort the truth from fiction. We find ourselves trying hard to achieve more and more, as we attempt to “perform” in order to be accepted in our inner circles, at work, and even sometimes at home. When we believe our lives depend on whether or not we “fit in,” yet are fearful of forming relationships because past experiences have resulted in misunderstandings, we tend to guard our emotions so we won’t have to deal with pain and frustration.
But if we give in to our fears and give up trying, despite the possible misunderstandings, we miss out on great opportunities to grow and have relationships that matter. Sometimes we choose to allow life to" just take it’s course," and become content with where we are in life, with no desire to move forward. We then set the stage for a different kind of pain. We lose the “spark” and initiative to be better, which applies and affects not only us personally, but everyone around us!
The other side of this, is to become fixed on the idea we have the solution to everyone’s problems, sort of like in the sit-com. But the truth is we don’t have all the answers and it’s usually not an easy fix, like it suggests on television. Those answers are simply “in the script!” They aren’t real. Often real life situations are a good deal more complicated than what we see on TV. Emotions displayed for the sake of the show may or may not be how a person in a real situation may react. It’s all in perspective.
My challenge is to view circumstances for what they are, very often a mixture of fact and fiction. Unless we are certain of the facts, making judgments on what end up as half-truths and outright lies, can have major ramifications in our lives. Unlike those characters on “Three’s Company” we need to be careful about what we think, believe and repeat! How we handle situations, which on one hand may seem comedic to one person, can be tragic or at least disturbing and sad to another.