I’ve Reached a Critical Turning Point in My Life

A few months ago, I wrote about my inability to deal with stressful and frustrating situations. I ended on a hopeful note that I’d try to work on that character flaw, even though I didn’t know how to measure my success.

Well, I recently had a major breakthrough that I’d like to share. Maybe my experience can help someone who’s also struggling with this.

A Heated Conversation

I often feel the Holy Spirit rebuke me during conversations in which I begin to feel frustrated. It’s telling me to hold my tongue and forget whatever angry words I had been about to pronounce. Most of the time I follow it because I’ve learned that I tend to get in less trouble when I do.

But something even better happened recently during a heated conversation I shared with an associate of mine. I’ll have to leave out a lot of details and make this as general as possible, but hopefully I’ll still be able to get the point across.

Anyway, one of my associates started to take umbrage at my words during a conversation in which I didn’t intend to offend anyone. I could tell that he was getting frustrated with me, and a misunderstanding was brewing. The more the conversation progressed, the more heated it got on his side.

How I Responded

Instead of getting angry because of his words, I felt a genuine love for my associate. He was trying to understand what I was saying, and it wasn’t going well. So I simply kept my cool and defused the situation in a professional manner. I conceded his point and explained my reasoning in a tone of mutual respect. Looking back on the conversation, I managed to come across as perfectly calm and reasonable.

For once, I felt no spiritual rebuke; I just felt charity. I’ve been doing my best to take my own advice by avoiding temptation and other negative influences in my life. Reading the scriptures has been an invaluable tool in this cause. So has controlling my thoughts and thinking the best of others.

Changing for the Better

I have found that when I’m free of guilt, I’m much happier. It’s worth whatever price you have to pay to free yourself from any and every vice that plagues you. Old temptations give way to a positive outlook. Rudeness gives way to friendliness. Frustration gives way to patience.

As a result, I’m much more easygoing now when things go wrong. I’m not so tightly wound. Whenever I made mistakes in the past, I was eager to make amends, admit my fault, and repair damaged relationships. At least I was good enough to take those steps.

It seems like I’ve reached a critical turning point where I will no longer need to do that quite so often. Perhaps now I’m becoming the man I’ve always wanted to be. Long-suffering, meek, kind, and patient. I’m certainly not perfect, but I’m coming closer to Godly qualities that have long felt beyond my reach.

On an Upward Journey

This journey isn’t complete, but I’m making progress. And I just wanted to share that. Pretty soon I might even be ready to watch a once-frustrating movie like My Cousin Vinny again and simply enjoy it. That will be the ultimate test.

This is the Deja Reviewer bidding you farewell until we meet again.

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Robert Lockard has been a lover of writing since he was very young. He studied public relations in college, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 2006. His skills and knowledge have helped him to become a sought-after copywriter in the business world. He has written blogs, articles, and Web content on subjects such as real estate, online marketing and inventory management. His talent for making even boring topics interesting to read about has come in handy. But what he really loves to write about is movies. His favorite movies include: Fiddler on the Roof, Superman: The Movie, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Back to the Future, Beauty and the Beast, The Fugitive, The Incredibles, and The Dark Knight. Check out his website: Deja Reviewer. Robert lives in Utah with his wife and four children. He loves running, biking, reading, and watching movies with his family.
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3 Responses to I’ve Reached a Critical Turning Point in My Life

  1. Lita says:

    Lovely article, Robert 🙂

    Practising consideration, compassion and kindness, are things I try to do every day. Some days it’s difficult, but that’s usually because I’m afraid of the person with whom I’m having a conversation.

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    • You’re wonderful. Thank you. That means a lot to me. I often feel intimidated when I talk to someone who tries to use my words against me. Someone who knows the exact definition of words and tries to pick apart my meaning. So I try to be as precise as possible in what I say around them.

      You do a great job at being kind, considerate, and compassionate. I’ll keep trying to follow good examples like you.

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