Oct 5, 2012

38 WHEN TROUBLE COMES KNOCKING

deceitfulHave you ever had trouble come knocking at your door and you do not even invite it? That left you thinking, ‘what the hell!’
Am sitting here remembering an event that took me by surprise years ago when my children when were little. The memory was triggered by some elusive statement my oldest daughter made.
Smiling I shake my head as I recall my paternal grandmother’s saying, “Sometimes trouble comes knocking without invitation.” And I have learnt through the years that yes it does come without invitation or announcement hence being prepared doesn’t always apply or as we say in Trinidad, you cannot “take in front before in front takes you.” Rather you have to think on your feet.
It was a quiet Sunday afternoon as I left to go to the convince store to purchase a 4 liter 3 pack bag of 2% milk because I was on the last bag. I am the run low but not run out type of woman so as I made my way along the corner street humming to myself I crossed the street and reached the front of the convenient store when trouble came up to me in broad daylight.
This lick (piece) of trouble showed in the guise of young woman with a sad and concerned look on her face. She looked and in desperate need of some sort of help. I was engaged, poised to hear what might be the matter. Trouble of course with its agenda was intent on co-opting my participation in support of decent into the negative destructive patterns of self-negation.
I waited in eager anticipation to lend my assistance to the poor woman who seemed distressed. At this point all sorts of scenarios went through my mind, “maybe she has lost her purse, or she is lost and needed directions” having experience both these things I was ready to fly into action, that is until she opened her mouth and lay her sad lyrics on me….
The :         “Excuse me miss”
Me:             “Yes”
The :         “Can you help me please?”
 
I stood at the door of the convince store and looked at her and replied “how can I help you?” She bowed her head inviting me to follow as she whispered, ”the police was following me, and I stashed some drugs in the store right there in the isle and I need to go get it, can you do me a favour and look out and tell me when the police is coming?” It will only take a minute to absorb what she asked then it hit me. I emotions pin pound from horrified, to scandalized, to angry. you can imagine my face at this point, I straightened myself and I looked at her as if she sprung 3 heads wondering, “is she for real?” but I saw she was indeed very serious. I stood and looked at her with visions of my children being dragged away by Children’s Aid crying, frightened and confused about the whereabouts of their mother, the police charging me with aiding and abetting a drug user/pusher. As a single parent my children only had me.
I just looked at this TROUBLE, took a deep breath and said, “Lady are you FREAKING crazy! I am not about to throw away my life for you. You go in there and get your own blasted drugs and be your own damn look out.”
I was so incensed that I forgot all about the milk. I just went straight home and held my children, all the while thinking, what the hell was that. The shit just came out of nowhere like a meteorite crashing to earth. The sad thing is, my response did not even seem to faze her; she just went about her business of getting her stash.
What’s the point of the story you wondering, well its simple, temptation, trouble however or whichever you labeled it, sometimes comes right to you and you don’t always have to go looking for it. You may not be able to control what comes at you but you can most definitely control how it affects your life because in those moments you can choose. You always have a choice. Even when you choose not to choose, you choose, because life will choose for you and then you will have to deal with the fall out.
Remember, if trouble comes your way, do not be afraid to Rise Up and choose yourself, tell trouble to bite the dust.

38 comments:

  1. The moment i met Rhapsody she seems to be a straight forward kinda woman. she’s extremely nice,caring,and warmhearted. meeting her helped me alot it made me a more confident person..mainly about my thoughts..and feelings. Stay sweet and strong. ur a realy good friend hahahahahhahahhah

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    1. aw, thank you Terrance....I am glad we were able to learn something from each other.

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  2. Wow, the things some people have the nerve to ask! A choice is always available to us indeed.

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    1. Truly it is amazing what I learnt that day though is the value of choice and some things are worthy of thinking through.

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  3. First of all thank you for your visit. It's amazing what some people will do when they have their backs against the wall. Of course this was a problem of her own making.
    Take care my friend.

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    1. True and how others will attempt to co-op you into their way of thinking and doing toward their own benefit.

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  4. Lool. The woman must have been high on something, telling a total stranger that. What if you were undercover or something?

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    1. It takes all kinds i guess, she was too interested in obtaining her stash to apply common sense to think along those lines.

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  5. Wise words, sista. Some people have no regard for anyone but themselves, even when it means getting other people involved in their own mess!

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    1. Oh you are so right, i was once told by the old folks that whatever you do/ask to do always weigh yourself in the equation, meaning you ask the tough question, how will this impact me? What are the consequences to my life? and Can I live with the outcome of making said choice(s)?

      As a young girl I use to think it was a selfish way of being and action now however in this season of my life I have learnt the wisdom in doing just that.

      thanks for stopping by and sharing with me.
      peace.

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  6. That lady was just trouble with a capital T! The nerve. Good thing you replied. I'd have just walked away without responding. I feel like you're speaking to me with this post although in a totally unrelated matter. Sometimes not making a choice is truly a choice & we have to deal with the consequences xo

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    1. Yes she was and thats the point, sometimes trouble walks right up in your face when you least expect it, it is why it is wise to build ones inner strength for you may have to draw on it in times when it is required you to think fast and be decisive.

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  7. What nerve? Messed up people trying to drag other people into their own mess....sigh

    Like @ilola said, what if you were working under cover? Apparently, she was also dumb.

    Toubles & tempatations come to us everyday and in different ways.whatever it is...When it comes your way, do not be afraid to rise up...(ILikey!)

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    1. Always...you know the old saying, "trouble loves company?" its so true.

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  8. Great Post Not sure how I would have reacted, maybe I would have blurted something out , or just walked away. Big trouble and it just headed your way , good reaction Rhapsody
    Best Wishes
    Sheila

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    1. Thanks.....
      I think the key lesson for me as i've stated earlier to remember that you always have a choice and to consider yourself and consequences before leaping in.

      Best wishes to you as well Sheila

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  9. Powerful words as usual, my friend! You are so right when you say...'trouble sometimes comes right to you, you don’t always have to go looking for it'...truer words have never been spoken.

    Great post, very insightful!

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    1. Blessings to you as well.

      Yeah you know what they say, "shit always roll down hill fast never up."So one has to be prepared to get outta the way!

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  10. You did the right thing any right thinking person would do -walk away! One of the random things we have to experience-but not succumb to in this world....thanks for sharing.

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    1. Amen, you are so right, though I wonder, is anything in life really random?

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  11. "Remember, if trouble comes you way, do not be afraid to Rise Up and choose yourself, tell trouble to bite the dust."
    great post

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    1. Amen! There is absolutely nothing wrong with choosing SELF.

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  12. When trouble comes uninvited take some time to think and reflect and consider your choices.Consider the pros and cons. Then make the appropriate and wise decision !You will generally make the right decision.

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    1. hmmmmmmm, certainly although there are times where taking time to thing it through is not always applicable.

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  13. Thanks for sharing this wisdom.
    There is a saying in my dialect..DON'T USE YOUR HEAD TO CARRY ANOTHER PERSON'S TROUBLE!
    When trouble comes calling, atimes i charge at it like a bull, sometimes i am cornered to a spot like a cowering mice! I am learning to take my stand.

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    1. ah my friend at least you are open to learning which is key hence you will experience triumph.

      thanks for coming, how you doing?

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    1. thank you clint.
      Nice to see you via you comment. Please come again.
      stay blessed.

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  15. Wowzers, what an awakening! And to think, you just left your comfort zone for milk??!! You definitely got much more than you bargained for, even without the milk. Well... you could look at it from a positive side too. You found the missing village idiot!! Bwahahaha!

    You have a good head on your shoulders. Sometimes, it's just best to shake your head and walk away. I for one, am glad you did just that.

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    1. Awakening it so was!
      Thanks

      Have you made yourself at home at the new location yet?

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  16. wow!!! so bold
    hmmm, not making a choice is automatically making a choice.
    ive learnt from this post

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    1. Yes some people can be that way.
      Absolutely, when we fail to make a choice then we allow life to make the choice for us hence the consequence as well and we have to deal with it regardless.

      When one chooses to make a choice at least you know/have an idea what the consequence is so good or bad you are prepared to deal because you have some inkling, when life chooses well you have no idea what the consequences may look like or how to prepare its tidle wave.

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  17. W.O.W!! Ok that was major. Thank you for the fantastic advice at the end of the post and wow, thanks for sharing this. I would have been SO SCARED. Like what if she follows me home to hurt me for not helping her? May we always have wisdom when we need it.

    God bless you.

    Xx

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    1. Amen to that,
      thanks for coming and sharing ...

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  18. I did not just interpret this post literally, but applied it to life generally. Many times we would be herded into a corner where we have to make decisions that do not agree with our values/principles for life. Our decision to make the right choice at the point of pressure, will be dependent on the inner strength of character that we have developed over time. This inner strength is what will help us to say 'NO!' and walk away without caving into the pressure.Nice post Rhapsody. Thank God for the strength you had to say, 'no' to trouble when it boldly came knocking.

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    1. Ah the right decision at the right time, in the right situation for the right reason...hmmmm, at times we get it just right at other times we stubble through and if we are lucky we get the lessons that came from falling down and rising up.

      peace...
      I appreciate you sharing your wisdom with me.

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