The fires in California are clearly wearing people’s patience thin, understandably. I have family and friends there. Over on Facebook, I just got blocked by a friend, who I’ve never met in person, who lives near one of these fires. This quickly happened after a mild disagreement arose between us about something quite minor. I expressed a short, mixed reaction on his page about a film he happens to like.
This now-former “friend” is a published author and man with whom I share a lot of sensibilities. I appreciate much of his perspective/worldview.
The loss is a small one and I suppose it can be argued it’s their loss more than mine. But, briefly, it admittedly hurts. (And I am all-too-familiar with over-reactivity.)
**Note to self: Breathe. We live in tense, often chaotic times. Remember to think and speak from compassion. Ultimately, most of us, if not all, are in this together.