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It Is So Difficult Always Being Right!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 • Posted December 29, 2010

I wish I were right more often. It seems that, just as I feel I've got a handle on the right approach, the right words, the right touch, I then take the other path.

Over the course of my 51 years, I seem to have developed a talent for weighing all the variables, determining the correct course of action, and then heading in the opposite direction. I don't always do it intentionally, I just seem to get distracted from the journey I've mapped out, and soon I find myself far off course.

But, some people are always right.

They just seem to have a talent for being in the right place at the right time, and good things happen to them. They find the gold coin left behind in an old coat pocket. They get the unexpected IRS refund due to a happy mistake on an earlier return. They get the last turkey leg, just when you thought it had already been taken!

Aside from those happy circumstances, these same folks seem to know all the right things to do.

They wear the right clothes, to the right events, held at the right places, and they are always on time. They speak to the right people, and they say the right things. They have the right friends, go to the right church, and vote for the right candidate.

Those people are always right. They know the truth in everything, only associate with those who are also right, and will live to the end of their days,,,, being right.

But that's not me.

I've had many happy circumstances in my life; but, usually I'm the one with a flat tire on a dirt road. But, when that happens, I get to talk to the rancher that stops and gives me grief for having lost my tire tool.

I know people that have made mistakes in their lives. They have also moved beyond those mistakes and built a real life.

I have been wrong so many times, made so many bad decisions, stepped into so many potholes.... and my life is so blessed because of it. It is because I have not always been right that I have such wonderful friends. If I had always been right, I would never have ended up back in Mason, which is where I should have been, after I had time to grow up.

Not being right means that, when I am wrong, I'm not upset or surprised, I simply accept it as a lesson and move on. It also means that when someone asks me what is right, I can honestly tell them that I only know what is right for me, and even that might be wrong.

And yet, there are so many people out there that truly believe they are right. Right about life. Right about God. Right about politics. Right about relationships. Right about everything. And they love to tell the rest of us why we are wrong.

I don't need them to do that. I appreciate their sincerity; but, I will make my own determination. If what you say is right, I will discover it eventually without you pushing me. I don't need you to point out where I've been wrong, I already know all about it. And, I sure don't need you to tell me why you are more right than anyone else I've ever known. I've known lots of people in my life, and you are far back in the pack of even being close to truly being right.

So, continue to tell me why I should be right, and I will listen. Tell me why you are right, and I will shut my ears to the din you make.

It’s all just my opinion.

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