In church today, the talk was about becoming aware of how our own behaviors and words are reflected back to us in our relations with others in the world. He said (I am paraphrasing very loosely) that sometimes we feel frustrated and misunderstood because we know our own good intentions, but for some reason other people are not 'getting' us, and we end up in conflicts yet we don't understand why. The 'why,' he said, was us. The way we act and speak elicits a reaction from the people around us that mirrors the energy we have put into the world.
As the morning progressed, I thought of ways that concept applied to me. And I also thought immediately, with sadness, of Donny. I am glad I decided not to let the ugly words coming from Donny's mouth (well, realistically, that is *keyboard*) persuade me not to go. I had a wonderful time.