The Truth about Drama

Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Passion to the Third Degree .

I have profound children!

At dinner tonight—just Aislinn and me this time—we were talking about how some people fret over having too much drama in their lives and how we frequently encounter people who are in the murk in a bad way. Shannon has likened this to being in the eye of the storm with the drama swirling around us or of someone else’s making but we’re still watching it whiz past and occasionally ducking if we get too close to the edge.

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So in answer to a personal question from Aislinn, I explained that some people feel that they can’t be attentive friends or focus on work or meet their deadlines because they have too much drama in their lives.

“Who doesn’t?!” she said, almost angrily. She pointed out a few examples.

And I know what she’s talking about…divorces, deaths, friends departing, jobs lost or won, little manipulations from various relatives and friends, sick relatives, suicides, car problems, hurricane repairs, unplanned pregnancies, miscarriages, mortgage foreclosures, idiot neighbors, college interviews, promotions to fight for, unexpected house repairs, and so on, and so on, and so on. Indeed, who among us doesn’t have some form of drama in their lives, either in the present, in the recent past, or lying in wait around the next bend?

Then I thought about it and realized that she’s right. Most people do have drama—of varying degrees—in their lives.

But as Shannon has pointed out recently, there’s a big difference in dealing with drama because you have to and dealing with it because you keep doing stupid things to bring it to you.


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