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May 15

My Youth Catches Up to Me

Recently my wife and I, along with our 17 month old daughter, took a much needed overnight retreat up to the mountains; we rented a yurt in one of the state parks that is a short drive from where we live.   When we arrived at the campground there were barely any other campers there and snow was covering the ground from a recent storm.  We checked into our yurt and noticed there was a couple staying in the cabin two lots away from us. We were very excited to finally get away and were looking forward to some quiet relaxation in the mountains (as quiet with a 17 month old will allow).  Because of the recent weather and the timing of our getaway we figured we could count on the campgrounds not being crowded and noisy, like can happen during the summer months.

Not too long after we arrived another couple checked into the cabin adjacent to us and appeared to be friends with the other couple previously mentioned.  Shortly after that, another couple showed up joining the already group of four in the neighboring cabins.  We continued to enjoy our time and as evening approached we built our campfire and ate dinner.  The group next to us seemed to be having a good time playing some games and also enjoying their campfire.  Not to be stereotypical, but what commonly accompanies young adults and camping?  Yep, blame it on the alcohol.  For us old timers with a toddler, we decided to call it an evening when the night air became too frigid, which was around eight that night.  We let the fire die down and headed inside our yurt to enjoy the rest of the night; just us and the peaceful mountain ambiance.  However, our neighbors were just getting warmed up and seemed to be having quite the time.

For the next three hours the three couples staying next to us seemed to be throwing what sounded like a block party in the campground.  My wife was quite intrigued by what was going on outside and kept trying to hear what everyone was saying.  I couldn’t distinguish anything being said over the chattering of our daughter who apparently thought the party had moved into our yurt.  Although we were hoping for some peace and quiet neither of us was upset by it all realizing young people do this kind of thing.  Luckily a little after eleven the noise subsided and we were finally able to get some sleep.  I remember saying to my wife at one point that it was karma getting me back for all the times I had been a selfish partier in my youth.

At one point in my life the inconsideration showed by our camp neighbors would have really aggravated me to the point of considering some kind of retaliation, but surprisingly, as I was laying there listening to the racket I wasn’t bothered at all.  Sometimes in life you have to know what battles are worth pursuing and which ones to let go.  I understood that adding negativity to the situation wasn’t the answer, as I also realized that karma has a funny way of catching up to you.  Years ago I was one of those young adults in that group drinking and having a good time without any concern for those around me.  The Dalai Lama once said, “Follow the 3 RES. RESpect for others. RESpect for yourself. RESponsibility for all your actions.”  There are many lessons to be learned in life and sometimes those lessons require time to fully be recognized.  Even though our quiet retreat was spoiled with selfish behavior I can’t help but to appreciate that life has a funny way of coming full circle.

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. ” by Unknown

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  1. Angela Artemis/Powered by Intuition

    Todd,
    A great message. I always say follow “The Golden Rule,” but it is the same thing the Dalai Lama is saying about respect for self, others and responsibility. Part of our spiritual maturity is realizing not only how far we’ve come with our own growth, but being tolerant of others who are where we were. Clearly, you’ve grown in tolerance.
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    1. Todd | Channelingmyself

      Hi Angela,

      The hardest part is being tolerant of others. Thanks for the comment.

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  2. Melody | Deliberate Receiving

    Nicely done Todd! It’s always so great when we realize that we’ve cleared something that would’ve set us off before. I also find it interesting that you didn’t take the partying of your neighbors personally. I think that’s why we tend to get upset. Thoughts such as “Can’t they see that we have a toddler in here? Why are they so inconsiderate!”, as if the offending party was somehow doing this to us on purpose… You didn’t do that, but instead, you stayed calm and remembered your own partying days. Congrats!

    Hugs,
    Melody
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    1. Todd | Channelingmyself

      Hi Melody,

      Thanks for the encouragement. Acceptance and understanding is just part of spiritual growth.

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  3. David | Almost Bohemian

    I’m glad you responded the way that you did. Adding negativity would have been the easy route and though you may have felt better initially, in the long haul you did yourself a better service by keeping it cool.

    Also, you are teaching your young one some good lessons (though she may be just too young to catch them now…)

    Good for you. I like the karma image btw.
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    1. Todd | Channelingmyself

      Hi David,

      Not choosing negativity was certainly the right thing to do, but I couldn’t help to think what kind of good prank I could have played after they all went to sleep. Thanks for commenting.

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  4. Justin | Mazzastick

    Todd,
    It sounds like a scenario that I have experienced before.

    I quit drinking alcohol over five years ago and I have little tolerance for people who are drinking. I keep asking myself, “was I like that”. Sure was.

    Good job on keeping your cool and not letting it bother you.
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    1. Todd | Channelingmyself

      Congrats Justin on giving up the alcohol. I think a lot of us have some crazy things we can look back on and wish we could have done things differently.

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  5. Kenya

    I think everyone has covered what I was thinking to say. Boy when I look back at my college days and in high school…Just call it liquid courage. Your maturity (which doesn’t just come by age) is the example that will shine amongst many who will ask you…”How do you stay so still”? Very nice…
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    1. Todd | Channelingmyself

      I think most of us can relate to what you said about liquid courage, thanks again for the great comment.

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  6. Julie | A Clear Sign

    You are a brave couple to bring a 17 month old on a trip like that! I avoided travel of any kind whenever possible until mine were about 3 – my idea of when they start to become managable human beings. Of course I have boys :) Good for you on managing your expectations and not flipping your lid.
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    1. Todd | Channelingmyself

      When my oldest son, who is 11 now, was a few weeks old his mom and I took him on a 6 hour road trip to Ouray Colorado. I guess you could say I don’t fear those little unmanageable terrors. Thanks again for commenting Julie.

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  7. Andrew Walker

    Todd, i love your advice on picking our battles in our life. I would get upset if the party bothered my sleep and it probably will ruin my trip if I were you. Thumbs up for your “karma” or “patience”
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    1. Todd | Channelingmyself

      Hey Andrew,

      It probably would have bothered me a few years ago but these days I’m much more patient. Thank you for the comment.

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  8. Hajra

    This is such a lovely lesson. But sometimes we falter; we fail to understand what impact our carelessness and “free spirited” behavior (as my mom calls it!) might be having on those surrounding us. Life does come to a full circle…your “noisy” neighbors will most probably saying the same thing ten years from now! Keep tab on the trackback!

    Have a lovely day!
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    1. Todd | Channelingmyself

      Hi Hajra,

      I can almost be certain that those noisy neighbors behavior will eventually catch up to them. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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  9. Valerie

    Hey Todd,
    Good for you I have some neighbors that are not very considerate and not that I ever say anything but I do wish they would be sensitives to the fact that I have a 5 year old but my husband and I are both older (in out 30’s)Just wait though Karma will get them too.
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    1. Todd | Channelingmyself

      Hey Valerie,

      I agree that some people just aren’t that sensitive, hopefully they will realize that before karma catches up to them. Thanks for the comment.

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  10. Andrew Walker

    Ah… So I see. Hi Todd. That’s a very nice share from you. Karma, it surely will get you anytime thou.
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  11. Kreysi

    Linds Posted on my only thought on the color shmece is Jesus loves His enemies? swell pics, bro very swell. (ps- you should feel special. your blog is pretty much the only one i ever check regularly.)

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