Yes, the blog is about relocation, specifically about relocating to FL, but once and awhile I like to share with you, my readers, a special day or story. Well, last night I got to try out the ESPN Club for the first time at the Boardwalk Resort on WDW Property, but who I met there and how we became friends is in itself, how amazing stories are born.
Without using names except the girl I met, last year I had stayed with some friends during my vacation to WDW. The visit unfortunately wasn’t up to either sides expectations, and before I had landed in WI, my FB wall and inbox had been flooded with nastiness from their circle of friends. I took the high road, never spoke of them or the situation publicly and moved on with my life. (The only reason I bring it up now is that it has to be to make sense for the purpose of this story).
A few months later, a blog posting I had written got the attention of these people again, and once again, I was under attack. A few emails came in that were very unfortunate, and I chose to let Craig deal with them since I literally just wanted to ignore them and continue on. I have learned that you can’t please everyone, and to let people say what they want to say and keep moving forward. The emails that stood out the most were from a gal named Heather. It was an email battle from the start, and normally we would never respond, but my husband was getting very upset that everyone was attacking me. Yay for my Prince!
After that day, I pushed it aside from things, as life was busy enough for us, and again, just went on with life. It would be several months later that I would get a phone call from one friend, and then an email from Heather saying how sorry they both were. At first, I didn’t remember who they were- THAT is how much I didn’t care anymore. I told them both I forgave them and that hearing one side of the story is always hard since that’s all you have to go by. I felt better knowing that I wasn’t the only one, and that they were kind enough to acknowledge that I was right.
Fast forward to last night- Heather and I met up at the ESPN Club. Have you ever met someone after you thought they hated you so badly? Here is the thing- I had forgiven her the minute she emailed me and asked for it. Life is too short to hold on to that kind of anger and resentment, and I knew that SHE would feel better knowing I wasn’t holding onto that grudge. If anything Christ has taught me, it is that forgiveness is key to everything in life. The reason we have so many problems in the world is because people hold onto anger so tightly that they can’t see everything else past it- and it can be amazingly wonderful once you release it and let it go.
Case and point- last night was so much fun. We chatted for hours, ate nachos, laughed at the tvs in the restrooms, and smiled as the Green Bay Packers played on the screens above us. You would have thought we had been friends for years, and the bond we created, I feel, was real. Sometimes you just know about someone the minute you meet them, and I felt that when I hugged her after walking into the Club. After talking for hours, we danced the night away at the Atlantic Dance Hall and hugged goodbye around midnight- a very well earned and deserved evening for the both of us.
You never know about life, and what those friendships will do to your life once they are made. But do you ever think about the enemies you have made, and why you have them in the first place? I know I have made my share of them, over disagreements and personality clashes. But if I had made up my mind on Heather and chose never to forgive her, I would have been just as bad as the people that I don’t get along with- and that is NOT who I want to be.
I guess I wanted to put this post out there because maybe I can shed some light on someone who is dealing with a severed tie, a hurt relationship, or a broken friendship. Even if there is no hope for there to ever be friends again, learn to forgive and move past it- it will make a world of difference in your current and future life. Have a great day and weekend- stay safe if you are in Irene’s path and know I am praying for you all.