Prickly People (Part 3)
With “clarity” you can recognize the disjoint inherent in attempting to relate to a prickly person. Clarity helps you see things for what they are. “Focus” helps us detach from the prickly person and possible negative interactions and lovingly re-orienting ourselves to the unique mission God has for us. Joel Olsteen illuminates the reason to regroup and refocus by saying, “When you allow what someone says or does to upset you, you’re allowing them to control you”.
Not being under the control of a prickly person allows us to put ourselves under the loving control of our Heavenly Father. The third tool in the Catholic tool kit is “wisdom”, specifically “wisdom to access spiritual resources”. In some cases the prickly person in your life may be digging themselves into a spiritual black hole. Remember our friend Lucifer who said , “I will not serve”. Having the wisdom to recognize powerful spiritual components that may be in play guides us to take effective action.
One of the actions we may need to consider is the need for prayer and fasting. “This kind can go out by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:29)
Spiritual wisdom may guide you to begin a weekly routine of fasting. Fasting does not have to be going without eating. It does mean giving up something one day a week or even just a period of time in a day. This could be television, Facebook, desserts, diet pop, gum. etc. So this week consider adding weekly prayer and fasting to your Prickly People Survival Kit.
The Catholic Women’s Guide to Healthy Relationships Tip: Look what is missing in your Prickly People Survival Kit and put it in.