No one lives on
And yet, at one time or another everyone has lived on disappointment island. Let me explain. One is an actual island near New Zealand. The other is a metaphor I’m gonna use to describe a place where even your friends will ship you. Sometimes when you least expect it.
It’s a consistent consternation to me how even the people who call you friend will mentally sail away. Sometimes right in the middle of a conversation. And they leave you on an island talking to yourself.
You might say, “Well, Tony…maybe you’re just that boring.”
That would be a good point, except for one thing…
I’ve seen others left on disappointment island, too.
Lots of others. I’ve seen them talking to someone…and I’ve watched that other person mentally get up, walk to their boat, untie the ropes from the dock, and sail away. And I can remember the looks on the faces of the stranded people left talking to themselves.
Mostly sad looks on confused faces.
Not ALL those people were boring. I’ll admit some might have been. But not ALL. I believe I know what’s going on. And I’m gonna share this secret with those of you who haven’t mentally drifted away. Here’s the problem…
Lots of people are too darn selfish.
Ok, I said it. And lightning didn’t strike me down.
Look…I get it. There’s a lot going on in the world these days. Distractions are all around us. Devices take up as much of our time as (maybe more than) people. While I don’t say that’s inherently wrong, I DO say it’s a recipe for disappointment island syndrome. We’ll call it DIS for short.
If you don’t wanna DIS your friends, remember the golden rule and the two commandments Jesus gave us. You DO remember those, right?
Hello? (*snap *snap)