Past Lives (Part Four)

Regardless, I have always found the topic of past lives to be an insightful one, because true or false, the stories people tell about themselves are always revealing and, more often than not, useful in dealing with them.

Case in point, “Little Squirrel”:

“Little Squirrel” was a firm believer in past lives, and during that brief period of time where I was “the most important person in her life,” she regaled me with tale after tale about how she and I had interacted in prior reincarnations.

Honestly, I don’t think I came out very well, because her stories generally revolved around how I had gone to extreme lengths to deny her her freedom, or otherwise keep her close by.  (I decided to give myself the benefit of the doubt that I at least had good intentions behind these lengths, and it is true that even to this day “letting go” isn’t my strongest skill.)  I didn’t think too much about it at the time, because she fell into the “interestingly quirky” category I outlined earlier, but then her behavior started to become more extreme and self destructive, and I found myself thinking how somebody needed to keep her close so they could keep an eye on her, maybe even something involving legal lengths that I would normally never consider . . .

And . . . yeah . . . once I had that thought, suddenly her stories took on a rather different light for me . . .

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