You can find the challenge here on Instagram,  30 day Pagan journaling challenge

30.  What simple but profound thing have I learned as I’ve worked this path?

I’m going to be 100% honest here, NOT everyone is an Asshole! 

After that, I think ya’ll need some background to go with that, and yes, it is very negative, hostile and deadly! The truth usually isn’t nice or easy to hear!

I’ve been a Wiccan for YEARS, approximately 40 years! So yeah, I have experiences that others may not have and those of my years in the US Army as well!

Believe it or not the Chaplain in the Army was my best source of military religious material, my cheerleader, and an all-around Awesome Dude! He helped me get my dog tags to say Wicca on them and helped me get time off for the high holidays if I wanted them.

It was back in the civilian world that I found out how many assholes there are in the world! Remember I am an Army Brat and grew up on Army bases. My experience with civilians was those at the schools I went to off base. One of the first jobs I got when I moved back to Indiana after a bad experience(relationship) in Oregon went south, was the worst experience as a Witch ever!! This was an accounting/auditing place that would travel from state to state and audit places. Well, we drove to upper New York, close to Niagra Falls,  I remember because I was looking forward to seeing Niagra Falls. 😉 When and I don’t know how this asshole found out, that I am a Witch. He then quoted, “thou shalt not suffer a witch to live!” Asshole squirted me with lighter fluid. And lit a match that, yep, he tossed at me! I did the drop and roll and then get this, the one bitch that was there in charge of the one crew wrote me up! Instead of calling for an ambulance, she was yelling at me and writing me up! The crew supervisor I belonged to saw what happened and called the police. When they arrived, I had on clothes that you could tell had been on fire, not to mention the burns on my hands! So yay! Go Law Enforcement! They called an ambulance for me and he was taken to jail for attempted murder and I said it was premeditated as he squirted me with lighter fluid, who carries that on them on a daily basis? The person on the other end of their radio agreed with me! So asshole went to jail for attempted murder! NO BAIL! I had to show up and do a deposition with the DA and then he told me that was enough that I didn’t have to come back as I didn’t reside there! He did take my phone number and contact info just in case! Anywho, since there were two crews and since I had the one dude arrested, they decided I had to come back to Indiana and file a report for the company! NO, they couldn’t wait till the job was completed! So I drove and took back the others that didn’t want to stay anymore. Thankfully these were people on my side. We finally made it back to Indiana and pulled into the company parking lot. I was met by two security officers, who escorted me inside. I was then FIRED for, get this, “You dared to have the manager’s son arrested for attempted murder, who da fuck do you think you are?!?”  Yeah, they were mad at me? And it was the manager’s son that did this to me! I’m the injured party, I’m the one he tried to kill and I’m the one that was FIRED?

That is the worst experience I’ve had.  The other one is the fact that a person doesn’t like me because of my religious preference, “I don’t believe/agree with that!” and when someone made a very poor joke, “I had to call in sick because Michelle stuck pins in her voodoo doll in the shoulder and I had to go have my shoulder looked at.” Yes, this happened! I talked to the person I was supposed to and I was told, “That’s funny, get over it!” The person in human resources at that time told me the same thing. 😦

So, yes, the most profound experience I’ve had is that Not everyone is an asshole! In August, I had to ask online for money to get us food and gas money. I was off of work-medical for my heart surgery and waiting on FMLA to kick in. We had NO food, and neither did JiJi!  Imagine my surprise that my online friends helped me out. A lot of them actually, even those I know that have their own financial issues. People I know locally, NOPE, NADA, NOTHING! But that old euphemism, “I’ll pray for you!”  Okay, thank you. But seriously, I was still hungry and what did your prayers do? You live here locally, you couldn’t be bothered to bring me a gift card to Meijer’s, a grocery store or I don’t know some food??? NO!

Remember this? The Golden Rule, yep, I use it the same as I do the Wiccan Rede!

Both are very important to me!

tomorrow I’ll do a part two to this entry. I don’t want to leave my 30 days in a negative light!!