The Kalabalik or Tumult in Bendery results from the Ottoman sultan’s order that his unwelcome guest, King Charles XII of Sweden, be seized.
I was reviewing a few historical events that happened on this day in history. Someone was marrying someone to unify a country or someone was signing someone else’s death warrant. This is not news to me. But I saw something that made me laugh and reminded me of a decent life’s lesson.
In 1773, The Kalabalik or Tumult in Bendery results from the Ottoman sultan’s order that his unwelcome guest, King Charles XII of Sweden, be seized.
Not that many people know or cared how Charles XII (Carolus Rex) ended up there, (long story short, a lost battle and the Swedish fled there). They spent five years in a type of exile.
The Swedish wore out their welcome. Townspeople had enough of their shenanigans.
You may ask “so what”. The lesson contained is to be aware of when you wear out your welcome and when to get out.
I have had a few moments just like that. I had inhabited a place I didn’t pay rent for, I partied and generally raised hell. I rubbed the lessee the wrong way with my supposed bourgeois behavior. But my ultimate crime was over taxing their generosity. I found my paramour and myself out on our carcasses.
I was numb to the reality that I needed to find another place to screw like a weasel and get shit faced. My behavior (and gf) were not inline with the present company at the time.
I look back at those times and my blindness in sadness. Sad because I didn’t see writing on the wall. Before my behavior became substandard, I saw signs of a loss of favor.
(The main tenants were eventually evicted, and I did my best to help them move. For a short time, I saw them at their new place, but I felt out of sorts. I knew we grew apart. The last time I physically saw them was 2004).
Don’t wait for someone to give you the word. When you find the first sign of displeasure or a lack of tranquility, find the exit.