I have learned any number of things:
- journal (ugh...again...really?!)
- crying will not kill me
- what someone thinks about me is none of my business
- what makes (insert a situation) this about me
- why do I feel that way
- what can I do to turn things around
- I don't have to make any changes until I'm damn good and ready
- oh, did I mention, breathe
All of this is helpful in life - with family, friends, acquaintances and co-workers.
I have been involved in some sticky situations this year which have made me feel as if my character was assassinated.
I try to remember behind every negative there is always a grain of truth. I have sat with the barbs and I have taken the time to figure out where the kernel of truth is. (That might involve teeth gnashing. I'm just saying...)
I do know my greatest assets will be my greatest liabilities. Ying and yang and all that jazz.
So, If I stand in MY truth and I stay true to my core beliefs, values and way of going about living my life it allows the unsettled feelings to give way to a clearer state of mind.
At my age I realize not everyone is going to like me. I'm generally OK with that. (We all want to be liked, let's face it.) There is freedom in knowing that. It allows me to stay strong in the face of negativity and remind myself I am perfectly imperfect.
I chose to spend time with the people who WANT to be with me. It's much better for my peace of mind.
Here's to all of us, look at us, standing in our truth.
PS - The Voice finale last night. Wé nailed this and I love that it happened to fit in perfectly with my topic today.
Just sit and putter,
Lifes candy and the suns
A ball of butter.
Don't bring around a cloud
To rain on my parade.