Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Don't Give it Away

Anything or anyone 
that does not bring you alive is too small for you.
David Whyte

Your body knows it before your mind. Something is just not right. You've spent the evening with an old friend and you're glad the night is over. You've felt this way before but you've ignored it. She interrupts you, and doesn't listen. She is headstrong and laughs off your comments.You've told yourself all the reasons that justify how you feel (we are so good at blaming ourselves), but each time you have trouble shaking off the feeling. And each time it gets harder.

You're sitting in an event that is boring you silly. You've doodled in your notebook, made up stories in your mind of the other participants, heck, you've even written out your to-do list for the next week. And still the voices drone on, blah, blah, blah.

Why do we put up with it?  
Well, she's an old friend. She's been through some hard times. Yes, but does she respect your voice? Will she support you in your dreams? What are you given for the price of your friendship?

What would people think if I got up and left this presentation? Wouldn't I look rude? Yes, some people would think that way but does it really matter? Do you think that there could be others in the audience that feel the same way and would also like to escape?

Each day we encounter experiences that give us a choice. Do we honour ourselves, put a value on our time, speak up about who or what is not giving us the comfort we deserve? 

Making the decision that brings us happiness is not selfish, it is about self-love. It is about taking care of ourselves so we can spend our lives doing the things that matter the most to us.

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