Sandpaper

4 Nov

We share the world with lots of other people. They constantly come and go, in and out of our lives. We have friends, co-workers, associates, acquaintances and all manner of connections. We might face a time when someone we must interact with is abrasive and rude. They may say insulting things to us, demean us at every turn, and seem to delight in making us miserable. It’s very hard to be kind to someone who is mean to us, but returning barb for barb, and insult for insult, will never move us forward. Stooping to their level only makes us like them. By refusing to fall prey to their infernal put downs and disrespect, we can hold fast to our own standards and remain polite and civil. We don’t have to roll over and take whatever it is they’re dishing out, and when we respond with clarity and grace, we will always gain the upper hand. Nobody knows what motivates people to degrade others. Perhaps they suffer from poor self-esteem and putting others down makes them feel powerful. Maybe they are jealous of who we are or what we’ve accomplished. It doesn’t matter what drives their negative behavior. We have no control over what they do, but we have complete control over how we respond. By holding fast to our own values, and refusing to engage them in a negative free for all, we will maintain control over the situation. It’s impossible to fight with someone who refuses to participate. We can stand strong, reflect our best behavior, and refuse to take the bait. There is great success just ahead for us, and nothing and nobody can keep us from it.

Family relationships can be powerful and are sometimes tricky to navigate. No family is perfect, and there may be varying levels of underlying tension and frustration. If one member is particularly critical or negative, it may be hard to deal with them. If we aren’t living our lives the way they think we should, it may be hell to pay when we’re around them. Of course, our lives belong solely to us, but that may not stop them from telling us we’re doing it all wrong. Their opinions belong to them and have no bearing on our decisions. We know what we want and where we want to go, and can do anything we like.

Some people love to complain. No matter what’s going on in their lives, they find problems and disappointments. If we must interact with them, their continual grumbling may wear us down. Everyone has their own ideas about life, and we never have to follow anyone else’s lead. We can keep our eyes focused on our own goals, and trust ourselves to achieve every success. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says or does. We know what we want, and have everything we need to achieve anything.

Today remember how amazing you are. You have gifts to offer that nobody else can bring. You possess great light and potential, and every goal is possible. You are strong and powerful, and the whole world is blessed and enriched because you are here. Nobody can take your dreams away. Be confident and step forward with clarity and purpose. Every success is waiting, and you will make them yours.

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