A: You keep walking out the door.
Seriously, you are too worried about being nice, and you are letting those folks be inconsiderate of your time. You are training them on how to act around you. Keep walkin’!
A: Get better friends. Anyone who is jealous is a poor-quality friend.
A: Let ‘em go. It sounds like you adore this person, so give her the space she needs, and work to understand her perspective.
A: I say the coon dog takes all.
A: When my beloved father died while I was in high school, I posted this Sanskrit saying inside my locker: “Deep in the sea are riches beyond compare, but if you seek safety, it is on the shore.” Determined to get off the shore, I knew I had to focus on living rather than withering, risking rather than fearing, even though I was desperately afraid.
This is what I’ve learned. You make progress over fear by taking a leap of faith and doing the very thing that scares you. Fear is the great deceiver, and you have to prove him wrong. But here’s the cool part: when you leap, the net will appear. (That’s an old Zen expression I love.)
Nothing is stopping you from moving in the direction of your dreams. Start by taking small steps. Dedicate more time to doing things that are related to your passions. Picture yourself at the height of your success in these areas. Make a list of what you need to do to get there. Post your list where you will see it everyday.
Another tip: Think of when you felt most alive, and then think of now. Examine what has changed, and work to get yourself back in balance. Fear takes hold and pumps you with doubt when you are out of balance. So focus on activities and thoughts that are restorative and peaceful.
Finally, here’s a quote that has comforted me over the years: “Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.” — William Hutchinson Murray
Take heart. What you seek is seeking you.
Lauretta Hannon, a resident of Powder Springs, is the bestselling author of The Cracker Queen—A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life and a keynote speaker. Visit her at thecrackerqueen.com.