Keep Hanging In...
But do it for You

Imagine that day after day and maybe week after week, you're up with the rooster and still going strong when lots of us are chilling. Yet, you hear only minimal claps and maybe minimal cheers and glad cries, as well. In fact, perhaps you wonder if even a Geiger counter could detect any interest in what you're doing.

     And What's up with all That?

Although you may have little need for attention, support, and/or kudos, at least a shred of "external" enthusiasm might be nice now and then, right? So, at such times, please remind yourself that tepid or zero interest may actually have little to do with you and/or your enterprise of the moment. As you'll have noted, people tend to be rather preoccupied these days (with "devices," among other things).

Some of them may also be worried, unhappy, overwhelmed, and/or ill, and thus unable to leap onto your bandwagon and begin waving banners. BUT
as you cut those folks a break, do keep hanging in yourself.

   Begrudgers or ...(?)

Others may be a rather different story. Some, for example, may feel uncomfortable if you begin to shift even slightly from your customary role(s), or if they think you’re somehow pulling "closer to" or “ahead of" them. (Go figure, but whatever.) Perhaps a few may question what you're doing or try to discourage you in other ways...such as saying or doing things meant to dampen your enthusiasm for a new goal or path or simply ignoring your "outputs" and personal triumphs.

So, if you hang out now and then with competitive people or those with certain self-esteem issues, "grinching" tendencies, a jealousy habit, etc., perhaps forget about sharing goals and dreams with them. Well, forget it unless you're good with silence, boredom, discouraging comments, and/or other tedious and transparent displays.

After all, at this stage do you actually care about the pitfalls or even pratfalls that some see before you, or about whether friends of theirs have "already done" whatever you’re engaged in and maybe more than once?

In fact, here's a thought: perhaps consider shaving down the personal information
and/or time
you share with such folk? In fact, unless they’re among your nearest and dearest, maybe do more of your “depositing” where there’s a greater return. If it works for portfolios, it might work pretty well for your broader life, too, right?  ;-) 

The Cheering-Section Vote?

This one: keep going for the goal, the dream, the imperative. When you "arrive"—and also along the way—you could encounter some great stuff. And if you allow your fans a second vote, it would be this: should begrudgers, grinches, jerks, and/or nice-but-preoccupied people need some encouraging words themselves one day, you'll share more generously with them than they could manage with you. 

Do the first three specimens warrant such consideration? From an "eye-for-an-eye" perspective, perhaps not. But each time you extend a helping hand or some thoughtful and/or encouraging words to person or beast, you create positive ripples. Since your own karma no doubt benefits as well, you'll actually have created a double-win with nothing more than some considerate behavior. Nice work.

In the meantime, just as well keep right on truckin'. And you might also bear in mind a Sufi proverb suggesting that when on a personal journey of any kind, you be wary of directions from those who may never have left home. But that'll be up to you, tiger.  ;-)

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