Keep Hanging In...
But do it for You

So, can you relate to this? Day after day and possibly week after week, you were up with the rooster and still going strong when others were "chilling." Yet, you heard only minimal claps, cheers, and/or glad cries...if any. Perhaps you even wondered if a Geiger counter itself could have detected any interest in what you were doing. And maybe that pattern still repeats itself now and then?

            So, what's up with That?

Sure, you may have little need for attention, support, and/or kudos, but at least a shred of "external" enthusiasm might be nice now and then, right? So, going forward, 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...and not only with their "devices."

Perhaps, for example, they're pursuing big goals themselves...or worried, unhappy, overwhelmed, and/or ill. Thus, they may be 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 might 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.) So, perhaps they 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.

If you do hang out now and then with competitive people or those with certain self-esteem issues, grinching tendencies, a jealousy habit, etc., maybe you might consider sharing your goals and dreams less generously with them? Well, 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/pratfalls others profess to see before you, or that friends of theirs have already done (allegedly) whatever you’re engaged in and maybe more than once?

In fact, do you even have
time
for such folk now? Unless they’re among your nearest and dearest, might you rather 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. During that journey (wherever it leads), you could encounter some wonderful "stuff." And if you will allow your fans a second vote, it might 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/encouraging words to person or beast, you create positive ripples. Since your own karma no doubt benefits as well, you thereby create a double-win simply with some considerate behavior. Nice work!

In the meantime, just as well keep right on truckin'. And you might also bear in mind the philosopher Rumi's advice to the effect that, when undertaking a journey, you avoid directions from those who may never have left home. But that'll be up to you, tiger.  ;-)

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