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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Consider a new beginning with your family - choose to take them less seriously

Consider a new beginning with your extended family - choose to take them less seriously. Take whatever they say as merely their opinion, which, of course, it is. Suppose Aunt Judy holds the opinion that you aren't doing the best with your life - or that your shirt is the wrong color - or your house isn't clean enough - so what? It's much easier to be gracious once you accept that her opinion is only her opinion - it's neither right nor wrong - it's just her opinion - and her opinion has nothing to do with you. As a new beginning, consider choosing to enjoy Aunt Judy for those ways in which she is pleasant to be around, and ignoring whatever she says that is not enjoyable or constructive. Your relationship (interaction) with each other human has both pleasant and unpleasant aspects. Enjoy the pleasant and don't become upset by the less pleasant.

1 comment:

  1. I like the sound of that, in principle. It's a wonderful idea. For me the question is how to skirt round the critical personal comments and expectations of my mother without getting antagonised and irritated. That is the challenge that I often prefer to avoid by seeing her less.

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