“Never let someone’s OPINION of who you are get in the way of being Who-You-Truly-Are.” … Susanne
As you have probably guessed by now … It’s my opinion that everybody has an opinion about something or somebody. 🙂 I’d love to say that I’m exempt from this annoying trait … alas that does not seem to be the case. So … I do my best to restrict myself to non-judgmental opinions, observations and keep-them-to-myself thoughts.
Like many people in the world … when I was younger I thought that everybody had a right to hear my opinions … SIGH. Fortunately somewhere between here and there Life managed to enlighten me … and so … these days I am known for giving profuse thanks for the seemingly unlimited patience of long-standing friends and family.
You know I never liked it when others tried to make me become something that I was not. I felt a lot of impatience and frustration. I think that it’s good that I still remember how it felt when people did those things … not because I want to “live in the past” … but rather … because it makes me much more aware of how I wish to treat others and how they feel when I slip up or forget.
Having spent way too many years being suppressed and disapproved of … Miss Perky, Ms Sunshine and I are now really strong advocates of people being allowed to be whoever they are … and wherever they may be. We still have preferences but these days … rather than trying to coerce anyone into changing … we simply tend to avoid spending time with those whose behaviors are less-than-charming. The girls and I love dancing through life and finally it no longer matters what anyone else may think of us. Happily, we have figured out that there are only two people whose opinions count … one of them is our Spirit and the other is Capital “L” Life … so all-in-all things seem to be working out just fine!
Godspeed and Joyful Journeying Everyone