Life Lessons in Fear Fighting Mindfulness

The One Time You’re Not Responsible

This is somewhat of a Note to Self. I’m always feeling guilty or nervous about how someone might feel because of something I say or do. I wonder about what they’ll think of me, how they’ll react, and I am hyper-sensitive to how people will feel.

But I think I need to realize something. I don’t control the feelings of others. I don’t even control my own feelings! It’s kind of egotistical of me to think I have that power.

On top of that, I’m not responsible for their feelings. If they’re upset with something I’ve done, if they think I’m acting like a total jerk, and even if they CRY because of something I said, it’s still not my responsibility.

People need to deal with their emotions, and I can’t protect them from that by dancing around issues, avoiding them or by sugar-coating every little thing until it is so sweet I’m not even telling my truth anymore.

Let’s put our truth out there and let the world respond how they will. One thing’s for sure. Whatever it is, they’ll get over it.

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