What If I Asked You to Pull My Plug? Sharing
You can grow even when everything around you seems to have gone to pot.
This is one messed up world.
Just when you think things can’t get any worse there’s another shooting, storm, fire or catastrophe. How do you deal with all of that? Keep it all in context. Understand it. Learn from it. Leave it. Move on. Getting stuck on it will leave you hurting.
Share your misery with others.
When I was recently laid off again and again, I would tell others about it. Then it became apparent that I was only sharing my misery. It wasn’t helping that I was leaving my problems on someone else’s doorstep. The problems were going to still be there. I had to own them. You should share your misery, but for the right reasons. Understanding that others are there to help you will enable you to approach them in a manner that serves them.
Playing it safe serves no-one.
I’ve asked different people for advice at different times in my life. It’s easy to look back and see how their recommendations were slanted because
- they had a preconceived notions. It seems like they knew what was the easiest thing to recommend. However, they may not have known my heart.
- they knew my family situation. Understanding that I had a family to feed and should take care of that first, sacrifice my passion, not live in the moment and play it safe was the first option.
- people aren’t usually going to tell you to take risks and stick your neck out. I can remember asking a friend of mine about buying life insurance. He said, “well, I’m never going to tell you that you don’t need it or need as much. You and your wife would hate me if something were to happen.”
Then I had a friend speak raw truth. He said, “you can do this. Even if you have to work at Home Depot for a little. You can do this. It may not be easy at times. It depends on how bad you want it.”
I’ve made the decision that this is what I’m supposed to be doing. I’m here to help others. This is done by helping them to embrace their own blindness. You “see” we all have blindness.