So many of us have lived our lives placing unmerited value on the opinions of others while discrediting our personal truth and reality. Breaking the shackles of people-pleasing requires honest self-appraisal, a healthy dose of self-esteem, and an enormous commitment to self-realization.
My neighbor and I are finally back on speaking terms after the 2016 elections. Both of us were probably too adamant in our political stance, too certain that our candidate was the right one. Harsh words led to over-the-fence glares and avoidance at the mail box. The cost of being right was a wounded friendship. Today, with November elections approaching, what price am I willing to pay to be outspoken and will I again stir up neighborhood animosity with placards in my front yard? Is it worth it? Will I risk physical harm by sporting signs on my pickup truck?
Hell yes, I’ll do it again. If friendships and relationships can’t survive differences of opinion, then perhaps there wasn’t much to work with anyway. If I can’t drive to the market or the library or the post office safely, then perhaps we have already lost the battle. I marvel (and would love to be a mouse in the corner at dinner time) at the marriage of Kellyanne Conway and George. Good Lord, what conversations they must have over lobster and steak.
We cannot afford not to exercise our rights to political opinion. If neighbors, family, friends, and others who have a differing viewpoint can’t deal with my opinion, that’s their problem and they need a refresher course in democracy and civics. GO BLUE!
I AM LARRY – worthy, unique, loved