From time to time, I get messages from people who label me ‘brave’ for my open approach to living. I’m not so sure bravery is the right title because I’m living from a different place. I’m operating from a place where what people think of me doesn’t drive me. Because at the end of the day, they have no control over the heaven or hell that I live in. I found that people often judge from their own limited experiences and I can do one of two things. Educate them or ignore them. I often do both. Don’t make someone else’s judgements your own personal burden. Carry only the burden that has been bestowed on you by a higher power, and let the bottom dwellers take a wiff of their own crap and see how they like it. So, here is my response to my dear friends.
“Dear Jackie, I’m not brave…I just don’t give a hoot about what people think of me. At least not to the point where is alters my spirit, my path or my purpose. It’s up to me to exhibit positive behavior, but I have no control over how folks interpret it.”
Lesson 1: When people draw false conclusions about you without your input, then they have created a situation that has nothing to do with you, thus don’t let it reside with you.
Lesson 2: Get clear about your personal burdens so that you are careful not to carry to load that belongs to others.
NOTE: Just in case you wondered, I’m a big fan of Lucy Lawless…she is the first woman that comes to mind when I hear the term ‘brave‘.