Today’s food for thought is on other people (from Nope, You’re Not Crazy: Rising from the Swamp of Disordered Eating). It can be easy to get sucked in by the opinions of others, close ourselves off, or take things personally (for ourselves and our teens!). Considerations:
A note on other people.
Other people may not get you or where you’re at. That’s okay. There is nothing wrong with you (or them). Keep focusing on yourself; let them deal with their own shit (and everyone has some).
99.99% of what someone else says to you is about them, not about you. It’s not personal.
Bitterness keeps you from flying. Resentment will poison you from the inside out. (As much as you might wish it to hurt another, it will cause way more damage to you, like drinking a toxic brew in hopes it will kill someone else.) Feel the feelings (whatever comes up, it’s neither good nor bad) and then choose what you want to do.
Others will “wrong” you, just as you will “wrong” others. It’s going to happen. Feel it, let it flow through, keep moving on.
And yes, I know all of this is easier said than done. Practice and practice and practice. Then practice some more. That will be enough. You are enough. They are enough.