The other day, I launched something new. This essay isn’t about that, though.
This piece is about the meanness of one reader who contacted me afterwards because I actually work for a living.
Now, there was a time when I would have been absolutely crushed by the unkindness of this complete stranger. But this time, the very first thing that came to my mind is something one of my spiritual advisors used to say, “Jennifer Ann, what exactly is this?”
“Is it rejection? Or, is it protection?” (click to tweet)
Here’s a sad but true fact: The more you achieve what you want in life, the bigger target you will be for a sad few who seek to bring themselves up in life by bringing you down.
When this happens, please protect your heart and keep things in beautiful perspective.
Not everyone is going to like or approve of what you hope to accomplish in life. And the really good news is that you don’t need them to.
Now, many will. I suspect that, no matter who you are, there will almost certainly be a treasured few people who will champion you and your big dream. (I, for example, will ALWAYS be here for you in that way!)
Most of the people you know will simply say nothing about your success. Either they didn’t notice, or they’re too distracted, or maybe they’re just too jealous to say anything at all. But at least they have the insight to see that their negative feelings say more about them than they do about you. And they have the good sense to keep quiet.
But please don’t be surprised or derailed by the others – those very few broken people who mistakenly believe they can bring themselves up by pulling you down.
Hurt people hurt people. (click to tweet)
Their unhappiness with themselves may cause them to be unkind to you. They may be mean-spirited. They may even seek to undermine or sabotage your success.
Whatever method they choose, please remember that their acts of destruction are completely about THEM and not at all about Beautiful You.
Don’t let them poison your beautiful heart or diminish the value of your dream.
Keep your chin up. Have faith that Source will provide a league of champions to lift you up as you seek to bring others along.
And most of all, please don’t allow your fear of how some people might respond to your success to keep you from trying.
There is a wonderful creative Source in the world that is ready even now to lift you on the wings of greatness.
Have faith in that.
And then, we rise. We act. We fearlessly love and believe in ourselves. If you like, you can even share your own Best Practices about dealing with destructive people in the comments below.
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