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I want to address a problem that has caused me great pain, and I know has caused others much the same–doubt.
Since I have been on this particular journey, along with amazing support from those who understand why I am acting as I am, I have also drawn plenty of attack from “all” sides (i.e.: you’re doing too much, you’re doing too little, your motivations are bad, you’re a liar, etc.).
Along the way, I have seen myself fall into doubt at times. It is a bad place to be.
I have asked God to help me with this doubt, and He has answered.
What I have discovered, is that sometimes when talking with others or reading critical comments, I have taken on THEIR doubt!
Growing up a “middle” child, I suppose I got used to seeing how others see things.
And it is good that we can understand where others are coming from. We can understand their anger, fears, and point of view. But understanding them does not necessarily mean that we SHARE their point of view!
Because I sometimes lose objectivity, THEIR fears and inaccuracies drip into me, and now I am doubting and feeling pain.
God is teaching me to stay with what I see–UNTIL I SEE OTHERWISE, if that is to be.
Therefore, I am staying within myself; yet, that does not mean I am not open to hearing truths from others. It’s just the more grounded I become, the less I am subject to the external opinions/pressures of others.
I have a glimpse of this now, and it’s a beautiful thing. It is so key to living a happy life, and I am grateful for this lesson.
I hope this helps you. Let me know if it does.
Patrick Rooney is the Founder of OldSchoolUs.com. He communicates clearly and fearlessly during perilous times about natural health, success, and freedom. To reach Patrick, email him at [email protected].
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