“You shouldn’t run away from your problems, you need to aim straight for the heart of the beast.”
Being the dude I am, I swing from take no prisoners to run and hide pretty frequently.
For example, my previous post spoke to an encounter with my Father-In-Law in which he told me what he thinks of my handiness around our home. That interaction is a problem. Just a few weeks ago I would have melted down. There would have been days of brooding about, feeling sorry for myself, isolating and possibly shutting down completely.
There are new reactions to negative interactions in my toolbox now. Instead of freaking completely out, I chilled. Instead of brooding about for days, I considered ways to alter opinions. Instead of obsessing over the entire thing, I’ve spent relatively little time thinking on it.
I will admit that it HAS affected me. I did brood about it some, last night. I did get a little pissy, last night. This is, however, an ENORMOUS VICTORY for me. I didn’t shut down.
The thing I’m most fired up about boils down to this: There’s nothing I can do to change what people think of my past. I can only control the here and now. Never, NEVER
N E V E R before was I able to even remotely grasp the thought of possibility of the existence of that concept.
What a victory!!