If you leave the smallest corner of your head vacant for a moment, other people's opinions will rush in from all quarters.
George Bernard Shaw
The temptation to adopt random opinions as my own died years ago, when I unpacked the trunk that overflowed with so much dead weight. I have come to know well that it is hard enough to carry, with comfort, the things I believe without taking on the added burden of someone else's baggage. I say with all honesty that until I cleaned house I really had no idea what my real opinions were. And parroting someone else's never earns love or respect, no matter how much you wish it would. A yes man is as easily manipulated as a kite in the breeze, constantly shifting to suit the wind. The one holding the string has all the power.
I spent years trying to mold myself from a pattern cut by other hands, and all it got me was the grief of never feeling good enough to deserve love. I never pleased until I stopped trying to placate and merit what can never be gotten by those means. I stood up and found myself suddenly alone in virgin territory, of an almost silent mind, but it did not stay silent for long and has not been empty since. Nowadays, I have an opinion about everything, sometimes profound, sometimes not, but always simply my very own.
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