I seriously considered not reacting to the following prompt. Who ever wants to discuss their mistakes in public, right? That said, here goes.
It’s easy to focus on our mistakes—to reflect with 20/20 hindsight and berate ourselves for what went wrong. Bring your awareness to a mistake you’ve made over the past year. Unveil one positive lesson from that mistake. How can you actively use this lesson moving forward?
I noticed I kept giving so-called “friends” the benefit of the doubt loooong after they deserved it. It’s all well and good to be fair-minded towards others but there’s a limit to accepting bad behaviour, yes? Sooner or later you gotta call them out on it or remain a doormat for the duration of the friendship/relationship/whatever it is you have going on at that point. Oh, and you also have to stand your ground when you confront them because they will try to pass it off as nothing much. Don’t be fooled! Stay strong!
There’s no need to bend over backwards for anyone who takes me for granted and expects me to do all the work. It’s OK for me to cut my losses and get the hell out. It’s OK to identify the BS and refuse to take it. You know, keep it real or keep it moving. So even though I won’t stop giving others the benefit of the doubt, I do intend to withdraw my generosity if it’s abused. Fair enough, innit? 🙂