Years ago, my dad decided to attend a week-long retreat with his wife to spend time learning from, and interacting with, Neale Donald Walsch. All week my dad didn’t say a word but noticed Neale looking his way quite often, probably expecting my dad to say something or participate in some way.
The last day, Neale finally asked my dad what he thought of the retreat. His reply:
“I got a ticket last minute because my wife was already coming anyway. I didn’t know much about you so I bought your books and while I probably got more from this retreat than most people here, every time I tried to read one of your books I fell asleep.”
Everyone laughed and Neale grinned. He told my dad, “You could be my real friend. I like you. Most people around me just tell me what they think I want to hear, but not you. I like your honesty.”
Reminder to self: Keep a few chosen ones in your life who will tell you the truth, make you uncomfortable, and challenge your belief system because they actually care, tell the truth, and are real, open, transparent, and honest. Some people do these things because they are mean spirited, and want to cause you the same level of pain they are currently experiencing. Find the ones who really care and keep them around.
You will soon realize how incredibly valuable these people can and will be in your life.
Today’s challenge for myself: Today I will put myself in an uncomfortable situation with someone who cares for me and ask what they think I could do differently that would make me a more effective person in achieving my goals. I will share my goals. I will share my purpose for my goals. I will strive to remember the feedback I seek is not criticism and that it is coming from a place of love.
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