How Much Do We Damage Others?

I was recently saddened to hear of a couple of friends who are really struggling with their direction  in life.

Everything seemed to be going well as they tried to redirect where they were going and how they were living.  Then, very quickly and for no clear reason everything fell apart.  They re-embarked on what can only be described as a self-destructive path.

Why the sudden change?

In all honesty I don’t know the whole story, but I do know that their response is, in part, a reaction to how others have acted and what others have said. 

These friends had come from a hard background and a very tough life.  The change in their lives and lifestyle had been remarkable.  BUT, for some this wasn’t good enough.  When my friends expressed doubts and questions along the way, instead of receiving help and support they were met with judgement and a general lack of love.  Eventually this became too much for them to handle and they retreated back into their familiar world, even though it had been so destructive.

It all leaves me feeling very frustrated and very sad;

  • sad for what could have been
  • sad for what they have lost
  • sad for what others have lost
  • sad for all the lost potential
  • sad that people have been damaged by people

 … and I’m left asking myself,

“Do I ever hinder or crush others through my lack of concern; failure to listen; my judgements; my lack of unconditional love?”

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About waywood

Hi & Welcome to my thoughts. I share subjects that are important to me. As you’ll notice, these subjects can be quite broad & varied. I like variety; I like breadth & I like a challenge. I am passionate about helping others overcome their fears, grow in confidence & succeed. Although many people would label me as an achiever, I have battled low confidence, low self-esteem & a couple of nasty, long periods depression over the years. I can’t say, “I know how you feel” but I can hopefully empathise & offer some of the things that are helping me to turn my life around. Please feel free to comment, share & enjoy. Take care, best wishes & keep well Stuart
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