For example, if some of these people happen to be relatives, or someone is your childhood best friend’s spouse or your daughter’s best friend’s mom, staying away may bring other challenges.
And even when we can avoid them completely, it can be valuable to have such people in our lives, as they empower us to learn and grow.
Note: I said we could invite them to be a part of our lives, not consume our lives! There is a big difference between the two.
A few years back, a friend’s words began to hurt me and brought tears to my eyes, lots of tears.
I knew her intentions were good, yet her comments on my choice of work, living situation, and vacations, and her constant unsolicited advice, left me feeling sad and angry.
I opened up my heart and ultimately felt judged and vulnerable.