Being in the presence of toxic people is intoxicating. They make you crazy! Constant disrespect, verbal vomit, aggravation at every turn—you don’t want others to think of those things when they think of you. Make sure you don’t slip down that slow slope.
Sometimes we have to put up with others. You could draw a line in the sand, like God did with coastlines, saying, “Here and no farther.” But, making lemonade always earns kudos.
Survive toxic people by being in touch with higher power. Think on the God who drew coastlines, then you can ignore the beating waves. · · · →
When you’re stuck in life, you’re probably stuck on something. Maybe you’re hanging onto it or maybe you’re letting it hang onto you. We don’t like to let go of the anchors we drag, but we have to if we don’t want to drag anchor.
One anchor is “offense”—someone does something no one should be allowed to do! Just remember that you don’t need to be offended by an offense for the rest of your life. If you drag someone else’s offense with you, you’ll sail it to others. Sell anchors in port. Anchor shipping makes an unprofitable business. · · · →
When you’re down and out, looking up at a mountain in your way, sometimes the only way up is to level up.
Up the ante, raise prices, increase the fees to play in your game, put yourself up on the next level in quality and cost. You’ve got to be worth it. You can’t overcharge for bad apples and not make someone want to upset your apple cart. But, as long as you aren’t selling complete junk—and as long as you are indeed in demand—the only way forward might be up.
Some opinions can only be understood in the context of a broader worldview. Maybe the reason someone wants gun restriction laws isn’t so much about guns in particular, but because the person thinks like a Democrat in general. Same with someone wanting to restrict abortion thinking like Republican. When that happens, we’ll get a lot more done—and keep a lot more friendships alive—by discussing party politics at large and the underlying opinions that persuade people one way or the other.
So, we really need a face-to-face to get much done. Underlying questions can’t be discussed through the mail. · · · →