Many times I’ve felt bad because I needed to shut up and I didn’t.
Why did I say that?
Why can’t I keep my big mouth shut?
If you want to meet a connoisseur of crow, look no further. It goes great with a big slice of humble pie.
But, more often than not, my regret comes from a different place:
Why didn’t I say anything?
When I look back, there’s a lot of things I wanted to say. The words died on my tongue.
I wish now that I still had my childhood journals because I wrote down all of my rebuttals–after the fact.On paper, I was the most self-confident, well spoken person.
My battle with rejection kept me from saying much. It was easier, I believed, to not say anything at all than to lose a relationship–even if the relationship was unhealthy.
This obsession with not being rejected didn’t lead to greater acceptance. It only led to more loneliness.
I honestly believed that being a doormat was my best choice.
Each time a muddy boot plowed over me, I took that pain and buried it deep, but you can only bury things for so long.
Stuffing emotions is a lot like taking trash to a landfill. The hole is deep but it fills up to overflowing fast. No matter how much you pack the trash down, there comes a time when full is full.
I encourage you to not remain silent. I understand that confrontation is not easy. Not standing up for yourself, though, only leads to frustration and regret.
What you have to say is important.
You are important.
It’s time to take off your “Wipe Your Paws” t-shirt.