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How to protect yourself from harm when you show your heart

How to protect yourself from harm when you show your heartpablo-3

“Your son is just gonna get hurt. He’s got a heart and people will use that against him”. That is what a good friend of mine just told me the other day. He was referring to how much compassion and empathy my children show for others. He is not wrong. Showing your heart and trying to help others makes you a primary target for bullying. Been there, done that, and I have the T-shirt to show for it.

What is the alternative though? Is he, or I to pretend to be someone who we are not? Should we be more cynical just to protect ourselves from harm? Does this sound like what you may be going through? Good news is that there is a way of getting around this dilemma: We only get hurt when we associate ourselves with people who are negative and cynical. In short, the best way to be left alone by these negative people is not getting close to them in the first place. Hang out with people who give you energy and are in general also looking for making a positive difference in other people’s lives.

Trying to pretend to be someone whom you are not is extremely stressful and just leads to a future midlife crisis.

Ralf

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