Start Where You Are - The Giveaway Begins

Over the last few days I've been blogging about this book, "Start Where You Are, a Journal for Self-Exploration."

A giveaway for this book will begin now run for a week.  The winner will be shipped a free copy of this book by the publisher. (Blogger, Facebook & Twitter do not endorse this contest) One winner will be chosen at random via the rafflecopter tool.  The winner will be notified via email.  The winner will provide their shipping address for delivery.

Today I'm going to chat about the exercise that references a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Only in the darkness can you see the stars.

The exercise is to think about a difficult situation and write down what you learned from it.

Some of you may be familiar with some issues I have had with family certain members of my biological family.  One member has decided that I am abusive to them, even to the point of blocking me on social media and taking to outlets under assumed names to bash me.  I found such and entry and as I always would began to address the situation directly.  It wasn't until after I really thought about it that I realized that what I was saying wasn't going to change anything at all.  I was actually more concerned that people see that the family member was wrong and I was right.  The drive to become right soon outweighed any positive benefit of the dialog.

I went back a few hours later and removed my comments from the conversation.  There was nothing to be gained.  I learned the hard lesson that when people have the mind set to misunderstand you, there's nothing you can do to change.  You must just move on.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this exercise.  Feel free to share your stars.

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