Responsibility to Sometimes, if Need Be, Say No

September 9, 2014 3:32 PM

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Responsibility to Sometimes, if Need Be, Say No

Today, I'm hearing a lot more about people having mentors, advisers or therapists who enrich our lives. And I'm glad we have great professionals in these fields to help keep us on the path of purpose, fulfillment and success. They have tremendous responsibility and they hold a significant position in our society. Their professions require many years of study and practice to attain the professional skills and experience required to do this work kindly and with love. I have learned that no one wants to be told that they are on the wrong path, or that they are making choices that might harm them later. However true, the person who sometimes says no to us may be the one who loves us the most; they are the ones who go out of their way to warn us as best they can, perhaps in a similar way to how our own parents may have done so. This means it's important for anyone in this advisory role to communicate clearly and in a heart-felt manner in all relationships.

There was a time that I didn't feel comfortable conversing with people who were supposedly street-smart because when problems came up and I offered another perspective, I'd find myself cut off whenever I suggested where the Truth might be. And yet I observed that often kind helpers failed to point o...

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