The dichotomy is that there is no question we are in strange times. People are diametrically opposed. Friends are ending their relationships due to political leanings and beliefs.
We need to have healthy boundaries and stop worrying about what people will think of us when we say, “I don’t discuss politics, sex or religion with anyone!”
Don’t bring people into our bedrooms to see what we do in private (unless that is your gig). We certainly don’t have to tell people what we believe or which way we vote.
Topics that need to be off the table with friends are the following:
- your gender preference if you prefer to keep it quiet
People Who Bait You
You can easily be baited and not recognize what is happening if you are unaware. People that bait you are looking for a fight. If you don’t want to have to defend yourself and you shouldn’t need to be prepared. Questions you might be asked, that you don’t need to answer are the following:
- Are you a ___________ supporter? (fill in the blank Trump/Biden or other)
- Do you believe in __________________? (pedophilia, conspiracies or aliens) LOL
- Are you in an open marriage/relationship? (these questions are none of anyone’s business.
Worrying They Won’t Like You
The truth is what others think of you is none of your business. Do not worry about what others think of you. If you spend your life thinking about being accepted by others, you will put aside your beliefs and end up being a people-pleaser. People-pleasers are miserable and never find happiness because they are too focused on making OTHER people happy.
People Looking For An Excuse For A Fight
Therefore, those looking for a fight are unhappy with themselves. Firstly, don’t take their bait. Secondly, happiness is something we have to do for ourselves. Thirdly, we cannot make anyone else happy, believe me, I tried for over forty years! It is impossible!
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