Quote: “An entire see of water can’t sink a ship unless the water gets inside the ship.”
Similarly, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside you. Feel what you need to feel when someone offends you, that’s OK. But don’t forget to let it go. Do not let it consume you. Because if you allow it to burn you down, make you sink and hit rock bottom, it will.
No one can really hurt your feelings without your permission. Though, it goes both ways. Don’t let people’s compliments get to your head too easily, and on the flip side don’t let their criticisms go to your heart. The degree to which you do either of these things is the degree you’ll be ruled by what other people think of you. If that makes sense.
What this really means is that people can’t pull your emotional triggers if you don’t hand them the gun. And remember that you don’t always have to show your vulnerability or give your all to everyone. At least not to people who are likely use your openness as a weapon against you.
Other people’s behavior should not destroy your inner peace. Every emotion you feel costs vital energy. If you feel like a relationship with someone is costing you your inner peace, it’s too expensive. And the return on emotional investment will be negative. Even if it’s just one person or something very small that is bothering you. A small leak will sink a great ship.
Your life is your ship. You are the captain. Ships don’t sink because of the water around them. They sink because of the water that gets in them. Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside you and weigh you down.