I learned the hard way.

“I learned the hard way that I cannot always count on others to respect my feelings, even if I respect theirs. Being a good person doesn’t guarantee that others will be good people, too. You only have control over yourself and how you choose to be as a person. As for others, you can only choose to accept them or walk away.” ~Unknown

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  1. Unfortunately, the difficult person to understand and respect are all dead. It is now my responsibility to choose if I still allow “influence beyond the grave” affect how I feel today. The years of pain still defines my foundation and I must fill in the cracks with love from others I choose to be in my new life.

  2. Your comment & insight are long enough ago, I hope this reminder doesn’t cause pain, but shows you how far you’ve come.
    It doesn’t matter if the ‘difficult’ person (persons) are dead, since they live in your memory. You can write them a letter, all the things you wish you could’ve said.
    The most difficult thing to embrace in life is the toxic thing people do to one another or to us is not ABOUT us, it’s the limitations in the soul of that other person, misplaced anger over not being who they wish they were or anger at us for achieving more than what they might have had the courage to pursue. We get angry at our own limitations to be loved like we need, but it becomes our goal to picture that in our minds and work toward it and give to ourselves and others what we ended up lonely for. Don’t Let Their Limitations Fool You into thinking they are your fault—-they are not. But don’t fall into that trap yourself. Set them free—Set Yourself Free.

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