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April 26, 2006



Hi Suzanne,

I too lose sleep trying to figure out why something was said to me or why darts were thrown my way.
Age though has helped me to realize the other person could simply be having a bad day and it has nothing to do with what I've done.
A few years ago through counseling I learned to either answer back, write about what is bothering me or to let it go. Can't say I always do that but when I do it usually works to free my mind.
Also try to keep in mind that while I stew about something done to me, the other person probably has moved on and likely doesn't even remember the moment.
In my case, low self-esteem has a lot to do with fretting and sleepless periods.
My father once gave me a very good piece of advice, when I’d held back from approaching a celebrity.
He said, “why? They are only a person like you.” Meaning they were not created any better than I was… That advice has carried me a far way to feeling equal to anyone I’ve meant or who has tried to be uppity with me.
But best of all, smiling and saying to the grumpy person such as a cashier, "Have a good day." often defuses his/her problem.

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