A line in the sand refers to a point beyond which one will not go; a limit to what one will do or accept.
Are you allowing other people to make you feel bad about you?
At some point we have to stop allowing other people’s words, behavior, opinions, innuendos or attitudes control how we feel about ourselves.
This is easier said than done, especially when we receive an unkind comment, or experience betrayal in a friendship. Certainly, these scenarios can be confusing, and upsetting, which takes some time to process.
However, what adds to the pain is feeling bad about ourselves or blaming ourselves for why others are acting in certain ways.
Similarly, we have to cease allowing or believing any negative thoughts we have about ourselves as well, and quit making self-destructive comparisons with others.
For instance, there comes a time when we decide to not make our worth be dependent on how many ‘likes’ we receive or ‘followers’ we have on social media or comparing ourselves to others created personas.
Additionally, we realize that staying with certain friends, jobs, or activities that become unhealthy is personally harmful, and we rise above being scared or uncomfortable to make the necessary changes.
To that end, it is a blessing when challenges or discomfort occurs because it motivates us into action by:
- Letting us know it may be time to move on
- Forcing us to stand up for ourselves
- Learning how to handle emotions in a less personally damaging way
In short, we eventually draw a line in the sand when the pain gets too great and we’ve had enough!
Where do you draw the line?