There are many parts to the idea of being true to yourself. One of them is about setting and keeping boundaries.
Some things capture your eye and become all that you can see for the moment. Some ideas capture your mind and become all that you can think for the moment.
Another is about doing your best to tell the truth, as you understand it. A third part is how you interpret what others tell you or what they do. It is this last part that I want to address today.
When we were kids, I taught my brother how to ride a bike. We had a long gravel driveway that circled around to form the letter P so you could drive up to the house and also around to the garage.
You can focus on the obstacles to your success, or focus on the way past them that will allow you to reach your goals.
We’d start at the foot of our driveway, and he’d try to keep his balance for as long as he could. It wasn’t too long before he was peddling on his own, wobbling and fiercely concentrating on maintaining his balance. At the other end of the straight part of the driveway was our aluminum fishing boat. Eventually, he got to where he’d make it pretty close to that boat. I’d shout to him, “don’t hit the boat, don’t hit the boat.”