Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live my friend. I hope you are doing well today. I am doing much better and I want to share why, but before I do that I want to share a milestone with you. My last post, Living with an Invisible Disability — A Lesson Learned — Part 2 was the 400th article that I have written and published for Second Chance to Live since I created Second Chance to Live on February 6, 2007. I want to thank you for being a part of my journey. I look forward to you being a part of my next 400 articles.
Several weeks ago a friend – while I was out with a group of friend – a close friend of mine minimized and marginalized me. He essentially stated that I had little to bring to relationships because of my deficits and limitations related to my invisible disability. Not only did he minimize me, but did so in front of other people. What made matters worse was that he marginalized what I am doing through Second Chance to Live — when I stated that I am having a positive impact upon the lives of my readers. As you might imagine I was both angry and hurt.
Over the past several weeks — in my anger — I have been nurturing a resentment toward him. Subsequently, I have avoided interacting with him, at both meetings and church. Last night — Friday evening — I attended a meeting which this individual was also attending. Because of my anger and resentment I made it a point to not interact with him. Consequently, rather than going out with the group after the meeting — and thus having to potentially interact with him — I made the decision to come home. I worked on my computer, watched a little TV and then headed to bed.
Funny thing, early the next morning — Saturday morning — he called to tell me that he was meeting with someone near where I live and after meeting with his appointment he wanted to bring by what he talked about giving to me about a month ago. Although I was still angry at him I agreed and told him we needed to chat when he arrived. He told me that he would not have much time to chat. He told me that he did not know how long his meeting would last. I asked him to call me when his appointment ended to let me know that he was on his way. He said that he would give me a call.
Please read Part 2. Thank you.
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