Saturday 3 December 2016

Mindful moment… Trust your feelings

Marianne Power

Published 15/05/2016 | 02:30

Trust your feelings
Trust your feelings

Writer Maya Angelou once said: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel." Isn't that true?

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There are some people who just make us feel good. It might only be a 10-minute chat in the supermarket, but after bumping into them you come away feeling invigorated, inspired and like the world is full of possibility.

Then there are other people who somehow leave us feeling anxious, unsettled, not good enough. They don't necessarily say anything particularly mean, it's just a feeling you get - that you are somehow boring, or that you said the wrong thing, or are wearing the wrong thing… or there's just a mysterious knot in your tummy when you come away from them.

The older I get, the more I have learned to trust this feeling. I no longer try to understand it or fix it, I just accept that if someone doesn't make me feel good, for whatever reason, it's just not a fit.

In my head I simply wish them all the best and move on.

* Marianne Power is the author of helpmeblog.net

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