The father who insists his son take over the family business. The mother who over-mothers. The boss who micro-manages. If they don’t drive their intended victims crazy, they definitely drive all their onlookers nuts.
But, in case you think that’s somene else, recall the last time you wanted something to work out so badly – and were afraid it wouldn’t – that you found yourself “nudging” people, places and things to get to your desired effect. If you managed to stop and take a look around you, you might’ve noticed a lot of annoyed onlookers. You know, those guys you just handcuffed to your idea of what the future should look like.
Nobody likes to be manipulated or “lead”, including us. But worry and desire can turn us into this kind of person.
The antidote to being attached is self-awareness. Plain and simple. Becoming aware of our impact and value in any situation can bring us back to our senses and into balance and harmony with ourselves and our fellows.
I know that, for me, the times I find myself manipulating a situatin for a desired end is when I’m afraid I’ll loose something precious to me. That someone more powerful than me will somehow destroy that possibility. When I bring this feeling in front of me and examine it, it seems pretty foolish. After all, as an adult, the only way someone else could really do that was if I had no other alternatives. But that isn’t likely. It’s really only my fear, my insecurity and lack of awareness that lets me think so.
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