“I find it interesting that so many people feel more comfortable talking to strangers about things in life.
Is it just me, or do friends sometimes disappoint? I know everyone cannot be everything to everybody, but I’ve never found it difficult to praise and support when needed. I’ve been on a journey to correct life-style habits that have begun to affect my health, successfully I might add. My husband is doing this journey with me and has been very supportive. I’m not one to brag or share all in my life, but to my few friends I have sometimes vocalized my triumphs and feel-good moments. It’s been interesting to observe their reactions; sometimes the complete opposite of what one might expect from a friend. Silence for starters, or ‘piss on your parade comments’, or making it about them and why they can’t do what you are doing, not uttering one word of praise or support. I try to understand where they are at in this particular moment in their lives and cut them some slack, but I find it draining, so now I mostly say nothing. I’m generally a great listener. I find it both hurtful and disappointing to not have that kindness returned.” -Anonymous