Barry Davret Where did you get hooked on needing others approval? How much fun to break free. I wonder if there is a way to speed up happiness?
I agree “Every toxic mudball thickens your shield” but what happens when you reach a point when you no longer need the shield?
I too am a fan of Seth Godin. “Will they miss you when you are gone?” hit me.
What if you care deeply about the people in front of you. Listen to them. Let them be seen. Let them know they matter.