Chicken Little and The Boy Who Cried Wolf are both known to have created unnecessary panic. What one person sees as serious or urgent, another can see as manageable or something that doesn't need immediate focus. If someone demands your time and attention, consider if they see something exaggeratedly. Don't get drawn into what might be a false sense of urgency.
Are you willing to let somebody's comment bounce off you? Try, and possibly as your day begins, to remember what's meant by the phrase 'thick-skinned.' A well-intended observation could come across as harsh criticism or maybe hurtful. Acknowledge what they say, smile, nod, and carry on.
If you find a conversation becomes tense or heated, don't be quick to put up a thick defensiveness wall. Instead, listen closely to the point someone is keen to make, even if they could deliver it more sensitively or courteously. If you can connect with the wisdom within it, then the fair compromise you offer in return won't go unnoticed or unappreciated.
You could receive mixed signals or messages from someone who insists they give you the space you need but may also make you feel claustrophobic. One minute, you could feel you've created necessary distance between you. You could then find this person is constantly at your side or looking over your shoulder. Bizarrely, you can benefit from this pressure. But you may need to dig deep for open-mindedness and patience before that happens.
Even if you're convinced a strategy you've implemented is flawless, you could find at least one person has strong reservations about it. But what might sound like harsh criticism could be helpful input from them seeing a bigger picture. Sometimes, it takes somene distanced to spot mistakes we're at risk of making by being too close to what we're doing. Accept that might be the case now.
Just as you breathe a sigh of relief at finding or creating the solitude you need, you could be brought sharply out of your hiding hole. Somebody could be unconcerned about your desire for peace and quiet. Your assistance appears to be required, so accept that retreating may need postponing briefly.
You could believe that 'your way' is 'the only way' and, therefore, the right way to do something. Chances are, you are right, too. But being a bit too keen to steer or control something won't help you get the support from others you need. They probably know you're right but will at least appreciate you listening to their suggestions or input. Set aside a moment to do so.
You could have reasons to believe that you're the focus of attention from others at this time. That's bound to help you feel warm and needed. But it's also possible that someone thinks you don't have time for them. Being in demand and popular is great. But don't forget to reach out to someone who might feel they've been pushed on the sidelines.
You could feel as if you're pushed to 'step up to the plate,' resolve something or possibly absorb a new level of responsibility. You know you have no intention of dropping the ball with this, too. But knowing that others watch you intently to see how you cope might not be pressure you'll welcome. Let your actions - and results - speak for themselves.
Coming face-to-face with an aspect of your past could be both thrilling and deflating. Perhaps, you've grown comfortable with being distanced or detached from whatever - or whoever - it is. So, having to face it or them again could be unsettling. But don't rule out the comfort on offer by being able to move forward or move on in a new and different way as a result.
This could be a time when, for some reason, you're determined to find or identify a fault or flaw in whatever boosts your positivity or optimism. Sure, for every 'yin,' there's a 'yang.' But why are you so determined to focus on anything negative? If there's something undeniably positive about what's emerging now, then give that your full, undivided, and deserved attention.
Billionaire Richard Branson once said, 'if somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you're not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.' That's a great way to think as long as you don't let someone down. But you could be in a situation where others have more faith in your abilities than you do. Continue to exude confidence, even if you're not sure what you're doing. With others' support, you will 'deliver'!