Most of us hate it when we are going through a hard time and someone - intending to be supportive - says, "Don't worry everything will be fine!"
We hate it because it is clearly dismissive of what we're going through… and because it's not real.
Not acknowledging the pitfalls and saying everything's wonderful, when it clearly isn't is not only foolish but also dangerous.
Making light of a difficult situation is just as harmful as spreading predictions of doom!
DANCE WITH IT! EXPERIENTIAL APPS
An opportunity to experiment with some fun ideas…
Think of a recent difficult situation…
Were you able to deal with your own situation from a realistic, balanced position?
Were you able to be supportive of the other person and still be realistic?
A great line for others is:
"I'm sorry you're going through this. What can I do to help?"
A great line for yourself is:
"Whoa! This is challenging but I am dealing with it. Yay me!"
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