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My Business vs. None of My Business

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

I'm biting my tongue! When someone you love has gained a lot of weight in a short amount of time, I just can't say anything. When they get all excited about junk food, when they ask for seconds, I try not to even give a look. It's none of my business.

If there were a circle and everything inside the circle was my business: my job, weight, appearance, level of cleanliness, politics, religion, finances, sex, etc. then everything outside that circle was none of my business. Well, my dearest loved one's weight is none of my business.

Keeping up with everything within my circle is about all I can handle. I don't have the time, energy to waste on everything that's none of my business.

I've also heard my business called the circle of control, and none of my business called the circle of concern. I think it may have been first written by Stephen Covey. www.stephencovey

I can set a good example. This person knows I'm at the gym all the time, that I switch out squash for starchy carbs, and even what my weight is, and how much I lost this week. And if they come to me for advice, I'll gladly give it. But I know, because I've been there, that judgement isn't helpful. Never. Ever.
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    My daughter is in the same boat (the gaining weight boat) and I chose not to say anything.... I think you've got it right and I'm just learning what works better than trying to help all the time.

    1358 days ago
    Thank you!!!!!
    1358 days ago
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    1359 days ago
    emoticon that's right on the money! Good thinking!
    1359 days ago
    Good for you: I haven't always exercised your admirable self control and gotta say, it's never helped anybody for me to speak up about the stuff that's none of my business!!
    1359 days ago
    Being an example is the best you can do for someone else.
    1359 days ago
    I agree with you.
    1359 days ago
    Right on!
    1359 days ago
    You are soooooooooooo right! The best thing to do is lead by example. Never a good idea to point out someone is fat - like they don't know it. What they don't get from it is the idea - I'm concerned for you." Instead, they feel the hurt, shame, and guilt. The feeling that they aren't good enough and don't measure up. I have to squelch my desire to comment on my son's weight but then I remind myself when I was at the funeral home and an older woman I worked with many years before said, "I didn't recognize you. You have gotten so fat." I have a good self esteem but it was not a good feeling and I told myself then I would never be this insensitive.

    You are a very kind, perceptive, and intelligent person. You know how to help others help themselves. You can encourage them to take a walk with you, order healthy meals when you are with them. I know you wouldn't ever tell them they are fat.
    1359 days ago
    It is not easy - but you're right, judgment is never helpful!

    1359 days ago
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    I admire you for keeping your mouth shut.. not easy.
    1359 days ago
    You've got it right Caren! We must focus on what we can control which is ourselves.
    1359 days ago
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