I have been struggling with something all day. When I came across this quote, I knew it was a sign that I should write a post.
Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.
I am a person who always gets to the bottom of things quickly. I do not use flowery language or cushioning and get to the point using the fastest route possible (like Waze). If you have been a follower of my blog you must be pretty used to my direct style by now.
I have been told multiple times over the years that my emails are too direct. My relatives told me that my direct approach was off putting. I was told by managers that stating facts using bullet points was repelling. Finally, hubby taught me the sandwich approach to writing better emails.
I tried to change my style but never felt comfortable. Today, I sent an email as usual (direct and to the point) and was unhappy all day, pondering what people would think and how they would interpret my directness. Let me be very clear that being direct and being rude are totally different and I always take extra precaution to ensure that I am not coming across as a rude person.
I was feeling helpless today and dogs came to my rescue (yet again). A metaphor just popped into my head today that brought me closure. There are several varieties of fur less / hairless dogs per AKC. Does it mean they are not nice, not cute, not obedient? The answer is NO, they are as well behaved and sweet as the other breeds.
I have finally come to my senses and am happy being a fur less canine. That is what I am and what I am comfortable with. I cannot really help it. See me for who I am and what I have to offer. Do not judge me by my coat. As of today, I have shed my fur and am a hairless dog and proud to be one.