An exit strategy.
It’s a lesson learned: finally understanding the need of an exit strategy before entering. And realizing how it can be done without a struggle: it can be as simple as a gentle laying-down of the patterns.
A quiet, green walking-away.
This week I think someone might have played me for a fool. And I am surprised by my own acceptance. Funny that at this age – in this age – I am turning unabashedly earnest. Even in the face of manipulation. I am shamelessly open to connections, willing to assume face value and accept consequence as something beyond my responsibility.
I never thought my response to emotional truthiness – which seems to have become the status quo of so many of our social interactions – would be to shrug.
I haven’t been swindled for money. Or significant concessions. All they took was my time and my compassion. And while time is a limited resource, compassion is not.
And the practice/praxis of compassion is never a waste of time.