Tuesday, September 28, 2010

friend or foe?

Eminem can be highly controversial but I must admit that I do enjoy some of his music. His words have such meaning behind them. Words are amazing in that they can be interpreted in so many ways; however that also makes communication extremely difficult when one person hears one thing but the other person means something totally different.

Have you experienced the tangling of words vs. meaning?

I recently stumbled on this quote by Eminem and wanted to share:


This quote stands out to me because I feel that due to miscommunication, lack of understanding of words and their meaning, I have enemies. I would also say that I am not one to "kiss up" or try to be somebody that I am not. I often speak my mind, whether good or bad and because of that, I have created enemies.

In the past, I have beat myself up over the fact that I have enemies; mostly because these enemies don't admit their dislike of me and are fake to my face; so I never really have enemy confirmation so to speak. Even after trying to remedy the conflict myself by asking to talk; I have been met with resistance. 
There is only so much a person can do when the other avoids conflict and chooses not to share true feelings. 

What is worth more to me than having a bunch of "fake" friends is having those who know me and how I really feel and accept me for it.

Have you ever stood up for something to have others turn on you because it was more popular to do so than take a stand?


8 thoughts:

Crocheted Little Things said...

we're much alike. I often say the things I think without pondering them too much and I often hurt people with words even if I don't mean too. Then, there is the fact that English it's not my primary language. that opens another can of worms.

Thanks for posting on Sweet Irie blog, love yours!
Lu

Kayla said...

I think we're destined to be friends. I have been dealing with the battle with enemies all day today. I am trying to remember that it's jealousy and misunderstanding that leads people to leave you in the cold rather than stick up for you or with you. Love this post!

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Madigan at madiganmade said...

That is a great line. It reminds me of another one I like: "Loved or hated, but never ignored."
You can't please everyone. I can't think of a specific example... but it is a lesson I am slowly learning over time.
Thank you for sharing!

Kara said...

I have def been in these shoes...it's even more challenging when it's within your own family. The way i see it, we have one life, one chance. this is my life...how am i going to live it? fake and not really being me? nope. take me as i am :)

i hear ya. and i agree...eminem has meaningful lyrics when you are really listening...well, depending on your perspective ;)

Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea said...

Great quote - and full of meaning!

Mama Pea said...

Great quote.

la petite coquine said...

I had enemies growing up because of the things I succeeded in or had, and so in high school, I just stopped talking about what I did. People were shocked when I went off to a music conservatory, because I'd never wanted to make anyone mad with my small triumphs.

I think you'll always have enemies, and it might even be healthy. I'd rather you not like me for who I am than tolerate me pretending to be someone else.

Watkins35 said...

bless you, I sooo emote with this. I have a similar problem with someone at work who doesn't like me (because I stand up for mayself I think). It's horrid to know that people don't like you, I find it hard as I want people to, but Eminem is right! x

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