Hello CW Peeps!
Think first before starting a comprehensive personal relationship with others, or before diving headfirst into that new exciting cyber love affair with the person of your dreams. As in the real world, there are also those manipulative, controlling predators who want to mess with your mind, take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride, for the purpose to fill their their own agenda. This will include crushing your psyche, self worth, taking money, gifts, resources, to even include identity theft! Manipulation and controlling others is a thrill and nothing but a game for these predators, which is also a form of bullying. They enjoy the control of getting others taken in with empty promises of love, friendship, romance, protection, and social status, even imposing fear and threats of being ridiculed, gossiped on, rumored out, ambushed by a clique, or rejected if one should fall short in meeting the predator's expectations. We all know this happens in real life, and sadly, it happens in cyber land too. It's even more subversive and clandestine within the digital hyperspace we spend more of our lives occupying. This is why there should be a certain amount of discernment and vigilance on our part to create awareness by looking out for one another, which is the point of this short article.
If a person you meet happens to come off as some kind of 'dreamboat' or is just 'too good to be true'.. Well.. this is when you really want to take out your critical thinking and common sense skills (BS detector) out, and whatever you do - Slow your roll! Do yourself a favor to observe, ask questions, investigate, and do your diligence to ensure this person is genuine. Do not fall for these smooth talking, grifting charlatans; they're out for the quick hook, preying on the unsuspecting and vulnerable, and in my opinion, they are indeed the lowest of the low. You'll know either way if you take your time, think for yourself and, even seek counsel of trusted friends. Do not simply become another victim, ending up being used and abused from emotional and possible financial turmoil.
We must strive to be our best self, by getting to know who we are through the personal relationship we have with ourselves, and for those who believe, faith in their personal higher power. No one can do it better than the person looking at you in the mirror each day. We all deserve dignity and should know in our heart we always have a place at the table, with every right to have something to say and contribute. No one is more important, as we are all equal. However, this mindset should come from within the continued practice of convincing ourselves this basic principle first and foremost. How we go about doing so is an individual journey, genuine, and unique, but the results always stay the same...Seek that comfort zone within the serenity of self awareness. In other words, love yourself.
We all want to be loved, liked, accepted, and feel like we belong. The great news is there are fantastic people and great welcoming friends among us, so take the initiative to seek them out, take your time in genuinely getting to know them. Surround yourself with the type of friends who are genuine, down to earth, and are looking out for YOUR best interests, with no strings attached or expectations. Proceed slowly into new friendships and relationships until you know you both share common values and perspectives. Keep the good vibe going and be sure to pay the kindness forward to others seeking as well.
The best rule of thumb is always pay attention more to what others do in deeds and action.. not necessarily what is said or promised.
Have fun, Do good, Win big, & Choose Wisely.
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