I can’t help what anyone else thinks. I learned a long time ago that I had to answer to myself. I had to do what makes me happy. If I spend all my time trying to please others, I will fail. It’s ultimately up to the individual to be responsible for their life. Personal responsibility is paramount and essential to everyone’s well being.
So let them talk, let them find fault. It doesn’t matter because it’s not their opinion that I seek, nor their approval I hope to gain. Everyone must face the end of their day and hope to God that they accomplished what they sought out to do. When I go to bed, I sleep easily because I hold no grudge against anyone and harbor no ill feelings. I do not resent others for what I do for them. What I do, I do willingly. What I offer, I benefit from because of the joy it brings to me. What is said of me holds weight when I respect the author of the words, not the clamor of their tone.
At the end of the day, I am no richer then when I awoke. I do not gain any position of authority or advantages that can be measured through jealous eyes. All that I own, all that I am is the feeling of contentment at having neither profited from another’s woes, nor lost because of another’s gain. I live a zero sum game and work to end each day with peace in my soul and goals yet to be realized.