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The Major Aha Moment That Helped Me Stop Fixating on Fixing Myself

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“The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself.” ~Maya Angelou My newest friend ended our three-month-long friendship on a July day when I’d just returned from a dreadful summer vacation.

Her Dear Jane email read, “It’s not you, it’s me.” The lever had been pulled, I was dumped, and I thought, “Ha!” I’d spent the last three months trying to help her fix her problems.

I knew she had more problems than me. But then an anxious, obsessive thought loop began. What did it really mean? How could it not be about me? This wasn’t the first time I’d lost a friend, so of course, I needed to diagnose, dissect, and determine the origin of this unhappy pattern.

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