An open letter to Northwoods citizens
There is perhaps nothing more frustrating than recognizing someone’s vast potential for success and then witnessing them squander it right in front of you.
Often this seems to happen with the naturally talented folks who are not fully aware of the great gift they possess. Other times it happens with people who simply take for granted all that they have been given. And still yet it happens to those in denial or who are blinded by something to distract themselves with, whether that be money, substance abuse, or even a pious nature. Focusing inward too long breeds these deviations.
Each of us reacts differently in this scenario, but if it’s someone close you normally try to help if you can. Maybe you’ll stage a sit-down talk or an intervention or even acquire the resources you think will help that person and hand them over as gifts (be forewarned that money does not mend hearts). Maybe you’ll be as innovative as to ask what they really want out of life, or maybe you’ll just cut ties and get on with your own business.
Probably the hardest thing to do is confront the individual. A confrontation means you’ll be putting all your thoughts and feelings on the line, and that may either force the person away from you or leave yourself open to cross-examination. If you really care though, that’s exactly what you’ll do...