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Growing up, you are taught to be friendly to those around us. You are encouraged to be respectful and kind in your interactions with others, regardless of whether or not these individuals are your best mates. But have you ever gotten either an indirect or perhaps a very direct feeling that someone didn’t like you? You feel hurt, maybe even baffled as to why a single person, out of all the wonderful, friendly people you know, seems to intentionally avoid contact with you when you are both within the same room.

The truth is, not everyone is going to like you. No matter how far out of your way you go to be friendly with that one person, be it by sending them flowers or offering to rotate their tires, these select individuals are not going to give you the satisfaction of a friendly smile. It’s hard to say why. Perhaps you remind them of someone they don’t care for, or maybe their personality is not the warm and cuddly type. Not everyone’s is.

The important thing to remember is that there are others in your life, many more, who love you and enjoy spending time with you. These individuals make the time to call you up on the phone for a chat, help you install your new garbage disposal on a Wednesday night, and share your moments of struggle and celebration. Don’t let negative Nancy and Ned rain upon your parade. Try your best to move on, and rejoice in the love of those who are glad to know you and be with you.

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