Nothing Personal

Today I talk about how I keep having people in my life including my family, friends, and finally a church group keep telling me, “It’s not personal, but we don’t want to work with you.”

I’m trying to understand what I’ve done. I’ve always thought I was a pretty nice guy. I’ve got a good sense of humor, and I feel like I’m laid back.

A large amount of my family won’t speak to me.

I’ve reached out, but have had almost no replies.

My wife quit our podcast.

A church group told me that they didn’t want me in their group. I made the lead uncomfortable.

This has me second guessing every emotion, thought, and action I do.

I always thought I was a good person. Was I wrong?

2 Comments (click here to leave a comment)

  1. Wendy

    Oh geez, Dave. I’m so sorry you’re going through all of this.

    As a long-time fan and fellow Rock and Roll Geek donator, I had to leave a comment after listening to this episode.

    After listening to your podcast for so long, I’m left with the impression that you’re a genuine, passionate, kind, reasonable, creative, and humble guy. You have an abundance of talent and great ideas.

    Please don’t ever stop speaking up, being helpful, and being yourself. Don’t dim that light just because you keep bumping up against people who don’t understand you, who feel uncomfortable by your openness, and who are just…shut down…for one reason or another.

    Keep putting yourself out there so you can, eventually, find like-minded people who appreciate you. Those people are out there and waiting to connect with you.

    The people from the old church, it sounds like, weren’t ready for change.

    And the chick at the new church sounds like a shit disturber who probably loves the drama she creates because it gives her some false sense of power. Mark my words: At some point in the future, you’ll hear rumblings about how people don’t like her.

    It sounds like your brother is going through the “I’d rather be right than be happy” phase. He will, eventually, get to the point of missing you so much that he’ll come around. Hang in there.

    Maybe you could do a marriage-related podcast with you and another guy in which you talk about your marital experiences. (You haven’t done that yet, have you?) It may not have the exact same healing impact the podcast you were hoping you and your wife’s podcast would have, but it may have a different one—you connecting with other men who can understand what you’re going through.

    My belief is that we attract situations into our lives that reflect how we feel about ourselves. For you, Dave, I hope you’re able to change the perception you hold of yourself so you can begin to experience less strife and, finally, connect with people who reaffirm what, I’m sure many of your fans think—you’re an awesome guy.

    P.S: I’m so sorry for your loss of Dudley.

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