Balancing business and personal matters, can be difficult when becoming a public figure. You want to connect with the people that support you and maintain the relationships with those who were always there. I have loved the way my followers relate to me, understand me and want to connect with me on a more personal basis. Many have shared their own difficult stories, thanking me for sharing mine, and finding comfort in knowing they are not alone. But when I am asked for a meeting or more often financial help, for me the connection then breaks.
Friendships and relationships are not meant to be forced; friendships grow and mature over time, naturally, genuinely. A connection has to be mutual, both sides wanting it, and both sides patiently building it. I do understand being in a difficult space in life and needing the comfort of someone who has been there, someone that you may admire. I understand seeking advice and kind words.
As best I can, I try to provide that. From time to time, as with my Thanksgiving turkey and Mother's Day giveaway, I do more and try to give more. But understand, the needs are overwhelming, the requests for help more than what I alone can reciprocate. Friendship, time, and money are limited for everyone. For each of them, we have to wait and let them happen only when they can...
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