Most of us don’t live in isolation. We are immersed in worlds full of influences that don’t necessarily support our path. How can you focus in the midst of where you are despite the distractions? What if the distractions are people?
This is most difficult when the person may be a loved one. When this is the case, they generally fall into one of three categories:
1) they are unconscious of their effect on you
2) they are fearful of where you are headed
3) they simply don’t care.
In the first case, sometimes people miss the subtle cues given to them. Perhaps you haven’t made your path one of importance. Be explicit and see how they respond.
In the second case, all you can do is speak from the heart. Let them understand that you have no intention of affecting them negatively. You are only honoring what you know to be your purpose and hope that they will respect that for what it is.
The third case is the most difficult but is also a test of how committed you are to the expression of your highest self. Understand that someone who doesn’t honor your path is not showing you love. What they are interested in is a conditional relationship, not love. They may love their idea of who you should be, but they are not loving you as you are. You may have to reevaluate who has consistent access to you.
Regardless of the scenario, you must deal with the situation at hand. Part of being committed to your purpose is clearing the way for it to exist.