I can address a few of these thoughts actually. I made a conscious choice about 2.5 years ago on who I wanted in my life. I have no choice in work or at school. The people that were part of my life in the very small amount of free time that I have is my choice. I chose initially only those that were very healthy, mentally and emotionally, or trying to be very healthy. That was a great start, but I was told repeatedly that I needed more in my life than work, school and church. About nine months later, I added what probably should have come first, ALL people in my life must love God first and be serious about serving him. I no longer have ANY issues with people telling me I ought to be doing x, y or z. We're all doing the same thing! I do not tell others that their beliefs are wrong, I just do not invite them into my inner circle.
Along these same lines, last fall when I was serving on team for a retreat, I had a similar conversation. During dinner, someone stopped and looked at me and said, "You sure have a lot of rules to live by." I was surprised at first, and slightly puzzled. I asked her to clarify and she mentioned several things. My final response was, "I do not see it that way. I have God's law and the explanation of that law as set forth my canon law. It all seems very simple to me." It is really. The rules are not really difficult. They are hard to follow without stumbling, but we manage. Even in the face of adversity, if we look to the rules of our church and the example that Christ set forth, how we handle ourselves in any situation is pretty simple.
God bless you and God speed on your path.
This is a wonderful post! Thanks Anne Marie!