Hello Dear Friends.
Seems I’m heading toward a different blog-site level of productivity. Wasn’t deliberately turning that way, but turn I have. I’m just saying this so you know that I acknowledge the change in flow and am thunking, thinking on it.
I will post a minimum of one to two times a week. In between, I hope to develop the material we have now, clean it up and share it again, integrated with your comments and what we’ve worked over this past year.
That done, I can chat about other stuffy stuff.
Today, I was thinking about our interpersonal connections we believe so strongly improve our ability to be our own friend. However, that is not the same as pairing with someone who is bad to us. We’ve talked about how abuse, any kind, disables us from connecting. “Get off of me!” is self-care when there is an unequal sense of power being used and we are trying to gain accountability for where we are at in life now.
In my mind’s eye, imagining that, I saw a figure lying on her side and someone heavy lying on top. “Get off of me!” could mean, “Get off and get away.” It could also mean, “Rotate the picture.”
See the picture turn 90-degrees? Now the two figures are standing beside each other rather than subjected. The two figures are connected, proximate and present to each other’s experiences. “Get off of me!” doesn’t have to mean, “Get out of my life.” It might be able to mean, “Rotate. Stand beside me. I choose connection in my life and not subjugation.”
Insight isn’t everything though. If saying, “Get off of me and stand beside me. Stay connected. Stop controlling.” doesn’t happen despite insight, we might be looking at behaviors and emotions that are symptoms of brain disease of Me or of the other person(s). Medical illness needs more than word play and adjusting picture frames.
Questions: Have you been able to rotate any pictures in your life in any ways that have helped you be a better friend to yourself? What? Has that improved your sense of connection with people you didn’t want to lose? Please tell us your story.
Self-Care Tip – Rotate your picture to connect and grow presence in your life.
- Whenever You Are Unsure, Go Back To “Me” – Self Care as A Reference Point (friendtoyourself.com)
- Deliberately Setting Myself Up To Improve (friendtoyourself.com)
- Safety in Connections With Others (friendtoyourself.com)
- Supercharge Your Life Purpose (friendtoyourself.com)
- Presence Encourages Self-Care (friendtoyourself.com)