Self-Care Tip – Give to others because you want to and have so much to give.
People who live in chaos, generally do because they want it. They are the ones who think you are the best one day and are screaming you down in the next. They pit team-members against each other. Without the team-members knowing what happened they are now distrustful of people they used to trust, feeling suspicious and defensive. The people who live in chaos have their own gravitational force for extremes. Extreme behavior finds them. They are suffering. No doubt, but at the same time, they thrive on this in some way. They choose it. Even so, they don’t know their choices and are ever the victim in any crime scene.
I have seen a few amazing life-stories unfold where these habits were reorganized into friendly behavior. It took years but every time I see these people, knowing where they came from, my mouth is open, my soul lays in splayed humility and I have new hope in the Love that heals us.
Clara was one such as this. I’m not going to tell you all of her story but let you know that now she has woven a net of support around her, people she spends time with, peer groups she attends. She takes her medications and doesn’t change the doses without discussing them first with me. She feels pleasure without having to be at an extreme.
Clara still has some people in her life who haven’t done this for themselves. Who haven’t worked on themselves and become their own friend and she has been tempted to “save” them at times. Clara just told me the other day,
I am not responsible for the fact that she doesn’t have any one else but me.
Clara has been tempted to stop investing in herself to invest more time caring for those who don’t care for themselves. But she didn’t. She maintains her health and investing in herself and she is still living. She gives to others because she has so much to give. Not because she is a victim to their taking. Clara continues to fight for herself and I respect her. I am learning still about doing this for myself and hope you are too. Out.
Questions: Have you ever seen these kinds of miracles in people’s lives around or in you? What was it like? Please tell me your story.
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Self-Care Tip #237 – When things get heated, get a second opinion with your friend.
What would my friend say?
When in question, ask. And who is the friend we are referred to here? The “Me.”
This is a great check point to give ourselves. Things get heated between her and him, she gets a second opinion.
Barbara had read this blog and tucked something of its fabric away in her blended space between conscious and sub. Then one day, while zoning out listening to her husband yell and criticize her, she saw herself. It was as if she split into the participating Barbara and the observing Barbara. The participating Barbara suddenly didn’t feel so alone. The word, or more the concept of “friend” came to mind and she put it together.
Now generally when she is in a situation that hurts and bewilders her, she is remembering to ask her friend what she should do. Asking used to take longer, but now it comes to mind as quickly as the thought of consulting an intimate partner would.
What would my friend say?
Things weren’t peaceful yet in her life, but just asking her friend what she would do has helped Barbara a lot. Barbara explained to me that if she were with a girlfriend, say Sally, and Sally gets worked over by her husband, Barbara wouldn’t have any problem thinking of what Sally should do about taking care of herself. Barbara says that being her own friend is almost the same.
And then for me, it clicked. I can ask my friend.
What should I do?
Question: When getting hurt by someone, how can you get friendly with yourself in the moment? Please tell me your story.
Having another child born, our hearts somehow open up and make more love, more space where things once seemed crowed up like hobos in a boxcar. Our time and energy does that too. Feeling like you can’t do another thing by 6 PM? Feeling like watching TV on the couch is an accomplishment at that point? I’m telling you that this changes. Do what you want. You may not realize it yet but you want something special. You want something that you were designed to do. When you discover what that is, activity becomes joyful, congruent with your inner self. Somehow there is more room in your day. More energy that comes with no strings attached.
My husband just came home from a tech conference. He was told by famous Silicon Valley junkies, while sitting in an audience of other wannabe’s, “Don’t do a startup. You’ll fail.” It was a secondary message that returned intermittently – unless you can’t sleep at night because you need to solve a problem – if you are trying to do a startup company for any other reason than for your own sanity, you won’t make it. These people were doing what they were doing because they felt like it was their life’s nectar. It was their pearl of great price. Their efforts were fueled by their own genetic design.
In medical school, I used to look around me confused by the obvious natural positive responses of other students. I looked at myself and thought I was a fake.
I looked at them and thought, “There’s the real thing. I wonder what it feels to be the real thing.” I know. Sad huh? Ah well. Turns out I’m a flaming extrovert. I get energy from being with people. Being alone takes energy from me. Wether it happens slowly or quickly, either way eventually I have to resurface and connect with someone to re-tank. Every day when I sat down to study, I felt alone, energy sucked out of me, the ground was going to swallow me up. And I did it still. Ground through my long hours long enough to make it to where I belonged. With you in psychiatry :).
Here’s the news. We are all “The real thing!” Yah! We have our own greatness.
I’m not talking about opportunity to reach that greatness. Some of that we are given and some of that we make. I’m just ringing our bells with the idea. If you want to read more about this, read the blog posts on temperaments.
Question: Are you doing what you want? Please tell me your story.
Self Care Tip #64 – There is room in your wanting self for more. Be a friend to yourself.