overwhelmed by them. But still, I am upset. A good upsetness.
Before writing this, I emptied out on paper what was roiling within, making my thoughts precise. It has been good for my soul, clarifying what is running through my mind. Flannery O'Connor said she wrote to find out what she had to say. Same holds true for me.
|Many are afraid to fail.|
What I learned:
1. I feel better about myself when maintaining integrity with my values. This is preferred to sacrificing my values and opinions to make another happy, which is codependency.
2. I have greater self- worth when I speak truthfully.
At the end of today's conversation I was asked how I felt. "Disappoint-ed," I said. No false glaze of nicety was placed upon an impasse we faced. It isn't "being nice," being insincere. Honesty in relationships is critical. Life is less frustrating when we face reality, not living in a fantasy. This is also true when we don't accommodate others at the expense of violating our boundaries.
3. I was transcen-dentally calm, when processing loss, even when I was with the person causing it. This is emotional maturity. Its fruit---equanimity.
This happens when we have a genuine relationship with God. He is the ultimate source of confidence and hope, not people. Calmness in the eye of the emotional storm takes place when we hold everything, including relationships, with an open hand. We can do this because we know God is in control, not us.
The alternative, trying to control outcomes is egotistical and futile. There is only one God and we are not Him. A transcendent peace is also maintained by keeping good company, having Balcony People.
4. It feels really good, being honest, congruent, with what is going on within. Today, while addressing a conflict, I smiled, spoke softly. But my eyes did not have their usual sparkle. I was real. I did not wear the clown face of insincerity.
5. Placing principles above personalities can be painful. But it is essential, if we are to live congruently with our values and we want to thrive.
1. Met with friends tonight. I spoke more than I usually do---three times. I needed to. My need for closeness, communication and community were met.
2. I have healthy self-esteem. It is possible when I do not accept the unacceptable. These can values that I disagree with or when I mistreat myself by not eating nutritious food or sleeping well.
3. For placing principles above personalities, even when it hurts, doing so. Ultimately, it is in my best interest. This general rule has served me well. When I do, peace of mind and inner peace is mine.
How About You?
What are your three gratitudes for today?
That's it for tonight.