talked to my girlfriend last week, and she made a point that has made all the difference. both in my working and personal life…ahem, whose work life isn’t personal?
she said, we can only meet people at the halfway point. the other half is up to them.
that’s their business.
you can’t control them and force them to meet you in the middle. and who looks like the fool when doing that?
um. yours truly. sorry honey.
I had never looked at things like that. I always have felt like I needed to pull more weight and do more. and make it my fault when there wasn’t anything given back.
at various times in my life when it was clear I wasn’t getting back what I invested, I silently defected. (turns out I’m not a big fan of confrontation. yet still blamed myself.)
why do I keep doing that? I ask myself. I have even asked my current posse of best friends not to let me do this(!)…
looking at that…it occurs to me….why should they be responsible for my behavior? uh huh.
I know this has more to do more with my fears and my issues than anything else.
so now, I give it to my stopping point (right at the edge of my comfort zone).
and then actually stop. and un-attach from the outcome.
and if I happen to receive in return, I fully embrace it with immense gratitude and love. and embrace that I even have the opportunity to give it in the first place. 😉
and if there is nothing to receive.
that’s okay too.