Whether you are in a relationship that has just begun or one that began decades ago, if you are not satisfied with the behaviors you are shown, simply change your response to those behaviors, and a reaction will result.
Your partner’s reaction will have to change to reflect the changes in your attitudes, your guidelines and boundaries.
All you can change is you.
All you can control and manipulate
is your own choice.
You can react to what you are shown,
or you can leave the source of discomfort in your life.
For as you change, as you grow, your reactions do as well.
You break the cycle of dysfunction within a relationship when
you choose to respond in a new, more highly evolved fashion.
When you love another, your communication of self-love is
what allows the love to flow between you. Not a wall, not a
game, not a punishment, not lashing out, not carrying on hysterically,
but only love of self communicates what you see, feel,
or observe to be beyond the boundary of what you will tolerate.
When you whine, beg, plead, cry, yell, scream, throw, hit,
or lash out, your actions do not deserve the respect you ultimately
are entitled to.
But when you openly and calmly share anything that displeases
you, anything that causes you to feel unvalued or unappreciated,
then you have genuine communication. Then you
have friendship, understanding, respect for each other’s feelings,
and the integrity to preserve the good you have found.
Build a new bridge of understanding over the turbulent
waters of confusion and pain. Allow past hurts and pains to
flow out of your system and out of the dynamic of your relationship
by sharing truth honestly, deeply, and purely When
you both do that, truth and understanding will replace chaos
Melting the walls that stand between you
Much of the discord couples experience comes from fear of
exposing their true feelings – their love, fears, doubts, insecurities
– their true selves. So they hide their truth behind ego,
pride, defense mechanisms, stories, lies, and games instead of
When you do this, it robs you of your own solid foundation,
your feelings of strong self-worth, self-respect, and
high self-esteem. When you are too afraid to expose the real
you, then you play the games that destroy a genuine healthy
relationship or romantic friendship. But as you heal and realize
there is nothing so terrible to hide, you then begin to
feel more secure to share your truth. As you do this, you reinforce
your self-worth and, at the same time, you reinforce
the relationship’s foundation with truth.
When two people love, they have a common ground
from which to build a new foundation based on trust, mutual
respect, and mutual understanding. Yet, there must be
compromise. One cannot yield all the time. Satisfaction of
needs, wants, requests, and desires must be reciprocal.
Think about the word “relationship.” Relate your concerns
and feelings on the ship of your making, so you may
travel together on a sea of understanding.
If you begin a relationship with a pre-set agenda, you will
find that you are not being your real self. You act the way you
think the other wants you to act. You toss aside many of your
goals, interests, dreams, and aspirations because you think
that doing so will allow you to “get” this man or this woman.
And in that process you steal the foundation of your truth, of
your core, from your very self, and you prevent the other
from knowing your inner beauty.
Like so many people, you may try to be perfect at the beginning
of a relationship. You try to look your best, act your
best, feel your best. But you leave out the most important ingredient:
the real you, which is the best you. Like so many
people, you think that if you showed the real you, your potential
partner would surely run, leaving skid marks on the way.
What is so wrong or terrible with the real you?
Perfection is not exciting. It is boring.
If you always try to be perfect, you create discomfort with
the other person and actually prevent the growth of true
friendship and intimacy.
Where are her moods? Doesn’t he ever get angry? Does she
always look so perfect? Doesn’t he ever have a bad day? Why
can’t she show me she gets mad? Doesn’t he have any real feelings?
Is she always so intellectual? Does he really have a heart?
Where is it? How can I show my real self if he or she doesn’t do
You see, when you both present your real and genuine
selves to each other, you lay a solid foundation from which
you can develop an honest and meaningful friendship or romance
with one another.
You may know that many times people will test others to
see what they will put up with, what they will tolerate. Testers
want to find out how much they can get away with. They also
want to know whether the testees have enough respect and
regard for themselves to put the testers in their place if they
cross the line.
Sometimes the one you date
wants to see that you have guts,
that you are not a spineless wimp,
that you do have self-respect,
that you will only tolerate being treated
with common decency and respect.
So, show it!
If others say something to you that strikes a
Chord within, and you don’t like the feelings you are getting as
a result of their words or actions, you must speak up and say
You can say it gently and graciously,
but make sure that it is said.
By speaking up, you honor and preserve your self-esteem,
your personal dignity. Others then know how you feel
as a result of what they did or said, and they know what you
are requesting of them; it then becomes their choice as to
whether they will honor your personal boundaries.
Each person is entitled to all of his or her own beliefs,
opinions, preferences, joys, and individuality.
You do not own others; they are not your property. You
share your time or your life together. As you learned in
nursery school, sharing is giving; it is not taking, and it is
not demanding that another does it all your way.
© Copyright by Barbara Rose, All Rights Reserved. Excerpt from Individual Power: Reclaiming Your Core, Your Truth and Your Life. Published by The Rose Group (2003) ISBN: 097414570X