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we've all done it...directly or indirectly we've reacted to something someone said or did by attacking them before we thought about what was being said...
the interesting thing is to watch how we actually turn it around and blame the recipient, or project the responsibility.
you made me angry... that's a stupid opinion... how could you possibly ______ (fill in the blank).
look what you made me do...
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words can be wicked and once those boundaries are overstepped it chips away at the foundations of trust and integrity which are difficult to regain.
learning to disagree and productively fight fair sometimes takes stepping away from a heated conflict, but is entirely necessary for any relationship to flourish. the reality is there will be times of confrontation...
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there are normally obvious reasons for a confrontation but behind those are the real reasons...
own up to apologizing for overreacting... be specific as to what you are sorry for... or what led to your reaction.
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there is a huge difference between discussing an issue and being attacked and ridiculed. normally both parties feel provoked when an overreaction is involved. agreeing to disagree is difficult, but there will be things where opinions differ, sometimes drastically. celebrate the similarities and respect the differences...
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our worth should never be devalued by someone who feigns they care about you. life is an ongoing process... you are worth the investment of overcoming the things that hinder your moving and looking forward.


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