Friday, November 20, 2009

The Joy Diet - Connection

The Next Chapter: The Joy Diet
Connection

The Joy Diet
Martha Beck


Every Day, Use Joy Diet Skills 1 through 5 in at Least One Interaction with a Person Who is Important in Your Life.

“There is always a you, me and us.”… How true this statement is. If you grow up in a dysfunctional family… that fact can get lost… boundaries get confused. It has taken me a long time and I am still learning and practicing that we do not always have to be “us”. I can be myself and others can be themselves yet we can connect. It sounds simple but it really is not. I guess if it is something that could be learned easily then peer pressure would not be as big an issue with kids or adults for that matter!

Some relationships are easier than others… there are some people that you can be with and you do not have to work hard at the relationship, yet there are others that are so hard. Some people can give you energy, yet some can just suck every last ounce out of you!

Cancer and financial hardships taught me a lot about relationships. People who I thought would be there for us were not and people who I never expected were stellar. A survivor friend of mine had told me that cancer separates the men from the boys. I think that is true. I think financially that can be true too. If you are doing well people want to be around or associated with you. If there is trouble or money is not as free flowing, then you really find out who your friends are. In the end, really looking at that truth will help to identify what relationship, if any you still will have with those individuals.

This week I have had some trying connections with CONTRACTORS! But I could write my own book about that!

I am looking forward to feasting and the wrap up of this little group. I am thankful for my health, my family and friends, both in person and online.
Happy Thanksgiving to all…


4 comments:

Beverley Baird said...

Love your collage - and that statement is oh so true!
Great post!

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

I hear you about contractors! :D
Wonderful collage, it took mea second to see thesilver and gold and found that thrilling. :)

Lisa @sacred circle said...

Beautiful insights paired with a beautiful collage!

Helen said...

Yes, yes, yes. What you wrote rings true for me too -- especially about how some relationships are easier than others, and about how we can stay true to ourselves and yet connect. Also love your artwork! All the best for your feasting experience.

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