Conditional

I am a firm believer that relationships should not be conditional.  In other words, it is not a “what you can do for me” mentality or “if you don’t do this then I will….”.   Putting conditions doesn’t leave much room for anything else.

Recently, I had someone lay out their conditions.   I paused.   Pausing allows me to not react with my usual colorful language.  Instead, I was able to express how that won’t work for me.     What I know is that people put conditions because of several things – fear, a need to control a situation, and/or their need to manipulate in order to get a favorable outcome that benefits them.    It is my experience that those individuals are lacking a sense of well-being within and this is their need to fill a void.   Happiness is an inside job.

Despite the demand of action on my part plus the emotional component, I still maintain an attitude of gratitude.   Grateful that my mood is not contingent on other people’s feelings, that I can find compassion despite their delivery, and that I can detach with love even though their actions are hurtful.

The holidays can bring up a lot of emotions, but I just need to remember that feelings aren’t facts and I have choices on how I choose to react to any given situation.    Knowing that I have choices gives me the freedom to capture serenity even if those around me aren’t at peace.

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