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Old 07-17-2007, 07:15 AM
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7/17 Language of Letting Go

You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go

Love, in Words and Actions

Many of us have confused notions about what it means to be loved and cared about.

Many of us were loved and cared for by people who had discrepancies between what they said and did.

We may have had a mother or father who said, "I love you" to us, and then abandoned or neglected us, giving us confused ideas about love. Thus that pattern feels like love - the only love we knew.

Some of us may have been cared for by people who provided for our needs and said they loved us, but simultaneously abused or mistreated us. That, then, becomes our idea of love.

Some of us may have lived in emotionally sterile environments, where people said they loved us, but no feelings or nurturing were available. That may have become our idea of love.

We may learn to love others or ourselves the way we have been loved, or we may let others love us the way we have been loved, whether or not that feels good. It's time to let our needs be met in ways that actually work. Unhealthy love may meet some surface needs, but not our need to be loved.

We can come to expect congruency in behavior from others. We can diminish the impact of words alone and insist that behavior and words match.

We can find the courage, when appropriate, to confront discrepancies in words and actions - not to shame, blame, or find fault, but to help us stay in touch with reality and with our needs.

We can give and receive love where behavior matches one's words. We deserve to receive and give the best that love has to offer.

Today, I will be open to giving and receiving the healthiest love possible. I will watch for discrepancies between words and behaviors that confuse me and make me feel crazy. When that happens, I will understand that I am not crazy; I am in the midst of a discrepancy.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©1990, Hazelden Foundation.
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Old 07-17-2007, 08:07 AM
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I found today's reading very interesting, Cynay.

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We can find the courage, when appropriate, to confront discrepancies in words and actions - not to shame, blame, or find fault, but to help us stay in touch with reality and with our needs.
But, I'm curious, how would you do this? Would you really confront or just realize it and move on.
Lately I've been learning that reality is a hard place to live.
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nahhh Im definately a confronter.... It would bother me if I saw a discrepancy and said nothing, ending the relationship only to find out that the discrepancy was a mis-communication or some sort of mis-understanding.

For me it is appropriate to confront discrepancies when it is an issue for me... I have to point things out all the time... sometimes it is my SO and we discuss the whys of it or how to correct the feelings/action... other times I discover its me, Im over reacting, working from old defense systems or just plain miss inturpet what the action or words were ment to mean.

We have the right and responsibility to ask that our needs be met, reality is only as hard a place to live in as we make it by not honoring ourselves, accepting outselves or loving ourselves sweetie. We all have made mistakes and unfortunally we will continue to.... but Once we realize that its ok to make a mistake, ask questions, ask for our needs to be met and just figure out we are indeed worth it, then set our boundries.... reality becomes a much nicer place to live
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