The most challenging relationship we will ever have…Is the one we have with ourselves!
It is by far the most difficult to understand, and just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, something happens and you react completely differently to the way you thought you would!
It’s funny that we grow to “realise that nothing is forever”, and that “things can happen when we least expect it”, and yet still, even with this knowledge, we are always left saying…
“Why me? or “How could this possibly be happening?”
The people around us are just as complex as we are, yet somehow, though different relationships, we come to learn which people we can trust and which ones we can’t…
Which is more than we can say for our own emotions!
Some relationships are built on dependency, with one person lesser than the other.
This used to be predominantly the male, but post 1950 and the rise of womans rights, and now it’s just as likely to be the woman in charge.
I was reminded of this today when I saw a woman walking the dog, with the husband walking 5 steps behind with the poo bag….fantastic!;)
The most destructive type of relationship you can have with a person, is jealousy.
I was envious of my sister my entire life, and when I finally talked to her about it, turns out she had always felt the same toward me.
Unfortunately we let this attitude rule our relationship, and we still hope that one day we can find the calm from within ourselves to make peace when we are together.
To be jealous of someone, is to lack the ability to see yourself as anything better, and I have found in life that the best thing you can hope to do is to always turn jealousy or envy, into admiration!
By admiring people we allow ourselves the chance to grow, not through imitation, but through leadership.
And not only that, but we leave room for the possibility that somewhere, someone else may just be admiring us!
Jealousy in a love relationship, simply means a lack of trust, and by the time jealousy becomes an issue, there is a whole lot more going on underneath signaling danger!
The other major threat to a relationship is judgement, and again the person we affect most with our own judgement is ourselves.
Until we learn to accept our own weaknesses, we will never forgive those in others.
I have talked about happiness, and really the key to happiness is not just about your mind-set, but also about making the necessary adjustment in your attitude.
Positivity, they say, is a person who can see a glass of water and say “the glass is half full”, but I believe it to be far more complex!
It’s really about saying, “yes, the glass is half empty, it could have more water in it for sure, but I’m going to be happy with the amount I’ve got, and make the most I can out of it”! 😉
It’s about turning a “thunderstorm”, into a “fascinating climatic experience”, or a “bloody weak cup of coffee” into a “relaxing way to warm up”, lol!
It’s about making that small adjustment, to move yourself from one state into another.
To let go of fear, and embrace good sense and caution.
Eliminated jealousy, but admire as much as you can.
Don’t judge, but instead learnt to accept.
Destroy loneliness, by finding strength in independence.
And if all else fails, trust in the relationship you have with your animals 😉
Our relationship with horses is special, because it’s ours, and it is even.
He doesn’t judge us, or question us, and while he may frustrate us, he can teach us a lot about ourselves, and our ability to work through the tough issues.
A dog has an owner, a chief, a leader.
A cat has a slave, preferably more than one.
But a horse….has a partner, and we are lucky to share that partnership from on top of his back ;)!