It’s that time of year again. We’re supposed to be festive and joyful. Our families and friends bring us close and we’re all cheery, right?
I recognize that attitude is everything. Every day I have a choice about how I respond to stimuli in my environment. I can choose to meander off into emotional gloom or sunshine . Aside from the holidays, it is very easy to flush my feelings of disappointment down the drain and recenter my inner peace.
It could be the fact that a friend of mine died suddenly just before Thanksgiving. She was younger than me. It could be that her death reminds me of unaccomplished dreams and goals in my life. It could be that I miss my mother ... whose death and funeral memories are all tangled up in the final betrayal that I experienced at the hands of a Narcissist.
Although I take full responsibility for every choice that has brought me to the life that I know today, I continue to stumble over the hurdle labeled acceptance. Accepting responsibility for one’s part in a drama is very different than accepting the disappointment that resulted from those decisions.
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