I’ve been very lucky to have had a time of self growth and self analysis in the last couple of months.
It was triggered by a number of events. Largely the spectacular failure of 2 relationships last year. But also the same advice I kept hearing over and over …. that I needed “to become stronger in myself”.
This last piece of advice was repeated frequently and from different people. And each time I would stand puzzled thinking – exactly how does one do that? How is that defined?
However apart from uttering those words, I was not given any other instructions or tips.
I think though I have started to understand what was being said to me.
The change has come around through a couple of key changes I have made.
One is a daily meditation practice. Since starting this on the 1st of January (yes a new years resolution), I have noticed huge changes in myself. I am a lot calmer and less emotional. Events that would have had me react quickly now don’t tend to ruffle me. I am more even-tempered.
Additionally I have decided to withdraw into myself.
In the past I have always reached out to people when I have been fearful and needed comfort.
This time I have kept my own counsel.
I have meditated, I have read, I have listened to dharma talks.
And maybe most importantly, I have started to distance myself from toxic people and relationships.
So many times the universe gives us signs, and that is what has happened to me. I felt like the universe was telling me to limit contact with the people who were not bringing happiness into my life.
It hasn’t been easy for me, but I felt like it was something important that I needed to do.
I read somewhere that you become like the 5 people that you most spend time with. And that really stayed with me. I want to be happy and positive and kind. And it made me think about the people in my life. And what they brought in to it.
It’s been a slow process. But I have looked closely at all my relationships. And I have formed new ones that are based on what I would like to have in my life. And discontinued those that were built on a foundation of stress, drama and unhappiness.
And today I did something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time – I volunteered to work at my son’s school.
It’s something only small, but it’s given me a great deal of satisfaction, and happiness and hope.
And I’m starting to feel that maybe things are starting to turn around.
2012 was not a good year, especially the last 6 months. And at first I blamed bad luck – I have always laughed off the events in my life as my typical bad luck.
However I’ve thought about that a lot more lately. And perhaps I’ve created that bad luck. By the people I’ve allowed into my life. And the behaviour I’ve been willing to accept.
I allowed myself to be treated badly, and I was. Spectacularly so.
I feel different now though.
Perhaps I have finally found the inner strength that everyone has urged me to find.
And now instead of looking at recent events as “good luck”, it might be more sensible to see it as laying a foundation of more positive experiences.
Because in the end the responsibility for my own happiness lies within me.