I am writing to share what I have
discovered about "TRUSTING THY SELF" because it seems most of us
co-dependents struggle with this notion. (For example,
I never understood what it meant myself until recently. Even when Ron (my
therapist) explained the concept, it never clicked.
Here is what I discovered that helped me:
I was sorting through some old things when I came across my last report
from school and some college brochures. I sat for a few moments just
pondering this stuff. Then the first of a string of thoughts arrived;
eventually brought me to understanding "trusting thy self."
The first thought was how "indecisive" I'd been whilst growing up.
How there was always someone to fall back on. Someone there to catch me
I was forever losing things since I couldn't decide where the "right"
place for them could be. I didn't take responsibility for my life and
therefore did not decide what places were appropriate for my things. Nor
could I decide what ideas, decision,
responses were appropriate for me... Which ideas, decisions, and responses actions
my favour in the progress of my life.
of researching and finding out about possible work possibilities, I put
my trust in another - since I thought they knew better what was right
for me. Thus, I ended up doing not quite what I expected, or had in
This trend continued on one level or another until two days ago.
What changed? Well for once the person I running to - to find out what
action I should take to sort out my latest problem - was out for the day! Yikes! (Giggle!) So I thought,
"Well now what?" Now what indeed! Was I going to wait and continue to suffer
consequences I didn't agree with or want?
"Ummmm good question," I thought. Or, was I going to listen to the
feeling inside of
me that was telling me the consequences were not okay, and that I could
do something about changing the consequences by acting instead of
sitting wishing someone would come and save me.
I never liked to "rock the boat." What if it tipped over? Who would help
me to get it back up straight? How would I handle other's reactions? Especially those in the boats
around me, since I'd have made ripples in the water we shared. Oh my
goodness - others might get angry at me! Gasp!
Or act in ways that might cause either of us pain.
So, is it good to never make the water ripple? Good for whom?
It certainly isn't good for me when I am feeling unhappy and controlled by
external forces beyond myself.
I was out of control of my own craft. I never knew quite where I was going...
I didn't steer my boat of life without checking with other boaters in my
waters to make sure I didn't cause a ripple effect. Though inevitably this
is most impossible. Sometimes I hit a rock (I am tired, or am not seeing the
results I want), sometimes I collided with another boat. My boat rocked -
yet, I tried hard to first steady the other boat - at any cost. My
It is very expensive to maintain such smooth waters. Much of my energy is
used up. It is hard work trying never to
ripple the waters or the other boaters. Yesssss.... Much harder work
than paddling along and simply deciding how I'm going to steer my course
when I do hit one of life's inevitable rocks. Maybe I could let my boat run over the rocks
and see what happens. If what happens is destructive to me, I could steer my
boat away from the rocks (remove myself). My choice. Same thing if I collide
with another boater.
I have the option of expending my energy to right the other boater's
craft, or I might firmly tell the other boater, "This is not okay, this way is not
working for me." Then I could listen to the boater's response. The
boater may resist,
or may listen.
Maybe it is time to sit for a while and enjoy the sun. I don't
have to allow my boat to capsize. Nor do I have to
adjust my course because the other boater is not happy with my boat - unless, of course,
I truly want to adjust my course. I certainly no longer adjust my course
because the other boater is not happy with my course when I know my course
is right for me!
The other boater may eventually be ready to discuss how we may both float around
the river in harmony. Maybe the boater could decide on a neutral place that
can work for both of us.
Or maybe the other boater will decide that the best option is for us to
have minimal contact at present. Or that our contact will limit itself just
enough to keep the waters flowing around other boats we may have in
This boater and my boat may never totally agree with each other. But
perhaps they can decide that while they both are paddling in different
directions, they are aiming towards the same destination. Therefore at times
it is better for each to stay on its own path and only meet when absolutely
necessary. Or not. For now. Or forever, as time will tell.
one thing is for sure, each boater needs to "Trust in Thy Self", and
know they can handle whatever decision they make to follow their own
navigation system and the consequences associated with their path.
If my boat is going where I want it to, then its likely the right path for
I don't like where I'm going, then maybe I need to adjust my course. If
I cross paths with another boat, each of us individually must decide how to
steer our respective courses. What ever direction
I choose to steer my boat towards is the pathway I create. I may
never know where the pathway may lead, but I will know I am in control of my
own rudder. I am responsible. I am in control of the only thing I have
any control over: me!
And that is all I need to work on.
Each boater is responsible for his own craft's course. Neither knows the
outcome, so why trust those outside of the Self for answers? Only time
will tell if the chosen path produces the desired results. Oh, it's OK to
hear the other boater's opinion and weigh it, but...
No boater can tell another what steps
will be the "right" ones. It is all just predicting, and
predictions are never guaranteed. I think I'd rather trust my own hunches
than someone else's.
So each boater can do no better than to trust it's own rudder.
There are no guarantees...
Knowing there are no guarantees, why put your boat in some other
captain's hands? Who knows where you want to go better than you do?
TRUST THY SELF! And look at where you can go!