April 24, 2012
Emailing back and forth with my brother-in-law (thanks Dick), I realized that I’ve always been put off by the word defects when it’s applied to people. It implies there’s something inside of us that we need to get rid of. Remember the trite but true phrase, whatever we resist persists? Talk about a recipe for disaster! I’m focusing on what’s wrong with me, thinking I need to get rid of it, and I’m just growing it!!
Yes, I think we need to see ourselves clearly. I’m a big fan of being honest about my own unique ways of sabotaging myself vs. moving myself in the direction of what I want. At the same time, I don’t think I’ve ever benefitted from someone, myself included, referring to parts of me as defective. Seriously, have you??!!
I have benefitted immeasurably from the responses I’ve gotten when I’ve asked for support, suggestions and ideas around what I want, where I’m going, and how I might get there. My clients have told me that they come for support, suggestions and ideas on how to create a more satisfying life experience. No client has ever said, “You know Robyn, I really appreciate you telling me what’s wrong with me and making it clear that I’m not okay and won’t be unless I get rid of parts of myself”.
My suggestion is that we eliminate the defect word, at least in the context of describing what’s wrong with us. Instead, let’s focus on the reality that we’re all a bit quirky and unique, and acknowledge that’s what gives us color and vibrancy. Then we can take all the energy we’ve been putting into trying to get rid of parts of ourselves, which I’ve noticed never works anyway, and put it into growing our strengths and utilizing our unique quirkiness in ways that serve us and the world!
So here’s my question for you: If you saw your life as an opportunity to make friends with yourself rather than an opportunity to fix what’s wrong with you, would you behave any differently as you moved into your day each morning? This morning?
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