Today is a day of firsts! The first day of the month and the first day in over 12 years that I’ll dare set foot on the scene of the crime…the one that momentarily left me with the inability to feel I had a reason to smile.
Yet, for no particular reason I’ve learned to smile often…thankfully it’s no longer to hide pain, but to embrace promise, potential, and every opportunity within reach.
I accept what happened years ago as a learning opportunity…Albeit, physically painful and emotionally jarring I can finally agree that by God’s grace, I’ve thrived beyond domestic abuse…today is also the first day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month…so I pray every post going forward encourage a lifestyle a little freer than the day before…whether you consider yourself a victim of abuse…a former perpetrator of it, or someone stuck in between…I hope this post is a start to the healing process…I actually penned the latter part of this post yesterday so it’s tone is a bit random, but no less from the heart of one who’s been there…done that…a free to be the me I was meant to be…
Warning, this is one of those spur of the moment posts that are bound to have typos and run-ons and stuff. It’s random and off the cuff…I came, I typed and there you have it….but I’m learning to at least get this stuff out…I leave the editing for later.
Do you consider yourself an agreeable person?
If you answered yes to that question, you probably are thinking pretty well of yourself, huh?
Well, time to bust your bubble. If you are or better yet if those who interact with you consider you an agreeable person, you might be susceptible to a certain danger than has claimed the lives of millions. Yep, you just might be co-dependent!
I know I know. Isn’t it good to be “agreeable?” In certain situations it might me a fitting trait, but there comes a time when you simply must have and USE a mind of your own. And before you think that I’m pointing the finger here…let’s just say I, like many of you reading this post, have had the unfortunate displeasure of being codependent before. Whew!!! Glad I got that over.
It would seem that the wording alone should be enough but then it could easily get misconstrued that co-dependence suggests that there is a healthy level of dependence on another individual of which you are in a relationship with….Wow…didn’t that sound all important and stuff…Anyway…it’s actually the exact opposite…
For those who could care less about the scientific definition or application….it basically means you’re a people-pleaser or “agreeable.” It even almost suggests that you don’t allow yourself to have a single thought without considering the impact that it will have on another individual…oh and then abruptly changing that thought to make sure it’s what they want even if you dont… AWWW…I know again you’re probably thinking…isn’t that just being thoughtful or compassionate. Don’t all relationships require sacrifices? Yes and No….of course the purpose of this post is leaning on the “no” of it so follow me…
People pleasing to the extent that you lose your own say is not healthy. I know because I lived it for far too long…You might say….I felt like busting loose and I’ve been slowly trying to get my “no” as tactful as possible lately.
Codependency is not just in romantic relationships either….it can even be at work!!!! Yep, I admit, the first step towards my escape of co-dependence started on 05/15/15. the day I gave my 2 week notice to my former employer. Now I’m not bad mouthing them or anything….the ministry is great and the coworkers were really like family….but I knew I had to go….There was no growth there for me and while parting was indeed sweet sorrow….my right now gives me joy in spite of the irregularity of a pay check!
Yes, there have been some things that I had originally committed to that I have since recanted because I have to be mindful of my own well-being first. Now, I am not advocating that you trot off thinking that it’s all about “you” because it’s not. I am, however, suggesting that you seriously consider your options before you make any rash decisions.
And oh but the bible says….Yes, about that…Blessed are the peace-makers for they are the children of God…yes, Mathew 5:9 of the Beattitudes….Yes, Jesus said it and that settles it…..
Don’t get it twisted please….being a peace maker in no way means that you surrender the very mind, actions, and soul that God gave you to please another when you’re slowly dying on the inside. I know that might seem a bit drastic, but obviously this subject is dear to me…consider this scripture instead if you find your self stuck in between all the time:
James 1:8 New Living Translation
8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.
Yes, there are times when it is going to be necessary that you bear one another’s burdens, but there must be balance. And that my friend is exactly what a co-dependency lacks. There is no balance because for that to occur there would have to be two sides holding equal weight.
That’s why I emphasize so much the importance of wholeness before you enter into a relationship. You’ve simply got to know your limits…have some boundaries…and understand the consequences of YOUR decisions.
So people, this is not some expert moment about being delivered from co-dependence overnight or even in a few months….It’s really about choosing the best option for you and your family. Yes, compromise is sometimes needed, but at some point you should develop and stick to your convictions as God allows.
There is absolutely no way that I would have been able to get this far in my mini analysis had I not began to defer many of my decisions to the Lord for direction. That said, I’ve made some drastic changes and it has been daunting, but in the long run I know I’m getting better. So yes, I’m learning to just say no to things that aren’t in my best interest…I want to encourage you to choose to do the same.
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