This week's R.I.S.E. (Recovery Inspiration Strength Exercise) is What would you say to a friend?
Have you ever noticed that when someone you care about is hurting that you're able to give support, comfort, and advice from a place of love that seems reserved just for them? Do you ever hear what you're saying and think, "why can I say this to someone else and not to myself?"
For many of us, we see other people's problems and solutions much clearer than we see our own. Sometimes the solution seems so obvious and uncomplicated. Even complicated solutions still seem doable. Why is that? The reasons range from complicated to down right simple.
We're just too close to the problem.
Everything seems harder to accomplish when it's personal. It gets bogged down in the muck of our personal "stuff."
We're dealing with things like:
- Our past experiences/history
- How we feel about ourselves
- Fear of change
- Fear of failure
- Feeling undeserving
So this week take a problem you're dealing with and pretend you're advising, comforting, and supporting a friend. Writing it down in letter form will help you reach your true "friend" voice (Dear insert your name here ). Don't read it when you're done writing it. Put it away for a day... or three. When you have a few moments to be all alone, grab yourself a cup of warm tea, settle into a comfy spot, and read it, slowly. Then read it again, out loud.
Now, follow your own advice.
You are deserving, and worthy of it.
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