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RCASA’s Tuesdays with Traci: What If?

In Sexual Assault Awareness on April 6, 2010 at 9:18 am

I was talking to a friend one day about something I planned to do. Actually I was worrying about how one particular person might react to what I intended to do.

“What if he doesn’t handle it very well?” I asked.

“Then,” my friend replied, “you’re going to have to handle it well.”

“What if’s” can make us crazy. They put control over our life in someone else’s hands. “What if’s” are a sign that we have reverted to thinking that people have to react in a particular way for us to continue on our course.

“What if’s” are also a clue that we may be wondering whether we can trust ourselves and our Higher Power to do what’s best for us.  These are shreds of codependent ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving, and they signal fear.

The reactions, feelings, likes or dislikes of others don’t have to control our behaviors, feelings, likes or direction. We don’t need to control how others react to our choices. We can trust ourselves, with the help from a Higher Power, to handle any outcome– even the most uncomfortable. And, we can trust ourselves to handle it well!

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