Honoring Our Gifts: Challenging Relationships

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{Christina’s Gift Perspective}

Honoring Our Gifts (2)

So here we go. It was much easier on #Day6 when we talked about close relationships. Those are the easy ones. The ones we an get vulnerable in front of and know they will love us in the end. Today’s prompt is much different. Today we talk about those relationships that aren’t so easy. Maybe they are acquaintances or even family or frenemies. For me, it has always been work relationships.

It may seem at first that these relationships are not gifts – maybe it even seems like they are the people we put up with in order to find those close relationships we crave. I invite you to see a little deeper and find the gift in being connected to them. What lessons have you learned? What growth have you experienced because of your relationship with them? Have you been challenged to mature or find new solutions in communications?

It may be challenging at first, and remember to ground yourself. Close your eyes, take a few long breaths and feel your connection to the ground. Step back from the emotion and consider that this person is actually a messenger from the Universe or God. What lesson are you to learn through this spiritually guided being? What about yourself is spirit trying to show you about yourself? Is it something about you that you don’t like that they are showing you or can you have more compassion for them (without crossing your own boundaries)?

What is the lesson?

How we honor challenging relationships

Honor that relationship by actively listening to that person or seeking to understand them directly. Don’t speak and just allow what they say come inĀ  like a story without attaching to it emotionally. Hear them just knowing that you don’t have to agree, and yet our most challenging relationships often just want to be heard. Offer that ear for a set time. See if you can find connection.

If you are less than a daily basis with this person in your life, consider writing a letter or inviting them to be heard. Tell them why you are grateful for their relationship in a sincere and kind way (this is not a chance to tell them why you are right or why they are challenging).

If these don’t seem safe for you emotionally, journal about that person. Try to consider what is the most emotionally triggering about the situation for you. What can you do to protect yourself in this relationship while getting the best benefit from it?

How are you honoring these gifts today?

If you are struggling with this one, I want you to know. I did too for a very long time. I mean there are just some people who don’t get it – so how can you get your power back from them? It’s here in video or podcast form.

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Simple ways to be grateful for our gifts. And of course, you don’t have to stick to our calendar – you can be grateful for anything that comes along today. This is just a prompt.

I’d love to hear what you are honoring today and how you are doing it. Check in with us and leave some comments.

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