Honoring Our Gifts: Past Relationships

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{Charlie’s Gift Perspective}

Honoring Our Gifts (9)One of the coolest aspects of the gifts I received from past relationships is the richness of my current one. Without going through everything I have been through in past relationships I would not be the same person I am today. I have so much to be grateful for! People come in and out of my life for a reason and even though a person may no longer be in my life doesn’t mean I don’t owe them some gratitude for something I learned from them.

One of the gifts I’ve received from past relationships is an ability to prioritize what is really important to tell a person I care about and what isn’t so important. After all, everything I think about the way another person lives their life is a judgment based on my experiences.  I have learned that reminders about toothpaste lids and car mirror adjustments are a lower priority than telling my partner how much they mean to me in my life.

Another gift I’ve received from past relationships is how to hold space for a person to express things that are going on for them without taking it on myself and making it about me. Don’t get me wrong, I still do that sometimes and I usually catch it and self-process around it. I’ve been very fortunate to have friends to support that personal growth. I’ve learned to be able to hold space for the other person and really hear them. That’s huge!

Lastly, I have learned that taking care of myself is a part of managing my relationships with others. If I just keep doing things for another person without any regard to taking care of myself too it can be detrimental to my health. Taking care of myself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually is another gift I’ve received from past relationships.

Honoring our past relationships:

Take a moment and reflect back on a past relationship from which you learned something valuable which is still helping you today.

Who was that relationship with and what gift did you receive from that person?

How will you honor that gift and express some gratitude for that past relationship?

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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