Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
Constant togetherness is fine –
But only for Siamese twins.
— Victoria Billings
I heard someone in recovery say, “I don’t have relationships, I take hostages.” Everyone laughed, but it left me feeling insecure about how to evaluate my own relationships. How close is too close?
Though we may not feel comfortable with many other people when we first get here, perhaps there’s one particular person we feel we can trust – a mate, an old friend who has remained loyal, a peer in recovery, a sponsor. We may have the desire to check everything with this other person, and we find ourselves spending hours on the phone or in his or her company.
Strong, healthy relationships are vital. They’re a blessing, not a problem. Problems arise if we feel so dependent on another person’s approval that we lose touch with our feelings and preferences – if we isolate as a pair, always protected from the joys and challenges of new friendships or if our constant togetherness creates a pressure-cooker buildup of intensity. Recovery requires thoughtful self-examination and self-challenge. Though others can offer to witness, support, and love us, our recovery work is ours alone. It takes courage to allow ourselves and others autonomy with in a relationship.
Today, as I include people in my life, I leave myself and others room to be and to grow.
You are reading from the book:
If You Want What We Have © 1998 by Joan Larkin