Break The Pattern – Take Care in Relationships

I shared so much
Leaned in too far
Forgot myself
Gained a scar

Recoiling heart
Shrank back so deep
Into shadows
Safe to keep

I lived a little
Learned a lot
Felt resentment
Still, I fought

Circling back
I offer self
My heart’s no longer
On a shelf

I’m learning a lot about relational behavior in my Daring Way class. One key to healthy, sustainable relationships is boundaries. As an all-in girl, I’m not very practiced in setting boundaries. My pattern has been to fling myself into relationships, only to lose myself, being too afraid of rejection to express my feelings and opinions. Breaking that cycle takes work. It is hard, scary work. I am grateful, though, to be learning new skills that will help enable me to form balanced relationships, and hopefully keep them.

You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.
– Brené Brown


10 Replies to “Break The Pattern – Take Care in Relationships”

  1. You are a beautiful woman, Angie, and a fine writer.
    I’m still working on mine for today. A different set of struggles, but similar patterns, so to speak.

    1. This is fresh. I’m loving my Daring Way class. I’m getting real clear on repeating patterns in my relationships, and learning about how to circle back, and try again, with some boundaries (and a LOT of discomfort).

  2. Relationships are tricky things aren’t they…I have given way too much in the past to people who have ended up really hurting me. But the few friends I have now are true friends I am glad to say. I hope you get to the place you want to be, you deserve it my friend xxxx

    1. I am glad to be establishing new relationships now with boundaries. And I’m learning to circle back with people I blew it with, and give it another go. Thank you for your supportive words. <3 <3 <3

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