Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Four Thoughts for Today

Ultimatums really don't work.  You can't force someone into changing in ways you want to by applying pressure.  In some cases, they may see what they risk losing if they do not give up a certain destructive behavior.  But usually it is too late.  Besides, do you want someone who merely modifies their external behavior because they are afraid of what will happen if they don't, or do you want someone who has a true change of heart, without any external pressure from you or anyone?

Change is hard to come by.  If someone who has been a habitual offender suddenly promises that everything is going to be all better and that they going to seek help, be very slow to believe them.  Many times, people appear to want to change when really they are just panicking because the status quo is changing, they are losing their security blanket, or they want company in their misery.  Most people don't change that much -their basic strategies for coping and relating, the preoccupations and allegiances of their heart, etc.  God can change anyone, and he does, but as a general rule people don't really change all that much.

People won't change their lifestyle until it is their aim to do so.  You cannot hash out a "plan" for someone to fix their life and expect them to follow it unless it is their plan or unless they asked you to help develop a plan for themselves.  If they aren't taking real initiative to follow through, they won't.  And if you keep trying to do this for them, you are just enabling them and allowing them to bring their crazy roller-coaster of drama into your life... and for what?

Boundaries are an unfortunate necessity in life.  People don't always manage things well, and they have their own baggage that they carry around everywhere they go.  If you don't keep watch over your domain and the boundaries of your domain, if you keep trying to just be nice and accommodating, you are going to end up allowing those people to share their bad with you, and it will indeed infect you life and everyone and everything in it.  They may want to get close to you to hurt you, or they may just expect that everyone else should join them on their drama-filled roller-coaster of misery.  Either way, learning to say "No, and you need to stay out" doesn't feel good, perhaps, but it is necessary for the sanity of your own life and those in your life that you need to love and care for.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

#Butt-Hurt

If there is one thing that Facebook is good for (or bad for, depending on your level of sarcasm) it is the memes.  Some of the most ridiculous statements and advice are peddled and shared via memes on Facebook.

This one immediately provokes two thoughts.  First, yes.  Yes, I have.  I have gone out of my way to help people and been taken advantage and treated with a lack of gratitude.  It isn't hard to find someone who has, which is my point.  Welcome to the human race.  So, why post it unless you are harboring some kind of bitterness over particular offenses?

Second, have you ever met someone who has gone out of their way to help someone in order to gain appreciation and receive gratitude in return?  Yes, yes I have.  They do nice things for you, going out of their way, and then get mad and hurt when you don't react with the appreciation they expect.  People who do this usually aren't trying to be manipulative.  They just don't know how to directly ask for love so they try to get it from you indirectly.