The other day when I posted my little 'rant' I was actually amazed at how on the onset my mind was blank, but as I began to write, the words began to flow. Although my rant had nothing to do with anything major that was interfering with my life, too often we tend to 'hold it in.' Then, we ruminate about it and how it makes us feel. That brings on the anger, the resentment; we begin to feel inadequate and unsupported...unloved. It's not a nice feeling.
I know many of you have heard me complain about a Yahoo smoking cessation group that I belonged to. Well, I backed off...didn't leave because I am hoping someone returns, but also didn't post. Then suddenly, someone posted "Where's Mary? She hasn't posted in awhile, and I hope she is all right." And several people responded that they hadn't heard from me. Well, for awhile there, I was feeling so good, and despite my promise not to post, I couldn't help myself. And ya know what? No one...not a soul...responded. I was devastated...and the more I held it in, the more I could feel it eating away at me...so I didn't post to the group, but sent emails to several of the people who I had become friendly with and explained how badly I was feeling and that I was going to be leaving the group. Ya know what? I felt so much better after I had put it out there. Of course, I know I have put it out here, but putting out there to people involved and finally getting out of there, was such a load off my chest.
Gosh, there was a time I was great at holding things in...still do to some extent, but don't allow it to stagnate for endless days. Perhaps I will hold it a day or two, but no more than that. You see, I am one of those people who expect others to know what I want, what I am thinking. Just too darned independent, I guess. When I want and need help, I hate to ask for it. Same thing with birthdays. I never forget a birthday, and I expect everyone to do the same for mine. But, everyone is not like me. Hubby was one of nineteen children, so birthday's were really not so big to them...unlike myself, an only child. So, because when we first met I told him the date of my birthday, I expected him to remember it...and when he didn't greet me with a Happy Birthday, I was left in total devastation....and because I didn't think I should 'have' to remind him, I was left to ruminate....for an entire week..."He doesn't love me." "I'm not important to him." "How could he do this to me?"
The fact was, he wasn't doing ANYTHING to me...because he honestly hadn't remembered my birthday. So, because I hadn't wanted to remind him, I ended up suffering inside for an entire week before I finally blew my gasket and carried on about "how could you forget my birthday." He was so humbled, I actually felt bad for him. The following year to avoid any hurt feelings, I scribbled on the calendar "Mommy's birthday." That way hubby didn't know it was my little reminder; he thought my boys had done it....and I didn't feel that I HAD to remind him.
You see, if you do not air your issues and just keep burying them, you will generate dis-ease in your body...especially if this is your way of coping with the knocks of life and being in relationships. No relationship is ever completely smooth sailing; in fact, someone once told me that if a couple never has a disagreement, there is definitely something wrong with the relationship. So, if you are keeping it all bottled in, then eventually you will end up exploding because you just have to let the air out! And when you let it go that far, you may completely loose it and afterward suffer the consequences...which very well could mean you lose out big time in your relationship...depending on how viciously you lash out.
Do you really want to play a guessing game when it comes to being real and authentic? Even if you just need someone to listen to you, you will find them. Friends and family are the best source; even blogging is a way for you to clear the air. Gosh, knows, I've really exposed myself on this blog...but really felt better once I had gotten it out of my system.
So my message is simple, be sure that you air out your issues, if you sleep on it, it will fester and grow into an ugly monster that most likely cause you a lot grief later on; you , your body, and your loved one doesn’t need that negative energy. So, it is time to begin thinking about the things you are NOT saying and pay attention to your emotions.
"When you assume responsibility for what you experience and share what you experience in a spirit of companionship, that is the same as forgiveness. When you hold someone responsible for what you experience, you lose power."--Gary Zukov from "The Seat of the Soul"