This morning I would like to dedicate my blog post to Mark, my boyfriend and all the people in my life that helped me become who I am today. I have been in several relationships, all with their good times and learning experiences but this time there is something different. This time I feel a partnership, an equality, a balance that seemed to come and go in past relationships. Let me clarify right here, that feeling of equality or lack of equality always begins with me. Over the years I have learned that people will treat you not as they think you deserve to be treated (necessarily) or how you should be treated, but rather by how YOU believe you are worth being treated. Any fears or lack of worth you may feel are going to come out in the things you do and the people around you will react to those fears or feelings of unworthiness and men, in particular, are very good about "manning up" to play the dominant protector. This can be a great thing or it can be a detriment depending on the extent of each person's role. (That being said there are times when lines are crossed and the relationship turns abusive or unhealthy and in those situations it is important to know your own worth and strength so you can walk away. You deserve better.) Until I got into doing this work on myself; finding gratitude in everyday things and re-establishing my P.O.W.E.R. (Pride Optimism Worth Enthusiasm Respect) I did not understand this imbalance in relationships because I couldn't see my own power. I'm so grateful to all the people in my life that helped me explore myself, my fears and insecurities, and my worth. I'm grateful to break old habits and I'm grateful for a strong boyfriend that can accept my power as a compliment to his own, not a threat to his own. I'm grateful to be in a partnership. I'm grateful that we both take the time to explore each other's interests and that we both have a love of the outdoors. I'm grateful that we take care of each other and can take turns helping each other up. I'm grateful for a balanced, genuine love. I'm grateful for all the work I have done for myself to reestablish who I am in my own eyes so that I could be part of such a great partnership. I'm grateful for all my friends that stood by me while I struggled to figure it out. I'm grateful for all the friendships that have taught me so much and all the partnerships I have gotten to witness that helped as I navigated to this path. I'm grateful to know that I am no victim, no survivor, nothing so dramatic; I am simply a woman living and learning and finding my own gratitude along the way. I'm grateful to put my heart into being "a Rey of hope for a more positive world" and helping others find their P.O.W.E.R. again so they too can live the life of love they deserve. What lessons have you experienced within your own life and relationships? Who is there for you? How would you rate your personal P.O.W.E.R.? I'm so grateful for this community. I'm grateful for our vulnerability, honesty, and support. If you are new to our community or are needing some assistance in re-establishing your P.O.W.E.R. please don't hesitate to reach out. You can learn more by visiting Rey of Gratitude for coaching services or explore the site for other inspiring services. Thank you for reading my gratitude today. May your day be blessed with self-love and loving partnerships! Have a beautiful day!
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.