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Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Something to Think About
We talked about this in our Real Women Show #005 Podcast, but due to time constraints (and the fact that neither of us are at a loss for words), couldn't finish. We promised to post this on our blog, so here it is! Feel free to copy and paste, then answer your questions in the comments section. We can't wait to read your answers!
From the July 2005 edition of The Oprah Magazine, here is something to think about. When you're alone, do you wallow in loneliness or bask in glorious solitude? How comfortable are you with being on your own - for an hour or a lifetime - depends on the perspective you choose. Take a moment and consider the following:
- How self-reliant are you? Think of a difficult decision you had to make recently: how many people did you turn to for counsel, and whose advise did you ultimately follow? If a similar situation arose now, what would need to happen for you to trust your own instincts?
- You're stranded in a remote beach house during a storm. Phone service is down, and it might be a day or two before the read opens. But the house is snug, and you have plenty of food. What would you find best and worst about this time alone? What would you need-books, music, running shoes-to make it a good experience?
- Are you a conciliator or a contrarian? Think about the last time the room was split into polarized points of view-political or otherwise. How did you behave-did you stand by your beliefs or try to keep the peace? It's important to pick your battles, so list the three opinions you feel most passionately about and promise yourself never to compromise on them.
- Going solo is a chance to live your own life, not one tailored to others' specifications. If there's any part of you that reflects someone else's priorities, write down the changes you need to make so that your life fully expresses your desires.
- Being alone is easier when you have a security system in place. When something goes wrong, whom do you turn to? Whom would you call if your were in an accident or got sick? Who has keys to your house or apartment? A copy of your passport and other vital papers? Are there any gaps in your safety net that you need to fill?
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