I break through my defenses, doubts, and fears. I tear down my emotional walls to help resolve challenging situations and let others in.
I accept my past. I forgive myself for errors and lapses in judgement. I search for the lessons I can take away from difficult experiences.
I embrace uncomfortable emotions. I validate my feelings of anger or jealousy. I examine the root causes and figure out how to respond constructively.
I test my abilities. I look forward to activities that will stretch my skills and increase my sense of accomplishment. I am brave enough to survive a little embarrassment if I trip on the dance floor.
I reach out to those I usually keep at a distance. I ask a coworker for their advice instead of pretending that I know it all. I greet a neighbor passing by instead of worrying that a few minutes of conversation will put me behind schedule.
I listen more closely. I empathize with a sick friend. I appreciate that my children may have opinions different than my own.
I form new habits. I am curious to see what happens when I break out of old patterns. I find that I can resolve conflicts and manage stress.
I discover my authentic self. I see that my walls confine me. I want to live more fully.
Today, I build bridges instead of walls. I leap over the barriers that used to hold me back.
1. What is the cost of building walls around my heart?
2. How can my spiritual faith teach me to tear down emotional walls?
3. How do I feel when I think someone is shutting me out?