valuing your self

Are you stuck in your story? Ways to get out of the drama …

What's the drama of your story?

What’s the drama of your story?

They fuck you up your mum and dad.

They may not mean to, but they do.

They fill you with the faults they had

And add some extra, just for you.

I recall reading that poem (along with another two verses) during the decade of my thirties. It was part of my ‘scrapbook’ of inspirational quotes, sayings and articles which served to motivate me as I did my best to bring my two daughters up ‘successfully’ as a single parent, while shift working as a midwife. Looking back, I’m not sure at the time I REALLY appreciated the meaning of the words. I did, however, sense their importance and hoped I wasn’t filling my children with too many of my ‘faults’!

Those children are now inspiring and beautiful adults. One of them is a parent themselves (meaning I’m a grand-mother), whilst my parents are amazingly still alive at 93 and 80 years old. I’m very aware of how blessed I am to be in a position to spend time with these special people, and continue to explore some of the limiting beliefs I’ve formed over the years.

One of these, from my perception of my father’s authoritarian position, is ‘I’m powerless’. Now he’s the one who’s relatively powerless, and my life has brought me to a place where I can support him to retain some control over his finances and destiny.  Ironically, my younger sister and I have recently signed a lasting power of attorney for if/when he becomes incapable of financial decision making.

Identifying life’s gifts amongst the drama

As my relationships strengthen and grow, with my parents, children and grandchildren, I find myself reflecting on the sentiment expressed by Mr Larkin in a much deeper way. However, I’m also recognising the importance of identifying all the gifts my parents gave me – which are varied and numerous.

Returning from NZ the first time, in 2002, I vividly recall my sudden realisation that all the striving, proving and working so hard since leaving my second husband, had been to show my dad that I was ‘good enough’ to replace the son he’d always wanted, that I wasn’t a ‘failure’ because I was born a female. I could see how much I’d missed out on by trying to be everything to everybody, thinking that if I was ‘the best’ midwife, was endlessly promoted, earned more and more money, that he’d love me. Of course this wasn’t his ‘fault’, of course he loved me, it was merely the drama I’d concocted for myself.

Since March 2011, during my ‘Holistic Life Coaching’ training and subsequently with every client I’ve had the pleasure of coaching, my story and theirs are heard and reflected upon.

It’s such a huge honour to listen to people, and realise how immensley powerful these stories have become, and what meanings we’ve given to them.

From birthing babies, and empowering midwives and women along the way, I’ve changed direction to support people to birth a new life for themselves; one that serves and nourishes them.

Now in my fifties, I find myself reflecting with my three sisters too; discovering what meaning they’ve given and carried along from their childhood, and why.

It’s fascinating!

Because when we break it down, however ‘traumatic’ and/or ‘dramatic’ we each believe our individual story to be, there will always be someone else who feels they’ve ‘had it worse’ than you.

And then, when you look at the stories your parents could have manifested into their lives which shaped and limited them, you can begin to look on the poem in yet another way.

If you can ‘get over your self’ even more, and focus on what you gained from your childhood, however ‘bad’ it may have seemed, you can enable those to strengthen and lessen the power of the drama.

Getting out of the drama

It’s not about making excuses, or feeling sorry for your parents, it’s about:

  • Standing in their shoes to feel how it would have been to walk their respective journeys
  • Accepting that we’re all human and therefore prone to fallibility
  • Realising we do the best we can, with what we know, and which resources are available to us at that time and place
  • Allowing ourselves to let go of the need to ‘hang on tight’ to staying stuck in the drama of our story
  • Reflecting on why we believed what we did and how it helped us to feel ‘safe’ at the time
  • Seeing all the amazing love and gifts your parents DID give you
  • Loving your self first and foremost, then finding it in your heart to love your parents in spite of what you feel they did or didn’t do for or to you
  • Making the most of this life – because for things to change in the ways you desire, YOU need to change

Choosing to change

We may not realise it, but we all have a choice to change.

We may believe our happiness is dependant on others, and once they change, our lives will be different and/or better.

But they have their own stories to work through and let go of.

We are responsible for getting out of our own dramas.

Alternatively we may choose to remain there, acting out the victim role and blaming everyone and everything else for whatever happened and continues to happen ‘to’ us.

Looking back, what have you made the story of your life mean to you? And importantly, what will you choose for the next chapter – and why?

Valuing your ‘self’ in 2013

Me and Kim in Bali

I’m currently enjoying a three-week holiday in Bali, Indonesia, with my beautiful daughter Kimberley, to celebrate her 30th birthday. I flew from New Zealand and Kim flew from UK. To be honest financially I can’t afford another holiday in 2012, but I’m confident the universe will bring me the funds I need to cover the priceless value of spending this time with my daughter.

We can always make more money, but we can’t make more time.

I’m honoured to currently have six paying Holistic Life Coaching clients, who I’ll catch up with early in 2013 and continue to support on their journeys to awaken their life to whatever possibilities they wish to embrace.

In order to complete my Diploma in Holistic Life Coaching, I need just one more client for my case study hours – eight one-hourly sessions (face-to-face in Gisborne, or by Skype from anywhere in the world).

When, as a group, we initially began coaching in July 2011, getting clients was fairly easy – but at that point it was free! Since July 2012 we’ve been tasked with charging clients, to show how much we value our time and our clients, and it’s been more of a struggle.

I wonder if it’s because people don’t value their ‘selves’ as much as they could – they will frequently spend money on a haircut, a meal, or a new dress – ‘outer’ things. When it comes to inner development maybe people don’t feel they’re worthy enough?

Or maybe it’s because they’re frightened of change – by committing to seeing a Holistic Life Coach, you lay yourself open to exposing what’s going on in your head and your heart – what’s working, what’s not, and the vital component why not.

Where do you want to be and go? And why are you not taking steps to get there?

For things to change, I must change

For many people (including me at times) it’s just less hassle to stay stuck in your ‘comfort zone’, the place you know, even if you don’t particularly like it there. Change takes effort and can give birth to FEAR; but if you don’t let go of something, and be brave enough to take a leap of faith in life, how can you make space for the new?

I’m gradually letting go of many of the components that had previously made my life so ‘busy’. For a while longer I need to work as a midwife in order to earn the money to pay the bills. However I know I’ll soon focus more of my time and energy on coaching, and I will attract clients who resonate with me and who I can support to find new ways of living.

As Libby Weaver says in her book ‘Rushing Woman’s Syndrome – “… women in the 21st century are finding it more and more challenging to say ‘no’ without feeling guilty.

My intention in 2013 is to say ‘no’ to anything that may impact upon the time I’m freeing up to really embrace my new future as a Holistic Life Coach.

What are your intentions for 2013?

What will you let go of to make space for something new and exciting to enter your life, and let go of the FEAR attached to it?

Watch this space …