Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Love and Discomfort
It has dawned on me that my best relationships - platonic and romantic - have had an element of discomfort to them.
I break discomfort down into 3 types:
- the discomfort of doing something stupid
- the discomfort of the unknown
- the discomfort of growth
The people I love the most, the people I try my damnedest to keep close, are the ones who make me uncomfortable. Uncomfortable in a way that makes me better. The discomfort of growth.
Challenging my assumptions.
Forcing me to think clearer.
Attacking my belief systems.
Encouraging me to find more examples.
Identifying when I am acting in a way that doesn't match my values or goals.
Wanting me to just be a better person.
I don't like it when the people I love show me they love me back by pointing out my "failings".
Where I fall short.
But I know they do it to make me better.
To be my best self.
To my family, my friends, my co-workers, my professional network.
The people I commune with on a semi-regular basis.
Thank you for the gift of the discomfort of growth.