I hope so. Hopefully you are really beginning to GRASP how NOT CRAZY you are.
It's NOT EASY being connected to someone in the industry.
All the things you are feeling, the REASON why you're not crazy is because MOST of us are right along with you!
I wanted you to fully soak in a whole post where you could go to when you needed a reminder.
You are NOT crazy, nor are you the only one feeling the way you do.
*Reminder - there are always exceptions to the rule.
We're never going to move from the place of always feeling resentful (and crazy) if we are not willing to look at why it is.
WHY do we feel crazy when our other half seemingly behaves so unaware?
What's BEHIND these feelings?
We can't just go ahead and continually blame them for doing what they do, without understanding what's going on within us to create such frustration/anger/sadness,etc...
WE are responsible for our own choices... our own actions (and inactions)
We are POWERFUL and STRONG.
WE decide what does and doesn't work for us, right?
I mean they are only ONE PART of the relationship, right? It takes TWO to meet in the middle, right?
It can't be that it's JUST their fault and that's it.
So I ask myself, when inevitably some of the statements from PART ONE ring true for me...
WHY am I accepting this?
Why am I choosing to let this continue, without changing course or direction?
What is BEHIND why I'm continuing to experience frustration and not peace?
As uncomfortable as it is, how willing am I to really look at what's causing ME to be frustrated, in order to release myself from it?
How willing are you?
As I was recently researching a hypothesis about WHY they do what they do, I've discovered The Peter Pan syndrome , a phrase coined by psychologist Dr. Dan Kiley about typically men who choose not to grow up, stating:
"The Peter Pan Syndrome (PPS) describes men, who are childlike in their relationships, their ability to handle responsibilities, and their pursuit of pleasure. “He’s a man because of his age; a child because of his acts. The man wants your love, the child your pity. The man yearns to be close, the child is afraid to be touched. If you look past his pride, you’ll see his vulnerability. If you defy his boldness, you’ll feel his fear”
The other side of the coin in that scenario is something I found quite eye opening and shocking to me. - The Wendy Dilemma.
"The Wendy Dilemma describes women who are very dependent upon their mates in a special way. They mother their mates, treating them like immature children. It is not uncommon in my practice for these women to state, “I feel like I have four children, instead of three, because I have to treat my husband just like one of the kids.”
It's SO EASY for us to see how our significant others might not want to grow up, but SO challenging to see why they feel it's okay to do that.
I mean, we're calling a Spade a Spade here, right?
When we understand what's BEHIND the reason we get frustrated and angry, feel sad and alone, we have a much greater chance for liberating ourselves from it and creating a new way of being.
Why am I mentioning this?
I mention these two hypothesis' to help us not feel so ALONE, when really what we want is to understand what is really going on.
Especially if this has been happening for years, right? Most likely in our frustration isn't just about what they're doing, it's about not understanding WHY they're doing it and WHY it affects us so.
For me, finding this information has been like turning on a light, for myself, my relationship and as the captain of this ship. As a coach, I've always understood that there is motive and reasoning behind everything we do, that it's always about the cause and not the effect, but HERE... it's explained so clearly that it can no longer go ignored or misunderstood.
- You're NOT crazy but you might be feeling like you are because you don't understand.
- You're NOT crazy but until you really look at what's BEHIND what's causing you pain, the crazy will be all that you see and feel.
- You might be feeling CRAZY cause you know that somethings going on here but can't put your finger on it.
What do I do now?
Honestly, whatever you want. YOU have the choice. You can use this information to find some sort of peace within yourself, a confirmation that you're NOT crazy; maybe you can continue to do your own research to help you understand the concepts behind these philosophies, or you can partner with a professional coach or therapist who can help you move forward to help liberate you from what holds you back from THRIVING in your restaurant relationship.
Or nothing at all.
Maybe these two possible explanations do not ring true for you at all, only you know.
Either way, I still maintain that you are not CRAZY for feeling the way you are, that there IS a reason behind why this is the way it is.
It's totally up to YOU to discover what that is.
How do you feel? Care to share in the comments? Did this FREE you or frustrate you even more?