How We Choose to Move Forward
This is a place where any number of reactions might happen. Michele could have gotten angry, defensive, hurt, you name it. I could have been ugly, defensive and over-reactive. What happened next instead deepened our trust and respect for each other.
The building blocks of trust
Safety is Key to Trust
Michele and I, even in our sisterly disagreements, have stayed and worked through our rough patches. We have created agreements around how we will bring up issues when they are small so that those issues don’t blow up and cause our friendship to fade away. After all, what is a disagreement other than a lack of clarity about what our agreements are? Along the way, we have clarified and adjust our agreements to fit what our relationship needs. We honor each other and our friendship. And, this has been crucial for building the trust between us.
Michele and I being silly. Alaska 2014
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Enjoyed the story and Love the picture
Michele and I were being very silly! But, what else do you do when you’re getting on a float plane to go spend time with bears?
I have a friend that lives 1200 miles from me now. We try to get to visit in person every couple of years. However we have committed to staying in touch at least with emails on Mondays and Fridays. However short or long the emails are it keeps us close. We were instant friends when we met 25 years ago. We both give strength, love, grace, constructive criticism, share the ups, downs, funnies and everything. If one of us doesn’t like what the other one says or does, we say so right then and there. It’s total acceptance, truth and trust in each other to be there, listen, feel like we can vent without judgement. I couldn’t imagine not having her in my life no matter how far away we are physically we are always “attached at the hip”.
I love this Tracey. Isn’t it such a gift we give ourselves with we can have that depth of friendship? It says a lot about you and your friend that you are in it for the long haul. Big sparkling hug to you both!