Changing the Rules of the Game

Whether we realize it or not, every day, in any given situation, we teach people how to treat us by our reactions and where we set our boundaries.

No matter how much we’d rather believe that the way we’re being treated is the other person’s fault, it takes two. If that other person is so bad, why are you allowing it? That’s right–allow. To see how we teach others to treat us is not always so obvious and it takes a chunk of honesty to recognize it.

Praying situations away or praying for people to change doesn’t work. You might as well accept that now. Believe me, I’ve done it for far longer than I should have. Then, when nothing changes, what do we do? We blame the situation or the other person for our misery. It can’t and isn’t always about the other person. How about you? What are you doing that is enabling the situation to continue or the person to continue to treat you that you find so problematic?

If nothing is changing for you despite pleas and prayers, and wishful thinking so hard and deep on every star you wish upon, that they fall in your lap from the powerful pull, it’s time to look inside yourself.

What is your story? What are your rules and boundaries that are no longer working for you? Take any corner of your life and note spaces and people where you feel things aren’t going the way you want or think they should. Is it really because of them? When it seems like no matter what you do, nothing is changing, then that’s the time to take an honest assessment and start making shifts: Rewrite the rules, change your reactions, and move some of those boundaries while removing others.

By changing your reactions and your expectations, and by default the way you treat others, you will teach others how to treat you. We’re all saints and sinners with good days and bad but no one is exclusively one or the other. Be how you wish to be treated. Be the kind of person you want to attract. This isn’t giving in or giving up who you are, but it is giving up control instead. It could be giving up what we thought we wanted. It is giving up what is really the dream of someone else in our life. It is giving up of that perfection we are told we should all be.

You’d be surprised at how much our expectations and reactions get in the way of how we really wish to be treated and get what we want out of life. If you’re not happy with a relationship, maybe it’s not that you need to seek a better mate, maybe you need to be a better mate yourself. If you feel you’re not getting the respect you deserve, maybe you haven’t shown enough respect for yourself. If you don’t care, why should anyone else? If you want something then say it, shout it, go get it! If you don’t, the other person is not a mind reader and it’s not their fault that they couldn’t inuit your desires. No one walks over you or gets away with anything you don’t allow them to.

The good news is, we all have the power to change the game. To change our game—reinvent it. Too often we think that we can’t because we’re either too scared, have feelings of unworthiness, or maybe it never occurred to us that this is something we could do. We are all capable of amazing things and the bottom line is that no one else but you has the power to make the changes to your script. And yes, change can hurt those involved but without making the change and taking the chance on hurting the other person, you end up only hurting yourself and is that really a sacrifice you want to make?

Sending love and good vibes to the moon and back and wishing everyone a bottomless cup of coffee, chai, or whatever it is that will get your week going to a great start!



4 thoughts on “Changing the Rules of the Game

  1. Renata – this is beautiful – one of my favorite posts. Your writing always makes me think about things in a different way, and I love that. Beautiful and moving, you are helping to shift and change the world. Great post! 🙂 ❤

    • Lynn, your comment touched me so much. I’m thrilled and honored by what you wrote! It’s such a good feeling to know that my writing has touched you so. I want my writing to be like seeds and let what I say find a home and sprout with anyone that it resonates with. Thank you…. ❤ ❤ 🙂

  2. Zinger! Yes, it’s so true Renata. If we don’t like the way we’re getting treated, we have to speak up. If speaking up doesn’t work, we have to move on. I just went through that. Speaking up and telling someone that they are mean-spirited and immature does not mean that they will change. One would hope that would be the case but it may not be time for that person to change. for maybe that person has to lose a lot more before it sinks in. So I moved on, with dignity intact. You’re so right: if it happens once, shame on them, If it happens twice, shame on you for letting it happen. Not everyone is strong enough to make the break (like those in abusive relationships) but hopefully your words will find their way to them and take root. As always, stunning post!

    • Thank you Michele–yep. No one ever said it was easy and so I wish upon many a star for a long long time until I saw that it wasn’t going to do anything. Without a doubt there are some situations that are very difficult to get out such as abusive ones, you mention. But what I hope people will see that no matter what, they are not powerless, There is a chance, albeit it might seem only a sliver and it’s a personal matter of how much you can and how much your willing to. None of this happens overnight, but my wish is for my words to reach whoever they need to and have them know they’re not alone. Outstanding for you to have moved on and you did it with your dignity! ❤ to you 🙂

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