Using CHOICE in other areas of life

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    • #9044
      Julie Mann
      Participant

      Hi Gillian and the ELO Team,

      I had a realization today after several weeks of true struggle and resistance around returning to work next Tuesday.

      I remembered a one on one session I had with Gillian a year or so ago about other issues I was having at work at the time. And she mentioned to me that I actually did have choice though I wasn’t allowing myself to see it in that way. I remember at the time not fully embodying that belief.

      However, right now, things got so bad that I was actually crying and punching pillows on my couch last night. And I realized I truly felt like I was being asked to do things against my will, as if I were a prisoner with no options and that I’d been like that for weeks.

      Anyway, my talk with Gillian from last year came back to me. And I came up with this…

      1. I do have autonomy. No one is holding a gun to my head about returning to work. Just remembering that I’m freely doing this helps. The truth is I could quit, or take an unpaid leave of absence if I really wanted to. Those are not good choices for me, I’d lose my health insurance, income, pension, ability to retire fully with my full pension, and wind up having to get some other bad job, etc. But it’s all MY CHOICE and so I’ve freely made my decision and now I live with it.
      2. It could all be way better than I expect. Who knows? And so I’ve been asking myself, “How can I see this differently? How can I make this great?” And that helps too. Because I actually love my job in terms of teaching and my students and so I do have the ability to make the best of it.

      OK have a great day all.

    • #9045
      Larissa
      Participant

      Hi Julie!

      What you say sounds very familiar to me. My father has been bed-ridden for almost a year by now. And I often feel as if I’m been trapped being tied up to my Dad, his nurses, etc. BUT! The more I listen to Gillian’s webinars the more often it comes to me as a realization that whatever I do is my choice and I am free to makea any choice and live by it with the consequences. And it feels so liberating 🙂
      Thank you for bringing it up. Gillian’s method does work in other arears of life just the same.

    • #9046
      Julie Mann
      Participant

      Hi Larissa,
      I’m so glad it resonated with you. I was the caretaker for my husband when he was dying adn I very much saw that as my free choice. I chose to do home hospice because that was what felt right to me and I knew I had other options.
      I hope your father is OK and that you are as well.
      And yes, ELO is so applicable in all areas of life!

    • #9049
      Larissa
      Participant

      Thank you Julie! 🙂

    • #9050
      guadalupe
      Participant

      Hello Julie !

      Thank you for this example that you have mention here. I hope you take better having chosen one thing or another.

      In this case, in this example that you have cited, I see it super clear. I see very clear that you can choose one thing or another and live with that decision (at least for a while, or the period of time you determine). I will try to extrapolate it to food, and when it costs me to see that I have choice with food.. cite other examples as with work. Or attend a family birthday or not, I don’t know, we always have a choice for everything!

    • #9051
      Julie Mann
      Participant

      Hi Guadalupe, yes we are always at choice and great that you are going to remind yourself of this with food and social engagements!

    • #9054
      Gillian
      Keymaster

      Thinking of you, Julie.

      Let us know how it goes with your return to work and the subway commute.

    • #9055
      Julie Mann
      Participant

      Thank you Gillian. I will keep you posted. Appreciate the support in advance.

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