Compromising is a part of our daily lives. It’s a part of how we relate to others with care for their differences and needs. When in balance compromise aids our relationships with others and the world around us. It shows we are open and that we are willing to factor in their needs because we value them and their presence in our lives. Part of showing we are loving and considerate individuals is through compromise.
A healthy amount of compromise shows respect, but over-compromising ultimately reflects a lack of respect for ourselves. If we constantly over-compromise to please others we are not deeming our own needs important enough. Over time this can lead to burn-out because we are not feeding our own needs and tending to our own self-care enough. It’s like adding wood to everyone else’s fires to keep them warm and not saving enough logs for our own.
If we over-compromise to please others, because we don’t want to ‘upset’ them in some way, we are again neglecting our own need for self-care. We can become stifled and may even start to resent the person we over-compromise for. Over time it can lead to feeling trapped, or forgetting our own ‘spark’ and feeling drained.
Compromise is something to be considered carefully. In many ways it can build bridges and connections between people. In this way compromise can open up doors and opportunities we might not have otherwise. Over-comprise is when we put our own needs and values too far down the list and go against what’s right for us. In this way compromise closes us down and becomes restrictive.
Balance is key. Compromise is vital for navigating this world in a responsible and compassionate manner. BUT over-comprising is not being responsible and compassionate for ourselves and our own needs and values. We need a certain amount of compromise, but not when it means we stifle our own Truth of Self and our ability to self-care.
(c) Michelle Gilberthorpe, She Holds The Bowl, 2018