Nuclear Security Summit, Anyone?

Police Full Gear

Good Morning, The Netherlands!

My friend in The Hague came out of her very own house a few days ago with the dog and bumped into a few armed policeman walking down her street.  The policemen were in full uniform, carrying huge billy clubs, and presumably wearing bullet proof vests. In case you hadn’t heard, the 3rd Nuclear Security Summit happened March 24 and 25, 2014, in fact IN her neighborhood.  For two days, 53 heads of States plus 5000 other delegates (folks of official status, reporters, etc.) and a 3000 person police force were pretty much right outside her front door.

Wild, huh?  

Can you imagine seeing barricades out your front door? Obama arrived on Sunday the 23rd and stayed in a hotel on the sea a little north of her.   His hotel apparently also housed President Xi Jinping of China.

Barricade The HaguePreparing the Residents

For weeks ahead of time, the folks in all of The Hague and into the Amsterdam area were encouraged to work from home on March 24 and 25.  They were instructed to use public transportation or bicycle.   But even with all these pre-warnings, for about a week, residents were gradually unable to move freely about their daily activities because of the growing number of barricades.  Some schools were closed because families literally couldn’t get to their children’s schools. My friend commented, “Outside on the beach are some (how many is that?) anti air missile defense weapons.  I suppose they travel with Obama wherever he goes.   Mmmm…  To the residents of Noordwijk, where he’s staying, it’s a bit creepy.” She continued:   “No one is talking about the fear all of this is generating.  How is it possible to have this many armed policemen within a one square kilometer area, sharp shooters on top of buildings, and helicopters hoovering over our houses and not feel, well, fearful?”
To survive that week, her personal mantra became “Everything is fine right now.”   So far so good.
Barricade 2 The Hague
Isn’t it ironic that an action taken to protect, serve and “add security” can make us feel so insecure?   “Security” can create exactly the opposite.

Which Got Me Thinking….

Take my hand for a moment here.  Walk with me for a little while into our relationships with each other, especially our intimate relationships. Question:  What do you do in your intimate relationship that is intended to create security,  but backfires? Were the residents of The Hague consulted in advance about the overwhelming presence of security forces swarming their city, barricades everywhere making it difficult to get anywhere?  No, they weren’t consulted.   They simply had to adjust to it, deal with it, get over it, plan around it. We do this in intimate relationships.  Some of us operate like the 3rd Nuclear Summit planning team.  We decide what’s going to happen, and proceed as if everyone else should cooperate without question.  It’s our way or the highway.  Of course she will do what I want.  Of course he’ll do what I want.

A Place To Start

Instead of railroading… What if this problem-about-a-difference could cause IMPROVEMENT in your relationship?  Deepen it?  Make it more fun to be together?  Put the sparkle in your eyes and the spring in your step?  Amaze you? If the two of you want different things, then put your powerful brains and hearts together to come up with a solution that honors both of you.  This requires some super duper creative thinking! When there is compromise or settling, nobody really wins.  Both people simply slink away, heads a tiny bit lower, hearts collapsed ever so slightly, because nobody got what they really wanted. Or, behind unhappy door number two —  one person is all the way right and the other is dismissed.  One person got railroaded. Yuck.

Heck No.  Instead, Say Yes to Something That Enlivens Both Of You.

First, figure out the essence of what you’re asking for, and let that send you in the direction of a better creative solution than either one of you would ever think of on your own.  In the end,  you both feel that you got the best deal. Here’s a really, really simple example.  A husband and wife are repainting a room.  One wants the room painted medium blue.  The other wants the room to be really fresh looking, with light or very pale colors.  So they end up painting the room white, and fill the room with blue accents.   It works for both of them. Another example?  The man likes to travel.  The woman likes to be at home every night.  So they buy an RV, they travel all over the US, and it works for both of them, ’cause she gets to be home and he gets to travel. How can the two of you together break out of your own individual boxes, and inspire your inner bluebirds of happiness to create a solution that neither of you would have thought of all by yourself? Ah, now that’s better!     

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Rise Up by Andra Day

What a great set of words for these oncoming days.

Rise Up

 
You’re broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can’t find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
When the silence isn’t quiet
And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
Bring it to its feet
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
And we will rise
We will rise
We’ll rise, oh, oh
We’ll rise
I’ll rise up
Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousand times again
And we’ll rise up
High like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up
And we’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
Ah, ah, ah, ah
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Songwriters: Cassandra Monique Batie / Jennifer Decilveo
Rise Up lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Terri’s book of photography combined with poetry is here! 100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish the Heart.

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Rippling Abs, Anyone?

Rippling Abs, Anyone?

During this strange time in history, I noticed y’all were tackling all sorts of interesting projects. I decided I needed one, too—something positive to remember the pandemic of 2020 by.
 
I decided to pay attention to something I had abandoned…
 
Nope, I’m not cleaning my garage. I am not organizing one single thing. I’m not planting a garden or cleaning up my yard.
 
Instead, I decided to take care of myself better. This, folks, has made all the difference for me.
 
With relatively little time and effort on my part, I feel so much better than I did a month ago.
 
On March 30, I got on the exercise bike and the yoga mat for the first time in a long time, and did 30 minutes each. I liked it so much that I decided to do it every day. But I fell short of that, and changed my commitment to every other day, which felt more manageable, reasonable, and doable.
 
I also get off the bike after every song, take a couple of sips of water, shake out my legs and arms for a few seconds, and get back on. This makes the bike project a reasonable proposition, too.
 
Daily walks of any length—by myself, or with my little guy, Jackson—are a fresh air bonus.
 
My recumbent exercise bike has pulleys to work my upper body while I pedal, which gets my heart rate up fast, and also helps my whole-body strength. It feels good to get up from writing, or doing a consulting session with a client, to do something physically challenging while listening to good music.
 
After only a month, I feel a sheet of muscles on the front of me I haven’t felt for a very, very long time. Goodness gracious. Who knew they were there. I’ll be posting rippling ab photos soon, I’m sure.
 
I have no idea what the scales have to say about my bike/yoga project—I don’t care. Paying attention to scales tends to send me sideways, and therefore, I’m ignoring them completely.
 
But—I LOVE the way I feel! Hang in there, everyone.
 

Terri’s book of photography combined with poetry is here! 100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish the Heart.

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Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Sometimes we ask intimate partners to do for us what is actually ours to do.

We ask our partner to give us the reassurance, love or appreciation we feel is missing in ourselves, with the hope that they will give us what we’re asking for—and then we’ll feel better. They’ll take care of our problem.

But when they do give us what we’re asking for, it can never be enough, because we have insufficient context for what they’ve given. We haven’t build the inner foundation to receive it, hear it, welcome it, believe it. They try to help, but their love for us falls into our void, our black hole, our love bucket with no bottom.

As always, there’s hope. Check out the video below.

Terri Crosby. http://www.incareofrelationships.com/.

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