“Most of us need people around who empower us and help us feel able, on track, in balance, hopeful. We need people who tell us we can. Even if they don’t use words, they believe in us and that belief comes shining through. We look at them and what we see reflected back is our own power.

But sometimes we run into those who, instead, try to convince us of THEIR power, convince us that THEY have our answers, that we need THEM to be able to see clearly, that without THEM, we won’t be able to find the way. They don’t believe in us; they only believe in themselves. That’s not empowerment. That’s an approach destined to create dependency, often unhealthy dependency.

Cultivate relationships with people who make you feel like you can, who help you know that you are on track, right where you need to be. Spend time with people who help you know that you can trust yourself.”

Seek out people who empower you.

Learn to empower those you love. And

during those times when no one’s around,

know that  you can empower yourself.

Melody Beattie

© Patricia Bateson 2018
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