“Co-dependency” is a buzz word these days. When a friend read Melanie Beattie’s book Co-Dependent No More, he said it was really depressing because he realized he was hopelessly co-dependent forever.
When we think of co-dependency we often think of it as kindness and consideration. These are virtues. When you lose yourself being kind and considerate of others, though, you become their “co-dependent,” and you keep them stuck.
My working definition: Any time you do for someone else what they can and should do for themselves, you turn them into your dependent children. You no longer function as adult to adult. You assume a responsibility that rightfully belongs to them. We are responsible for our dependent children. We are responsible to the adults in our lives.
What to Do When Nothing Can Be Done.
5. Let Go. There is a time to quit. We don’t always know when it is. It can be gut-wrenching because we care so deeply. It can be maddening because we are so angry about what happened. But when we are powerless, there comes a time when we must walk away.
It’s a little bit like forgiveness. Failing to let go (or forgive) is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die. Forgiveness is giving up our “right” to hit back. We have suffered a great wrong. We finally work through our anger, fears, and control issues to the point that we can trust the universe...or God as we understand him (or her!)...or society to take care of things simply because we are both powerless and tired.
God, grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can, and
The wisdom to know the difference!
To your freedom! To your peace of mind! Let it go.
As I promised, I will offer one pointer each day over the next few weeks for “What to do when nothing can be done.” Check the other entries or archives for what you might have missed. When school begins again in January, I will turn the focus to schools.
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