I am going to end my Ask Toi with a few that I have yet to publish and answer. I pray that as we close this last month out and this week that you will go into the New Year with clarity.
How do I tell my wife that speaking ill about my deceased mother bothers me?
One she knows better. I don’t care what she says, she absolutely knows better. She don’t need to be told but since she’s not using her common sense, please talk to her. I get that mother in law situations are and can be a lot. However when your mom passed, whatever issues that happened should have died with her. There’s no point in your wife fighting a one-sided battle. If the two of the couldn’t get it right when she was here, then your wife needs to deal with her issues on her own or with a therapist. She should be sensitive to your needs and your pain. That doesn’t mean suppress her feelings, it means that she needs to actually deal with them. It is utterly disrespectful to speak of the dead. There’s no way around it. I would tell her how you feel and tell her that you won’t entertain such talk. Your wife can be all the way in her feelings because you asked her not to speak of your mom regardless but common courtesy should be followed in someone’s passing. She wouldn’t want to hear it if it was the other way around and it doesn’t matter if her mom treated you well. This is why people need to understand that forgiveness is for you. If you don’t learn to let things go this is how people can have power over you from the grave. Let it go! She needs to let it go!
Side note: if you are on this Earth and have an issue with someone on Earth, then do what you need to do to forgive them even when its something that they didn’t ask for. Some debts will probably not get paid. You may never hear the words of sorry but it’s for you. It releases you. Had this young lady released this she wouldn’t be burdened with talking about her deceased mother in law and bringing pain to an already painful situation. Let it go! Drop the charges. As we go into the New Year, if you keep bringing in old dirt, you will not benefit from it at all. Learn to let it go.
Side note of the side note: what you talk about and give power still has you. Watch your conversations. What you keep bringing up you haven’t dealt with. Learn to deal not bandage or mask healing. Deal! The matters of the heart, flow out of your mouth!
How do I go into the New Year with positivity?
This starts with your thoughts in your mind. If you don’t change that you will be the same you that you encountered in 2017. You have to be willing to see things the way you want them to be. If you want to be a better person, break down the areas of your life. Write down where you are now and where you want to be. What can YOU do to get there? Focus on those things even when you have doubtful moments or days enter in. Focus and be about action. There is always one thing a day we can do to get you to your goals. What are those daily things? Maybe its working out to get you to weight loss. Maybe its taking one class a semester and studying daily to get a degree. Maybe its about negative thoughts, so saying daily affirmations is your go to. Whatever it is it’s never happening without an action plan. Be about your daily business to your ultimate goal. You got this, know that, believe that, and then work it!