“Uncompromising safety is a prerequisite for thriving. Always honor the welfare of others.” ~ Lisa Merlo-Booth
Most people know that being physically safe from harm is a requirement for healthy relationships. However, far too few realize how important emotional safety is as well. Emotional and physical safety is paramount to your ability to thrive in every aspect of your life.
You deserve to surround yourself with people who:
- Respect your opinions—even when they differ from your own.
- Honor your feelings—even when they don’t understand why you feel the way you do.
- Listen to your upsets about their actions—without becoming defensive, combative, or indifferent.
- Hold you in warm regard—even when you make mistakes.
- Acknowledge your words—without discounting them, ignoring them, or minimizing them.
Uncompromising safety is vital to creating healthy relationships—in your home, on the job, and in the world. Don’t ever lower the bar around physical and emotional safety; once you lower this bar, the entire system crumbles—along with your sense of self. Nothing, and no one, is ever worth your loss of self.
Challenge: Raise the bar on yourself and those around you regarding the concept of safety. Respect the words, feelings, opinions, and humanity of others while requiring them to do the safe for you. Uncompromising safety should be a given in every relationship you are in; if it is not, it’s time to make it so.