FA 106 Choosing Your Values

Introduction topic


    • Ephrat Livni - Quartzy

    • Importance of unstructured time

    • “Dolce far niente” - the sweet joy of doing nothing

    • “Remaining close to home—or just in it, hanging out—leaves you refreshed and provides perspective. And it may be the key to your next great idea.”

    • Become comfortable with being alone with yourself; wherever you go, your self comes with!

    • Take time to be present and enjoy wherever you are

      • avoid having a completionist mindset of ticking boxes just to say you’ve been somewhere


When is it a good idea to step away from family?

  • Toxic behavior

  • Emotional blackmail/coercion

  • Abusive/threatening behavior

  • Lack of acceptance

  • Need to create space to establish own values/priorities

Why reconnect with family?

  • Source of stability/constancy in your life

  • Reconnecting with unconditional love underlying family bonds

  • Greater understanding of self (family of origin)

  • If they loved you before, they can love you again

  • Support Structure

When is the right time to reconnect with family?

  • Financial independence

  • Stable, independent living situation

    • no risk, nothing to lose if your family chooses to reject you.

  • After time to heal / develop “new normal”

    • “Most parents prefer having a gay son to no son at all”
      - Dan Savage

  • Times of crisis (family member ill/dying)

How to reconnect with family

  • Non-violent communication

    • Provide “first-aid” empathy

      • Seek to understand before seeking to be understood

    • Express your feelings and needs without placing blame or judgement on your family members

    • Look for a “win-win”

      • “My lifestyle is not the same as your lifestyle, but both are okay, and we can choose to live the life that we want”

  • Look for ways to spend time together that will meet everyone’s needs

  • Don’t rush it, go at your own pace

    • Reconnection isn’t going to happen overnight


None for this week


  • What are some of the best techniques you could offer to help get over a toxic relationship? Doesn’t matter if it’s romantic or friends.

    • Self-empathy

    • Self-care

    • Choosing to control what you can (your actions/perceptions/interpretations) and release control of what you cannot (your abuser’s past actions, what your abuser does now)

    • Forgive your abuser (even if you don’t let them know)

      • Empathy and understanding can lessen pain

      • Forgiveness does not absolve someone of being responsible for their actions or of being held accountable

    • Forgive yourself for allowing the abuse to happen as long as it did

      • You are only capable of doing your best at any given moment, given the information you have

      • It is impossible to make a mistake; mistake is a judgement applied to an action after it has occurred

    • Figure out what you were getting from the toxic relationship

      • Try to figure out how you can get these needs met in a healthier way

      • Be mindful not to enter into a relationship with someone very like your previous partner

        • We are often attracted to what feels familiar, not what feels good


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      • Joel Kreissman is a published author of anthropomorphic science-fiction in his Para-Imperium universe. His first novel, The Pride of Parahumans, was published with Thurston Howl publications in 2017 and he has more free stories on his blog at https://paraimperium.wordpress.com/

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