I am involved in what feels like non-stop programming to address my mental health issues. Mondays are my DBT group day, and I joyfully did my homework and filled out my diary card over the weekend, really looking forward to group today because:
- It is probably my biggest form of in-person social interaction over the course of the week
- Last week’s group and the few before it were really interesting and fun and we are working on interpersonal skills right now, which happens to be my favorite
- I had several things I had wanted to share today, and was also curious to see how my peers’ weeks had shaped up.
Unfortunately, the admin for therapy services called this morning around nine to let me know that group today was cancelled, as the therapist that leads was out sick. I caught my judgmental thoughts right as they happened — “she probably partied too hard over the weekend” — and tried to reframe it in a way that I wouldn’t feel pissed off or disappointed. I regret to say that I let the news really spoil my mood for a few hours, but thankfully I didn’t let it wreck my day.
I hate having a schedule that is at the mercy of others’ failings and frailties. It seems to happen once a week, or maybe every two, that something I am counting on happening (like a group or a meeting or something similar) doesn’t happen because of something outside my area of control. No control issue comments or ribbings, the struggle is real. I work hard, AND need to do better at accepting things as they come, and knowing (with certainty) that things are not always going to clip along at a pace that I can appreciate.
I think the hyper-sensitivity to feeling let down by others stems from experiences over the years of being let down by important people in my life. I’m not naming names or pinpointing specific period of time, but when I really think about it, one thing I have learned in life is that I cannot trust other people to come through CONSISTENTLY.
So yes, it may be more fair to say that there has been quite a bit of inconsistency in other people, in my life, in other’s hearts for the majority of my life. Here’s the thing — I am fully ready to radically accept that I cannot change this quality in other people. I am fully ready to focus on doing only what I can do to maintain my schedule, and to be flexible and fair with other people, as they come in and out of my life.
As for the events of today, my DBT class getting rescheduled and me ending up in a funk over it, I will move on. I will not harbor any ill will toward the therapist, because, hey…shit happens. I will take the opportunity to review my diary card and homework with someone who understands it and can provide feedback (such as at my therapy appointment on Wednesday).
At 8:00 p.m., I am reflecting back on my day, and while it didn’t go nearly as planned, while some things fell through and my mood was not to my liking, I can look at it nonjudgmentally and say, “Rosa, today was just a day. It wasn’t a bad day and it wasn’t a great day, but it was a day that something was learned and there were many very small victories and very few negative points.”
Let’s face it — any day that I get out of bed and brush my hair and leave my house and am upright for the majority of said day, is an okay-enough day by me.