Are you Takers or Caretakers

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Are you Takers or Caretakers
Most people fall on one side or the other of the codependent system. Which side are you on?

Both takers and caretakers have the same challenge — learning how to take loving care of themselves. Neither has a loving adult self when they are operating as a taker or caretaker.
Takers believe that others should be their source of love, happiness and fun, and that others not doing this is the cause of their pain. They believe that others can love them better than they can love themselves. They do not believe that receiving love from a spiritual source — the true Source of love — can ever fill them as much as another person's love. They don't realize that the source of their pain is their self-abandonment, and they don't want to accept that others ultimately don't want the responsibility for the taker's wellbeing.

Caretakers believe that they are selfish if they take care of themselves instead of care-take others. They believe that they do not deserve to take care of themselves — that they have to earn love. It's not that they don't know how to love themselves — it's that they don't believe that they have the right to love themselves unless they are alone and no one needs them.
Caretaker and takers come together because both have much to learn with each other.

Relationships between takers and caretakers have the necessary juice to stimulate growth in both, provided both people see this charged arena as a great gift. Often, takers see what caretakers are doing in their wounded selves, and caretakers see what takers are doing in their wounded selves, but neither sees themselves clearly. If takers and caretakers move into a devoted intent to learn about themselves with each other, they can discover the jewels that each has to offer the other. Whether the relationship is a friendship or a partnership, takers and caretakers have so much to learn from each other.

If your relationship with a friend or partner is volatile, consider that one of you may be a taker and the other a caretaker. Open to the possibility of learning about yourselves with each other. The rewards of this commitment to learning with each other are so great! Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity that life has offered you!

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