Befriending myself during my sickness leave after ten years of continuous work moved me to another level of living. I started to decode my feelings easily in my journal and my ability to manage myself developed. One of the things that I suffered from the most during this period was communicating with people. Forced to live mute I had to find other alternatives. I depended on writing with most people and on sign language with my children. Yet for people who were close to me it was different. We started to communicate through eye contact. It turned out that befriending myself made me truly aware of my feelings and needs. And with this clarity it became easy just to look at my beloved ones in the eye and they guess what's up. It's true that it took them some time to get used to this mean of communication yet by time they mastered it. 

I learned that every problem has multiple solutions. That the human brain has limitless abilities. That no matter how old we are we can still develop new skills. That self-awareness is key to managing oneself and to find inner peace. 

I learned that in order to be correctly understood by others we need first to understand ourselves. 

 

Read the intro to this series of articles at:

https://imanrefaat.com/2016/08/16/how-turning-mute-made-me-better-not-bitter/

Published by Iman Refaat