Learning to endure unwanted physical affection is not a safe life habit. By respecting others’ boundaries, you have the power to support the development of those skills and also strengthen the trust and the affection in your relationship.
By looking around and noticing things closer to the level of our own eyes, we’re much more likely to notice potential problems earlier. By noticing early, we can take action to prevent problems and stay safe, making our odds of having a good day go way up.
The word ‘danger’ and the word ‘stranger’ are both important in making safety plans – it’s good to avoid danger, and stranger safety habits help prevent problems. It’s too bad that they rhyme, though, because we’ve been really quick to stick them together, and putting these rhyming words together gives them power they don’t deserve to have over how we think and how we feel.
Tools work best when we match the tool to the problem that we’re facing. This is true for hand tools like hammers and screwdrivers, and it’s true for safety tools, as well.
When we’re triggered or exploded with any feeling – like sadness, fear or anger – it’s hard to think clearly and make wise choices for ourselves. Next time you’re angry and ready to give someone an electronic piece of your mind, think first!