Thursday, October 18, 2012

Knowing Your Role

So after over two seasons I finally got KL to watch THE WALKING DEAD on AMC with me. Although horrors are not his cup of tea he did admit the series has good writers. From it's debut I have made correlations between what appears to be the end of the world in this drama and current day events. Where people should be depending on each other more than ever there are still personality traits which impact their ability to get along as well as their survival. The Walking Dead has touched on topics such as racism, domestic violence, infidelity, abortion, suicide and even murder. 
I find it extremely fascinating how the main group interacts with each other. Toward the end of season two there was an exchange between two of the female characters. While Lori chose to tend to the needs of the house; preparing meals, doing laundry, etc. Andrea chose to be on the front line; learning how to shoot, defending against zombies, keeping watch. The conflict came when each of them didn't recognize the value if the other and what theyoffered to theteam. Each discounted the other's worth and felt their duties were more difficult than the other when in reality both parties are needed for thesurvival of the group. KL and I discuss this during our workshops. It's important to recognize the strengths and weaknesses that each person offers to a relationship. Just because someone chooses to contribute in a different manner doesn'tautomatically make their efforts less valuable. In THE WALKING DEAD Lori works to maintain the mental and physical health of the team. Andrea works to maintain the safety of it. They both have their roles. 
Now think about it. What role do you play in your relationship? What are your strengths and weaknesses? -Tiffany Braxton Belvin

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