I can express my feelings in a direct way......
I will not harm people by telling them what I feel. By communicating feelings directly, I am respecting myself by owning my own power.
In my alcoholic family, I learned to communicate my feelings indirectly. Feelings were forbidden and hidden-- they had to be guessed at, and deducted from clues in behavior.
This indirect style no longer works for me. I don't want to play gamed with people where my feelings are concerned. I don't want to leave a trail of clues for others to use in solving the mystery of my emotional life.
Today I will communicate in a healthy and direct manner. I make a conscious decision to make my feelings knowing in a direct and appropriate way.