Happy Wellness Wednesday!
For those of you who don’t know, I work a program of recovery through Al-anon. Al‑Anon is a “mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations, whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help.” I attend weekly meetings, work the 12 steps, and have a sponsor for additional guidance and support. I am currently working on Step 12. Step 12 states, “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” My recent journaling has had me take a closer look at “these principles” and what it means to practice them in my everyday life. I suppose I would sum it up like this…
Old Way of Living
Unreasonable Judgment of Self and Others
Obsession to complete or fix a person, task, or situation
Fearful Controlling of EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE!!!
More unconditional acceptance of self and others
Walking away, taking breaks, seeking balance
Letting Go and Letting God, asking for help, knowing that there is more to be revealed
While I’ve made considerable progress over the last 3 years, my old ways of living rear their heads when the kitchen isn’t picked up to my liking or I cannot complete my to-do list by the time the sun goes down. I can hear it in my passive aggressive tone and feel it as anxiety finds its way into my chest and throat. When this occurs, I have learned to call it out. I make amends, take some deep breaths, and go to my class at the YMCA instead of staying to work an extra hour. The quality of my life depends upon the thoughts in my head. Those thoughts get squirrely if I do not have a program that redirects them to practice healthier principles.
I hope that you have found something(s) that work for you…that helps you to live your very best life!
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