I can have my way more often if I have more than one way.
~ Stephanie Abbott ~
We find ourselves doing battle with the world if we turn every dispute into a confrontation. Seldom do any two of us see something in exactly the same way. This diversity is what makes life interesting— rich and educational. If any one ego dominated how all of us perceived every incident, life would be boring at best.
We all want our own opinion to dominate, whether it’s over when to eat or what movie to see. Perhaps it’s merely human to want our ego in charge. Or maybe that’s only true of people as insecure as us. In the program, at least, we’re in the right place. We can change. We can learn to let others be right too.
There are many reactions to any situation. Our own way will serve occasionally. We have the opportunity to learn alternative responses too.
There are many ways to interpret my experiences today. I will be flexible and occasionally look from another’s vantage point.
© 1994 by Hazelden Foundation
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