Sunday, 17 September 2017

Father Leo’s Daily Meditation #essentialsofrecovery

PEOPLE-PLEASING


“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is try to please everybody.”

– Herbert Bayard Swope


Part of my recovery is not that I never “people-please” but that I know when I am doing it . . . and I am doing it less!

My low self-esteem was revealed in the way I would say what I felt you wanted to hear, do what you wanted to do, go where you wanted to go — and for years I missed me. For years I missed my life because I was preoccupied with other people. And I wasn’t honest. I hated being that way but I wouldn’t admit it. Now I see that my guilt around my addiction led me into this sick cycle, and recovery is taking me out of it. Today I say “I don’t want to go.” “I don’t agree with what you are saying.” “I refuse to do that.”

My dignity is being discovered in my straight forwardness.

God, may I have the courage to share my true feelings.
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