Monday, 6 November 2017

ONE DAY AT A TIME #essentialsofrecovery

FREEDOM

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

~ The Bible, Book of John ~

In the past, when I was threatened by another person’s thoughts, beliefs, actions, or desires, I simply deemed them completely unacceptable and worked hard to convince the other person just how wrong they were. I cited all kinds of religious doctrine and politically correct ideas to try to convince the other person why their ideas were unacceptable.

This “convincing” was nothing more than an attempt to control another so I wouldn’t have to face myself or any of the things that caused me anxiety and fear. All I succeeded in doing was forcing others to help me lie to myself. Of course, this also created its own anxiety and fear, so I had to do something to cover it up. What did I do? I compulsively overate, I binged, I purged, I exercised, I starved myself, I abused laxatives, and on and on.

Today, because of my Higher Power and the gifts of this program, I can look at why some thoughts, feelings, beliefs and desires threaten me. I can be gentle with myself as I look at which of my “boo-boo buttons” have been pushed. I can ask myself how I’ve been hurt by these ideas in the past and learn how those “boo-boo buttons” were produced in the first place.

Just like a wound, exposing my hurts to the sunlight helps them heal. Bringing them out into the light helps me see all the truth about them–not just the distorted parts I felt in the darkness. I can see what my part was and I can see what the part of others may have been. Through working the Twelve Steps, I can find peace with these hurts and experience the promise of not regretting or wanting to close the door on the past.

One Day at a Time . . .

I can set myself free from the darkness by looking at past hurts in the light of truth.

~ Sandee S. ~
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