Saturday, 9 December 2017

WALK IN DRY PLACES #essentialsofrecovery

FIXING THINGS THAT AREN’T BROKEN

Self-Acceptance


At the beginning of our AA sobriety, we were reminded that we were not reformers. Yet we sometimes have a tendency to want to “reform” ourselves or others after we’ve established sobriety.

This can become a practice of “fixing things that aren’t broken.” We may not realize it, but many things in our lives and personalities were always all right, all along. In believing that we should be changed, we may be taking on the opinions of someone else. There might be no need for change at all.

We also may be trying to please people who disapproved of us. Perhaps we’re trying to obtain the affection of a parent who always rejected us. But if we’re already on a spiritual path and are living rightly, there’s no need for change. We’d be trying to fix something that isn’t broken.

I’ll accept myself and others as we are today. We are not out to reform anyone, including ourselves.

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