Don’t Tighten the Reins — Don’t Lose Your Grip!
Recently, I heard in a meeting a way to weather hard times — check how lightly or tightly I hold the reins of even a rough ride.
“Who says you can’t start the day over when it bombs?”
I learned I can rewrite how today will end! So, from a disappointing failure I can restart my day; I can choose sobriety – serenity – sanity . . . honesty, without waiting. Honesty being the operative word here.
As if reinforcing this suggestion, an AA friend shared a thought on CONTROL.* I pass it along and hope it lifts your heart – or re-starts your day, dear reader. Use what you can, and leave the rest.
Sometimes, the gray days scare us. Those are the days when the old feelings come rushing back. We may feel needy, scared, ashamed, unable to care for ourselves.
. . . That’s when we may try to control people and situations to mask our pain. When these “codependent crazies” strike, others often begin to react negatively to our controlling.
. . . People and things don’t stop our pain or heal us. In recovery, we learn that this is our job, and we can do it by using our resources: ourselves, our Higher Power, our support systems, and our recovery program. . .
Today’s wisdom for living works for me, letting go of the reins, even on a rough ride – Hope it works for you, too dear reader.
Love in Christ,
Sober and Grateful
*Melody Beattie,The Language of Letting Go