I went to a meeting and we talked about Safety in AA. Having been harassed in a meeting and also having to deal with a violent sponsee has made me more aware of the issue. Crazy is not normal. and you’ve got to want to get better.
Use money to bless people. I also saw a reading list and Spiritual Economics is on it. conducive to posterity.
I am responsible for my own life. Even though I may think that others are stopping me or not supporting me, and I do want them to if I think that what I am doing is for my good, I can reject their advice and do what I think is right. I have no power over others, but I do have power over what I do with what is presented.
might run for office
“to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its Creator.” Chief Seattle
also, it’s 24 degrees in Denver overnight. Be glad for where you are.
We can learn to develop healthy tolerance.
We do that by setting healthy boundaries and trusting ourselves to own our power with people. We can lessen our pain and suffering by validating and paying attention to ourselves. We can work at shortening the time between identifying a need to set a boundary, and taking clear, direct action.
We aren’t crazy. Some behaviors really do bug us. Some behaviors really are inappropriate, annoying, hurtful, or abusive.
We don’t have to feel guilty about taking care of ourselves once we identify a boundary that needs to be set. Look at the experience as an experiment in owning our power, in establishing new, healthy boundaries and limits for ourselves.
We don’t have to feel guilty or apologize or explain ourselves after we’ve set a boundary. We can learn to accept the awkwardness and discomfort of setting boundaries with people. We can establish our rights to have these limits.
We can give the other person room to have and explore his or her feelings; we can give ourselves room to have our feelings—as we struggle to own our power and create good, working relationships.
Once we can trust our ability to take care of ourselves, we will develop healthy reasonable tolerance of others.
God, help me begin striving for healthy boundaries and healthy tolerance for myself and others.
From the desk of Melody Beattie
Originally posted December 3, 2014