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Old 04-26-2015, 12:20 AM   #1
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Default Be Good To Yourself

One of the things we learn in Al-Anon is:- Be Good to Yourself.

The reading goes on to say that many of us enjoy our martyrdom and our indulgences in self-pity. We relish retelling how horrible our lives have become. We blame everything that happens to us on the alcoholic/addict.

We have not learned the pleasure in Letting Go of our problems or releasing our hurts.

Very little happens living One Day at a Time that is worth feeling sorry for ourselves or building resentments. If we are always ready to be hurt, we are debasing our Serenity at a low price.

"How happy and useful I could be if I weren't carrying around such a load of unpleasant emotional turmoil.
No one asks me to so why do I?"

Have you let go of your problems today?
This reminds me of a story I heard somewhere a long the way.

There was a mountain climber up in the hills climbing. He came across a fascinating rock. He picked it up and put it in his backpack. Walking along he found more rocks and added them to his sack. And so it went on. In a short amount of time the climber's backpack was filled and becoming quite heavy. He struggled to walk on, desperately wanting to keep his souvenirs. Panting and aching with each step. Soon he could no longer carry his heavy load. Being a man of some wisdom he finally let go of his bounty, rested and continued along his journey. Free from his burdens. And so it goes with our problems. The more we keep the heavier the burden.
A good story on letting go. We pick things up along life's road. We need things from time to time, but then they no longer serve their purpose. We can enjoy the beauty in the moment, but then we can let go, and then be open to new beauty and new things instead of hoarding and as I see it, fear of not seeing it again. Keeping it to ourselves without sharing it with others. There are many ways of looking at it. We get weighed down with the trials and tribulations of life and we often pick up burdens that are not ours to carry.

I once read that stones don't have legs, because they have people to pick them up to put them where they belong.

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