It’s time for the daily reflection on April 2. I am looking back at my life in sobriety and reflecting on what has changed since that day.
I have come to realize how important it is to be grateful for every single day of recovery.
Daily Reflections April 2
Demands made upon other people for too much attention, protection, and love can only invite domination or revulsion. . . .TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 44
It’s important to be friendly when dealing with others, especially something as sensitive and raw as addiction.
Approval is a powerful force in society that can help or hurt you depending on how it affects your self-esteem. I didn’t see this need for approval was actually hindering me until someone pointed out the possible consequences of my actions.
The need for approval is a powerful force in my life. There are times when I can sense the weight of it crushing me, but more often than not I am able to use this desire as an advantage rather than a hindrance.
One of the most surprising discoveries I made is how much my need for approval can hold me back.
It’s not something I would have thought to be a character defect, but when it was pointed out that this “need” could make me act in ways that don’t feel good or right and cause others to see you as weak-minded, then hey – maybe we should add this one into our list.
I’m working on my character and it is for the better.
I am making improvements because of A.A., which has allowed me to overcome false pride, a crippling hurdle in life that used to be difficult but now isn’t so bad with help from others who are also fighting their problems like me
I was always overly concerned about what other people thought of me before I joined Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) program; however since being enlightened by them, all my thoughts have been directed towards personal improvement without worrying too much about how people view you or your reputation anymore.
I’m not willing to pay the price that used to cost me. If you don’t approve, it’s fine; but if you do, then I’ll live without it.
My goal is no longer just about pleasing others – now my aim is improving myself in order for me to have a better life and be happy with who I am today.