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Post Info TOPIC: You don't have to attend every argument you're invited to.


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You don't have to attend every argument you're invited to.


I'm having a big "pat-my-back" moment this morning.

Before Al-Anon, I used to always take the temperature of those around me. If you were happy, I was happy. If you were sad, I was sad. If you were grumpy, I'd freak out and think it's my fault, and sometimes I'd even get grumpy and defensive.

At the same time, I also expected people around me to be mind-readers. If I was happy, they were supposed to celebrate with me. If I was sad, they were supposed to console me. If I was grumpy, it was their job to figure out why and then do all they could to validate me, reassure me, make me feel better - and if I decided they were at fault, then they were also supposed to change so I could feel okay.

Because I had those preconceived notions that other people were responsible for my moods and it was their responsibility to get on board with me, it was no small wonder I felt I also had to reciprocate.

So through most of my life pre-Al-Anon, my moods weren't exactly my own. They were mirrors to those around me.

Thankfully, through Al-Anon, I learned I'm a complete person as I am, and that I don't need to morph into the moods and attitudes of those around me - especially if they're not in conjunction with how I currently feel. So, if I'm in a good mood, that doesn't have to change if someone I care about or work with is in a bad mood. I get to let them be adults and work through their feelings themselves. Of course, I don't have to antagonize them either - like, I don't laugh at them and say "sucks to be you!" But I can maintain a level, serene attitude instead.

This can be tough, because I'm a pretty empathetic person.

Twice this morning, I've been given the opportunity to sink down into someone's bad mood. And sometimes I see those as invitations to an argument. They're looking for me to ask "what's wrong?" so they can then unload on me - either to have a pity-party or to play the blame-game.

Twice this morning, I declined the invitation. I stated my piece as I was in my current state-of-mind, which was serene and good and didn't attend their invitations to bust my serenity.

What I DID do, however, was mentally wish them peace. "I hope you feel some peace soon."

Thanks for letting me share.



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You don't have to be out on the dance floor...just because there is music playing.

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God, grant me the serenity...to accept the PEOPLE I cannot change...the courage to change the ONE I can...and the wisdom to know it's ME...

 

Bo


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You're not supposed to jump up on the stage when you attend a Broadway show.



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God, grant me the serenity...to accept the PEOPLE I cannot change...the courage to change the ONE I can...and the wisdom to know it's ME...

 

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You don't have to hit the ping pong ball back just because someone hits the ball to you...you can put down the paddle.



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God, grant me the serenity...to accept the PEOPLE I cannot change...the courage to change the ONE I can...and the wisdom to know it's ME...

 



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Great Share Aloha...I too remember first hearing this "Don't have to rule" as a newbie and the deep sigh of relief that came with it.  Thanks for the memory.  I can  use this on a daily basis.  (((hugs))) aww



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Thank you so much for this wonderful share, Aloha!

I read much of myself in your post. :(
But I am learning how to be better... to myself, and in consequence, towards others!



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"I don't ask for much, I only want Trust... and you know it don't come easy." - Ringo Starr

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Agree and thank you for the topic! I am grateful I've learned to Pause and Pray before I Proceed. I truly, deep down in my soul, would much rather be happy than right. BR (Before Recovery), I really, really wanted to be right thinking that would make me happy. Instead, it was a constant battle, all within me, to seek approval and validation outside of me. Also grateful that I learned in recovery that's an unhealthy reaction, with superficial results.

Happy Friday MIP family!!

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(((Aloha))))

When I First started to Read your Share, it was Almost Like You was Writing my Story! :) Thank you for Your Share, it's a Nice Reminder of How Far I have Come!

In my Alcoholic Home growing up I had to play this Game Often, and I Got Really Good a Reading Others, but had No Clue how to Gauge My Own Feelings, because I Was Programmed to Only Fit the Mood of the Room!

Thankful since my Journey through Al-Anon I have Learned to Stay in "My Moment" and Not Some Else's, and One of the Best things on of My Al-Anon Friends Told me Here was: When they are Trying to Pull you Back in... Do yourself a Favor and "Vote with your Feet" No One says You have to Stay! I have Walked out of So Many Sticky Sick Ick in My FOO, that My Serenity at these Events has Now been Restored...

Works when we Work it :)

Great Share

Jozie

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Bo


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I remember the first time I heard "I am not getting into this with you right now" coupled with "I am sorry you feel that way"

Those two statements changed my life.

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God, grant me the serenity...to accept the PEOPLE I cannot change...the courage to change the ONE I can...and the wisdom to know it's ME...

 



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THIS RIGHT HERE!

"Instead, it was a constant battle, all within me, to seek approval and validation outside of me. Also grateful that I learned in recovery that's an unhealthy reaction, with superficial results."

For the longest time, I never knew I was doing this! Once I realized this, I was shocked at how much was held back from me b/c I only got superficial results!

I also remember when I first used, "I feel sorry you feel that way," instead of trying to JADE (my usual go-to). I finally had a means to step off that not-so-merry-go-round!! The amount of calm within my brain was tangible!!

Great shares everyone!

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"The wolf that thrives, is the one you feed." - Cherokee legend

"I don't ask for much, I only want Trust... and you know it don't come easy." - Ringo Starr

~~If nothing ever changed, there would be no BUTTERFLIES~~ anonymous



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I am staying with someone currently I once had an extremely contentious relationship with Now I have a really boundaries relationship with him I prefer the latter That doesn't mean I am not counting the days till I leave. I lost certainly am The difference is that I am in charge I feel far less helpless I decided when I would go to stay with him that I would not get involved in arguing with him I haven"t That doesn't mean that I am not mad about his indifference. I am However these days thanks to al anon. I have a choice Having a choice is what matters

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I Agree Alanon tools of detachmebnt, the slogans, how important is it and the serenity prayer help me in this regard

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3 years ago I would be climbing the walls over the stuff this man says. Now it is like water rolling off my back. The difference is I an tome limited here (30 days) The other difference, practice, knowledge, knowing what triggers me and the other quality Al anon has brought me self reliance I now rely on myself. I have been super sick and ny friend did zero.for me except to.comment In the past I would think this reflected on me. Today I know for certainky it reflects on him And only him Maresie

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