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Post Info TOPIC: 11/9/21 C2C Moving Beyond Survival


~*Service Worker*~

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11/9/21 C2C Moving Beyond Survival


Today's author notes that our incredible human adaptability used to navigate difficulties early in our experience may be drawn upon even after we learn it is harmful to ourselves and others.

Persistent use of one of these adaptations, manipulation, can leave rust on more effective, direct approaches of discussion and request, even leading us to forget these as possibilities.

Reminder: Today I am creating a better way of living, free of guilt and deception.

"We can choose to behave with personal integrity, not because it will make someone else feel better, but because it reflects a way of living that enriches and heals us." - In All Our Affairs
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Until I paused and thoroughly, honestly reviewed my tendencies and the motives behind them, I assumed that what I did was necessary, justified, and most effective. Alanon helped me first consider that this may not be the case.

Sneaky manipulation was never really my thing, but my forceful and persistent beat downs were also manipulative and my go-to tool for getting done what I felt should/needed to be.

Steps 1-3 remind me of my place and of the need to let go and leave room for the higher power of others to work, I am not that for them nor should I engage in actions and behavior that assume that role.

Grateful for the wisdom and reminders of Alanon



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Paul

"...when we try to control others, we lose the ability to manage our own lives."  - Paths to Recovery 



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Thank you Paul for your service, today's reading and ESH.

I too am grateful for the wisdom of Al-Anon.

Self-esteem and serenity is what I got back from Steps 1 thru 3.

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"Forgiveness doesn't excuse bad behavior, but it

does prevent bad behavior from destroying your heart". ~ unknown

Debbie



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Thanks Paul for your service and to both you and Debb for your shares. I'm reminded that Alanon is a lifelong program. There's a bit of good natured joke in the program that refers to lack of progress past the first three steps as being stuck in the 1,2,3 dance. I certainly recall being there and being willful. So grateful for work on all 12 steps and daily self inventory. Daily inventory raises my self awareness of where I might do a little better tomorrow and the Serenity Prayer helps with parse out where footwork is needed and what's truly out of my hands. I consider myself a lifelong learner in letting go and letting god. TT

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Thanks Paul for your service and for all above ESH. Thinking back, I really became as sneaky as my A so I could spy, attempt to control, and my go-to-behavior of trying to force solutions. Thank God I very rarely have a set back causing me to resume those behaviors. I do not want to do those anymore. I much prefer acceptance, understanding, compassion, minding my own business, live and let live, pause, think, etc., etc., etc. Program has enriched my life and I am grateful every single day.

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Lyne

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