Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Every Little 'Ting's Gonna Be Alright
of us has our own guide inside ourselves. If we continue
to work at recovery, our boundaries will develop.
They will get healthy and sensitive. Our selves
will tell us what we need to know, and we'll
love ourselves enough to listen.
There was a moment on New Years Eve that I had my own private little celebration. Even though I was surrounded by people dancing in the sand, I was alone in my sobriety. The band was from Texas, the sand was in Mexico, and the music was from the islands. All of these places hold a piece of my heart and people that I love. I raised my eyes and my arms up to the stars in the dark sky and I swayed with the palms. My heart sang along with the band, "Don't worry 'bout a 'ting, Cuz every little 'ting's gonna be alright."
This what I know. God has never abandoned me on this journey. He has rewarded me all along the way. I know that "every little 'ting is gonna be alright." I don't know what "alright" looks like yet, but I know it's gonna be beautiful.
The cap'n got up this morning and said, "I'm not going to drink anymore." I know it's not that easy. I know he loves me immensely. I know that's not enough. But I know love can be a great motivator. I know it was for me.
I know I'll keep moving forward with or without him. I said some things last night. I've said them before. But before they were threats, this time they were statements. "I will not live like this anymore. You have a choice to make." Before I was not strong enough to back these threats up, they were empty. Now I am and we both know it.
From the Language of Letting Go, January 3 (My apologies to Melody Beattie for stealing this but I just had to. Buy the book, it's ability to speak to your needs on any given day is uncanny)
"What do we need to do to take care of ourselves? Listen to that voice inside. What makes you angry? What have you had enough of? What don't you trust? What doesn't feel right? What can't you stand? What makes you uncomfortable? What do you want and need? What do you like? What would feel good?
In recovery, we learn that self-care leads us on the path to God's will and plan for our life. Self-care never leads away from our highest good; it leads toward it.
Learn to nurture that voice inside. We can trust ourselves. We can take care of ourselves. We are wiser than we think. Our guide is within, ever-present. Listen to, trust, and nurture that guide.
Today I will affirm that I am a gift to myself and the Universe. I will remember that nurturing self-care delivers that gift in its highest form."
So today I'm just out there doing my best to put one foot in front of the other and love myself every step of the way.