Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Tuesday 12/22/09 - "ALL IS WELL"
"...the more we get outside of ourselves, the more aware we become that "all is well."
(From "Each Day a New Beginning", December 19)
This is completely the truth for me. When I stop worrying about my own problems, petty or otherwise, my attitude becomes more positive. When I am tired, not feeling well, stressed, or playing 'superwoman', it is easy to become negative and to think the world and my life are "going to hell in a hand basket".
Even after 24 years in recovery this can happen. But I know today that this misery resides between my ears and if I can move away from my 'thinking', then my spirits will improve. The good news is that this happens less frequently, lasts a shorter period of time, and is not as intense as it used to be.
I tend to obsessive thinking and when it is directed negatively inward, I can find myself in a dangerous place. How do I get out of there? Artistic expression can do the trick - writing a poem, drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, writing a blog, these kinds of activities can get me out of my own self. Nature can take me 'outside' myself by literally focusing me outward. Watching the beauty of nature in the trees, flowers, birds, animals, ocean - all of these have the power to transport me elsewhere. Listening to music or appreciating others' artwork does the same.
I am always in a better space when I am working with other alcoholics or members of Al-Anon. When I am sharing my experience, strength, and hope I am grateful. I can focus on someone else and passing on what I have been given rather than sitting alone in my own mind.
As much as possible, I try to live one-day-at-time and in the moment. When I am in that place, I know that "ALL IS WELL".
Hoping "all is well" with all of you,
(Photo credit: Snow on Bare Branches by Patrice Grossi)