Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tuesday 12/22/09 - "ALL IS WELL"

"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,
Prayer Girl

(Photo credit: Snow on Bare Branches by Patrice Grossi)

11 comments:

Wanda's Wings said...

What a beautiful picture and feeling of knowing "all is well". Thank you for your positive look on life. It is so uplifting.

wolfie185 said...

I love the photo, one of the prettiest winter nature scene's is bare branchs with snow or ice on them, especially on a clear sunny day, they are a gift from the Master Artist.

As always your words ring true. Misery is optional and I have to implement the solution to get out of feeling miserable.

Hope you, Steve and your family have a wonderful Christmas!!!

Love and Hugs
Scott

G-Man said...

All is swell PG....

Chill Out Girl!.....

Lou said...

Blogging is helpful in calming me down. So is reading the experiences of fellow bloggers, and knowing I'm not alone.

Wanda's Wings said...

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Mike Golch said...

I've got an award for you on my site.

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enchantedoak said...

This was an inspired post for a time when we are all getting stressed about our holiday expectations and realities. Getting out of our own heads is the only solution that works without fail. We do that by serving another, focusing on our Creator's creation, or other ways, as you point out. Thank you for a real heart-warmer. That photo is spectacular!

Shadow said...

what better place to be, here, now...

Paula said...

The pics is great. A tree covered in its portection til the time is ready to blossom again. Dear Anna, wish you and your husband, your daughter and the pets a wonderful joyfilled X-mas. Hugs, Paula

Syd said...

So very true what you write here. I am my own worst enemy. And once I recognize that I don't have to repeat old thought patterns and have a choice to do something else, the pain, resentment, and fear subsides.