I made a collage of encouraging quotes and photos of places I have been active in the past - kayaking and backpacking. It also includes photos of places I want to hike, canoe, and wildlife I want to see. Currently, there are 8 quotes and 25 photos taped to my closet doors. I have added pictures to my profile to give you an idea of the layout.
If you give up on yourself and on life, you will miss the opportunity to see the end result of the transformation that is taking place in you and the way that your life has the potential to transform the lives of others all around you.
I could look at 2011 and focus on the fact that I'll be starting the year undergoing an invasive and dangerous surgery that will cripple me for several months. I could focus on how hard this will be on myself and my relationship. I could let the fear of the unknown take over.
Through the 12-Step program of OA, I learned that I had a disease, and that will-power and self-esteem did not help me stop eating compulsively. Through working this program and defining my own meal plan, I have lost weight, but more important regained my emotional and spiritual balance.
I'm not a naturally positive person (especially about myself!), so I have to put "feeling hopeful" on my to-do list! When you wake up each morning, before getting out of bed, think of one thing you have to look forward to in the day. A little hope goes a LONG way!