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Monday, March 29, 2010

March 29, 2010

Quote of the Week

"The only thing worse than my problems are my solutions to them."

Before recovery, I couldn't understand why my life wasn't getting better despite what I did to fix it. If my boss was a jerk, I'd quit. If my girlfriend wasn't paying attention to me, I'd go out with someone else. If my landlord didn't like it when I was late with the rent, I'd move. No matter what I tried, things only seemed to get worse.

When I began working the program, I told my sponsor all about my problems. He listened for a while and then asked me how good of an employee, boyfriend, and renter I had been. At first I was insulted, but then he told me to carefully write about each problem focusing only on my part. Well....that certainly opened my eyes.

After many thorough inventories, what I've found is that all my problems start with me, and the reason my solutions make them worse is because they are driven by the same selfishness or self-centered fear that caused them to begin with. Today the only solutions that work start by acknowledging where I've been at fault, and end with a sincere desire and offer to make amends.

Today I have solutions that make my life better.

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    Thanks again for sharing. I love quotes!!
    3006 days ago
    Wonderful Qutoes, thanks for sharing. Liz
    3007 days ago
    This reminds me of Eleanor Roosevelt's quote: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
    When we blame others, we lose our power to make a change and make a difference.
    3007 days ago
    Wonderful thoughts! Thanks for posting!
    3007 days ago
    Wow! I can translate this to how I feel about my weight. My solutions are making it worse. There are no quick fixes and that is exactly what I have been looking for.
    3007 days ago
    Good advice, I think we should all take that kind of inventory. I had a boyfriend who told me once, no one can make you mad, only you allow yourself to be affected. I still remember it to this day, everytime I'm annoyed or angered or hurt etc. by someone. It's my choice to feel as I do, and not let others affect my outlook/mood/choices etc. Self guidance and accountability - everyone should have it. = ) Thanks!
    3007 days ago
    So much of this wisdom applies to my own personal relationship with food...thanks for sharing.
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