Bloggers note: The constant barrage of social media and news broadcasts has continued during the week and it is difficult to find some quiet time. It must be so hard for a much older person to wade through the rising tide of differing opinions and beliefs that seem to be shouted at us these days. Everyone has an opinion, everyone is quick to comment, there is little respite. This week’s reading, again from the little blue book, has another message worth taking on board.
“One Day at a Time in Al-Anon” AA Family Group Inc USA – Reading 14 June
A good way to “get out from under’ some of our daily problems is to stop reacting to everything that occurs. Some of us have a constant drive to do something about everything that happens, everything that someone says to us.
There is a time to act, of course. But the action should be based on careful thinking out of the factors. It should not be triggered by every wind that blows. When something, displeases us, if it isn’t a threat to our lives, or our safety, we should try to keep it in perspective. It will help us to respond appropriately or even to “let it go”.
I will try to overcome any tendency to react to what people say or do. I can’t know why they do it, because I cannot understand their inner unhappiness and compulsions, any more than they can understand mine. When I react, I put the control of my peace of mind in the hands of others. My serenity is mine to control, and I will not relinquish it rashly.
Please give me tolerance and wisdom when reacting to what other people say and do.