There are so many people going through the motions of living but who are not really engaged. Life is difficult. There is a better way to live.
Ever heard of Al-Anon, AA and The Twelve Steps? Good stuff, that, guidelines to assist in living a healthy life.
For those of you who are unaware of what Al-Anon is, it is an organization associated with Alcoholic’s Anonymous, help for family and friends of those who suffer from the disease of alcoholism.
The Twelve Steps are used like a map on how to live your life. Those steps are life-changing, no matter who you are or if you are from an alcoholic family or not. Here they are:
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol-that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shout-comings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
I meet many women who struggle in life, in their marriages, in other significant relationships and have no where to turn. I sit and listen to their stories over and over. I feel their pain and exhaustion as they reveal the details of their lives, and relate how very difficult their lives have become. Same story, different words, or not.
I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t have to live your life in despair, waiting for something or someone to change so you can have peace in your life.
I don’t want to make this post about Al-Anon or AA. I DO want to make it about this:
Don’t suffer alone. Life is short. Don’t become so consumed with the difficulties in life (and there are many) that you forget to life yours. There is a better way to live.