Progress – Learning To Cook

Lately I’ve been cooking – a lot!  I love to watch the cooking shows Saturdays on PBS, write down the recipes that sound good and usually I make one of them that day.  My husband is enjoying my enthusiasm for new food immensely.

What’s notable is that the more recipes tackled from the shows, the more fearless I become in the kitchen.  Many of the dishes and desserts finding their way to our table in the past month are my own unique creations.  And, they’ve been hits with both of us.  It occurred to me that this is how 12 Step programs and any other method used for learning and healthy living works as well.  We try out what sounds good, or what we think we’ll feel comfortable with at first.  Then, as we become more comfortable we’re willing to take more risk, try new options and make different choices.  We become fearless.  The fear transforms into excitement or at least anticipation.  We may make mistakes in the “kitchen” of life, but if the recipe doesn’t seem to work we can usually clean up the mess, and start again.

This takes commitment, perseverance and persistence.  Commitment to ourselves and doing what others have found to be helpful.  Perseverance if at first we don’t succeed.  Persistence because we’re just practicing.  When we were toddlers learning to walk we certainly fell down our fair share of times before we had taking those sturdy steps down.  No one made fun of us.  It wasn’t a mistake, we were just in the learning process.  In fact, people encouraged us with big smiles on their faces.  They were pulling for us to succeed.  That’s how it is when we come to 12 Step programs and start working through the Steps with our sponsor.  There’s a learning curve.  That’s natural.  We can learn to be gentle with ourselves through the process.  People are pulling for us.  And while there are usually others cheering us on, we can affirm our efforts to succeed with a good attitude.  We will make progress – with patience.  If we find things aren’t working – it’s not a big deal.  We ask for help, regroup, review, and resume.  We are in good company as we do.  What a blessing!

Affirmation for the Day – ” I am making progress daily.”

Remember to say the affirmation at least 3 times whenever you remember it, preferably in front of a mirror.

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