12 Step programs have taught me to challenge myself on my beliefs, my thinking, my actions, and my emotions – to name a few.
Now, my Multicultural class will be refining the process even further. My ability to be caring, empathetic, patient and understanding has expanded because of the learning shared with me through AA and Alanon over many years. And these aspects of my being can expand to include even more awareness and sensitivity toward others in the world. Part of the reason for my progress is my ability to be in what my therapist calls a place of “safe vulnerability.” I like the term. It feels strong to be in that place. It means that I can open myself up to asking questions about people, things and situations – instead of judging them. Which in turn, helps me develop greater understanding of those people, things and situations. With more understanding – there is less need or desire for fear.
Instead, I can live from a place of authentic caring, concern and acceptance of my fellow human beings and the experiences that happen throughout my life. It does not mean that I tolerate inhumanity. But being thoughtful, considerate and discerning about what might be influencing the activities, behaviors and reactions of other people can help me have greater appreciation and respect for our differences, as well as awareness and sensitivity of our similarities. It seems we have more similarities. I like noticing that aspect of our humanness. It reinforces my optimism for the future for our world. It makes me smile.
Affirmation for the Day – ” I am willing to ask more questions.”
Remember to say the affirmation at least 3 times whenever you remember it, preferably in front of a mirror.
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