One important and especially positive way for turning our lives around comes when we realize we don’t need to wait until Friday, New Year’s, or next week to begin that turn. The big journey begins with small steps that include lots of turns along the way.
I’ve learned that coming to know your personal communication style is an ongoing adventure. To interact amicably with others, whose styles may differ a little or a lot from your own, requires self-awareness, adaptability, and a willingness to listen. Three key elements not only for communication but for life itself.
For years I kept hidden the very topics we share daily. A huge surprise to hear the men and women share their experience, strength, and hope on the topics I was sure “would go to the grave with me.” With the passing of time and “constant contact with others,” not only was I given answers to my inner dilemmas, I was also shown the way through your example. One such example came when I was newly sober – and not going to meetings. I was resentful at my homegroup. I did not want to do the...
“Happy, Joyous, and Free.” As a newcomer to A. A., when I first heard we were to be “Happy, Joyous, and Free” I thought, “Sheesh! What an order! I can’t go through with it.” “Restless, Irritable, and Discontent” were far more familiar.