Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Monday Thoughts ~ Statements 7 & 10

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”  -Maya Angelou

“Don’t forget to love yourself.”  -Soren Kierkegaard

“Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.”  -Mother Teresa

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Statement #7, “Love can change the course of my world.” Caring is all-important. 

Statement #10, “All love given returns.” I am learning to know that I am loved.
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      Christmas and the holiday season can mean something different for everyone, but for each one of us embracing the WFS New Life Program, our common bond is sobriety.  Love, as Jean wrote in Statements #7 and #10 can “change the course” of the world and can return to the giver as our WFS Program Booklet reminds us, “from unexpected sources.”
      Though we can experience difficulties in our daily lives from minor irritations to a life changing diagnosis, love does change the course.  Beginning with the gift of sobriety and progressing into recovery, love expands and grows.  It reaches outward and spirals into endless connection.  A simple smile, phone call or card can lift a life with love.
      Whether you feel the glow from Hanukkah, Christmas or Diwali lights, revel in the fruits of Kwanza or sing and search during a Posada, or even add julemærket stickers on your cards, love is ever present, a gift ready to be given as well as received.  Wishing you a most joyous season filled with love!

Hugzzz and love
Karen
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Hi 4C Women,
      I love the new wording in Statement #10.  Every time I say that I am learning to know that I am loved, I feel tears forming.  These are happy tears because I finally believe that I am loved.  For so long, I questioned why I felt unloved, unlovable and while I recognized and acknowledged there were situations in my life as a child and an adult that created these feelings, I knew it was my responsibility to change those thoughts.  I desperately needed self-love and when I first started, I could hear old messages about being conceited and selfish.  It was challenging to turn off those negative messages because I had built a giant wall of protection.
      What could I do to break down that wall, to be vulnerable, willing to deal with the consequences of rejection that I feared?  It started with changing the mantra that I repeated on a daily basis – “I am stupid, ugly and I hate you.”  One day I looked in the mirror and jumped back at the words that came out of my mouth – “I love you!”  Was that me who just said that?  It was the beginning, the ah ha moment that I knew I had turned a corner.  The journey to self-love reminds me of the song, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.”  It can be as simple as saying you are lovable, listing the loving qualities you possess, believing others when they say they love you instead of dismissing it because you don’t love yourself so how could anyone else?  Love given and love returned doesn’t always come back from the person you gave it to and when that happens, it may seem to validate our feelings of being unlovable.  I have found that when I give love, it comes back in many different ways.  Sometimes it’s just feeling good about showing I care, to lift someone else’s spirits.
      As you celebrate this season, whatever it may be, know that you are worthy of being loved and it begins with you!

Bonded,
4C WFS member
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