Today, I’m going to keep the focus on myself and I aim to take responsibility for myself.
“… There is one great advantage about seeing yourself as helpless and in the power of others. You don’t have to be responsible for yourself. Other people make all the decisions and when things turn out badly you can blame other people. And things always turn out badly. That’s why you always expect the worst.”
It is when I no longer blame others for my problems that I begin to see that how I turn out is ultimately up to me. My happiness or unhappiness depends on the choices that I make. No one needs to feel sorry for me any longer because I am depressed. I know that I am responsible for me and that I have made the decision to get myself undepressed and to stay undepressed.
It’s most difficult to make decisions when I have hardly the energy to get out of bed in the morning. It’s always difficult to choose one way or the other because in the past, most of my decisions have usually resulted in failure. Today and everyday I will make the decisions to learn all I can about the various ways that I use the 12 step tools of recovery to release myself from my hopelessness.
We now have hope that our expectations will come true for ourselves as we begin to take responsibility for ourselves.
Source: Copyright (C) Higher thoughts for down days: 365 daily thoughts and meditations for 12 step fellowship groups. (1999) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville. Page 64.
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I start my day with reflections from Higher Thoughts for Down Days, providing me with a spiritual and meaningful kick start for the hours to follow. This work, contains a daily Higher Thought affirmation, a meaningful reflection, and closes with an appropriate short meditation.
Some Depressed Anonymous groups use this daily Higher Thought for their group meeting discussion topic. In my effort to produce a meaningful daily reflection book for persons depressed, especially those of us who work a Twelve Step recovery program, I found this daily approach to be most therapeutic for those of us who are or were depressed and isolated.
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Yes, we all know about taking our vitamins and trying to put food into our bodies that are nutritious and healthy. It is essential that doing this plus having a good personal exercise program in place, can all have a positive effect on our moods.
Now how about a vitamin for the mind and the spirit. Let’s read what Bill W., has to say about putting good thoughts into our minds as we awake every morning of our day.
“On awakening, let us think about the 24 hours ahead. We ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity and from dishonest or self-seeking motives. Free of these, we can employ our mental faculties with assurance, for God gave us brains to use. Our thought life will be on a higher plane when our thinking begins to be cleared of wrong motives.
If we have to determine which of two courses to take, we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought, or a decision. Then we relax and take it easy, and we are often surprised how the right answers come after we have tried this for awhile.” As Bill sees it. Page 243.
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