CLARIFICATION OF THOUGHT
Like it says in the Desiderata, I have every right to be in this universe. I have a right to be here. I need not shrink or fear anyone or anything. The times that I have felt so guilty for being alive, I now know it is my sense of not being worthwhile or acceptable to myself and to others that keeps me down.
I no longer need other people’s approval, just my own. Everyday I keep my mind and my heart focused on the solutions, while the problems seem less oppressive and frightening. Today, when I want t o hide, avoid others, or just climb into the security of the comfort of my depression, I cease to exist. I know that I am breaking free from my sadness by working the twelve steps and listening to the voice inside of me that promotes my self-respect.
I now have the permission to give myself a real boost by discovering that I can free myself from my sadness and my desire to sad myself. I give myself permission to risk living life to the fullest.
I believe that my Higher Power has put me here in this universe to serve it’s purpose. I do know this, that I am here for the creator’s purpose and that when I leave this place, my human community, I want to leave this green earth in better shape than when I first came from my mother’s womb.
(c) Higher Thoughts for Down Days:365 daily thoughts and meditations and for members of 12 Step fellowship groups. Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville. KY.