I am making an effort today to live one day at a time.
“We can try to stop making unreasonable demands upon those we love.”
Clarification of thought
I am learning that to have any peace, I will have to learn how to accept others as they are and not try to change them. I believe that when I no longer have these great expectations of other persons, or myself, it is then that my level of peace and serenity go up. It’s my unreasonable expectations of how things should be that causes me to panic and to live in the future instead of the present.
I am aware that I don’t want the people I love to pity me, feel sorry for me, or even to feel that somehow they are to blame for my chronic relationship with depression. If I am able to feel better, I am going to have to make the decision to work toward that goal. From now on, all that I have to ask of anyone is to be patient with me as I break out of my solitary world of sadness.
The only real demand that I make upon myself is that I do all in my power to begin to get better. I make only those demands upon myself that are attainable, not perfectionistic and which are based upon the reality of hope that one does and can get better by living and facing life head on.
We are going to begin to pray today that God helps us find out other ways to love ourselves.
SOURCES: Higher Thoughts for down days:365 daily thoughts and meditations for members of 12 Step fellowship groups. Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville. Page 168. August 21.
Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition.(2011) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville.
Believing is seeing: 15 ways to leave the prison of depression. (2014) Depressed Anonymous publications. Louisville.