I unknowingly walked into a 12-step program last Friday.
Dis-ease wrapped around me like an itchy blanket. I was very uncomfortable, but walking out would had been just as uncomfortable and embarrassing. Hands folded in my lap, picking my fingers. My leg shaking up and down nervously… “Grant me the serenity to accept…. to change the things I can…. and the wisdom to know the difference”.
Light bulb goes off in my head.
Accept the things I cannot change!
I had been saying these exact words throughout the week so I would stop beating myself up over things I could not change like the economy and other people’s attitudes and actions!
Change the things I can… Whoa I had been thinking about all the things that are within my power to change, work, situations, relationships with myself, others.
The wisdom to know the difference. YES, I have had to stop and think when I am angry, upset, frustrated… “Is this something I can change, yes or no? If yes, then decide what I want to change it into. If no, then let it go and accept it as it is”.
I listened to the women in the circle as they said their name and shared. As I listened I thought some women had the same challenges as me!
Hi, my name is Kay, and I actually stepped into the right place.
P.S. As a post script I want to say that there is a stigma, I think, attached to 12-step programs probably because it is so closely associated with AA. But the 12-step program can be used for so many types of hang-ups, hurts and habits. With life for many people riddled with frustrations, challenges, anger and not knowing, I think programs like this are an opportunity to see we are not “the only ones” with issues. It is an opportunity to speak our minds and our hearts without judgment. And it is a time to listen to others and practice compassion. You may want to take a step and find out.