When you have someone close to you who is suffering from and addiction or disorder you soo want to help them that you’d do anything…often becoming an enabler or a co-dependent. The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie features daily readings to help both people with disorders and those close to them. I spent the last year (2017) reading from this book and being inspired (mostly by the readings. This book also brings in the twelve steps of AA. I hadn’t really known much about them, though we’ve all heard about the steps. It was very interesting to see them in practice.
I have to confess to not doing the readings daily, though I ALWAYS caught up at some point. While I won’t read this again daily, I plan on randomly selecting sections to read and reflect. There is no way to capture everything in a brief book review, but here are some of my favorite excerpts…
“Whatever we give energy to, we empower. There is magic in empowering the good, because whatever we empower grows bigger.” [I believe that we know this, but may not actively do this and for me, I tend to give energy to the negative things…a very bad habit I need to change.]
“Life is hard, but we don’t have to make it more difficult by neglecting ourselves. There is no glory in suffering, only suffering. Our pain will not stop when a rescuer comes, but when we take responsibility for ourselves and stop our own pain.”
“What a journey! This process of growth and change take us along an ever-changing road. Sometimes the way is hard and craggy. Sometimes we climb mountains. Sometimes we slide down the other side on a toboggan. Sometimes we rest. Sometimes we grope through the darkness. Sometimes we’re blinded by sunlight. At times many may walk with us on the road; Sometimes we feel nearly alone. Ever changing, always interesting, always leading someplace better, someplace good. What a journey!”