Attitude - Section Two
My belief in the power, influence and effect of attitude goes way back and incorporates other aspects of the mind. Essentially, a positive and optimistic attitude have been of paramount importance to me as far back as I can remember. An upbeat approach to life. An outlook of joie de vivre.
Attitude has also long been something I have felt vital to an enjoyment or rather even joy of life, of living. Regarding my positive and optimistic attitude towards life many have asked how I could drink so abusively when I had such a good attitude. A good question, but at least it helped me to stay attuned to the eventual healing I experienced. However, it is so that on the lower level of attitude I always felt that I should be positive at all times, no matter how I felt or what the circumstances were. By doing this I now realise that I was piling positive thoughts, feelings and emotions on top of any negatives that existed and they did.
At some stage they would have to surface and I think when they did I gave in to alcohol again. Attitude was all about the mind, all in the mind, mind over matter, the power of the mind to the almost exclusion of feelings and emotion and the heart. Not taking into account that we are also body and soul, not just mind. And so my attitude became one of accepting certain negative realities rather than just passing over them as if a good attitude would eliminate them.
I believe that my positive and optimistic attitude has played a major role in my life, in a number of ways. As a result of this approach to life, I have been able to lead a very joyful and enjoyable life, even through the depths of alcoholism. It may well be so that the fact that I am alive can be largely attributed to this attitude.
Attitude has a bearing on virtually all aspects of our lives. In my case, I was encouraged by my attitude to develop and maintain a purposeful approach. My attitude motivated me to exercise regularly, to seek spiritual answers to my questions of life, to appreciate and be grateful.
Source: A SANE MAP - My Journey in Recovery from Addiction.
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Day 2: Desiring Things To Be Different
It is quite likely that you have abused alcohol/substance because you wished things to be different; your own circumstances, the state of the country, the state of the world.
Many people who wish things were different are idealists, wishing to see more good in themselves, in others, in the world. Quite often we wish to run away from reality because we wish things were better – peace, greater harmony, both in our lives and generally.
It is a very fine attribute to desire greater good in ourselves and in the world. However, as we have surely found out, alcohol/substance-abuse does not improve anything at all. It may help us to escape reality for a while, but we always wake up to the not so nice self and world and have to face it. Alcohol/substance-abuse certainly does not strengthen us to improve any situation.
All conditions can only improve by improving ourselves, that’s where everything starts.
We know that when alcohol/substance is not an abusive factor in our lives, we are far stronger, more confident and able to tackle problems and strive to improve things.
“The People Who Change the World Are People Who Have Taken IMPOSSIBLE Out Of Their Dictionaries” – Myles Munroe
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I am a Personal Development Consultant, Life Coach, Author and Speaker. I live in Cape Town, South Africa.