October 4

DISCIPLINE MONTH: DAY 4: “When an individual is motivated by great and powerful convictions of truth, then he disciplines himself, not because of the demands of the church, but because of the knowledge within his heart”― Gordon B. Hinckley

We become disciplined when we let go of childish rebellion. I know grown adults who refuse to eat well, because they are determined to hang on to the choices they can make with food. The food they eat is killing them in many ways, yet they cling to the idea that their freedom of choice is being negated.

Really? We have a choice to smoke or drink or do drugs as well. So what? When we begin to pay high prices for our choices, doesn’t it make sense, as an adult, to make different choices. Choices for good health, better sleep, less agitation, less pain, whatever it is?

Yet, they would rather keep their so-called freedom of choice and remain undisciplined about how they eat. Like two-year-olds who don’t want to take a bottle any more, or maybe when they want to stay on the bottle, even though they are called Baby by other kids?

I do not understand this, although I have been addicted to smoking and lots of drugs and lots of booze. When they began to destroy my life, I was able and willing to walk away. Food is one area that I can say is really powerful in my life. I have whittled and narrowed down the choices to a very simple and easy way of living. Now I don’t want the other crap because I feel like shit when I eat that way. I may be “missing out” on something, but it won’t be bad health.

As my body ages, I am faced, as we all are, with more issues that I am happy to jump in and make better choices about. I don’t fight them because I love being active and healthy and vital. Some of this resonates directly with Step 10.

I AM motivated by Truth. What I find is that I do not settle for less than the best and highest I can achieve. Others do, and I see how sad that is. I want all the good and the best I can get. Kind of greedy like that. So I do what is going to produce the best and highest results for my life. Not because anyone is keeping score, but because it is for me. If I am God’s kid, then I want to be sure and live into that.

I would not like it if anyone else asked me to accept second-rate treatment. So why would I give it to myself?

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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