Endigar 818

From Courage to Change of March 26;

“Anything worth doing,” goes a slightly cockeyed version of the old saying, “is worth doing badly.” Perfectionism, procrastination, and paralysis are three of the worst effects of alcoholism upon my life.

I have a tendency to spend my life waiting for the past to change. I want to spend the first hundred years of my life getting all the kinks ironed out and the next hundred years actually living. Such an inclination to avoid taking risks, to avoid doing anything badly, has prevented me from doing some of the things I enjoy the most, and it has kept me from the regular practice that produces progress.

If I’m unwilling to preform a task badly, I can’t expect to make progress toward learning to do it well. The only task that I can pretend to perform perfectly is the one that I have left entirely undone.

Today’s Reminder

Al-Anon encourages me to take risks and to think of life not as a command performance but as a continuing series of experiments from which I learn more about living.

“All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action”  ~ James Russell Lowell

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How do I live a life beyond critique? Hide. How do I avoid the pain of rejection? Remain silent. How do I mitigate the humiliation of failure? Attempt nothing beyond my bathroom or kitchen. Failure teaches. Rejection grants empathy. Critique rewards humility. I chose to embrace the pain of becoming something more than a consuming belly. Possibilities belong to those who risk upward flight.

 

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