Sober since April 6, 2006


Monday, December 25, 2006

charlie brown's little tree

(Or click here to watch at You Tube)

In the video clip above, Charlie Brown thinks he killed his Christmas tree and exclaims, "Oh, everything I touch gets ruined!" Then he walks away sad.

When I saw that today, it reminded me that I often have the same reaction when things don't work out the way I want them to. If one little thing goes wrong, I'm suddenly a complete and total failure of a human being.

At least, that's my instinctive reaction. That doesn't mean I have to think or act that way. I'm glad to be learning a better way to handle life. When put into perspective, my life's worst problems really aren't that bad.

Serenity isn't when everything in my life is wonderful. It's when everything sucks, but I find the willingness to accept it as it is and move on to do the next right thing. Sounds simple. But usually the most simple things in life are the most difficult to perform consistently, if at all.

I'm grateful to be sober this Christmas. And I'm beyond grateful for the people in this program ...

Happy Holidays, everyone.


Carly said...

Hope you've had a Merry Christmas, tkdjunkie!

new_eyes said...

merry christmas, tkd. good post.

lash505 said...

i saw him at meeting.. Merry Christmas

An Irish Friend of Bill said...

Nice post. yeah I can identify with that condemming mindset! The 'loser' self-inflicted stamp on my forehead is a FAR too easy habit. I have no idea where it comes from but I have to keep just 'showing up' and keeping an open mind about how things will turn out. It's very weird, the tricks one's mind plays on us. It's all smoke and mirrors. Feelings and perceptions seem to reflect reality pretty rarely. Its a shame that so much of our emotional programming is so off the mark. I suppose as long as we keep practicing 'act as if' it should work out fine nomatter what our head tell us. I LOVE the slogan 'bring your body and your mind will follow' for galvanising me into constructive action when my head is convinced it is a waste of time. Anyway, I'm off to study!


Hope your Christmas went well.

Shadow said...

hey! i hope your christmas turned out exactly the way you wanted it to. and thanks for your kind comments - i appreciate your support.

Trudging said...

A belated Merry Christmas to you

Sober Chick said...

I am amazed at how much I learn from Charlie Brown. I love the poor little guy so much.

Thanks for your brilliant insight on Chuch and yourself.