One Day At A Time
~ BLESSINGS ~
There are no mistakes, no coincidences.
All events are blessings given to us to learn from.
I certainly never had a charmed life as a child, and when I was told to count my blessings, I never thought that I had that much to shout about. I was a shy and lonely child, always self-conscious about my shape and size, and everyone else seemed to be far better off than I was. When life started to deal out blows that were far more than I thought I could handle, I wondered why bad things always seemed to happen to me. I would hardly recover from one traumatic event when another one was upon me. I felt life was definitely unfair. Using food seemed to be the only way that I knew to cope.
I was looking for a solution, for some way to make my life a happier one. Fortunately, I was finally brought to my knees by the pain of my compulsive overeating. In working the Steps of this wonderful program, I have come to some amazing realizations. All the time I had railed against my misfortunes, I was being brought to some new understanding.
With the growing openness I now have, I can more clearly see why certain things in my life had to happen, and even why I became a compulsive overeater. Unlike the past, when I used to hate this disease, I now see it as a blessing, from which I can learn and grow. If it were not for this disease, I would not have needed to look at my life, nor would I have had to work at trying to make myself into a better person. I most certainly would not have needed to find a God of my understanding, nor would I have met so many wonderful new friends, who always love and support me.
One Day at a Time . . .
I will remember that the events in my life are not dealt out to me as a form of punishment, but rather as motivating factors in my life, that spur me on to grow and change as a person.
~ Sharon S. ~
Wow, oh wow, this is a big topic for me, but I’ll try to be concise, and not to push then envelope too far. See, life’s not fair. I’ve made my fair share of mistakes and stupid decisions, and then fall back on the tried and true tongue in cheek comment that goes:
Everything happens for a reason,
Sometimes that reason is I’m dumb and make bad decisions.
But the questionable validity of that aside, there is nothing in this life by chance, (or everything is chance, and we are random results), but I choose to believe that everything happens for a reason. Picked the wrong girl to marry at first, learned some real hard lessons about life and myself, that I needed to learn.
Upside, got an awesome (ok, becoming awesome) son out of the deal.
Finally found the woman of my dreams, and she’s all that, but we’ve both got issues that spark off each other, I still come back to this being a blessing rather than a trial. I will grow from this, it has pushed me in directions of healing and growth that I never really knew I needed to grow in.
Life is not meant to be a simple safe thing, but rather to be experienced in all it’s glory, lessons often hurt and life does not get easier, you just get tougher or better at life.
But each new trial brings new blessings, so get counting.
Cheers and DFTBA.
Duke of Chaos