"I'll do my best today, without trying to second-guess every word or action."
Like most people these days, I choose to receive a myriad of daily e-mails to help encourage my walk in this life. Some are to help me grow spiritually in my walk with Jesus, others come from recovery based programs, and still others are general topics of encouragement that keep me focused upward in life. It's so easy to look down, it seems if we don't train ourselves to focus on what is good, right, true and honorable.
So today, in my email from Hazelden.org the "Today's Gift" came from "Walk in Dry Places" by Mel B. and the closing line shown above was a perfect gentle nudge to remind me that I don't have to try to figure out or second-guess myself or what others are trying to say. Or what I THINK they're trying to say. I don't like it when others assume they know what I'm thinking or know what I meant, when their assumption is as far from my point as it can be. I used to drive myself crazy second-guessing if everything I said was co-dependant, controlling or just plain wrong. I was in misery!
Meeting with Cliff this past weekend for a minute or two was enlightening. He mentioned how he's finally stepping out of the junkie thinking and applying some of life's most basic concepts. Hard work generally gets noticed and pays off. Cliff found a job on Craig's List sometime back and that job has continued to lead him to his next paycheck two times now. This next opportunity may land him into some permanent employment. It's satisfying to hear his words and know that his life has changed and I no longer second-guess what he's doing, where he's going or how he's spending his money.
I've learned the hard way to step back and just listen to others. I don't have to tell them I don't agree. By keeping my thoughts to myself doesn't necessarily mean I agree or condone them it just means I'm not in charge of anyone else's life but my own. I try to choose to back out of conversations that used to lure me in, if it doesn't pertain to me. The best part though, is being free from second-guessing or trying to figure out things that don't belong in my brain space. I don't have room for anyone but my own life issues and don't have the knowledge or ability that the Creator has to re-align someones life choices.
It's so freeing to be free from all the things that used to entangle me!
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