I love books and movies that tell a story of a hero and their personal growth. I love watching a character grow and learn and become a better person. Realizing that I am the hero in my own life story helps me to move forward in powerful ways.
With God’s help, I am discovering my own hidden defects and lost memories and am bringing them out in the open. Heavenly Father knows how to help me see my defects and lost memories and knows the right timing for each one. He helps me overcome and deal with them one by one.
I am the hero in my own life story. Today I can live my own adventure of personal discovery and growth. God stands with me as I face my own darkness. I am emerging into the light and joy of release from all that has held me back. I am finding treasures of growth, peace, joy and serenity in my own life story.
Detach with love.
At support meetings I often hear “detach with love”. But, how to I detach from my loved one and why should I? Is that even a good idea?
I can make myself crazy by trying to find out what my loved ones are doing when I’m not there, or by worrying about what they are doing, or by trying to control their life and situations so they won’t be tempted to turn to their addictions. These kinds of things can make me anxious and worried and keep me in turmoil and chaos.
There are healthy ways to detach from my loved ones with addictions. If I relax and let myself find peace and focus on my own healing, I can find serenity. I know that I will be given the knowledge I need when I need it. My job is to take care of myself. I can trust my loved one to Heavenly Father. He knows how to help them much more than I can.
God will help me to know the things I can do and say that will influence my loved ones for good. I can seek for peace for myself and listen to Him.
Peace can be an elusive thing as I live with and around those that have addictions. Chaos and crazy making sometimes seem to be the norm. But, the atonement is powerful and amazing.
I can access peace through the atonement of Jesus Christ despite what is going on around me. Having peace has a lot to do with my attitude. I feel better when I remember to put my trust in God and trust His plan for me. I can enhance that feeling by listening to good music, dancing, listening to conference talks, going to a support meeting, serving someone, going for a long walk, focusing on my own growth and learning, etc.
Peace and joy are treasures in life. As I focus on taking care of me and on the atonement of Jesus Christ, peace permeates my soul.
Peace, serenity, God’s love – these are the things I need in my life, and these are the things that are hard to find in my situation sometimes. I testify that through the atonement of Jesus Christ I can find peace, serenity and be able to feel God’s love. God can help me to know what to do through prayer and scripture study, through friends and support groups. This is how I learn how to support and to take care of myself. These things allow me to grow and to learn to be happy.