Thought for today:
History is strewn with stories of people denying their need to change, resisting to the end. Dictators have fought to the last breath. Alcoholics sometimes need to lose everything to try recovery. What is it about denial that is so blinding?
Embarrassment, spurred on by pride, keeps us in denial. It’s embarrassing to admit we’ve overspent again, risking our family’s security, retirement and future well-being. Pride tells us there is no need to look at it.
A member shares:
“The first time I went to DA was in the 1990s. After a few years of recovery I sold my first home and paid off my remaining debts. The debting problem gone, I stayed away from DA meetings for a few years.
“The disease of compulsive debting waited patiently. I began using equity lines of credit – with credit card offers attached! Before I knew it, I had justified acquiring the credit cards for ‘business expenses”.
“A few years later, I lost my job and was unemployed for over a year. I never put the truth together. It wasn’t until all money ran out, and I had to sell the house and get, that I began to see the truth. The clincher was when I realized I still had tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt after the sale of my home.
“Today I know I am powerless over debt, and that my life is unmanageable. This knowledge is just the First Step toward solvency, and I know there are many more – Twelve in fact!
“I hope I never forget where I came from. I wouldn’t wish that kind of destitution on anyone.”
Acceptance is the answer:
Acceptance is the answer – acceptance first that we have this disease of compulsive debting and second that we need to change the person we have become. With the groundwork of acceptance, day by day, small changes will bring success. Acceptance leads to prosperity.
Where am I in the journey from denial to acceptance? Have I accepted that I am a compulsive debtor?
Meditation for today:
Small whims of creativity, compounded each day, yield remarkable achievement. Stay tuned to the big picture. Look for better opportunity.
Affirmations for today:
“I will do one task today to further my financial and spiritual recovery.”
“I accept myself.”
“I know who I am and what I need.”
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