The power of the human language is such that single words can wound us terribly or lift us up and give our imagination flight. They can lay us low, mourning our plight, or inspire our renewed efforts to push forward in our recovery to the maximum of our abilities.
When you hear someone say something that you know is directed at you or about your alcoholism or addiction, it will be very helpful if you can adopt the attitude that allows you to let them bounce right off you.
Words have no sticking power if you don’t let them. You can be like Teflon, so that hurtful words and phrases, awful names and such have nowhere to latch on.
Granted, this takes a bit of doing. Okay, so a lot of doing. But think of the benefits of not internalizing negative comments.
- By letting harmful comments and names to sail away, you aren’t sidetracked from your current recovery efforts.
- When you’re not distracted by something bad others say about or to you, you have more energy to devote to what’s best for your recovery in the here and now.
- Not allowing negative statements by others access to your thoughts and emotions means you can concentrate more fully on doing the positive activities you’ve set out in your recovery plan.
- Positive overrules negative in all situations – the more positively you can view yourself and your situation, the better you feel about yourself and your situation.
- The sticks and stones of others’ cruelty to you leaves no residue if you refuse it entrance. Be more like an armadillo, with a tough, thickly armored exterior – who’s going to penetrate this superb wall of defense?
Let Go Let you Higher Power deal with it