Monday, March 30, 2020
Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
If our life is a book, and our current situation a chapter, what might be their titles? It can be fun to come up with some entertaining and insightful answers. Our inner pathfinder asks us to frequently reflect on where we are on our journey. Taking an eagle-eyed view can help us truly understand the larger perspective and appreciate the progress we have made.
Is my life better than it was a year ago? Has my progress in recovery opened up new horizons, allowing me to navigate the low valleys more easily? Creating time once a month to contemplate the simple question “How am I doing?” and then journaling our insights can be very helpful. This practice is similar to regularly consulting a map when on a long expedition.
Such check-ins help us examine if we are indeed living what we say is most important to us. We notice where we stray from our desired path and how we inevitably manage to get back on track again. Just as an airplane is constantly course-correcting as it flies from one place to another, our journaling allows us to adjust our direction.
Regular writing about my life helps clarify and reinforce my core values.