Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021
Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
Overachieving may be symptomatic
Suffering from low self-esteem is common. Some of it may be blamed on growing up in families affected by alcohol or other drugs. Perhaps the criticisms heaped on us at school or in a bad marriage triggered it. We may have thousands of reasons for lacking a sense of our worth. The bottom line is, we were insecure and full of doubt — good breeding ground for the superstar achiever. Much good occasionally comes from low self-esteem. Working really hard, excelling in many extracurricular activities, being available when a favor is asked — these are common characteristics of people with low self-esteem.
The program is spiritually based, and in it we are introduced to a Higher Power. Many of us didn’t have one before, at least not one we relied on, to help us feel better about ourselves. We are learning to turn to our Higher Power every day for peaceful assurance that we are loved, that we are being taken care of. In time we’ll grow to love ourselves, and then we’ll be free of the need to overachieve.
I will accept my worthiness today and trust that my Higher Power has something wonderful in store for me.