Letting go was one of the most difficult lessons I had to learn. I felt strongly that if I could control the behavior of the people in my life then my life and my world would be better. I truly thought I would be the happiest person in the world if my husband would live his life the way I wanted him to live it. I believed with all my heart and soul that if he would stop using drugs everything would be all right. I assumed his abuse of drugs was the reason I was unhappy and miserable.
It was hard for me, but in Nar-Anon I learned to let go and turn my controlling impulses over to a Power greater than myself. I stopped expecting others to make me happy. Today I know I have to let go of yesterday, stop living for tomorrow and live for today.
Thought for Today: Letting go of trying to control others lets me take responsibility for my own life. These old habits are not easy to change, but when I do give them up and I do let them go, I begin to find the happiness I wanted others to give me.
“What life means to us is determined not as much by what life brings to us as by the attitude we bring to life: not so much by what happens to us as by our reaction to what happens.” ~ Lewis Dunning