Our inner journey is a transformative process. It involves becoming who we already are in essence and letting go of the phony in favor of the authentic self.
~ Mary Norton Gordon
Wearing the right Face for every occasion was a goal many of us strived to master in years past. Quite likely we succeeded too. We were accomplished at reading the faces of others, discerning who we needed to be in order to please them. Our worth seemed dependent on pleasing them.
Recovery doesn’t mean we stop pleasing others. Learning to Love others unconditionally, thus inspiring joy in them, is a benefit of recovery. But pleasing ourselves is of utmost importance too, and we can feel good about ourselves only if we are living honest lives. That means wearing the face that matches who we really are inside.
Our lives become less confusing as we learn to 11*veal our true selves. When we stop trying to be the person we think others want us to be, we will find more time to Simply love them for the person they are, and to love ourselves too.
I will please others simply by loving them as they are today. I can be honest and loving just being me.
© 1994 by Hazelden Foundation
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