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Reclaiming Personal Power
in Recovery

spiritual commentary by Susan Kramer
published by Creations in Consciousness
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When we begin taking responsibility for our actions, we reclaim our personal power.

When we stop placing blame on others or circumstances outside of ourselves, we reclaim our personal power.

When we put ourselves back into the driver's seat of the car of our life—we determine the roads we will follow. And, when we pick a destination that will bring about good, we set ourselves on the course that keeps us feeling harmonious while journeying.

The bottom line is to maintain patience with ourselves while becoming more self(Self)directed.

We are in charge of our decisions, so we may as well make those that are for the best—as that is what will create harmony and happiness in our life.

Reclaiming personal power
is both a realization that we are in charge of ourselves
and our hand-hold on maintaining a positive attitude
A positive attitude allows productive thoughts
for the best solution and direction to come to our awareness
ready for our action
We reclaim our personal power
when we self-determine our actions

As adults, we have rights and responsibilities, personally, and in our family or living situations. We need to make the choices—not let someone else choose for us, unless we specifically are in such a debilitated position that we can't choose for ourselves. When we delegate our care or decision-making to another adult when we are still able to decide for ourselves, we are giving away our life to them. That both gives away our life and puts an unfair burden on another person—as we could come back to them with the words "it was your idea," or "you made me do it."

To reclaim personal power when we have been used to delegating decisions on our own behalf we can:
1. Identify our ultimate and short term life goals;
2. Plan a course of action to reach those goals that does not harm ourselves or anyone else;
3. Take responsibility for the results of our actions—eliminate the habit of blaming someone else or circumstance for the outcome of our own actions;
4. Increase our awareness of Self through regular meditation, and the practices of positive attitudes, thinking, and acting.

The outcome of reclaiming personal power is a relaxation and peacefulness in our body-mind, and a sense of contentment with life in general. We are the drivers in the seat of the car of our lives—determining our destination and the roads to travel. It is our right as an individual to be self-directed—Self-directed.

Our Best Effort

When we give the best of ourselves we reap peace of mind and contentment, internally.

We can justify our time and effort spent in striving for personal betterment, because, the better we each become, the more people around us benefit—from our improving attitudes, caring thoughts and actions.

Time spent on ourselves
When that time is for our betterment
Our expansion in consciousness

Those around us benefit from our expanding consciousness—it is contagious. When a light shines upon us, we are made visible—we reflect that light. When the people around us have justified their time for betterment, and become shining examples of humanity, we, too, bask in that warmth, becoming more enlightened ourselves—through their example and the influence of goodness.

Justifying our efforts at work
or in any endeavor
Fulfilling our obligations
Rightly gives us satisfaction
Peace of mind

Growth in consciousness—
Becoming better people
Justifies the effort we put in
and take out

As brighter lights in the world
In taking responsibility for our actions
we reclaim personal power
to be in harmony, in happiness

Blame only delays constructive action
We each author our destiny

text and artwork copyright 2001-2011 Susan Kramer
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