Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Look at yourself
Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror, staring really hard into the eyes looking back at you and said an affirmation? I look at myself in the mirror every morning and evening--combing my hair, brushing my teeth, and doing the general routine of getting ready for work or for bed. But seldom do I look into the eyes reflected in the mirror and think about something positive.
I may think that I have a few more gray hairs or that I need to lose a couple of pounds or that I need to shave but it's not much that's personal and positive about me. The other night at a meeting, we passed around a mirror and people were supposed to look into the mirror and say something positive about themselves. They were supposed to give an affirmation.
One lady took the mirror and closed it, saying that she didn't want to look at herself. She was gently coaxed by a long-timer to take a peek and say something good about herself. She sneaked a peek and said quickly that she was living a better life than ever before. We all smiled.
I'm going to work on looking at myself more often. And I'll say something positive about me such as "I'm feeling better about myself in many ways" or "I'm unique and special" or any of the many other affirmations that could be listed. Al-Anon's literature has a lot of affirmations. So now I can add some of my own that focus on the good things in my recovery rather than the problems in my life.