(Gently adapted for personal use from Courage to Change in Alanon.)
One of the effects of living with dysfunctional people is that many of us have denied or devalued our talents, feelings, achievements and desires. In our program, we learn to know, appreciate and express our true selves. Creativity is a powerful way to celebrate who we are. It is spiritual energy that nourishes our vitality. It is a way to replace negative thinking with positive action.
Every one of us is brimming with imagination, but it often takes practice to find it and put it to use. Yet anything we do in a new way can be creative—building a bookcase, trying a new seasoning on a vegetable, taking a new approach to handling finances, finger painting, problem-solving, tapping out a rhythm on a table top. Creative energy is within us and all around us, whether we are writing a masterpiece or folding the laundry.
Every original act asserts our commitment to living. Our program encourages us to acknowledge our achievements and to live each day. When we create, we plant ourselves firmly in the moment and teach ourselves that what we do matters.
Today I will make use of the precious gift of imagination. Thus I will turn away from negativity, self-doubt and fear, and celebrate life instead.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt