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In this Episode
1:03 Paradoxical Reactions
I talk about my experience with medication where I have the opposite reaction from what is intended, and explain why that is similar to how many of us react around the holiday. Then, I give a couple of suggestions about how to move past the possibly negative emotions we experience during this time of year.
08:57 Preparing for Next Year
I talk about how you can move out of the negative emotions that surround the holidays by preparing for next year. I give you a two-step process to follow. The first part is looking at your accomplishments from the year just past and setting some goals for the upcoming year.
But I give very specific instructions on the types of goals it’s best to set and why certain goals will just set you up for failure. Plus, I talk to you about the process of using a “God box” (make your own and call it whatever you’d like – “Higher Power box,” “HP box,” “Sacred box,” “Fred’s box,” you get the idea).
At time stamp 13:20, I talk specifically about what types of goals to set if you are a compulsive spender still in the throes of your addiction.
After listening, I’d love to hear about your accomplishments and goals. Just leave them in the Comments section of this episode (below)!
17:08 Inspiration from the Daily Reader for Compulsive Debtors and Spenders: December 25th: “Benevolence”
Resources Mentioned in this Podcast Episode
In listing my accomplishments, one of them was creating this podcast last year. I talked about Cliff Ravenscraft’s wonderful advice to me in a public podcast episode and a VLog episode!
Cliff Ravenscraft is my podcasting mentor. But he has been much more than that because he has continued to inspire me. At episode #7 of this podcast, I was ready to quit. He responded to me publicly, not once, but twice, in an amazing, inspiring, and uplifting talk that would be relevant to anyone beginning any new venture. I urge you to listen to both (they are not very long).
St. Francis Prayer
I suggest this prayer because it so precisely describes ways in which we are focused on self, which can bring us so much misery, and suggests how to turn our self-centeredness around to be of service to others, which can bring us more peace and joy. This is certainly not easy to do (at least not for me), but I love the specific actions I can take to change my perspective and focus.
(Note: I put alternatives to the word God in [brackets] and put “[to self]” in brackets in the last line, as I have seen done in some 12-Step literature. But you can even remove the last line entirely and find much solace in the rest of the prayer!)
[God/Higher Power/Mother Nature/Or any word of your choosing], make me an instrument of thy peace!
That where there is hatred, I may bring love.
That where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness.
That where there is discord, I may bring harmony.
That where there is error, I may bring truth.
That where there is doubt, I may bring faith.
That where there is despair, I may bring hope.
That where there are shadows, I may bring light.
That where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
[God/Higher Power/Mother Nature/Or any word of your choosing], grant that I may seek rather to comfort, than to be comforted.
To understand, than to be understood.
To love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying [to self] that one awakens to Eternal Life.
(Note: I changed the word “God” to “Higher Power” and put “[to self]” in brackets in the last line, as I have seen done in some 12-Step literature.)
“Life of Riley” (Intro and Outro), “Carpe Diem,” “Wish Background,” “Upbeat Forever,” “Sweeter Vermouth,” “Ascending the Vale” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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