~~We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.~~ Steve Maraboli
Isn't that simply wonderful?!! You are NOT your mistakes. You are NOT your struggles. You, in fact, are a person who has a 100% "make it through it all" rating!! You are still here and you are a lovely example of getting through it all.
This doesn't mean you haven't been hurt. Doesn't mean you haven't felt broken. Doesn't mean that you haven't turned to your old, unhealthy way of coping with life. Maybe you have. Maybe you "used to". Maybe you did.
And now, maybe you won't. Maybe you are quietly planning your crowning achievement in life. Maybe you have decided that you have had ENOUGH and you are ready to take control of your life.
It doesn't always have to be turning to the negative. You smoked? Yes, we all used to. Some of us don't any more. You don't have to any more. You have the power to change it. You have the gifts needed to enhance your life. You have the talent to create your smoke free world.
Felt broken? I bet you've also felt powerful. Felt hurt? I bet you've also felt joy. Coped with life in a not good way? I bet you've also suceeded in ways that felt miraculous.
So no. You are not your mistakes. You are a warrior! No you are not your struggles. You are your triumphs! You are joy. You are love. You are all that is right with this world. Don't let your addiction convince you of anything else.
Take good care of you. Take good care of your thoughts. Sheri