What is the definition of insanity? Webster’s describes insanity as something utterly foolish and unreasonable. In the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous, another definition gets thrown around: repeating the same thing over and expecting a different result. That pretty much sums up the behavior of a practicing alcoholic and very often, the behavior of a newly sober one as well. I used to think that all I needed to do was to stop drinking, and I would be fine. When I was about 2 years stark raving sober, I realized alcohol was the solution to my problems, and then it became a problem itself. It wasn’t until I wrote my inventory and read it to my sponsor that I became aware of certain character defects that were destroying my life. Without the tools of AA and the support and honestly of my friends in the fellowship, my self-sabotage would have taken me out a long time ago. I was encouraged to uncover, discover and discard the old ideas for a set of new ones if I was to be happy, joyous and free.
As we come to understand the mechanisms and patterns that underlie self-sabotage, we begin to free ourselves…we begin to allow ourselves to interact in the world with greater success, joy, and fulfillment. Overcoming self-sabotage and finding the wisdom inside the wounds you’ve endured is one of the most important conversations you’ll ever have with yourself. Honor it and know that it will change your life.Share post