Wednesday, July 17, 2013

BECOMING AWARE - from When Lost Men Come Home, not for men only

Becoming Aware
One suggestion I found helpful was to refer back to my personal inventory and review the journaling I produced after I admitted the exact nature of my wrongs to another man. When doing this, my journaling showed me how my beliefs resulted in patterns of actions and reactions. The more I understood these patterns, the more my character defects appeared in bold print. These questions helped me:
·       Have I had difficulty admitting to others my need for help?          Pride
·        Have I been in debt or preferred my desires over someone else’s?        Greed
·        Have I gotten mad because someone else was more privileged than me?             Envy 
·       Have I lived out my life in a fearful way?             Trusting more in myself than God
·        Have I compared my insides with the outward appearance of others?              Self-objectification
·        Have I looked at outside appearances, ignoring the feelings of others? Lust & Objectification
·        Have I felt compelled to please others more than God?           Approval seeking
·        Have I been frustrated when others have not lived as I wanted them to?          Codependency
·        Have I feared to be alone?    Emotional dependence on others
·       Have I or my family suffered from my work schedule?   Being a workaholic
·        Have I felt the need to keep certain facts about myself secret?       Dishonesty
·        Have I had habits of unhealthy eating?              Personal self-abuse
·        Have I procrastinated doing things I know should be done?             Laziness
·        Have I believed my life would change without me changing?         Fanciful Thinking
Facing our character flaws in this manner shows we are seeing ourselves in a more honest way. Appreciate the deeper level of personal self-honesty you are capable of. You are heading in a good direction!
This is an excerpt from WHEN LOST MEN COME HOME, not for men only  ~ Copyright David Zailer, 2011

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