The Internet is FULL of prescriptions on how to live life. There are one zillion articles, slogans, and suggestions, such as,“10 Ways to Make Yourself Happier,” “40 Ways to Live Your Life Without Regrets,” “30 Ways to Live Life to the Fullest,” or “11 Habits you MUST Give Up to be Happy.” When these self-help-do-it-yourself posts pop up on Facebook or pervade my Gmail account, I read them. Ugh. It’s the worst.
It’s not that I don’t want to read them; that’s the problem. I find myself thinking entirely too hard about what an unknown Internet author has written in regards to life management.
These “guides” are everywhere, and as a person who feels like she needs all the help she can get, it’s exhausting. I somberly bookmark certain pages, or even write some tidbits down to reference later…except I never do.
Initially my intention was to finish this post with disdain for the columns, but I just realized I don’t hate them at all; they are the same principals of AA, and there’s no longer a need to swamp my consciousness with the lists because I’m practicing them everyday.
The suggestions for betterment are exactly what AA has been teaching me:
“Quit being ungrateful.” (I’ve been advised to write a gratitude list everyday, if not several times a day.)
“Quit running from your problems and fears.” (“Keep Coming Back.”)
“Quit regretting the past.” (AA promise: We shall not regret the past nor wish to close the door on it.”)
“Quit talking down to yourself.” (AAism: “Put down the bat”)
“Quit criticizing others.” (Agreed.)
The Internet’s pointers were probably so overwhelming because I only had a vague idea of where my flaws were stemming from. The difference now, is I’m taking it day by day. My version of bookmarking a page is going to a meeting to be reminded. And, there’s one AA suggestion that calms me down every time: Keep it Simple.