I’ve learned a boat load since arriving in Argentina; new words, new foods (blood sausage is disgusting), school systems and kids’ education, settlements in the 1500’s, religion, the President, and all about inflation. I have also obtained a new “system” to work on myself every single day. Sounds exhausting, but it’s actually easier than the alternative.
New behavior (actively trying to be a better person) creates dissidence in my mind. It would be effortless to behave however I wanted, i.e. being selfish, impatient, introverted. I used to make decisions based upon what would make MY life easier. Now, I am trying to change. Change is hard.
Sometimes I try to focus on everything all at once that I want to fix about myself; respect others, respect yourself, don’t be selfish, be humble, reach out to another alcoholic, lend a hand when needed, connect with your HP, breathe deep, have faith, don’t act out of anger, pray for those you hold resentments against…I could go on forever. That’s why it’s important for me to read different excerpts daily, and focus on just one.
Every morning I chose a quote, phrase, word, etc., to call on throughout the day. If I read an entire chapter of the big book before breakfast I retain nothing; a result of trying to process too much advice too fast. Short simple antidotes are uncomplicated, and accessible.
Today my catch phrase was “spiritual vacuum.” The vacuum refers to how we remove our defects. As I understand it, we can’t simply remove what we don’t like, and *poof* be gone. We have to replace the hole with love. Sounds soo corny. I don’t care.
This afternoon I had big plans to sit by the pool and read a book, in the sanctuary of the backyard. It turned out, there was an itinerary I didn’t know about; I was to go to the site of the wedding where my best friend is getting married next week, and help plan where the tables, flowers, and chairs will go. We had to make decisions on how many candles we envisioned, and what petals would be in the pathways. I didn’t want to go. Why? Because I was being selfish.
It’s not my favorite thing to admit that, but it’s true. I had to access the quote of the day to remind myself why I am here, and why I had to be there. I had to remove the negative narcissist and replace the absence with my HP. Simply saying in my head “think spiritual vacuum,” I was able to reset with complete clarity. I love this friend with all my heart! She’s been my best for 19 years, she’s about to marry the man of her dreams, on a beautiful farm in Argentina, under a tree over 150 years old, and I’ve been asked to help make the special day even more special. DUH.
I’m so grateful that I didn’t trudge through the day absorbed in my self-centered sphere. After remembering how to be the person I want to be, my attitude was reformed. I wanted to (and want to) help in any way possible – directions, flowers, plot plans, candle lighting, whatever!
It’s going to be beautiful. 🙂