The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs. Joan Didion
Joan Didion is an American author best known as a novelist and writer of personalized, journalistic essays. The disintegration of American morals and cultural chaos upon which her essays comment are explored more fully in her novels, where the overriding theme is individual and social fragmentation. A sense of anxiety or dread permeates much of her work.
Life for me was always an obligation, never a choice. When I became sober in 1988, I learned a way of life that you may have known before me, but was for me, new and exciting. I learned that willingness was an attitude of gratitude and that I was responsible for my life. I learned that willingness was an act of faith; honesty, trust, hope and affirmation.
My willingness takes me down roads and pathways that heretofore frightened and immobilized me. Today they are opportunities to heal, grow, respect me and help others. Does this mean that there is nothing I still fear and am not willing to do? No it does not. What it means is that today I know that fear is part of me, but faith is a greater part than fear and my faith drives my willingness to explore my fears, take action and find solutions with my feet.
My prayer for you today is that your willingness will catapult you to new and exciting places of success starting with your willingness.
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