“… patience, tolerance, kindliness and love…” AA Big Book

Great concepts to live by, but what about when I’m so patient & tolerant that I feel like a doormat? I’ve come to understand that this only happens when I’ve failed to identify my boundaries and taken appropriate action to detach when they are crossed. I practice these principles with others, but not if doing so is unkind & unloving towards me. Being tolerant, compassionate & helpful while concurrently taking care of myself is a like performing a graceful balancing act, but I’m getting better at it every day. ILML! 

— JamieQ

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