Exhale it Slowly

“I learned not to react… My level of acceptance profoundly impacts my serenity.” – Hope For Today

Many years ago, a friend of mine who is not in the program was told by his doctor that if didn’t eliminate stress he would die soon. His ulcers were that serious. So he made a decision to not take things too seriously anymore, just like that. He also decided that, when someone said or did anything upsetting, he would take a deep breath and then exhale it slowly before speaking. I’ve witnessed him do this many times and can see how much kinder his responses are.

This holiday season I’ll take his suggestion and breathe deeply before I speak, thus avoiding having to make amends later. Almost done shopping, on the way to a Life Lovers meeting and ILML!   

– JamieQ

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