“… do not … expend unnecessary energy reacting…” – The Language of Letting Go
The 12&12 tells us, “Our first objective will be the development of self-restraint.” It goes on to suggest that we avoid speaking and acting hastily or rashly, stop participating in tirades and arguments, avoid snap judgments and quick-tempered criticism, and stop sulking or silently scorning (aka acting uber-emo and butt hurt). These are emotional booby traps. By working our program diligently, consistently, and taking a daily written inventory to see where we can improve, we learn to restrain our tongue, texts and emails in order to sidestep the traps, thus avoiding a ton of needless pain and suffering. When I stop reacting and instead respond kindly, detach with love as needed and focus on gratitude… ILML!