Author’s note: I am late in posting this time-sensitive blog because I was busy cleaning up after my visiting relatives left. Only kidding!
The relatives are coming, the relatives are coming!
Today, May 18, is National Visit Your Relatives Day.
Be Careful, be very careful to keep your boundaries in place.
In the past, I used to go overboard with my hostess duties. My obsessive need for approval and trying to please everyone dictated that I do it all—myself! I insisted, “No, you sit and relax. Thanks for offering, but I’ve got this.”
Later, I grumbled because no one helped me.
Thank God and thanks to my new, I am worth it! mentality, I am aware and working on shedding my stinkin’ thinkin’ martyrdom mentality.
All it takes is the never-ending lesson of valuing myself and staying spiritually rooted to my Creator God. Of course, He often has to remind me to love my neighbor [my relatives] as myself.
Daily, my Higher Power and the 12 Steps lead me on the healthy path of self-care. This is critical because loving someone with an addiction requires tough love, wisdom, and a Spiritually rooted sense of Caring for Self – – – first!