No Matter Where You Run To, There You Are.

No Matter Where You Run To, There You Are.

One Day at A Time – August 1, 2020

So, tried running away lately? I used to hear the old jokes from my father, ‘Running away? Here, let me pack you a lunch so you don’t get hungry and come home too soon.” It’s no secret that much of today’s world is a mess, and our lives are often doubly so. Trying to get away from it all is a fantasy, as noted below, but the truth is that we often just want to ‘run away from it all’ at least I know I sure do. However, having traversed the country at a formative age, and picked up and moved out (ran away) more than a couple times, I can with all authority state that I took all the things I wanted to get away from, with me. It is true that no matter where you run to, there you are.

Quick and Simple Disclaimer: The readings in this post are literally taken wholesale out of the book entitled Courage to Change. You can find it at Amazon, Here. The portion entitled Alleged Insight, well that mess is all me.

If you’re an introvert, go buy the book, if you’re a broke introvert, the text from many good books can be found HERE , if you’re in dire straits however, go find an Al-Anon Meeting, it saved me. *None of these links are affiliate links.

So onward to Today’s Reading

Perhaps many of us have had the thought, at one time and another, “Oh, if I could only run away from all this and start all over again.”

We think a fresh beginning would solve everything; that we wouldn’t make the same mistakes again, and so we’d have a chance to be happy.

Of course, we know that this is a childish fantasy. The very idea that we can entertain such a notion should make us a little doubtful of our maturity. For we know perfectly well — admit it or not — that we’d be taking our troubles with us. We can’t run away from ourselves.

Isn’t this clear proof that many of our troubles are self-created — many of our personal agonies self-inflicted.

Today’s reminder

A big step toward maturing is to realize that I cannot change conditions by running away from them. I can only change my point of view about them and their relation to me – and this can be done only by changing myself.

“Little by little I can change my world — not by escaping to a new one with the same old me, but by making a new me out of the old one.”

Alleged Insight:

So, my worst enemy is my own self. This post is literally seventeen days late, and with kids and life, it’s been a challenge to say the least. I have a great many things to get done today, and this post started four days ago when I was already starting to be overwhelmed.

In truth, owning the chaotically littered mayhem of my life is the first step towards realizing that I cannot change my external world and expect to have my internal self change for the better.

Closing thoughts:

Life’s a dance that we learn as we go. (yeah, I stole that from a song, here)

I cannot dance, but just because I can’t, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try. So here’s to the dance. Try not to trip over your own feet.

P.S. We need to start talking about this crap, or our kids will have to fight our demons. I don’t know about you, but I sure as hell don’t want to leave my demons for my children. Duke.

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