Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering

Miguel Ruiz

In recovery and through working the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, I have learned that what other people do or say has nothing to do with me. I am powerless over people, places, and things. If I put energy on things that other people do, I am only hurting myself. When I put energy on things that other people do, that means I am trying to be in control. Being in control means that I start worrying about the outcome. This is a weight that I don’t need on my shoulders. As the saying goes, “acceptance is the answer to all of my problems’. Acceptance leads to happiness and freedom. I believe that everyone does the best that they can with the tools they have been given. Today, I do the very best that I can to make the right decisions and to keep my side of the street clean. This way of living makes life much easier and keeps me happy.