By Martha Cleveland
Once we reside with a protracted sickness or incapacity, our spirit is demonstrated. And notwithstanding we can have no say in our ailment, how we meet its non secular problem is solely as much as us. this is often the message of Martha Cleveland's heartening publication, which maps the spiral of emotional soreness that steals the strength of the chronically ill--and exhibits find out how to flip this spiral right into a direction towards non secular progress. Cleveland herself became to the Twelve Steps for aid in the course of virtually 20 years of a ordinary disorder that confounded analysis. during this ebook, she stocks what the Twelve Step software teaches her approximately dwelling with continual illness--coping with emotions of ache, anger, hopelessness, and isolation--and approximately offsetting such unfavorable feelings with non secular well being. a call for participation to settle on pleasure over melancholy, her booklet unearths how power disease can open the spirit to popularity, serenity, and achievement.
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But most of us know that what wins is the perfect face, the shiny hair, the slender legs, and the sexy body in a bathing suit. Our television personalities and politicianspeople who help shape the way we view our worldare painted, coiffed, sprayed, and color-coded to one-dimensional perfection. It's easy for us to blame advertising and the media, but they only offer what many of us want so badly ourselves: physical and mental perfection. We tell ourselves that if we look well-groomed and healthy and don't show or talk about afflictions, then we will be good, worthwhile people who belong.
As a consequence, we become excessively preoccupied with ourselves. We use any tool possible to gain a feeling of control, even sometimes playing on others' guilt to manipulate them. We may hate ourselves for doing this, but we'll take whatever kind of power we can get. Frequently, we don't give ourselves credit for the healthy gains in control that we do make. In rehab, a stroke patient learns to take five steps without help. For a few moments she feels triumphant, then quickly says, "That's not so much.
We can see it as a threat or as a challenge. We can become shriveled, mean, with eyes always looking inward. Or we can reach out, becoming all that we can be with every- Page 7 thing we have. In The Secret Garden, a beautiful book about overcoming illness and grief, the old gardener tells the children that thistles can't grow where roses are cultivatedand this is true. We can let our thistles grow, or we can choose to nurture roses. Page 9 Chapter Two Who's Challenged? So who's challenged? The answer isanyone.
Chronic Illness and the Twelve Steps: A Practical Approach to Spiritual Resilience by Martha Cleveland