These are amazingly tense times. Fear. Claustrophobia. A sort of imprisonment, even if it’s with people we love, that can drive us crazy.
So, since I have been in 12 Step Programs designed to keep us sane in bad eras, I hereby offer a few of the best thoughts I have heard for keeping me at least a little bit sane:
—Fear is the common human condition. Faith is the solution.
—I am not a good manager of my own life, but God is the perfect boss.
—What happens to me is not terribly important.
—I cannot control other people and when I try, it leads to catastrophe.
—Acceptance of what God sends me is not a choice. It is a necessity.
—I am accepted by God and that’s the best club in town–in the world.
—Let’s face facts. We are going to have some bad days. That is life.
—The whole meaning of God is He loves you and forgives you for being human.
—Surrendering to God is not giving up. It is moving to the winning side.
—I am going to forgive myself as much as I forgive others.
—I would rather be comfortable than win an argument.
—The answer to every problem and every issue is, "God’s will be done."
—Today I am not going to judge–not even myself.
—Instead of trying to figure out the universe today, I will think about what I want for lunch.
—We have to pray for those who harm us but we also have to avoid them if at all possible.
—Life is filled with unresolved problems. That is one of the reasons it’s call "life."
—Why not be as generous to yourself as you would be to a good friend?
—Feelings come and feelings go and feelings are not facts.
—The absolutely shortest, surest way to peace is to fall to your knees and ask God for help and surrender to whatever God decides.
My goal is not wealth or fame.
My goal is peace of mind which is the only true wealth.
More to come. Love all, Ben.
Ben Stein is a writer, an actor, and a lawyer who served as a speechwriter in the Nixon administration as the Watergate scandal unfolded. He began his unlikely road to stardom when director John Hughes as the numbingly dull economics teacher in the urban comedy, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Read Ben Stein's Reports — More Here.
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