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The Language of Letting Go

Melody Beattie

January 1

The New Year

Make New Year's goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you're interested in fully living life in the year to come.

Goals give us direction. They put a powerful force into play on a universal, conscious, and subconscious level.

Goals give our life direction.

What would you like to have happen in your life this year? What would you like to do, to accomplish? What good would you like to attract into your life? What particular areas of growth would you like to have happen to you? What blocks, or character defects, would you like to have removed?

What would you like to attain? Little things and big things? Where would you like to go? What would you like to have happen in friendship and love? What would you like to have happen in your family life?

Remember, we aren't controlling others with our goals--we are trying to give direction to our life.

What problems would you like to see solved? What decisions would you like to make? What would you like to happen in your career?

What would you like to see happen inside and around you?

Write it down. Take a piece of paper, a few hours of your time, and write it all down--as an affirmation of you, your life, and your ability to choose. Then let it go.

Certainly, things happen that are out of our control. Sometimes, these events are pleasant surprises; sometimes, they are of another nature. But they are all part of the chapter that will be this year in our life and will lead us forward in the story.

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.

Today, I will remember that there is a powerful force motivated by writing down goals. I will do that now, for the year to come, and regularly as needed. I will do it not to control but to do my part in living my life.

January 2

Healthy Limits

Boundaries are vital to recovery. Having and setting healthy limits is connected to all phases of recovery: growing in self-esteem, dealing with feelings, and learning to really love and value ourselves.

Boundaries emerge from deep within. They are connected to letting go of guilt and shame, and to changing our beliefs about what we deserve. As our thinking about this becomes clearer, so will our boundaries.

Boundaries are also connected to a Higher Timing than our own. We'll set a limit when we're ready, and not a moment before. So will others.

There's something magical about reaching that point of becoming ready to set a limit. We know we mean what we say; others take us seriously too. Things change, not because we're controlling others, but because we've changed.

Today I will trust that I will learn, grow, and set the limits I need in my life at my own pace. This timing need only be right for me.

January 3

Nurturing Self-Care

. . . there isn't a guidebook for setting boundaries. Each of us has our own guide inside ourselves. If we continue to work at recovery, our boundaries will develop. They will get healthy and sensitive. Our selves will tell us what we need to know, and we'll love ourselves enough to listen.

--Beyond Codependency

What do we need to do to take care of ourselves?

Listen to that voice inside. What makes you angry? What have you had enough of? What don't you trust? What doesn't feel right? What can't you stand? What makes you uncomfortable? What do you want? Need? What don't you want and need? What do you like? What would feel good?

In recovery, we learn that self-care leads us on the path to God's will and plan for our life. Self-care never leads away from our highest good; it leads toward it.

Learn to nurture that voice inside. We can trust ourselves. We can take care of ourselves. We are wiser than we think. Our guide is within, ever-present. Listen to, trust, and nurture that guide.

Today, I will affirm that I am a gift to myself and the Universe. I will remember that nurturing self-care delivers that gift in its highest form.


©2008. All rights reserved. Reprinted from The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Hazelden Publishing, PO Box 176 , Center City, MN  55012-0176.

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DelusionDispeller, April 28, 2009 (view all comments by DelusionDispeller)
Second to the Bible, this book is the book I have lived my life by, ever since experiencing the pain of my first broken relationship. Unfortunately I misplaced my copy and haven't had it to read.

I think the title of the book is very appropriate. Codependency has a language and so does Letting Go. Codependency is the language of control and manipulation and force on others. Letting go is the setting free and holding on loosely to others. This title fits the book very well. If you have not read this book yet, no matter what your beliefs or views, it will give you real insight into how the human psyche works and how to own your own behaviors and feelings safely and successfully.
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mermaid3145, October 15, 2008 (view all comments by mermaid3145)
I was lucky enough to find this book at a garage sale. I picked it up for a quarter. The best quarter I ever spent!
Being codependant myself, this book is perfect for anyone who has the same disease that I do. Always gives you insite and information to ponder. Has helped me so much in my every day life and dealing with all types of people. Family being first, then whom ever I interact with during the day. A very gifted writer has given us words to live by. Thank you so much!!!!
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Beattie, Melody
Beattie, Melody
Beattie, Melody
Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services
Center City, MN :
Devotional calendars
Prayer-books and devotions
Codependents -- Prayer-books and devotions -- English.
Substance Abuse
Self Help-Codependency and Love Addiction
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Hazelden Meditation Series
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
June 1990
Grade Level:
7.38 x 5 in

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