I am a control freak. I am also a recovering addict. (These two things are not mutually exclusive.)
They say the first step of the 12 Steps is the hardest one. They aren’t kidding.
“I admit that I am powerless over my addiction, that my life has become unmanageable.”
So far, I have leaned back into Step 1 no less than 138 times. I have to continually revisit it, remind myself of it every day. After that much practice, you’d think it would get easier.
It does, but not a whole lot.
Not one time have I recited step one that it doesn’t pinch a little bit.
I hate being powerless. I hate being not in control.
As I’ve learned (and still learn every day), control is a paradox. It contradicts itself. The more you try to have it, the less of it you have. What you attempt to control soon controls you, dominating your thoughts and feelings and life.Read More