“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
I talk a lot on my blog and in general about the need to let go and let God. That doesn’t mean that you just sit back and let God do everything, you still have to be in action so to speak. Like if you’re hungry, a ham sandwich ain’t gonna make itself.
What we’re taught in Alcoholics Anonymous is to take the action but leave the results up to your higher power. The let go and let God part is for the results portion of that last sentence. Once we take the action we don’t worry or obsess about the results.
The key is that we have to take the action. Your first day of increasing your self-worth starts with trying this new behavior of not sitting back but doing something. That means for today if you really want to become healthier, start taking the action by drinking more water, eating healthier foods, etc.
If your dream is to become a writer or a stand up or a basket weaver, look for classes in your area that teach those things. Take the action to follow your dreams. My sponsor in early sobriety told me, “there are no wrong moves, just move in any direction and your higher power will lead you where you will need to be.”
For instance years ago I thought I wanted to become a college professor, teaching writing at Iowa University where they have this great writing program. The plan was to get my Masters then PhD, then teach there. They had a program all lined up for that.
So, I applied. I thought it was going to be slam dunk. I mean I had great recommendations, I already write for many well known publications and I have a body of work. When I got the rejection letter in the mail, I was crushed for a moment but realized that I was just going down the wrong road. God had different plans for me. Also, what is an urban Jewish girl gonna do in Iowa, come on now.
My point in telling you this story is that I took the action. I followed what I thought was a dream and it didn’t pan out. Had I not taken the action I would have never known it wasn’t for me. Also, if I didn’t take the action it would have remained a dream and I would have wondered if I missed out on my opportunity to be a college professor. It’s okay, this busty Jewess has way too many curves for the flat Midwest.
So, your mission today is to take that action you’ve been too fearful of taking. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and increase your self-worth at the same time.