22, Oct, 2010

The Value of Being Willing

img0901Living in a state of willingness opens doors to healing and recovery. Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines “willing” as, “…(1.) inclined or favorably disposed in mind, (2.) prompt to act or respond, (3.) done, borne, or accepted by choice or without reluctance, and (4.) of or relating to the will or power of choice.”

Being willing is part of recovery’s (healing’s) plan of action, along with being open and honest. You arm yourself with optimism (favorably disposed in mind), accept life’s challenges and lessons without reluctance, and respond promptly to those challenges, knowing that the process results from your own choices. The action of becoming willing instantly propels a person forward toward the ultimate goal. Once willing to change, grow, and progress, the state of willingness can be maintained with serenity — using meditation, relaxation techniques, positive self-talk, and mantras.

Recovery and healing demand a conscious daily application of positive actions such as the ones listed above. Daily exercise, adequate rest, and a healthy diet are essential. A program of self-care, applied daily, produces steady, solid results. And it all begins with making the choice to be willing.

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