The lines below come from Merimée Moffitt’s blog “The 30 things I learned with Dr. Robert D. Waterman. According to her blog what she heard from Dr. Waterman was instrumental in helping her move forward with her life during challenging times. We choose to share a few of those words because they might resonate with some of our readers who are struggling with addiction or experiencing some tough challenges on their road to recovery.
A Poet from New Mexico and a blogger writing about her life struggles, Moffitt has written a few books, including her latest “Notes on Serenity – An ABC of Addiction.” Aiming to end the stigma of addiction through art, her latest book is a collection of poems and short prose, where she talks about the dark journey she embarked on during her son’s twenty-plus years of drug addiction. Her son, now 46, is on the road to recovery.
Dr. Robert D. Waterman said:
- Let’s work on what you think is out of your reach.
- Get out into the world. Join. Meet people. (Make something of your life.)
- Pot takes you, he said, from A to B, back to A, then to B; A to B, B to A, endless loop.
- Tell your friends not to smoke around you. You ought to give up recreational drugs and going with guys who are disrespectful, unkind, violent, drug-addled, or otherwise unsuitable for you.
- When you wake up; get up. No wallowing in morning thoughts.
- Meet your life every morning with your best colors, food, hair, and attire. Focus on gratitude.
- Smile and listen. Make healthy plans. Make gratitude lists.
- Consider your own skills and assets. Make use of them to support your family of two.
- If you get lonely, ask yourself what it is that you want to share. When you have something to share, someone will be there.
- If you don’t want to share a damn thing, then it’s not the time for a relationship.
- Work on feeling confident; you can do it. You can raise your son. (and later kids, dogs, cats)
- Be responsible for yourself and your child and all that befalls you, all that comes your way. Your responses are your choice. It’s up to you how you feel, think, live, be.
- How you treat a spouse informs your children how to treat theirs. If you are kind, they will learn kindness, too.
- Love and honor your spiritual self, spiritual life, spiritual essence. Develop your beliefs and behaviors. (Only then will you feel whole, calm, complete, and prepared).
- Let your heart crack open to its inner fire.
- Don’t worry. To worry is to doubt god. Don’t worry about defining god. Be honest.
- Be honest.
- Take responsibility for your mood, your health, happiness, anger, fear, gratitude, attitude, etc.
- Nothing you have done is wasted, if you make use of it.
- Embrace honesty; seek solitude.
If you want to learn more about Merimée Moffitt and her books visit: https://merimeemoffitt.wordpress.com/