Here’s the thing. In both my Social Media Marketing and my WWW posts I tend to go on a bit about Balance. This is because I feel, no it IS, in my not so humble opinion, extremely important. How do I know this? My strange classrooms of course! When I was in the Abyss called Angola, I saw some bad shit, but also some of the most compassionate, unselfish deeds ever, proving that war does indeed bring out both the best and the worst in men. I filed this for future reference and fought on. My fight brought me to yet another unusual classroom and the 12 Step program. Here I could combine the practical knowledge of the warzone and the psychological philosophy in the rooms. I am a lucky man to have had this combination of education available to me. I would not go so far as to say it was for free, as the price was very high, not in money. Scar tissue, scar tissue.
Before I drift away on that tangent, let me get to the point. If you are seeking this balance there are a few questions you have to address, and yes the have is on purpose. These are them:
Am I willing to look honestly at myself?
If not, what stands in my way?
Have I sought help from any other source?
What suggestions have I tried to see if they might work?
Do I understand the Spiritual principle of an inventory?
What do ‘fearless’ and ‘searching’ mean to me?
What does ‘moral inventory’ mean?
So you got that far? You have my respect, for what it is worth. :} Now walk on and try do what is suggested on this page –>
As they say, “Beware Here Be Dragons!
Print this out and fill in your Assets and Liabilities. If you are honest, it WILL change your life.
In what way am I caring?
How do I empathize with other people?
Am I kind to myself?
Am I kind to:
Those in need of assistance?
Am I agreeable and courteous?
Am I tolerant?
If yes, how am I tolerant?
Am I open to another’s point of view?
Do I listen in a meeting and accept that others have needs different to mine?
How am I trustworthy? Bills, promptness etc.
Can friends depend on me?
How am I honest? Do I tell the whole truth?
If not what stops me?
Do I take care of myself?
Dress nice, medical appointments, eat healthy, exercise, meditate?
How am I respectful?
Do I take care of material things, mine and others?
Do I show respect for the law?
How am I generous?
In what ways do I look for the good in others?
How am I kind?
Do I listen to a friend in need?
Do I offer help when asked?
Do I think to point out the good in others?
How do I open up to others?
How am I practical?
Do I have a budget?
How often do I recognize what needs doing then do it?
How am I dependable?
Meet dead lines etc?
Do I organize well and carry it out?
What are my talents?
Do I beautify my surroundings?
Do I make friends easily?
Why or why not?
In what ways do I express myself clearly and concisely?
How do I see the humour in life and express it?
How am I optimistic?
How am I humble?
Do I ask for guidance and follow it?
When have I allowed others to share their wisdom with me?
Do I ever admit mistakes?
How patient am I with myself?
In what ways am I resentful?
Do I harbor grudges?
Whom do I resent from the past?
What was my part in it?
Whom do I resent in my immediate environment?
Which places or things do I resent?
When do I judge other people harshly and resent their not doing what I think they should?
Do I hold everyone and thing to impossible standard of ideal and perfection?
How do I judge myself?
Am I fearful?
What and why?
Am I honest?
Am I holding secrets?
What dishonesty have I hidden from others?
Do I feel sorry for myself?
Am I a fixer?
Do I like to be in charge?
Do I get upset when I don’t win?
What consequences have I had, taking care of others rather than myself?
In what ways do I trust myself in dealing with others?
Do I remove myself from potentially dangerous places?
Do I take on responsibilities that are not mine?
Do I do for others what they can do for themselves?
Do I feel responsible for someone else’s learning or growth?
Well I hope you do this, it changed me from a totally insane maniac into an only slightly crazy guy, that is just a little bit naughty!
A compilation of my Strange Classrooms is soon to be released, please “Like” and keep an eye on this page.
Here is a story of developing and breaking an addiction, while dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome at the same time.