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January 13

   Some days I find many faults with the world around me, including ways my SO behaves. Dirty laundry left on the floor, forgetfulness, watching them laze around or play while my responsibilities seem to overwhelm me, and so on. I know I have faults of my own, but at least I'm handling my responsibilities.
   Yet, am I simply doing what I feel is important, and missing out on seeing other perspectives - ones that can bring me more peace of mind and a better quality of life?
   Maybe looking so closely at my SO's faults just helps me avoid seeing mine better. I don't need to condemn, or blame myself. But looking at my own faults can help me see how my attitudes and choices are robbing me of the peacefulness, beauty, and joy life has to offer.
   If I've been focussing on the faults of others for a long time, I'll find it hard to take my eyes off them, and look closer at my own. But if the quality of this relationship is truly half my responsibility, then let me take care of my half fully. When I've made my part perfect, then it will be time again to focus on my SO's half.

Just for Today
   Today, I will look at just a few of my faults with compassion, caring, and kindness. In doing just this simple thing, I'll probably discover something wonderful. By taking better care of myself, and changing little by little each day, week, and month, my life and relationship will become better - even if no one else changes.

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self. - Aldus Huxley


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