Our last few articles have been focusing on popular 12-Step program slogans and how they might apply to your relationships, romantic or otherwise. Thus far we have reviewed these four slogans with the following applications:
We hope you have opportunity to see how these slogans may benefit you and your romance. We have found the slogans to be a fairly simple way to get back on track when we have been derailed, but not always so helpful when we are trying to FORCE our partner back on the “RIGHT” track.
It is not hard to remember when we hurled the slogans at each other in anger or resentment as “recovery weapons”, so we are grateful to be able to offer them to you as recovery tools. You can scream that it high time for your partner to start living “ONE DAY AT A TIME” but it is not likely that you or your inspirational message will be well received.
We hope that you too appreciate the simple wisdom of these slogans. Our interpretations of their meaning may be not be yours. They speak to each of us differently. Let us know ways that you apply these – or any of the program slogans – in your relationship.
Also, we would especially like to hear about some “recovery weapons” you have employed dishonestly with your partner or those you have had your clients relay to you. We would like to take your “recovery weapons” and incorporate them into an article we are preparing that will help our readers rehabilitate romantic dialogues that have gone bad when they have attempted to manipulate their partner with the language of “recovery”.
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This article was written by John & Elaine Leadem, senior supervisors of the Leadem Counseling & Consulting offices in Toms River, NJ and East Brunswick, NJ. The content of this article is based on their book: “One in the Spirit: Meditation Course for Recovering Couples”
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Last reviewed: 26 Aug 2013