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Taking Care of What’s Within My Reach

Tian Dayton MA, PhD, TEP
“To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.” – Confucius


Today I realize that I have no right to complain about others being out of step if I myself am out of step. The best way that I can contribute to the world is by setting myself, my relationships, and my life right. I will not see myself as having a raw deal so that I can justify wallowing in self-pity; instead I will have compassion for the part of me that is wounded and gently help and love it into a better place. I will not complain about what is going wrong without taking note of what is going right. Each day I will reach my arm out and resolve to be good to that corner of the world, my corner. I will not whine about the world today; I am part of the world. If each and every person cleaned up their own corner of the world, the world would transform.


I will set my corner of the world right.   




You are reading from One Foot in Front of the Other: Daily Affirmations for Recovery by Tian Dayton, PhD (Health Communications, Inc., 9780757317880, paperback, 384 pages, $11.96).

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Tian Dayton, PhD, is the author of sixteen books, including The ACoA Trauma Syndrome; Emotional Sobriety; Trauma and Addiction; Forgiving and Moving On; and The Living Stage. In addition, Dr. Dayton has developed a model for using sociometry and psychodrama to resolve issues related to relationship trauma repair. She is a board-certified trainer in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy and is the director of The New York Psychodrama Training Institute.