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May 17, 2007



My reaction when I first heard about "Freedom from Self-Improvement" was, "But I'm enjoying improving myself!" I like eating healthier, releasing anxiety, and exercising my creativity. The reason I read so many self-help books is not because they don't work, but because they do! Each one adds another stepping stone on my path (just as you were writing about the other day, a new book giving you a fresh perspective on the LoA). I used to think I'd find the one magical book and that would be it, I'd stick to that program. But now I realize that it's the flow of people, words, metaphors, and ideas that I enjoy. And I can see how all these books are part of a whole; they're not competing with each other.

On the other hand, I see how loving where I am is an important part of my well-being; accepting the reality of where I'm at on the path and not striving and suffering and punishing myself for not being better than I am right now. I'd call it "Freedom for Self-Acceptance" day!

Deb Call

Thanks for sharing your thoughtful comments, Alison. You pointed out how much you enjoy self-improvement because it makes you feel better. That's the only point that really matters in the end. Re-naming the day as you did, towards self-acceptance (vs. against self-development) sounds much more pro-active and positive too!

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