Being a recovering co-dependent sometimes causes me to be a doormat in social situations and I give up my self-respect for social acceptance. When I feel that need in myself to compromise my beliefs, my standards, my religion, my truth, just to be accepted, that is the time to remove myself because I have learned after doing this over and over again, how this self-betrayal hurts me and does not honor the recovery I have worked so hard for. It takes too long to get that spiritual place back once I have crossed over to the dark side just to be accepted.
Today I know that I don’t have to people please anyone anymore. If others don’t like it, I will still love and approve myself. Then I will turn it over and rely on God to fight my battles. God always wins!