I learned in school that leaves are only green because of photosynthesis. Their true colors come forth in the fall when the light is reduced and photosynthesis ceases. This image from nature is helpful in understanding my recovery in S-Anon.
When I did my Fourth Step, I found out that I often believed what other people said about me. I went along with other people’s ideas and didn’t really think for myself. As I grew in recovery, I started to learn who I was and to see my true colors. I also became able to accept other people’s colors and didn’t have to see everyone the same. This increased honesty has provided a much more interesting life than my previous existence.
It is exciting to appreciate that God has created each one of us with beauty and individuality. I want to be willing to observe and honor it.
Reprinted from S-Anon’s Reflections of Hope, page 261.