I want to throw a word out to you. I made it up. It is called entitlitis. The definition is an inflammation or exagerration of entitlement. King Baby may be a term you are familiar with if you are in a 12 step fellowship. Tantrum is another word you might know if you have a toddler or you catch yourself in a mirror on an off day. "Boo-hoo, I am not getting what I demand!" And, lastlly, dependent is another catch phrase I like which describes the person who denies the existance of All Power in their own life and prefers to wait for other people to do things to improve their life.
What is more insane than denying the existance of All-Power? The answer to that would be failing to apply the principle of All-Power in your life. Who might do that? Well, for one thing, me when I didn't know that All-Power existed. Before I came into a 12 step fellowing ship, I knew of only one power and that power was will power. I was taught that if I wanted something to happen in my life, I needed to make it happen. In addition, I could and should use any tactic available to me, including manipulation and force, when things didn't seem to move in the direction I wanted.
Sure, I was able to make all sorts of things happen but the acid test of how it was working for me was the feeling of anxiety, despair, emptiness and pain I felt inside. If cheating on a test to get a perfect score was good, why did the A leave me feeling empty? If cheating on my boyfriend to get double the attention was positive, why did it make me feel less attractive? If my methods were right, why didn't they lead me to a positive sense of self worth?
I've always been a little scientist testing hypotheses to find the merit. When I came into the 12 step fellowship, I decided to do the same thing with the "suggestions." I would find people who appeared to have the life I hoped for, ask them what they did to get that life, and follow in their footsteps in my own life. When I was told to get to a meeting a day, I did. When I was told not to use alcohol or drugs for a 24 hour period, I did. When I was told to reach out and find a sponsor and get phone numbers and use them, I did. When I was told to work the 12 steps, I worked all twelve of them.
It didn't take but a few days before I noticed an amazing change INSIDE of me. I started to feel hopeful. I felt less afraid. I felt less alone. I felt understood. In order to connect with real joy in life, I had to earn it and not expect it. I had to stop waiting for the Prince on the White Horse to gallup in and save me. I had to stop waiting to win the lottery. I had to stop waiting for other people to change in order for me to be happy.