Excerpts from Bo's Book on Hidden Addictions  

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Marc Faber and a few friends told me before that if there is anything striking that you find in the day, try to write it down, else your memory will just fail you. And knowing how this memory of mine quickly forgets... I figured just jotting down what I liked from what I've read.

Some excerpts from Bo Sanchez's 7 Secrets to Real Freedom: How to Stop Hidden Addictions and Achieve Great Success: (Lines that struck me personally.)

Opinion on the book: "Relatively straightforward. Sometimes, a little simple but this may be one of its strengths as well. I don't think most readers want him to go and explain things too deeply so there may be times when a reader feels that the message only comes through the surface. Not the type of book that you'll be awe-inspired so much, but it's a decent book. Good reminders."

Let's just say I'm a little bit harder to please. Message is good to hear and to pass on to others. Some may think its a bit radical when he talks about toxic faith etc. For me, the book emphasizes and clarifies the differences and similarities of people's perception on faith. Overall, I'd give about an 8/10 only because, while the message is simple and not at all new, too few people actually talk about it.

1.) Pain is only a messenger telling us there's something wrong.
2.) Depression, anxiety, shame- did nothing else except press the rewind button.
3.) That another human being is listening to you.
4.) The real cure is dealing with the now.
5.) The moment we choose to love, we begin to move towards freedom- Bell Hooks.
6.) Focus on your dreams, gain confidence and healthy self love in the process.
7.) What you focus on grows.
8.) The ability to delay gratification.
9.) Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed. - Michael Pritchard
10.) People who want to overcome their addictions, focus on their addictions,and it simply won't work.
11.) To sacrifice what we are ... for what we could become. - Charles Du Bois
12.) Give up your addiction. Give up what destroys you.
13.) Because Judas did not allow God to love him. Judas didn't learn to receive God's love. Because of this, he never learned how to love himself.
14.) Peter betrayed Jesus, denied Him, but ended up becoming Pope.
15.) Despair is the end of the road. Focus on God's dream for you instead.
16.) You're a mix of the good and the bad, and you need to love that mix.
17.) Forgive yourself, accept your weaknesses, feel your feelings and trust your needs.
18.) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
19.) But I can't forgive myself for what I've done. You fall into pride on three counts. First , you seem to think that your sin is bigger than God's love for you. That's pride. God's love is bigger than your sin. Second, you seem to think your moral standards are higher than God's standards. That's pride. Allow God to love you in your brokenness. And give yourself permission to love you. Third, you have been focusing on your sin. God doesn't want you to grieve and wallow in guilt. You're wrong. When you focus on your sin, you're not focusing on God. Focus on God's love for you or you fall into despair. Judas' despair killed him. Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.
20.) Make a choice to forgive me, I don't have to be perfect for me to love me. As God loves me, so do I love ME. I forgive ME.
21.) Fire your inner parrot.
22.) At first I didn't think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, "My grace is enough, it's all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness."
23.) God chooses what the world considers the weak in order to shame the powerful.
24.) Entering into our painful feelings with boldness, we realize they're not as terrifying as we feared them to be.
25.) As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
26.) God calls us to be childlike, not childish.
27.) You're made in the image and likeness of God. You're not just good. You're very god. So Trust yourself because God trusts you.
28.) Set your boundaries.
29.) Do you have time just to rest and reflect, read and plan?
30.) Remind yourself that there's a saint in you too.
31.) We doubt our worth. We doubt our goodness. We are very desperate for love. We need to love the saint within us. Celebrate your positive qualities. Celebrate your goodness. Celebrate your beauty. Love the sinner and the saint within.
32.) Break the rope one strand at a time.
33.) The story of the baby elephant. - learned helplessness-
34.) Allow love to heal you.- the story of Freddy-
35.) Marianne Williamson " Our Deepest Fear"

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God!
Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you.
It is not just in some of us, it's in EVERYONE. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

(Repeated in a relatively recent basketball movie---cant remember the title.)

Personal Reflection:
Basically, I just wrote the quotes above to remind myself, to break from the ropes one strand at a time. To accept forgiveness and all that stuff. People may think this is in allusion to trading. I think it has to do with well, my own relationships to people and God. So there...


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