Thursday, September 9, 2010

"Live and Let Live"

I really learned how to "live and let live" from others in recovery and for this  I am so grateful.  They taught me how to stay out of other people's business, which has help me grow spiritually and become closer to God.

When I am not practicing this slogan then I am wasting time trying to play god in other people's lives instead of spending time improving the relationship I have with my God.  Maybe that is why we only have 24 hours in a day.  It forces us to choose between trying to run other people's lives OR running to God.  Because God knows I do not have the time to do both!

For me, this slogan means that my only concern should be about what I am doing and NOT what you are doing.  This slogan is an antidote for several character defects of mine, including but not limited to:

  • worrying about other people's behaviors
  • getting angry at others because of their behaviors
  • judging people's behaviors
  • giving unsolicited advice to others about their behaviors
  • trying to manipulate or control the behavior of others
  • loving conditionally, rather than UNconditionally
I also find that when I am able to live and let live life gets simpler, less stressful, and a lot more humorous.


  1. I don't think live and let live should be used to mask complacency. I still need to remember not to accept unacceptable behavior.


Thank you for sharing!