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What we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly
By anon16
7/23/2012 10:00:31 PM
I know this from personal experience. About 6 months ago, my addiction was gone. I felt no desire for it, or very little. It just wasn't a concern. Then I willingly went back to it.

I believe we have to struggle in this to be stronger. Right now I am hanging on with my fingernails-as my bishop puts it. But I'm realizing to be a decent person, to have a testimony I have to go through this.

My biggest challenge is media right now. I cannot control myself-a lot of the time its not even a conscious choice. My bishop asked if I would unconsciously walk into a bar(he seems to like analogies about alcohol) or if it would be a choice.

It's so much of a habit to start reading something. It's starting to become so with movies.

I can still try. Without this I would be much worse off. It has made me more understanding and not as judgmental. This, even though I hate what I am, has made me a better person. So I can become better through Christ-it has prepared me for that.

I'm not there yet. I'm still white knuckling. But, it is always worth it to try. Always.

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Media is a problem for me also.    
"There is so much sexualization in the media today. It's all over popular magazines, television and the Internet. It's even in music. I've had do cut most of this stuff out, though I still (obviously) use the Internet. It's helped a lot, but not nearly enough. I'm still an addict. We live in some challenging times."
posted at 14:26:04 on July 25, 2012 by Anonymous
Just wanted to say thanks    
"Thank you for your insights, I have my weaknesses too. I agree, media, online influences, other people even what they talk about around us, everything we see and do affects what we think about, everything. Our mind is a stage I think said by Shakespear? Sometimes I don't think I have control over my thoughts, I know I can't control what goes on around me, but yes, I can control what I choose to watch, dwell on, search for."
posted at 00:54:02 on October 2, 2012 by LDS_BROTHER
Planning    
"I know it sounds lame and somewhat contrived, but I feel that planning your media consumption would really help. Make a list of uplifting movies, books, and music to listen to. You can look on imdb.com or commonsensemedia.org for a heads-up on the content in movies."
posted at 00:16:11 on February 2, 2015 by intothewest


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