Living Life On Life’s Terms – 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety

Sentence Completion Exercise

Here are some incomplete sentences for you to work with to explore this topic further. Take each sentence stem and write it at the top of a piece of paper. Next, repeat it silently (or aloud) to yourself, and then complete the sentence stem with the first thought that comes to mind. Do six to ten completions for each.

You can see the ‘fill in the blank’ sentences below and access/print a worksheet setup to facilitate the process.

Life should or is supposed to ____.

I expect that ____.

One expectation about life in general that I am willing to surrender is ____.

One current problem has revealed my expectation that ____.

The expectation I need to surrender to better cope with a current problem is ____.

The hardest expectation for me to surrender is ____.

When I am struggling with a situation because I want it to be different, I need to remind myself ____.”

“So far, each chapter of this book has set out to help you see what underpins your emotional dependency and come to grips with your particular version of emotional dependency. In this chapter, we’ve begun to pivot. We are now building a solid foundation to better cope with life by releasing our emotional dependency. In the next chapter, we continue to lay this foundation through the importance of making creative adjustments, or adaptations, to whatever challenges we face, and we learn to discover novel solutions.

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