Lindsay Lohan was in court recently to answer charges that she has not fulfilled her probation requirements. As a result of the 2007 convictions, she was ordered to complete an 18-month alcohol education program, serve 24 hours in jail and perform 10 days of community service while on 36 months’ probation.
Lohan and her attorney came to court armed with excuses and reasons why Lohan simply could not comply with all of the probation requirements that were given to her in lieu of a stay at the county jail for her DUI bust in 2007. Lohan had completed 15 of the 26 individual alcohol sessions, half of the group classes, 13 of 28 self-help sessions and all six education classes, but the court was not impressed.
Judge Marsha Revel warned Lohan she would be sent to jail unless she immediately attended her alcohol counseling program of classes and sessions. "This is the last time we are going to be talking about re-enrolling and doing what you need to do,” she told the actress, who starred in “Mean Girls” and “The Parent Trap." “This has to be a top priority."
So far, adhering to court orders hasn’t been a priority for Lohan. Instead of complying with the court, Lohan has been spending her off-work time shopping, Twittering, clubbing, popping pills and wrecking havoc with her career through, shall we say, less than optimal behavioral choices.
True, Lohan has many career demands that require her to travel and be unavailable for the classes and sessions that the court has imposed upon her. In light of that fact, the court was lenient with regard to Lohan’s truancy and extended her probation period one year to give her more time to comply with her probationary restrictions.
In every moment there is choice.The choices people make are based upon personal values that dictate which action to take. Personal values are rooted in authenticity and self-esteem. Each action, therefore, will mirror and support an individual’s self-image at its deepest core.
Don’t think much of yourself, then you will do something or create an experience that you and others will not think highly of. Honor your truth and self-worth, then you will choose to speak and act in that direction.
Making choices that provide a tabloid feeding frenzy and a potential jail sentence does not reflect someone who values herself. Quite the opposite: Self-sabotage is a shining example of someone who doesn’t like herself very much or place any value on her unique talents and gifts.
Those who do show up in life and in their work in alignment with a healthy self-image are too busy investing themselves in their creative endeavors to do anything that will interfere with that effort.
Time will tell if Lohan is committed to moving beyond court scenes and tabloid fodder to express her full potential as an artist or committed to creating more of the same problems and drama in her life and the lives of those close to her.