Shoot for Optimism

“… much of my extra weight comes from the expectations I have for myself to be more.”
– Dr. Amy Johnson, TinyBuddah.com

Being optimistic is one of the underlying foundations of my success in life. I shoot for the stars and stay optimistic. But expectation lay just beyond optimism, and when I’m not careful, my optimism gets replaced by expectation. If I get what I want, great. If I don’t, I’m destined for an emotional hangover – closed off to future abundance. So today I’ll shoot for optimism and embrace life, whatever the outcome is, knowing more abundance is always heading my way, provided I stay open to it. ILML!

- JamesQ

“Although financial recovery is on the way for many of us, we find we cannot place money first. For us, material well-being always follows spiritual progress; it never precedes.”
– BB PG127

I’m very proud of myself! I’ve really stepped up my prayer & meditation game! The results are profound. It has even coincided with my financial progress! As a past pesimist regarding spiritual matters I feel I have turned a corner. I now believe that “the spiritual life is NOT a theory. We HAVE to live it”! Regardless of my financial status, which is the best it’s ever been. iLmL

- RichieB

Not Compounding the Problem

“Today, if I encounter an upsetting situation, I will ask myself, “How important is it?” before I react. I may find that it is not important enough to sacrifice my serenity.” – Courage to Change

This simple question that Al Anon suggests invites a power greater than myself into the equation. Which, then in turn, allows me to breathe and approach the situation in a more effective manor. Thus, not compounding the problem with a negative reaction to life on life’s terms. iLmL!

RichieB

Can Change – Can’t Change

“Fear is the energy that activates my character defects… What triggers my fear…? Trying to control… I make a list, with one column titled “can change” and another titled “can’t change.” – Hope For Today 8/15

I read this with my Sponsee Richie yesterday and it makes a lot of sense. If I find myself struggling, I’ll whip out my pen, make these two lists, direct my attention to the “Can Change List” and give my HP the “Can’t Change List”. Just one more tool to invite serenity back in. ILML!

- JamesQ

The Winning Side

“… until you heal the wounds of the past, you will continue to bleed…” – Iyanla Vanzant’s Yesterday, I Cried

That’s the beauty of steps 4-9. When used as a daily tool they are a formula to heal all pain quickly and stay healthy. Burying pain only leads to bleeding ulcers from suppressing my dis-ease. Left unchecked it grows into an emotional and physical cancer. But when I acknowledge & accept that I am hurt, then take action to resolve it with my program tools and HP, I stop the bleeding, often before it starts. Magically, once again, I join the winning side and, again, get to love my life!

Miracle Grow

“Where there is hatred, let me sow love”. – Excerpt from the Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi out of the 12 Step Prayer Book

When it comes right down to it, if this is my real true goal, to always bring love, not just where there is hatred but into every action, word and thought I have, I can continue to skyrocket through this amazing life I’ve been given. Love is the miracle grow for this life beyond my wildest dreams. I hope I never stop spreading it around. ILML!

Without Expectations

“I am careful to remember that self-satisfaction, which sometimes comes through the spoken forgiveness of those I have harmed, is not my true objective. I become willing to make amends, knowing that through this process I am mended and made fit to move forward, to know and desire God’s will for me.”
– Daily Reflections 8/2

I believe this program turns our selfish and self-seeking behavior into actions taken to connect to a higher power and build our spiritual life. I remember thinking at one time that if I didn’t act selfishly I wouldn’t get what I wanted. It turns out it’s the opposite. When I take actions to seek God’s will without expectations of what I will receive I open myself up for abundance in every area of my life. Making amends and truly showing that humility keeps me happy, joyous, and free one day at a time. ILML!

- JasonW