If I Stay Connected

“The repeated challenge in our spiritual life is to leave the secure trappings we know and take comfort in the still unknown new self. That is the leap of faith. We take the risk and trust something will be there for us. We have faith that letting go of our immediate attachments will bring us to a better place, that God will be there for us.” – Touchstones 7/30
Though I want and strive for material possessions every day through hard work and my drive to succeed financially, I know that my spiritual life makes everything worthwhile no matter what I have materially. This program has allowed me to confront my ego, as it says in another part of this reading, and allow me to find humility. 

My ego is strong and prevents me from experiencing the sunlight of the Spirit. It tells me I need to look like this, have this much money, buy this or that and be impressive on the outside. 

When I take care of myself spiritually through the tools of the program we have been so generously given, I open myself up to abundance which includes material things in my life. But whether I have them or not, if I stay connected to my higher power on a daily basis I can live happy, joyous, and free no matter what my life looks like on the outside. I am going to do the work today and stay in the solution. ILML!

— JasonW

Fear’s Grip Weakened

Fear’s Grip Weakened

“… when you focus on what’s wrong, you tend to dig yourself into a bigger hole.” — Attitudes of Gratitude in Love 
The other day I received some news I didn’t like. Some regular income I’ve come to expect and rely upon, won’t be coming in any more. That created fear. My mind was focused on it. Recognizing this, I shifted my thoughts to all of the abundance in my life, and how much more awaits me if I simply open myself up to it and continue doing the footwork. Fear’s grip weakened, faith flowed in, and once again I’m convinced that my financial future is epic. 

When I work the program, my perception shifts and ILML!

— JamieQ

Will I Be Okay?

 “… leave the outcome entirely up to God…” — You Can’t Make Me Angry

The Buddah said that attachment is the root of suffering. I like to interpret this as also applying to my attachment to outcomes, aka expectations. I can measure my attachment by simply asking myself in advance “If this turns out not to go the way I want, will I be okay?”. If my answer is “absolutely”, I have truly given the result to God and trust that even an un-hoped-for outcome will somehow create more joy in my life, however hard it may be to see it at the time.

When I live in this light, present with and trusting my HP, I’m at peace and in serenity, however things turnout. Which means, no matter what, ILML! 

 

The Key to Living Happy

“God can be your shield. Then no problems of the world can harm you. Between you and all scorn and indignity from others is your trust in God, like a shining shield. Nothing can then have the power to spoil your inward peace.”– 24 Hours a Day 7/28
This tells me that no matter what the situation may be, no matter how much I dislike it, I have no reason to be upset. If I truly trust in my higher power, then I know that everything happens exactly as it is supposed to. Nothing is an accident. If I do my job, which is to stay connected to my higher power through AA meetings, helping others, my spiritual daily rituals, etc., then I can 100% trust in my higher power and there’s no reason to let anything seriously upset me. 

This is easier said than done a lot of the time. But, I think this is the key to living happy, joyous, and free on a daily basis. Through the tools that we have been given from this program, I am set free no matter what happens. ILML!

— JasonW

The Life Boat

The Life Boat

“Your pain… is the result of what you are telling yourself about yourself, about others, about situations or circumstances.” — Until Today
I often tell my friends “Be careful of what you’re speaking aloud, your brain is listening.” Repeating the problem over and over, enlarges the problem. 

My way out is to set a timer and give myself 15 minutes to: (1) Identify the problem. (2) Seek an answer that doesn’t require ‘them’ or ‘it’ to change. (3) Apply the solution or give it to God. If in 15 minutes I am still focused on the problem, I haven’t applied the solution or surrendered the problem, so it’s time for me to use my recovery tools to get reconnected to source and back into gratitude. 

Not so easy, but it’s a simple way for me to stay out of the Blame & Shame Game and get back into the Life Boat. ILML! 

— JamieQ

  

Let Him Steer

Let Him Steer

“… it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride; but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed God was in the back helping me pedal. I don’t know just when it was the He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since..” — 12 Step Prayer Book 
This is my favorite reading in this book (Anita’s too :-). It reminds me that I’m never alone, and that if I’m not feeling so great, I may want to check to see if God’s in the back seat again. If He is, I can simply invite him to switch with me and take the lead, and instantly, I feel the pressure of having to try and control the journey taken away from me. God knows bike secrets, so it’s better for me to let him steer. ILML! 

   
 

“It will all make perfect sense — later.” – The Language of Letting Go 

The last couple of weeks have been full of surprises. Big changes at work have forced me to redouble my efforts at acceptance, patience, tolerance and faith. My Higher Power is always telling me “I know change is scary, but trust me, it’s all going to work out wonderfully”, while my lower power continues on in it’s effort to pull me down into fear. Thank God for the program,  great meetings, and fellowship. The spiritual and recovery solutions that have been graciously passed down to me by others keep me faith-filled and fear-free. ILML! 

— JamieQ