“As a result of this guidance, I start every morning on my knees, thanking God for three things: I’m alive, I’m sober, and I’m a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. Then I try to live an “attitude of gratitude” and thoroughly enjoy another twenty-four hours of the A.A. way of life. A.A. is not something I joined; it’s something I live. – Daily Reflections 2/24/15
Through taking direction and working steps day after day I try to keep things as simple as this quote suggests. When I stay in gratitude, no matter what is happening, I invite abundance into my life and I’m able to be part of the solution.
My problems seem to melt away if I can stay grateful and take the next right indicated actions which I get from my sponsor, spiritual work, prayer/meditation, meetings, and program friends. I have to live it all day, everyday, or I give my disease a chance to start talking me into fear, anxiety, and worry.
So grateful we have a solution. ILML!
“A spiritual experience can be the realization that a life which once seemed empty and devoid of meaning is now joyous and full.”
– Daily Reflections 2/9/15
How true and what an amazing spiritual experience this program has giving me. When I just continue to surrender over and over again to a higher power on a daily basis, I am blessed with a continuing spiritual experience. My job is to work the steps, do my daily rituals and just let it go. I get lazy sometimes and I find myself worrying, angry, sick, and anxious. My disease is very strong and this program is my medication. Today I am grateful for a solution to my problem. ILML!
“…my heart felt callous. Still, I stuck with the AA program; the alternatives were too bleak! I kept coming back and gradually my faith was resurrected.”
– Daily Reflections 2/4/15
I was very callous, bitter, and fearful when I came into the program. I had a hard time with the thought of a higher power but, like the quote says, the alternatives were too bleak.
My desperation and willingness to do the work eventually left me with faith in a higher power which I am now so grateful for. No matter how badly I felt, I didn’t drink or use and I continued to go to meetings and take direction from a sponsor. It’s really that simple — and today I love my life and I’m guided by a higher power through the steps and traditions on a daily basis. Good day or bad day, if I stick with the basics everything turns out alright. ILML!
“Attempting half measures to eliminate my character defects merely paralyzes my efforts to change. It is only when I ask God for help, with complete abandon, that I become willing – and able – to change.”
– Daily Reflections 1/7/15
This is a good reminder to do my spiritual work and stay on top of my program on a daily basis. I can easily fall into “half measures” thinking I will still progress little by little. The reality is I don’t progress but “paralyze” changing for the better. Today I’m staying in the solution and connecting to my higher power. ILML!
“We will face our powerlessness today in ways we cannot fully anticipate. When we are honest with ourselves and face it directly, we can take the risk of letting go. Let me not be so tied to what I have or to what I want that I cannot lean on God’s love and take a risk for growth.”
– Touchstones 1/7/15
I like how this tells me that no matter how much I want something, how badly I seek it, that what I need to do is realize that I need to let it go. if it is meant to be it will happen, I just have to take the next indicated actions and give the rest to God. When I live by this principle I have less worry and anxiety. I have more serenity and inevitably achieve much more than I would otherwise. My life is full from letting go to God. There is something that I really want right now but I’m going to let it go, give it to God, and be at peace. ILML!
“Work on myself has taught me how to find the necessary peace and serenity to successfully merge inspiration and experience. I have learned how to be, in the truest sense, an open channel of sobriety.”
– Daily Reflections 12/8/14
Step work has taught me how to connect to a higher power on a daily basis, which I am truly grateful for. Because of this, I am able to help others recover from this disease which is one of the greatest gifts of this program. Being connected to a HP inspires and allows me to use my seemingly bad past experiences as my greatest benefit to help others and grow spiritually. Life has taken on a new meaning and for that I’m grateful. ILML!
“God is no stranger to anonymity and often appears in human affairs in the guises of “luck,” “chance,” or “coincidence.” If anonymity, somewhat fortuitously, became the spiritual basis for all of our traditions, perhaps God was acting anonymously on our behalf.”
– Daily Reflections 11/25/14
I like how this talks about luck, chance, and coincidence as being anonymous acts by a higher power. I like to live with this notion that my higher power is always watching over me and taking care of me if I do the work to connect to him.
If my higher power is my guide then I will take his lead and do my best today to do random acts of kindness, work a program, and do my best to help the still suffering alcoholic while sticking to the tradition of anonymity.
It’s not about receiving praise for my acts, but just to be of service and I end up receiving more than I could imagine. ILML!