“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!
“The challenge of the seventh tradition as a personal challenge, reminding me to share and give of myself. Before sobriety the only thing I ever supported was my habit of drinking. Now my efforts are a smile, a kind word, and kindness.”
– Daily Reflections 729
By being self-supporting through my own contributions I am able to lead by example and give of myself to others opposed to being a “taker”as I was as a using person. I can be of maximum service, and my self-esteem skyrockets. I open myself up to abundance no matter how much money I make, it’s spiritual action like praying and meditating. Because of sobriety I have gone from a boy to a man. ILML!
“A thriving spiritual life creates an environment for physical healing and strength. In the same way, physical well-beings I infuses our spirit with hope and joy. Living by this program helps make us healthier in all ways. Today, I will remembertluwdmzE
FA– Touchstones 7/28
When I am spiritually sick I get physically sick. And when I am not taking care of myself physically I am restless, irritable, and discontent, which is not a stable spiritual place. The solution, as always, is the steps. When I am connected to God through working the steps I make better choices for myself – including taking care of my physical well-being, which is often not discussed much at meetings. When I am spiritually fit I am physically healthier. My body is less stressed, and more resistant of sickness and dis-ease. I am more likely eat right, exercise, go to the dentist, etc. my whole being is healthier. Doing my spiritual work today and taking care of my body. ILML!
“God gives us free will, intelligence, and good senses – it is clearly his intention that we use these gifts. If I’m receptive, God will make his will known to me step-by-step, but I must carry it out.”
– A Day at a Time 7/25
This clearly tells me that this is a program of action. I carry out God’s will by taking actions on a daily basis. Actions that allow me to carry out the principles of the program. When I pray, meditate, do my spiritual texts, go to meetings, help others, etc., I open myself up to the abundance of God’s will. That abundance is clearly showing in my life right now and for that I’m grateful. ILML!