“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!
“I was filled with self-pity, anger and resentment. Then I learned that by helping others, with no thought of return, I could overcome this obsession with selfishness, and if I understood humility, I would know peace and serenity.”
– Daily Reflections 7/24
I love how the steps are laid out to where the end result is simply helping others. It’s such a simple program that gives me a solution to all of my problems and changes my perception one day at a time, if I help others and stay humble by doing the work. This change of perception helps me go from selfishness to humility, self-pity to gratitude, angry to serene. Today is for being of service to others. ILML!
“It has been proven that an act of surrender, originating in desperation and defeat, can grow into an ongoing act of faith, and that faith means freedom and victory.”
– Daily Reflections 7/21
Everything that has happened to me that has caused discomfort, defeat, and desperation eventually has led to a growing faith in a higher power through this program. So when I am in discomfort, angry, or worried, I can trust that freedom and victory are around the corner if I use the tools of the program and take spiritual actions on a daily basis. ILML!
“Criticizing may be a helpful first stage in learning, but it is seductive because it holds little risk and we feel safe doing it. In that comfort we forget to go forward to create what we really want. Our negative energy, when we are seduced by it, creates negative results. When we look back upon today, we will admire those choices that risked creating something positive. Today, I will not give my energy to denouncing but to creating what I believe is worthwhile.”
– Touchstones 6/30
A good reminder that my perception, positive thinking can get me everywhere. I have been struggling with negative thoughts lately and negative thoughts get me negative results. Either He is or He isn’t. I choose to believe that He is, so with that being my reality, everything happens exactly how it is supposed to in God’s world. That will be my mantra for the day. ILML!
“The difference between “the boys and the men” is the difference between striving for a self determined objective and for the perfect objective which is of a higher power.”
– Daily Reflections
To me this means that holding onto my self will, selfishness, and ego keeps me separated from a HP, keeps me immature, and stops me from growing into the man I’m supposed to be. From being “entirely ready to have God remove these defects of character”, I get to become a man and take another step towards living abundantly as we are meant to live. ILML!