“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!
“I cannot stay sober on yesterday’s meetings or past 12 step calls; I need to put my gratitude into action today. Without action, my gratitude is just a pleasant motion. I need to put it into action by working step 12, by carrying the message and practicing the principles in all my affairs.”
– Daily Reflections 5/25
This is a great reminder that everything that is good in my life, the reason that I am even still here, is from working a program of rigorous action on a daily basis. When I do that and I carry the message, I open the door to living happy, joyous, and free. I am able to be the man that I am meant to be. Without doing the daily work, I quickly fall into “self-will” and cut off my connection to a HP. Carrying the message and practicing the principles in all my affairs is truly showing gratitude. ILML!
“I have learned that I must lay down the “weapons” of self in order to pick up the “tools” of the program. If I sometimes keep on struggling, it is because I’m still hanging onto my old ideas and… the results are nil.”
- Daily Reflections
I always have to remind myself that when I’m struggling in any way that I have to find acceptance and take a look at myself in what I am doing or not doing. I believe my HP is nothing but happiness, joy, and freedom, so when I’m struggling the solution is to get back to the program which connects me to my HP. Good reminder for me today. ILML!
“Forgiveness of self and forgiveness of others are just two currents in the same river, both hinder or shut off completely by the dam of resentment. Once that dam is lifted both currents can flow.”
– Daily Reflections 5/17
This statement is so simple but it’s a good reminder of the damage of resentment. If my life is not “flowing”, my spiritual progress is hindered. Resentment cuts off my connection to a HP. Daily step work, meetings, and helping others is the solution. I’m grateful that I have this program in my life today. ILML!
“All AA progress can be reckoned in terms of just two words: humility and responsibility. Our whole spiritual development can be accurately measured by our degree of adherence to these magnificent standards. To honor these precepts I need only to pray, and care for my fellow man as if each one were my brother.”
– Daily Reflections 4/28
This quote keeps it very simple, which works for me very well. By taking direction, accepting that I don’t have all the answers (keeps me humble), and practicing the principles of the program on a daily basis, I demonstrate to myself that I am responsible. When I do this I am able to help others more effectively and love my life even when things are not going the way I want them to go. I love the simplicity, I have to be humble and responsible, that’s all. I can do that. ILML!
“I had constructed my prison with bars of self-will and self-indulgence, from which I could not escape. True escape required a willingness to follow whatever right actions were needed to turn the lock. With that willingness and action, both the lock and the bars themselves open for me. Continued willingness and action keep me free – in a kind of extended daily probation – that need never end.”
What this tells me is that without a daily reprieve, I quickly fall back to self-will and self-indulgence and I’m again not free. My addiction is always waiting for me, it never goes away and to drink is to die, so a daily plan of action is an absolute must. With willingness and action, one day at a time, I am a free man. ILML!
- Jason W
“We want to find exactly how, when, and where our natural desires have warped us. We wish to look squarely at the unhappiness this has caused others and ourselves. By discovering what our emotional deformities are, we can move forward toward their correction.”
- Daily Reflections
My “natural desires” caused myself and others a lot of pain and suffering. My best thinking is warped by alcoholism. The only solution for me has been this program. When I am accountable to my sponsor, do daily spiritual work, go to meetings, sponsor others, etc., I am put on a path to correct negative thinking. I can trust myself and others can trust me. I am able to remedy my “emotional deformities” and become the man I am supposed to be. ILML
- Jason W