An Ideal to Strive Towards

“All my defects become glaringly obvious through my actions. . . but that does not define me as a person. I may act badly on occasion. That does not make me a bad person… I saw my character defects as glitches to be corrected rather than major portions of my framework… Now, I seek the opportunity to look at defects and let them go. Something new and better always seems available to take their place.”
– Adapted from Drop the Rock pg. 14

Wow. What an ideal to strive towards. I, more often than not, base my worth on my actions. AKA I’m good because I DO good. If investigated, this is blatantly false. I make a ton of mistakes, but today I do my utmost to acknowledge my part and remedy the situation as best I can through the process of the 12 steps. I am a good person today because I am. Period! iLmL

- RichieB

Double My Norm

From Heart of a Buddha “The loss of desire overcomes all sorrows.”

Definitely a lifetime practice. I have desire all throughout my day. My goal today is to eliminate some of these desires and trust that the big GEE OHH DEE has my back in every present moment. I’m also going to meditate for TEN minutes today which is double my norm (when I actually do it). Anyone want to join in on the meditation double up??? iLmL

- RichieB

“Although financial recovery is on the way for many of us, we find we cannot place money first. For us, material well-being always follows spiritual progress; it never precedes.”
– BB PG127

I’m very proud of myself! I’ve really stepped up my prayer & meditation game! The results are profound. It has even coincided with my financial progress! As a past pesimist regarding spiritual matters I feel I have turned a corner. I now believe that “the spiritual life is NOT a theory. We HAVE to live it”! Regardless of my financial status, which is the best it’s ever been. iLmL

- RichieB

Not Compounding the Problem

“Today, if I encounter an upsetting situation, I will ask myself, “How important is it?” before I react. I may find that it is not important enough to sacrifice my serenity.” – Courage to Change

This simple question that Al Anon suggests invites a power greater than myself into the equation. Which, then in turn, allows me to breathe and approach the situation in a more effective manor. Thus, not compounding the problem with a negative reaction to life on life’s terms. iLmL!

RichieB

Support with Consistency

“Today my prayers consist mostly of saying thank you to my Higher Power for my sobriety and for the wonder of God’s abundance, but I need to ask also for help and the power to carry out His will for me.” – Daily Reflections

This was my exact prayer this morning. My goal is to repeat this gratitude to God daily. My diligence in the past has been shoddy and near non-existent, but today, I am asking for support with consistency. iLmL

- RichieB

Grateful for this Moment

“There is no magic in recovery. We get what we work for.”
– From Drop the Rock pg.10

Much like eveything in life. I get what I put in. And I also have to give it away to keep it. Back home and lovin life bigtime. Grateful for this moment. Hope everyone’s having a great day!

-RichieB

I Struggle with This

“… many of us miss the fact that the “today” approach can be applied to ALL areas of our life, not just abstinence. It helps if we can deal with issues such as love, sex, death, honesty, and resentments one day at a time… Am I living “today” today?” – Adapted from Day by Day

I play many roles in my life. Son, brother, sponsee, sponsor, fiancé, and so on. Ultimately, I am a human being and have an opportunity to do my best in each role (every moment) every day. The goal is consistency and presence. This takes a lot of practice and at times I struggle with this. Doing the deal and connecting with a power greater than myself permit me to be the best me! iLmL!

- RichieB