“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!


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

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

Mindful of the Present

“When eating, be mindful of eating. When walking, of walking. When smiling, of smiling.” – Heart of a Buddha

It is easy for me to live in yesterday and tomorrow – but only because I have practiced this ineffective behavior for most of my life. I am capable of staying present and through my experience, it only takes practice as well. Today I will be mindful of the present moment. This will permit me to stay closer to a power greater than myself and stay out of fear! iLmL


The First Step

Adapted from C2C “I must recognize my fear, I must say those prayers, and I must have faith as I wait for healing… The first step in learning to respond more effectively to others is to learn to respond more effectively to myself.”

The plane is going down everyday – metaphorically speaking of course! But just like that emergency situation, I must put the mask on myself first and THEN help others. iLmL

- RichieB

Ask for Help

“There are many things that I can do to improve my life and to further my recovery, but I cannot heal myself. Today I can ask for help in becoming free of all that blocks me from my true self.”

- Courage to Change

Most days I believe it is up to me to take care of all my responsibilities and “heal myself.” The truth of the matter is that those days in which I neglect a power greater than myself and/or asking for help from those around me, I am less content and less effective. Today I’m going to ask for help. Sometimes it’s just that simple. iLmL

- Richie

Flimsy Reed

“What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of God. A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, “a design for living” that really works.” – BB PG 28

This is my story. From disbelief to belief. I am grateful for my painful, dark past and the growth I’ve found through working a program in AA. iLmL

- RichieB

Stay Connected & Present

C2C “Because most worry focuses on the future, if we can learn to stay in the present, living one day or one moment at a time, we take positive steps toward warding off the effects of fear.”

Boom. Through my own observation I know that when fear pulls me out of the moment, I am disconnected and more often than not unhappy. Today I’m going to take steps to stay connected and present. iLmL

- RichieB