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

-RichieB

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

The Love Letter

“Just for today, and for the next forty days, be the object of your OWN love. Send yourself a love letter and then take the time to read it to yourself… How much love can you stand?”
- Adapted from Until Today!

I am so grateful for my sponsor and his love and gentle guidance. Before we met I was satisfied to live by AA literature alone. I have since broadened my horizons and this book is one of the gems that makes me a more loving and serene man. The first time I tried writing a love letter to myself, I started crying. I realized that I could love anyone on the planet besides the most important person I needed to love: me. Today, I love myself more & more. And just to be clear, this practice does NOT keep me sober, but it does (in combination with the 12 steps) enrich my sobriety. It helps keep me emotionally sober and for that I am eternally grateful! iLmL

- RichieB

Start Dancing

“When one day you see how unexpectedly your prayer has been answered, then you will deeply regret that you have prayed so little. Prayer changes things for you. Practice praying until your trust in God has become strong.” – 24 Hours a Day

This reminds me of a high school dance. I never started dancing til the party was almost over. My unrealized fears kept me from trusting that everything would be fine. Today I’m the first to start dancing and I’m going to adopt the same attitude with prayer! iLmL

RichieB