The New Improved Me

The New Improved Me

“… we were prodded by unreasonable fears or anxieties into making a life business of winning fame (approval), money, and what we thought was leadership.” – 12&12

I added (approval) to the quote, as to me it feels much the same as fame. The money, the house, the car, the perceived success by others is great, but you know what’s even better? Recognizing how great I am myself, and celebrating it! Taking direction from my sponsor and really working my program consistently has transformed me into a useful, helpful, kind and wonderful person – someone I can  love and be proud of. I’m going to stick with the winners in the rooms, work my program, and help others, because I love the new, improved me and, ILML! 

— JamieQ

  

Jump on that Train

Jump on that Train

“Acceptance is the answer to all of my problems…” AA Big Book

What’s happened is over, not accepting it is only causing me pain and suffering – something I’m not interested in. That isn’t to say that I roll over for abuse, rather I set healthy boundaries and detach – but I’ve learned that I can’t stop anyone else’s behavior. I don’t give up on my dreams either, I work towards them – but when life goes a different way, I jump on that train, excited my higher power is leading me towards a new, even better dream. The attitude of acceptance allows me to embrace everything happening right now, so that ILML!

— JamieQ

  

The Voices in my Head

The Voices in my Head

“The quiet left by the silenced voices makes room… Today will be as glorious as I quietly allow it to be.” – In God’s Care

Chris and I were doing recovery work this morning. When I read this to him, he said “You have to become a master at surrendering to be happy.” When I’m focused on the problem, the voices in my head can be so loud, and the echo in there can be so endless, that it destroys all of my peace of mind. Focusing on gratitude quiets the voices, so that once again, ILML! 

— JamieQ

  

Know verses Grow

Know verses Grow

“… we are called upon to step up to the plate and grow.” — Attitudes of Gratitude in Love 
As a child in school, when I raised my hand to answer a question and I was correct, I was praised. That felt good. When I was wrong, it felt bad. So I pretended to have all the answers. Over the years, my pretentious righteousness kept me in ignorance, preventing me from having truly meaningful relationships with others. It’s only by admitting I don’t know, that I can obtain the opportunity to learn. 

Today I’ll put my ego aside, try to recognize when I don’t have the answer, ask for help, and really listen to others. The more I open myself up to learning from life and others around me, the more ILML! 

— JamieQ

  

Happiness, Peace & Serenity

Happiness, Peace & Serenity

“When we cultivate an attitude of acceptance and gratitude for what is, we find the energy to change what we can, and the serenity to let go of the rest.” – In God’s Care

Chris and I read and discussed this today. Both of us are so grateful that the program has shown us that we can have happiness, peace and serenity at any time, no matter what, simply by changing our attitude and perception. What a gift. I love the program and ILML! 

— JamieQ

  

Invite Love

Invite Love

“Let go of fear, anger, hurt, doubt. Let healing energy flow to you, through you. It is yours for the asking, for the believing.” – The Language of Letting Go 
I used to think “if I just had _____”, or “if they would just ____… I would be happy. Sometimes I would get my wish only to discover I was still discontent. Our program taught me an easier, softer & much quicker way to be happy. Invite love, abundance, joy, serenity, peace, and happiness into your life and you will have it. It’s really that simple. Try it! Say it out loud each day. I’ll bet it works just as well for you as it does for me. ILML! 

— JamieQ

  

Growing into a Better Me

“… the pain of my defects is the very substance God uses to cleanse my character and to set me free.” — Daily Reflections
I can’t repair something which I don’t know is broken. I can’t help to heal a wound I’m unaware of. And I can’t become a better person if I don’t know what changes I need to make to accomplish that. The more searching & fearless I am, the better chance I have of repairing relationships, healing myself, and growing into a better me. Journaling opens the door to all the increased goodness that awaits me. The more I work it, the more it works, and the more ILML! 

— JamieQ