Restored to Emotional Health

“… practicing these Steps, we had a spiritual awakening…” – 12&12 p. 109

I like the words “spiritual awakening.” At first I thought the concept was just a cliche we use in the rooms. Today it implies that I’ve recognized that I’m disconnected from my higher power – that sense of peace, love and comfort I crave – and feel the desire to plug back in. 

As the quote states it takes some actual actions – or work – to reconnect. I do this by using the tools of the program, including my rituals, prayer, meditation, the steps, fellowship and meetings. Through consistently committing time and energy to this practice I am restored to emotional health, and best of all, once again, ILML! 


“… follow your own inner guidance…” – Until Today

This morning at Starbucks, while doing my daily life-loving rituals, I came across this phrase and was struck by the idea that these days my higher power, aka God, is my inner guidance. It’s the voice that directs me in ways that improve my life and circumstances, and often those of people around me. So why not have some fun and change the spelling of guidance just a bit? Today I’ll let loose, listen to the music of my heart, and “follow my own inner God-Dance!”ILML! 


Courage and Tenacity

“Our inventory enables us to settle with the past.” 12&12, p.89

We can easily turn this around and say “If we would like to be released from the resentments, shame, hurt, sorrow and frustrations of our past, take an inventory.” Will an inventory really do this? Absolutely! My experience is that when I have the courage and tenacity to take an inventory as outlined in our program, followed by steps 5-9, I ALWAYS feel better. I’m so grateful for having discovered the secrets to happiness on a daily basis in the steps, and… ILML! 

– JamieQ

Stop Blaming Others

“Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate.” – Big Book of AA

When I’m having difficulties with someone else, chances are I’m part of the problem. Am I in fear or making things bigger than they are? Am I trying to get my way or do I feel victimized. If I can answer yes to any of these, there is a solution: Find my part. Admit it. Make amends. Get connected to God. Then be of service. When I stop blaming others long enough to work my own program, I can get back to the business of loving life a lot sooner. And for me that’s very important, because each day it’s me deep desire that ILML! 

– JamieQ

What’s the Point?

Be a lighthouse. Let your life be a shining symbol for others.” — Until Today

When I first read, in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, “Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God and the people about us.”, there was a palpable sense of relief. I finally had the answer to my lifelong question: “What’s the point?” 

Getting – and staying – fit to be in a higher powered place, whereby I can attract others and help them find their way, takes consistent, daily dedication. But what I receive in return, namely your love and a deep love of who I am becoming, is well worth the effort. Each day I am able to fulfill my purpose, ILML! 

— JamieQ

Reframe It

“Rebellion dogs our every steps.” — 12&12 p.73

Webster’s lists the antonyms of rebellion as follows: calm, harmony, peace. This tells me that I have a couple of choices. I can fight everything I disagree with, or seek peace at every step. My dis-ease says “Rebel! Rebel! How dare they! It’s not fair! They MUST change!” 

By tapping into my HP I can take a deep breath, realize I have choices, detach from a toxic thought, situation or person, reframe it as a lesson and make healthy, loving decisions based on the principles of my program: patience, tolerance, kindliness and love (towards myself and others). I’m living that way these days and as a result, ILML! 

— JamieQ

Perfect Alignment

“We’re here to bring more love into the world.” — Attitudes of Gratitude in Love 

What a beautiful statement. At the end of it all, what I really want is to be loved and to love others. This is what fulfills me more than anything else. The money is cool. The accomplishments are cool. The fitness goals are cool. But the love – that’s the best! I believe it’s because when I’m loving towards others and being loved by others, my thoughts, feelings, words and emotions are in perfect alignment with God’s will for me — to be happy, joyous and free! In those moments, above even all the rest, ILML!  

— JamieQ