The Key to Living Happy

“God can be your shield. Then no problems of the world can harm you. Between you and all scorn and indignity from others is your trust in God, like a shining shield. Nothing can then have the power to spoil your inward peace.”– 24 Hours a Day 7/28
This tells me that no matter what the situation may be, no matter how much I dislike it, I have no reason to be upset. If I truly trust in my higher power, then I know that everything happens exactly as it is supposed to. Nothing is an accident. If I do my job, which is to stay connected to my higher power through AA meetings, helping others, my spiritual daily rituals, etc., then I can 100% trust in my higher power and there’s no reason to let anything seriously upset me. 

This is easier said than done a lot of the time. But, I think this is the key to living happy, joyous, and free on a daily basis. Through the tools that we have been given from this program, I am set free no matter what happens. ILML!

— JasonW

The Life Boat

The Life Boat

“Your pain… is the result of what you are telling yourself about yourself, about others, about situations or circumstances.” — Until Today
I often tell my friends “Be careful of what you’re speaking aloud, your brain is listening.” Repeating the problem over and over, enlarges the problem. 

My way out is to set a timer and give myself 15 minutes to: (1) Identify the problem. (2) Seek an answer that doesn’t require ‘them’ or ‘it’ to change. (3) Apply the solution or give it to God. If in 15 minutes I am still focused on the problem, I haven’t applied the solution or surrendered the problem, so it’s time for me to use my recovery tools to get reconnected to source and back into gratitude. 

Not so easy, but it’s a simple way for me to stay out of the Blame & Shame Game and get back into the Life Boat. ILML! 

— JamieQ

  

Let Him Steer

Let Him Steer

“… it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride; but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed God was in the back helping me pedal. I don’t know just when it was the He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since..” — 12 Step Prayer Book 
This is my favorite reading in this book (Anita’s too :-). It reminds me that I’m never alone, and that if I’m not feeling so great, I may want to check to see if God’s in the back seat again. If He is, I can simply invite him to switch with me and take the lead, and instantly, I feel the pressure of having to try and control the journey taken away from me. God knows bike secrets, so it’s better for me to let him steer. ILML! 

   
 

“It will all make perfect sense — later.” – The Language of Letting Go 

The last couple of weeks have been full of surprises. Big changes at work have forced me to redouble my efforts at acceptance, patience, tolerance and faith. My Higher Power is always telling me “I know change is scary, but trust me, it’s all going to work out wonderfully”, while my lower power continues on in it’s effort to pull me down into fear. Thank God for the program,  great meetings, and fellowship. The spiritual and recovery solutions that have been graciously passed down to me by others keep me faith-filled and fear-free. ILML! 

— JamieQ

Becoming Self-Disciplined

“Discipline magically leads to results in your life.” – Until Today
First my parents disciplined me. Then teachers. Then police and judges and bosses. I’ve been fighting discipline all my life – I hate being told what to do. But I discovered that no one tells me what to do when I’m doing the next right thing. When I’m being kind, considerate and unselfish. When I’m taking care of all my responsibilities in a mature way. This comes from becoming self-disciplined, and it all starts with doing my recovery rituals – consistently. Once I do that, everything else falls right into place and ILML! 

— JamesQ

Staying out of Outcomes

“When I put the 7th Step into action I must remember that there are no blanks to fill in. It doesn’t say, “Humbly asked him to (fill in the blank) remove our shortcomings.” Four years, I filled in the imaginary blank with “Help me!” “Give me the courage to,” and “Give me the strength,” etc. The only footwork I must do is “humbly ask,” which for me means asking with the knowledge that of myself I am nothing, the father within “doeth the works.”– Daily Reflections 7/20

This quote shows me how much I still do try to use self-will and control outcomes in my life. I often ask for my HP to “give me the courage” or “give me the strength” opposed to completely turning my person, place, thing, or situation over to him and knowing that whatever happens is exactly what is supposed to happen according to God’s will. 

My job is to turn it over and take the next right indicated action and that’s it. Today I’m going to stay out of outcomes, realize that I only need to do the work to stay spiritually connected, and accept everything that happens as being God’s will. ILML!

— JasonW

Remember the Good Stuff

“I will gain more understanding when I realize… I have been a captive audience for the reruns of my life.” – Until Today

  1. If I insist on replaying the past, why not remember the good stuff? The truth is, there are way more happy moments in my past than sad ones. Simple things like a drink of ice cold water on a hot day, that great wave I rode with my son watching, or getting a kiss from my wife after waking up from a deep sleep. So many simple pleasures in life. Yeah. The next time I start down memory lane I’ll remind myself to remember the good stuff. ILML! 

— JamieQ