“… 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 Thesaurus.com 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


I Finally Surrendered

“… we tire ourselves out by obsessing over imagined details of a future event… trust God… We no longer have to worry about our future… all is well.” – In God’s Care

It’s easy to get in fear of the future. What will happen if…? How will I be able to…? When will I have to…? This is why finding and cultivating a relationship of trust with a higher power has been so instrumental in my serenity and peace of mind. Doing so didn’t happen easily for me. My mind rebelled at the silly concept of God. But after being beaten up by that same mind over and over, I finally surrendered and joined the winning side – where others trust and rely upon a HP of their understanding. And now, thank God :-)… ILML! 

— JamieQ