“Negative energy sabotages and destroys. It has a powerful life of its own. Positive energy heals, conducts love, and transforms. Today, God help me let go of negativity. Transform my beliefs in thinking, at the core, from negative to positive. Put me in harmony with the good.” – The Language of Letting Go 3/16
I find myself so easily grabbing on to negative thoughts and holding onto them for hours at a time. As a sober, recovering man that works the program, this cannot happen. Been thinking negative thoughts? It’s time to turn back to the basics. Reconnect with the program and reconnect with my higher power. Through helping others, gratitude lists, and spiritual readings, I can change the negative thinking into positive energy. This is what the program does for me, opens my life up to abundance through a change of perception. The sky is the limit with positive thinking and the program gives this to me on a daily basis. ILML!
“I ask God to help me to reach out to people desiring sobriety, and to, please, keep me grateful!”– Daily Reflections 8/30
This sums up two very important things: helping others and staying grateful. I guess you could say these are the two most important things I can do as a sober man. I can work step 12, helping others “desiring sobriety”, and stay grateful no matter what is going on in my life.
The fact that I am sober another day is enough to be grateful for. I was hopelessly addicted, and the fact that so many years of gone by without a drink or drug is a miracle. Not only does gratitude and helping others keep me sober day at a time, it also opens me up to living a life of abundance. My life is full and I owe it all to the program. Grateful to have a solution. ILML!
“We must endure surprises, pressures, and blows from the world as a normal part of life. The more able we are to absorb the blows, the stronger and more whole we are as men. Perhaps our higher power is leading us to a better plan. Frustrations with spouses or friends can be turned over to our higher power. We do not have a rigid recipe for life, and we must be open to more learning.”– Touchstones 8/23
This program has taught me how to “go with the flow”. How to not be married to how I think my day should go. The more I am connected to my higher power, the more I am able to take things as they come, as guides which help me make decisions, or indicators pointing me towards my next indicated action. The more I have faith that everything is happening to me for a reason, the more I can be in acceptance. And that keeps me happy, joyous, and free on a daily basis. I love this program. ILML!
“Seek a conscious contact with God more and more each day. Make God an abiding presence during the day. Be conscious of his spirit helping you. All that is done without God’s Spirit is passing. All that is done with God’s Spirit is life eternal.”– 24 Hours a Day 8/4
This is a good reminder to keep God in my thoughts and stay connected. It is so easy for me to forget about a higher power for long periods of time and have seemingly no conscious contact that I’m aware of. My happiness and success depends on how spiritually fit I am. Everything I have is a result of staying sober, working the steps, and connecting with a higher power on a daily basis. I have to remember that and work towards that connection every day. Staying in the solution today. I love my relationship with a higher power. ILML!
“We can remember that as difficult as a day may be, we are never alone because nothing can separate us from our higher power. When we accept the bad things that come, even though they are unfair, we give them less power in our lives. Then we are free to go forward and leave more room for the good things.”– Touchstones 6/16
This is a good reminder that no matter what, no matter how bad I feel things may be, I have my higher power with me. This program allows me connect to my higher power on a daily basis which allows me to be more accepting of anything that may come my way. What I have learned is that the more I connect to my higher power on a daily basis, the less bad things come my way, or my perception of them makes them not so bad. When I work my program, I allow abundance, good thing and happiness to flow. My simple job is to take a spiritual action; the next right indicated action. Then, I am in the solution and I can have faith that anything that is happening is happening exactly as it is supposed to. ILML!
“Your whole character changes as you reach upward for the things of the spirit – for beauty, for love, for honesty, for purity, and for unselfishness. Reaching after these things of the spirit, your whole nature becomes changed so that you can best receive and delight in the wonders of the abundant life.”– 24 Hours a Day 6/7
I like anything that refers to living in abundant life. This quote reminds me that an abundant life starts with my spiritual program. It starts from the inside and goes out. This program gives me the tools to live spiritually on a daily basis. No matter how long my life is, I’m going to have to turn to the tools of the program on a daily basis. It is my only path to living abundantly. Grateful for a solution today. ILML!
“Our desires, our wants, and our anxieties are spiritual issues. What at first we think we want may only hide deeper, more vulnerable, and painful feelings. When we admit the deeper fears and desires, we move closer to the spiritual truths of our lives.” – Touchstones 9/26
I like how this says that our wants may very well be not at all what we need to live a better life. I think a lot of times that my desires are based upon fear and, like the quote says, they are an attempt to escape deeper, vulnerable, and painful feelings. Today I want to let go of everything that I want and leave it up to my higher power to lead me to what I need. In order for me to do this I must be connected to my higher power through my daily spiritual work and the tools of the program that have been given to me. Today I am staying close to my HP and living happy, joyous, and free. ILML!
“When we hold loosely to our daily plans, we are more open to knowing the will of our higher power. Then each day is a spiritual process. It becomes a combined creation of our higher power and our own consciousness.”– Touchstones 8/4
My self-will wants to have everything planned out how I think it should be to get what I want. But I now know after years of being sober and working this program that my best plan is not the best plan. If I got everything that I wanted I would very likely be in big trouble. When I stay close to my higher power through the tools of this program I am able to relax and take the next right indicated action. The tools of the program such as praying/meditating, spiritual reading and writing, meetings, etc. allow me to be open to my higher power. When I let go and let my higher power guide me, I live happy, joyous, and free; I am open to abundance and I become exactly who I am supposed to be. Today I’ll relax and know that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. ILML!
“The repeated challenge in our spiritual life is to leave the secure trappings we know and take comfort in the still unknown new self. That is the leap of faith. We take the risk and trust something will be there for us. We have faith that letting go of our immediate attachments will bring us to a better place, that God will be there for us.” – Touchstones 7/30
Though I want and strive for material possessions every day through hard work and my drive to succeed financially, I know that my spiritual life makes everything worthwhile no matter what I have materially. This program has allowed me to confront my ego, as it says in another part of this reading, and allow me to find humility.
My ego is strong and prevents me from experiencing the sunlight of the Spirit. It tells me I need to look like this, have this much money, buy this or that and be impressive on the outside.
When I take care of myself spiritually through the tools of the program we have been so generously given, I open myself up to abundance which includes material things in my life. But whether I have them or not, if I stay connected to my higher power on a daily basis I can live happy, joyous, and free no matter what my life looks like on the outside. I am going to do the work today and stay in the solution. ILML!
“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!