Uncover, Discover, Discard

“To be aware of a single shortcoming within oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in someone else.” – Dalai Lama

Have you ever recognized a shortcoming in someone else? Think you may have any? If so, I’m going to suggest something that will change your life for the better. Ready? Ask someone close to you what they think you’re 3 biggest shortcomings are. Now, get ready to NOT react defensively. Instead, to those brave enough to tell you the truth say “Thank you for your honesty, I’m going to work on those things.” Then create a plan of action to help eradicate those shortcomings which actually block us from increased peace and abundance. I’ll commit to do this today and report back my findings. Are you brave emough to accept this challenge with me? Are you ready to continue getting better? If so, let me know what you discover. By uncovering, discovering and discarding, ILML! 

– JamieQ

A Change in Perception

“By revealing my secrets – and thereby ridding myself of guilt – I can actually change my thinking; by altering my thinking, I can change myself. My thoughts create my future. What I will be tomorrow is determined by what I think today.” – Daily Reflections 5/1

I like how this confirms that with a change of perception through working the steps I can change myself from the egocentric, self-centered, self seeking addicted person into a confident, successful man. But, I have to do this on a daily basis. Dissatisfaction, fear, envy, or anything of this nature, are indicators that I am in need of a change of perception. I’m so grateful we have a solution through the 12 steps and traditions, daily spiritual work, praying & meditating, and helping others. ILML!

– JasonW

The Choice Stage

“There is always a three-part process in any reaction first, the other person’s behavior; second, a moment of choosing a response; and third, our reaction. …There is liberation in noticing the choice stage… a remarkable thing happens – our self-esteem rises.” – Touchstones Meditation For Men

Today, when I feel reactive to something someone does or says because I don’t like it, I’ll take a deep, long breath and give myself that extra few seconds to pause before I respond. When I am spiritually connected enough to regulate my responses, ILML!  

An Amazing Reality

“Happiness is…giving hope to others.” – DailyHappinessQuotes.com

When speaking of hope, within the context of sharing our experience, strength and hope, we give hope to others, rather than desiring hope for ourselves. In showing that I overcame a challenge by applying the tools, I inspire others to work their program and reap the rewards of success, abundance and happiness. Alternatively, if I only share my difficulty (experience) and the tools I’m using (strength) but no success (hope) as of yet, I am playing the victim. I refuse to be a victim. Today I will share only those hopes that have become a reality, inspiring others that their reality can become amazing when they make the time to the deal, ILML! 

– JamieQ

I Seek A Balance

“Self-pity… I can see it for what it is — a waste of time”. – Courage to Change p. 177

The cure to self-pity is helping those less fortunate than me. It allows me to put my life into perspective, and helps me to appreciate what I have more. It also boosts self-esteem, confidence and compassion. It gives me a purpose. It allows me to transform my thoughts from thinking less of myself to thinking of myself less. Service. Giving back. Mentoring with love, not control or dictation. But to mentor I must be a loving example of recovery in action. I have found, love and am proud of my rigorously consistent program. Rituals, prayer, meditation, exercise, work, play. I seek a balance. Then I go to meetings and share what it was like, what my program is now, and how it has reshaped my life. Then I share it with others, one on one, and I am given the best gift of all — the opportunity to love and help others. This builds my self-esteem and destroys my self-pity, so that I love who I am becoming and ILML!

– JamieQ

A Devout Life Lover

“It is my fervent hope that my whole life on this earth will ever be tears and laughter.” – Kahlin Gibran

An odd quote to choose for someone like me, a devout life lover, right? No really. The hurt, pain and sadness I’ve experienced has made the moments of joy and happiness so much more precious. I understand fully that pain and sadness will come again, I’m not afraid of it. But I now have the tools to walk through those feelings gracefully and quickly, refocusing on all that I have to be grateful for, which brings me back to that wonderful place where I smile, laugh and LML! 

– JamieQ

Invite Love, No Matter What

“Change… will take us where we are going.. trust our Higher Power… the change taking place is good.” – The Language of Letting Go 

Sometimes in life things change. Sometimes the changes are subtle. Sometime they’re dramatic. sometimes they seem good, sometimes bad. Those changes we perceive as bad can be scary, but I’ve walked through some seemingly terrible changes – like divorce, a brain tumor, the death of my baby brother – and I’ve come out the other side stronger, and in some cases with unexpected gifts. By remaining consistently connected with the program and my higher power (the feeling of gratitude and goodness) I insist on loving life, regardless of the changes I face. Today I invite love no matter what. ILML! 

– JamieQ