This Beautiful Day

“If only I had…” – Hope for Today

Guilt, remorse and regret are feelings I used to grapple with on a daily basis. In order for each of them to exist I must assume that, at some point and time, I was wrong. This concept of ‘wrong’, and it’s counterpart ‘right’, helps support ideas like righteousness, control, failure and domination. When you think about it, there is very little love, kindness, compassion, understanding, empathy, or helpfulness in right and wrong. When I look at my experiences, and evaluate them kindly as opportunities to learn, grow and adjust, I have no regrets. When I look at others’ opinions, actions and beliefs as their unique preferences, I can let go of resentment and use my program to determine the level of involvement I wish to have with them in the future. When I let go of the past and live fully in this beautiful day, ILML! 

– JamesQ

Walking Along the Path

“… transform these calamities into assets, sources of growth and comfort to ourselves and to those about us?” – 12&12 p. 113

It’s super easy for me to love my life when everything in my life is going well. Not quite as easy to do when something devastating happens. But let’s face it, regardless of how optimistic we look at things, some bad shit is bound to happen. By doing the daily deal I am so much more able to walk through my initial feelings of fear in order to find my way back to loving life. At first it may seem an impossible task, and for some it just may be, but my passion for living demands that I seek every opportunity I can avail myself of to find my way back to peace, love and happiness, regardless of what has happened, and how bad it may seem. I have found that as long as I’m willing to put one foot in front of the other, do the work, and continue walking along the path towards spiritual evolution, ILML! 

– JamieQ

Forgiving to be Free

“He who cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself.” – George Herbert

Our program talks a little bit about forgiveness. The 12&12 quotes the St. Francis Prayer “that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness” and later “It is by forgiving that one is forgiven”. The Big Book says “We asked God to help us show them the same tolerance, pity, and patience that we would cheerfully grant a sick friend,” and to approach those we dislike in a helpful and forgiving spirit. And at the end of some meetings we say in the Lord’s Prayer “Forgive us our trespasses AS we forgive those who trespass against us.” But forgiving can be difficult. For me it comes down to not wanting to be connected to their toxicity anymore. So I forgive (not absolve), and give them to my HP. Because, it’s only when I let go of all my resentments that ILML!

– JamieQ

12 Stepping into Intimacy

“What walls have I built to hide the person I am from others?” – Reaching for Personal Freedom
I’ve worked hard at tearing down the walls I had built up over so many years. After my wife filed for divorce, many years ago, I went on a surfing trip to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo with my brother Robert where we worked the steps out of the 12 & 12 and Blueprint for Progress. I discovered that, the biggest reason we were getting divorced was that I had walled off my heart and became incapable of having any emotional intimacy with my wife. As such, I humbled myself, asking for her to give me a second chance to try and conquer my fear in order to open up my heart and create intimate. Tentatively, she agreed. Looking back now, after 20 years of marriage to the girl I love, it was the best decision I ever made. I’m grateful to the program, it’s literature, my brother, the willingness to do the work, and my wife’s forgiveness. ILML! 

– JamieQ

Awakening to Meditation

“… meditation is in reality intensely practical. One of it’s first fruits is emotional balance.” – 12&12, p.101-102
Being a bit high strung, Type A personality and self-diagnosed with ADHD, sitting still and meditating has always been a challenge for me. But the fact that it’s been difficult for me only means that more opportunities for abundance and happiness lie in my ability to successfully develop this habit. And the promise of becoming more emotionally balanced is certainly worth the effort. So a year ago I purchased a meditation app for $1.99 called Simply Being, and started listening to it in bed upon awakening. This habit seems to center me, relaxing me, balancing me for the day. It’s way better than reaching for my smart phone first thing in the morning. And every time I start my day with meditation, ILML! 

– JamieQ

Goals & Desires

“… discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year… write it down… as an affirmation… Then let it go.” – The Language of Letting Go
Having done the daily deal now for almost 15 years, I no longer underestimate the power of pen to paper. Often I hear things like, “I’m not good at writing”, or “I don’t want anyone to find my journal”. A very important suggestion is not to put anything in writing that you’re no ok with others seeing. When I need to get something out on paper that I don’t want others to see, I simply write “I’m upset about that thing and will discuss it with someone I trust today.”

When it comes to goals and desires, I write them down in my journal regularly and then give the results to my Higher Power. This provides the clear direction I need to encourage myself to do the footwork. My primary goals this year are to work diligently, procrastinate less, love more deeply, enjoy my hobbies, have more faith and let go of fear more quickly. When I’m successful in those areas, ILML! 

– JamieQ

I Don’t Like Being Upset

“When we condemn someone, we condemn ourselves. By loving others, we are loved.” – In God’s Care

Whenever I’m upset at someone else, I feel bad. In fact, you’ll notice that buried within the statement “I’m upset with someone” are the words “I’m upset.” So the way to not being upset (in other words, to be happy), is to not be upset with any person, place or thing. Sound too simple? It is. But of course, it’s not easy, especially if we’ve been getting upset all our lives. So here is the secret: the next time you get upset at someone or something, realize it. Then say to yourself “I don’t like being upset. I’m gonna let this one go for now.” Now focus on something else, something good in life. You’re not saying what happened is ok, just that you are not interested in being upset now. When I become aware that I’m upset, and consciously choose to let it go, then focus on good things, ILML! 

– JamieQ