Endings and Beginnings

Quote is from “Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:”

Time is a circle. The end is the beginning.
Day by day, a year comes and goes. Today’s end is the beginning of the rest of our lives. We take with us what we have learned today. We are the same and not the same. As long as we are alive, we will continue to wrestle with questions, seek answers, and solve problems. Let’s be gentle with ourselves and others, choosing to respond with non-judging love and acceptance instead of unrealistic demands of perfection.

We have found a blueprint for recovery. Our preoccupation with not enough and too much has led us to a spiritual solution. Each day brings us new opportunities to express our development – a more patient response to a traffic jam, the ability to empathize with a child’s embarrassment, the acceptance of a disappointment. Today is another day to learn how to be serene, to nurture body and spirit so that we may function as an integrated totality. We will continue to learn and grow toward recovery. I will begin and end today by listening to my inner voice.

End of quote.

My thoughts/comments: I really enjoyed todays quote above. I think it covers a lot for this New Year’s Eve day . . . and so enough is enough. HAPPY NEW YEAR to all, and to all a good night!!

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10 thoughts on “Endings and Beginnings

  1. For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end … is to make a beginning.” ~ T.S. Eliot

    Happy Days ahead!!

    ___________________________________smiles from the desert.

  2. When I pray for others, even my so-called enemies I have been taught to pray for their health, wealth and prosperity (happiness).
    Believe me, when I first started doing this I could feel the ringer working on my envy, spite, jealousy etc. as my feelings of selfishness and self-centeredness were being worked over as I continued and as I continue this process.

    “To pray is to change. This is a great grace. How good of God to provide a path whereby our lives can be taken over by love and joy and peace and patience and kindness and goodness and faithfulness and gentleness and self-control.” – Richard J Foster.

    I have seen these elsewhere; they are known as the fruits of the spirit.

    This is not an arrogant overstatement but simply an observed fact of what happens to faithful devotees of the 12 steps and I would be remiss if I did not include other great spiritual exercises when dutifully practiced.

  3. Love the quote Anthony, thanks.

    I can relate to everything said here this morning. I also often resist praying for those whom i feel have already got it good due to envy and jealousy.

    Someone asked me about lil missy yesterday and that was like poking an open wound. One of my other recovery friends recently dealt with her but thank God she cut the cord a little quicker than I did.
    My thoughts need to be on those whom I may be able to help but when i do think of those less fortunate i pray that I may pray for them. Hope that makes sense. As i had heard often during Sunday sermons,” Let us pray” It is a we program.

    Mere words can not describe my gratitude for you people here. I pray that we all continue to learn through joy!

    • I am happy to say that praying when I am envious of others has become a habit. I may not like out but I still do it. This program has changed me for the better.

  4. Praying for our continuing journey together under His care.
    The old hymn’s words echo in my spirit…once was lost, but now am found…
    Blessings on us all.

  5. My inner voice used to be my demon and negative character defects running wild. It took me to accept and practice steps 1-3 and prayer to God to change my attitude and self. I know the demon and character defects are still in me and I have to control them every day with prayer to God, the AA program, and just doing the next right thing. Time is a circle for me is to focus on my recovery from morning to morning. It involves keeping God’s will to lead the way. I have to have spirituality in my life and work my AA program daily to succeed with sobriety and to be someone that is honest, trustful, and help others.

  6. It’s a great day to be alive and sober!
    I had always associated New Years’ day with resolutions and new beginnings,
    as though some special day was required in order to effect change. You folks have convinced me that every 24 hours is an opportunity for growth and change, and in fact that every moment is a chance to start over if needed.
    Nothing changes if nothing changes…..

  7. Really grateful to be here today with you wonderful folks.
    I will start the year with a meeting shortly and plans to spend some time with my sponsor.
    I hope this new year will bring blessing and growth for us all.
    I agree Thor, nothing changes if nothing changes.

  8. Prayer for the Day

    I pray that God will guide me one day at a time in the new year. I pray that for each day, God will sup ply the wisdom and the strength that I need.

    Thank you all for 2014 words of wisdom one day at a time. Now on to 2015, one day at a time. Very grateful I am.

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