Bad Feelings/Good Feelings

I know it’s hard to keep a smile on my face when I feel lousy, but giving in to the blues is not an answer for me – this I know for sure. Sadness feeds on sadness, while happiness can be contagious. Just knowing that I am doing whatever I can, and not giving in to negative thoughts helps me to just say “to heck with it.” Willingness does not always come easy for me – but I do know that it is the one attitude that will lead me to the right action. “The pain will stop. Once felt and released, our feelings will bring us to a better place than where we started. Feeling our feelings, instead of denying or minimizing them, is how we let go.” “It may hurt for a moment, but peace and acceptance are on the other side. So is a new beginning.” (The Language of Letting Go, pp. 139-140)

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5 thoughts on “Bad Feelings/Good Feelings

  1. A popular question around the churches today might be, “what are you giving up for Lent?”

    Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief.

    Everyone’s faith journey is tailor-made.

    18
    February
    OUR PATHS ARE OUR OWN
    . . . there was nothing left for us but to pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet.
    — ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 25
    My first attempt at the Steps was one of obligation and necessity, which resulted in a deep feeling of discouragement in the face of all those adverbs: courageously; completely; humbly; directly; and only. I considered Bill W. fortunate to have gone through such a major, even sensational, spiritual experience. I had to discover, as time went on, that my path was my own. After a few twenty-four hours in the A.A. Fellowship, thanks especially to the sharing of members in the meetings, I understood that everyone gradually finds his or her own pace in moving through the Steps. Through progressive means, I try to live according to these suggested principles. As a result of these Steps, I can say today that my attitude towards life, people, and towards anything having to do with God, has been transformed and improved.
    From the book Daily Reflections

  2. Thanks SMB, Harry, 3D, and others that will post or read to help me maintain my sobriety and enrich my spirituality. All of you help me ODAAT. For lent, I will continue my road of recovery. This includes AA meetings, practicing the steps and principles and the most important action “do not take that 1st drink”.

  3. Top of the morning family,
    For lent: I’m swearing off swearing. It would be too far reaching to deactivate my Facebook account. However, less face time on all media screens wouldn’t be a bad direction. As an endurance moutain biker, (12 / 24 hour) races, I have a motto my coach says regurlarly: Feeling good, feeling bad, it doesn’t matter, for it won’t last. Biking has revealed so many feelings and emotions. I use these expierences in my everyday life. Keeps the fellowship between my ears to a minimum. My riding time is my alone time with a God of my understanding. I’m in my secret place with him.
    My willingness is my sweetest spirtual tool.

  4. All resoundingly good stuff.
    Our “basic text” mentions that “We…are undisciplined, so we let God discipline us in this simple manner just outlined”. The “simple manner” referred to is the
    lovely routine described on pages 82-88 which lays out a daily practice for living in spiritual connection and becoming useful. I strive to incorporate it into my life.
    Whether I’m feeling good or bad, the process and principles remain just that…the things I do. The spiritual life is not a theory, you told me. You said I had to live it. S, I do as you suggest and come into a way of living beyond my wildest expectations.
    Grateful for God’s Grace

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