There is always a way out of the turmoil that can rob us of our peace and calmness. My trust in the spiritual allows me to develop the “attitude of gratitude” that accompanies a better life. Until that calmness comes, I trust in God that He is working towards that end for me. I never realized that I could overcome my own selfishness by relying on God. If I am having a “bad” day I can stop, pray, and ask God to help me restore my life back to the peace and calmness I awoke with. There are a few moments when I first wake up that fill me with a true sense of contentment, acceptance and the knowledge that I am in tune with my Higher Power, God. I value those moments, and that begins my gratitude for that day.

“Let Go and Let God” is another “solution” to problems. There are some problems that simply do not have an easy or doable solution – it is then that I need to “turn it over” to my Higher Power. I am not alone in this world anymore. I have both the Program, the Steps, and my Higher Power to help with life’s problems. There is always a “light at the end of the tunnel.” Sitting alone, outside – weather permitting – closing my eyes for a few minutes and asking God for help can have a big effect on my serenity, and so can a meeting. The halls of A.A. afford me with feelings of peace and comfort, safety and love. I am blessed to have these, and in view of my past problems with alcohol, my current problems are nothing in comparison. . . that alone is enough to turn my thoughts around from despair to hope.



5 thoughts on “Awareness

  1. Bill C. was in his 41st year of continuous sobriety.

    I understand from talking to a good friend of mine that there was a huge turnout of friends, family and “old-timers” at Bill’s visitation yesterday and it was good to hear of some of these old friends, many of whom I haven’t seen in years.
    One of the great occurrences of funeral gatherings is the bringing together of such a motley crew and another of these is the extraordinary courtesy and good will. My former dread of attending funerals has been replaced by the attitude of celebration of this life.
    Do you suppose we all take a bit of this home with us?

    This afternoon many of us will gather for refreshment of this experience.

    . . . this means a belief in a Creator who is all power, justice, and love; a God who intends for me a purpose, a meaning, and a destiny to grow, however . . .haltingly, toward His own likeness and image.
    — AS BILL SEES IT, p. 51
    As I began to understand my own powerlessness and my dependence on God, as I understand Him, I began to see that there was a life which, if I could have it, I would have chosen for myself from the beginning. It is through the continuing work of the Steps and the life in the Fellowship that I’ve learned to see that there is truly a better way into which I am being guided. As I come to know more about God, I am able to trust His ways and His plans for the development of His character in me. Quickly or not so quickly, I grow toward His own image and likeness.
    From the book Daily Reflections

    As mentioned previously AA sets up tremendously high ideals and goals for we poor souls who once couldn’t stand ourselves and what we were doing and gives us the means to obtain them.
    Thank you Lord, thank you AA!

  2. Good grief, the funeral the other day was a glorious celebration of life but also kind of an awkward way to see everyone whom I haven’t seen in years. Seems like God’s way of reminding me to talk to him. Have a blessed day folks.

    • Love your posts Dan. Blessings to you as you mourn the loss of your dog. I’ve got a couple of bird dogs that are trusty hunting and walking buddies; your share really struck a chord. Peace friend

  3. 3 D may God bless. Your actions give hope to others. SMB, I also practice the same core key core actions that are required for sobriety. Prayer to God for his support, hope, trust, gratitude, the AA program, and the steps are what I practice daily to solve my problems so I can live a life of peace and happiness. I am not alone.

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