Growing Up Growing OUT….

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Prioritizing my tasks is always a good place for me to start when I’m faced with a multitude of things to do. Today, I look back and wonder how my mother ever did it. She taught us to play many games, she put up with a pack of unruly kids and a drinking husband – for years. She managed to make a home for all of us, even if it was crowded, noisy, and chaotic. And in the middle of all this was my father’s drinking, which was pretty much every day. Later, in his life, he cleaned up pretty good and eventually got sober and died sober. Alcoholism is a family disease, and it is one that has been prevalent in my life – all my life. So as far as handling tension goes, I think I can learn some lessons from my mother. I know what my priorities are – Program and Family. I know that “First Things First” means that I need to always put the Program first, if I am to remain sober. The rest of it is just a matter of putting one foot in front of the other – a day at a time. Keeping it simple, simply helps me!
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4 thoughts on “Growing Up Growing OUT….

  1. Well I’ve been reading these daily reflections since they were first published in 1991 and I’ve never have been so thoroughly convinced as I am at this moment.

    Do I think this settles it once and for all?
    Am I sure that I will remain convinced who is in charge?
    Will I totally agree with lots of people’s opening salvo before the closing prayer; “Who’s large and in charge?”

    This vacillating personality says, “We’ll just have to wait and see”.

    This resolute personality says, “A man persuaded against his will is of the same opinion still”.

    23
    July
    I ASK GOD TO DECIDE
    “I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows.”
    — ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 76
    Having admitted my powerlessness and made a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God, as I understand Him, I don’t decide which defects get removed, or the order in which defects get removed, or the time frame in which they get removed. I ask God to decide which defects stand in the way of my usefulness to Him and to others, and then I humbly ask Him to remove them.
    From the book Daily Reflections

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic. – Georgia, US of A.

  2. I get so busy handling people at times that I forget to talk to God first and now I just pray that he helps me deal with them in a kind and loving manner regardless of outcome. Several people have resorted to drinking that i care for very much including lil missy but it’s no surprise to me without a program. I pray for them and that I don’t enable them. I really feel lost at times without him, knowing I am powerless over people. I pray for our friend who’s having health issues and the rest of us here.

  3. Top of the morning family,
    Prayers and this new order of life gives us the gift of optimism -Hope.
    How do I tell if I’m growing up/growing out?…
    Daily I must check myself, is the Fellowship around my life or is my life around the Fellowship. Am I aware of my human weaknesses. Am I aware of the grace in my life. I’m understanding that this design for living is an INSIDE job.
    It’s a good day to have a good day.

  4. Prayer for the Day

    I pray that I may not allow those about me to spoil my peace of mind. I pray that I may keep a deep inner calm throughout the day.
    From Twenty-Four Hours a Day © 1975 by Hazelden

    Thank you this 24 responders, thank you God for these people in my life.

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