Acceptance? Or…..?

My path to recovery has had it’s share of bumps and bruises along the way – nothing is perfect, absolutely nothing. Coming to an acceptance of that fact has freed me to a point whereby I can forgive myself for not being perfect – it’s truly okay, I’m just one more struggling alcoholic, looking for understanding and acceptance. And look what I found, a whole room full of fellow alcoholics, who all seem to have the same desire . . .to get and stay sober. My focus is sobriety, my goal is recovery, and my heart’s desire is serenity – to be at one with the Universe and my Higher Power. Never in my wildest moments did I ever think that there was a solution beyond jails, institutions and death. I came to the tables believing I was destined to fail at life. That has not been my experience. I found acceptance, love, and a way to feel useful, with purpose and direction. Service to others has been the key that unlocked the door to those feelings. My days are about being of service to others, and working towards the Spiritual Principles of the Program. ♥

Photo and Reflection courtesy of Maggs!!
Photo and Reflection courtesy of Maggs!!

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5 thoughts on “Acceptance? Or…..?

  1. Thank the Lord for this day and for all that is in it.
    My times are in His hand.
    My soul rests with Him, my Anamchara.

    Well do you think I am blessed that I became an alcoholic? I look at things a bit differently today because of critically looking and especially seeing that I certainly fit the mold as expressed many times in our meetings; “”it takes what it takes””. Without this painful and arduous journey along the alcoholic trail I doubt very seriously of coverage eventually finding entry into this spiritual world which I think it’s a part of everyone’s life and persists of all things good and wonderful which are accessed in the manifestation of willingness to enter. When I entered the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous it was the culmination of readiness produced in the desert of despondency and despair, part and parcel of the ism of alcoholism. Preparation time seems to be the process of making ready for willingness. I am reminded of a story about a pair of twins with opposite dispositions. One twin was an incurable optimist; the other, a perpetual pessimist. The parents, concerned about the extremes, consulted a psychologist. The psychologist recommended that for their next birthday, each twin should receive a different present. For the pessimist, a shiny new bicycle. For the optimist, a box full of manure. When the birthday arrived, the pessimist opened his box and said: “”A brand new bike! I’ll probably fall off of it and hurt my foot.”” The optimist opened his box and ran outside with excitement saying “”If there’s this much manure, there must be a pony somewhere!”” Similarly, we all have the choice to determine what we see in life. We can see a blessing or a curse, depending on our perspective. Let’s make the choice to see things from a godly perspective. Everything is a blessings – it’s all in how you see it. – Rabbi Eickstein

    http://www.holylandmoments.org/devotionals/its-all-in-how-you-see-it-2

    I know I am being prepared today for something yet to come.
    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic. – Georgia, US of A.

  2. i have admitted that i am alcoholic, i accepted that. i do not need any approvals, even from myself. by the power i have found through the fellowship, i remain sober, and for that i am grateful.

  3. Hi guys!! My Monday reflection got lost in cyberspace limbo until it showed up in my outbox, this morning!! So, I believe it will be posted for tomorrow’s reflection.
    Progress, not perfection!! And definetly Acceptance!!

  4. Top of the afternoon family,
    Denial is the opposite of acceptance. If I am in denial, I am not going to be able to make any changes. Acceptance isn’t a sign of approval. Its accepting, “it is what it is”
    Its a good day to have a good day.

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