Habits-Good and Bad

While it may seem like I gave up a lot coming to AA, I will never balance that scale, as I have received so much more than I ever gave up. I thought that I was going to just quit drinking – but the truth of the matter is that I have been blessed with a new life. A life that seems to be diametrically opposed to what I once had. In the place of all that was negative, I have been given the path to a positive life. One of the best blessings I have received in recovery was to be true to myself – I never would have believed that I could do that – but with the help of my Higher Power I am whole. That is truly a miracle by itself. There are good habits and bad habits, and while I no longer have some of my bad habits, I will never be free of all my character defects – but today they are minimal in number as compared to what they once were. I don’t always eat right, but I’m no longer killing myself drinking and drugging. I am taking better care of myself than I ever did before…and for THAT, I am truly Blessed and GRATEFUL!!!
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6 thoughts on “Habits-Good and Bad

  1. 18
    November
    A SAFETY NET
    Occasionally. . . . We are seized with a rebellion so sickening that we simply won’t pray. When these things happen we should not think too ill of ourselves-. We should simply resume prayer as soon as we can, doing what we know to be good for us.
    — TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 105
    .
    I think I’ll never forget the kind lady from South Carolina who said, “Why don’t you just think about God?” in reply to my quandary on prayer and meditation.
    Works for prayer.
    Works for meditation.
    .
    Harry, grateful 12th step-er.

  2. I have ZERO regrets about getting sober. Alcohol was a huge burden for 28 years and caused so much pain. What did I get out of it? Short-term relief at first and then constant pain. “It is what it is” and I try not to dwell on the past, but I sometimes wonder how my life would be different had I never picked up that first drink at age 14. But then I wouldn’t have AA which has been such a great help. I’m just glad to be sober today.

  3. I knew I had good and bad habits and I still do. I did not know I had character defects until I became a member of AA. My sponsor and I flushed them out when I did my 4-5 steps. I realized that I had to focus on them to remain sober. My focus consists of practicing the 12th steps, and connecting with God daily. The combination of both keeps me sober one day at a time.

  4. i have read that habits, things which have become involuntary responses in some cases, actually ” hardwire” our neural pathways. We become so used to them that we don’t even bother our conscious mind with them but react as if on auto pilot. And we feel things are safe and proper when we are acting out of habit- we get comfortable emotionally.
    So no surprise that I got into the habit of starting to drink each evening to take it easy and to get comfortable. There is nothing pretty or unique in the rest of the story. Suffice it to say hat our Program has replaced the destructive habit with a constructive one of facing reality honestly and squarely, recognising there is a Power in the universe greater than myself. When I act in accordance with that power I am in alignment and reality and I seem to get along pretty well.
    AA gives me the discipline to do so better than I ever thought possible.
    As a result my life is better than I ever thought possible.

  5. Top of the morning family,
    Default self insists: this is my life, whatever, I do what I want!. The steps bring a conversion of newness. I’m to be reborn in Him and through Him. I begin to see with new eyes, hear with new ears, and smell with new smeller. I begin a journey of schtufff called reality with a new belief. Here is where I’m accountable. I began a journey with the winning team. I begin my journey of walking in the sunlight of the spirit. His grace is the amount of sunlight I accept from Him on a daily basis.
    – Much like the awesome sunset/cloud pic.
    All clouds are constant white; however, the shades/colors are determined by the angle of sunlight. If I was standing facing this cumulus cloud and the sun to my back, the cloud would appear all white.
    Much like the amount of sunlight my Heavenly graces me with.
    When something is dark and wrong in my life, I must examine my prayer life.
    It’s a good day to be true to ourselves day.

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