And So To Begin

(Can those that PRAY, send some Maggies way please? Nothing serious, just some good vibes! Thank you!!!)
The Program of Alcoholics Anonymous is truly an amazing process, it does not matter how many years I have been in it, I still find areas of my past that require my attention. Looking back at my behavior during those early years I can see where there were lots of areas where changes were needed. Recovery is a process, and it progresses in it’s own time. Just when I think I’m through with the past, something else surfaces – causing me to take another look. The last words of the Twelve Steps are “to practice these principles in all our affairs.” That means I behave the same towards those I “live” with, those I “work” with, and those who are passing acquaintances, not just the members of the Program. I did not do that, I practiced the principles inside the rooms of A.A., but not outside of those walls. It’s time to correct that, it’s time to own up to my part in my behavior, and to quit blaming everything and anything for my poor attitude and behavior. Just getting and being sober is only a beginning- from there on it is a lifetime of continued improvements!! If I’m working the Steps as suggested….today is the first day of the rest of my life! To that end I will begin the process of change that is embedded in the program I call recovery ♥
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9 thoughts on “And So To Begin

  1. Here’s my prayer.

    My sponsor used to say to me:
    “When your roofs caving in, when your ass is falling off, pick it all up and put it in a Piggly Wiggly bag and take it to a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous”.

    Yes, there is a substitute and it is vastly more than
    that. It is a fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous.
    There you will find release from care, boredom and
    worry. Your imagination will be fired. Life will mean
    something at last. The most satisfactory years of your
    existence lie ahead. Thus we find the fellowship, and
    so will you.
    “How is that to come about?” you ask. “Where am
    I to find these people?” — Big Book p 152

    I’m Harry, grateful 12th stepper.

  2. Airbnb update: so every day when I arrive home, off I go on a lengthy walk to clear my head, listen to a couple of my ipod favorite teachers, try to think healthy thoughts. When I arrived at my airbnb home yesterday, it was pretty cold in the studio, texted the manager to turn up the thermostat “a notch or two” before I set out. Upon my arrival back a couple of hours later, temps above 80 and heat still full throttle, by 930 we had it down to a manageable but crazy warm high 70’s. Laughed it off, slept pretty well.

    Fast forward to 530 this morning. I walk out to my car to drive to work, no car! No car! I had been warned that I would be towed were I not parked in a legal spot with parking pass displayed, check and check. As a side note, one of my early spiritual awakenings was that the rules actually applied to me too…what a revelation! I catch a ride to work, text the managers, so far no response. Maybe the car was stolen?? Time for a new car (a new used car!)?? Ten years ago this would have set me off. Today, que sera. Progress not perfection.

    And by the way, there’s no place like home.

  3. Praying for Mag’s and a little more for another friend of mine who broke his leg and is in a nursing home just like that. An older fella who went through lung cancer but doesn’t have the strength to pull himself up onto his feet which is a leg and a cast. I’ll go see him today at the nursing home sometime after the days responsibilities are fulfilled. gave lil missy a ride home from school yesterday and told her bout the only thing Im allowed to di is give her a ride to ameeting which she backed out of. She had some scheme to use her financial aid to get her driver’s license back. I kindly burst that bubble and thought when are you gonna learn everything’s not free and we have to work for a living. All I can do is demonstrate working for a living.
    yesterday i was thinking about something Paul said a while back about blind faith and of course I have CRS. I dunno, have a blessed day cyber friends

  4. Thnx for the lovely E,S and H.
    Life on life’s terms can be ever so grim or ever so great about to the degree I wish, now that the Power of Choice has been returned.
    So I pray this morning for the Courage to be the person you have showed me how to be. No more, no less.
    Accepting that we are God’s Gift to the world and to Ourselves.
    Grateful for the Gift

  5. Top of the morning family,
    Golden bullet statement of action,
    And so to begin~
    I understand the alcohol arena. It’s the ism factor that keeps me coming back. My history showcases past causes/effect. My defected character is always exposed when examined?! Long story short: Self doesn’t play well with others.
    The life I desire is happening right now. The only mechanism stopping me is my poopy excuses why I can’t.
    Through Him, my destiny begins now.

    It’s a good day to forget about yesterday and start having a good day.

  6. Maggs sorry it took so long to send you my prayers and love. Whatever you may be going through it will eventually pass. I tell myself that all the time but my faith is not strong enough yet to believe it. But practice. Practice, practice. Love and Warm hugs.

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