What We Could Not Do For Ourselves

I never could have imagined myself doing some of the things I am doing today. It would have seemed insane and unmanageable back in the day when I was insane and my life was unmanageable. I may have been a train wreck, but I was busy! Back then I was so easily overwhelmed. It took such a lot of effort to function on the most basic levels, that the thought of juggling several challenging things at once was truly alarming. I had to play it very safe so my life was very small. I told myself it was just fine like that.

Today my Higher Power has me airborne and doing somersaults, compared to my old existence. Once in a while it gets a bit too heady, but a little pause and rest have me ready to go again. While drinking, no amount of coffee or Vitamin B could have given me the energy that I have today. Now that I am no longer assaulting my bloodstream with harmful substances and I have turned myself over to something way smarter than I am, life is full of pleasant surprises. I can do all kinds of fun stuff now. Nothing like the guy in this picture, admittedly. But plenty wild and crazy for me.
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5 thoughts on “What We Could Not Do For Ourselves

  1. My soul rests with you, my Anamchara.

    I have been reading and taking to heart affirmations which come in many forms and quite often are accompanied by promises for the last 29+ years and I have pondered the mystery of, “As a Man Think It in His Heart so Is He”, quite often wondering what it is that makes me think and wondering why I think in terms quite often in lewd and dis-consonant motives. I have also wondered how I can discover what I am thinking and what makes me think in certain ways.
    These reflections which we constantly engage in by conversation and thought processes while watching a movie, the news on TV, reading a book, surfing the web and countless other experiences and situations and especially when meeting with groups which stand together give great insight into the mystery.

    So my lewd and lusty motives wane away over time as I grow spiritually.

    Staying in the word, loving positive and creative rather than negative and destructive makes all the difference.

    FEBRUARY 6 A RALLYING POINT
    Therefore, Step Two is the rallying point for all of us.
    Whether agnostic, atheist, or former believer, we can stand
    together on this Step.
    TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 33

    I feel that A.A. is a God-inspired program and that God is
    at every A.A. meeting. I see, believe, and have come to
    know that A.A. works, because I have stayed sober today. I
    am turning my life over to A.A. and to God by going to an
    A.A. meeting. If God is in my heart and everyone else’s,
    then I am a small part of a whole and I am not unique. If
    God is in my heart and He speaks to me through other
    people, then I must be a channel of God to other people. I
    should seek to do His will by living spiritual principles and
    my reward will be sanity and emotional sobriety.

    How do I know God answers my prayers?

    He’s the one I asked to help me stay sober one day at a time.

    Any other help is because he provides or allows it.

    I’m Harry, grateful 12th stepper. – Georgia, US of A.

  2. Going to serve like 6 roasters full of chili today at the local art gallery to hundreds of people who’are gonna judge our chili. One of the members recipes won the inside contest and this isn’t something I would’ve done for myself. It’s all part of a local festival known as Perchville where the local busnesses take part in a chili cookoff and this was all possible through the help of God. How do I know this? Because these are things i wouldnt ordinarily do myself. Today i will say, Yes mam” when asked to help by a bunch of lil ole ladies, lol. when i’d really rather go and serve myself somewhere else today, yet I know this is a key to sobriety, so I’m happy to do so. Service work isn’t just helping other alcohlics. I may even take some vid’s of all the people enjoying life with other people. God helps me when I help his people.

  3. If you bother others, you have nerve.
    If others bother you, you have nerves.

    When I become of service to others, my needs are taken care of.
    When my needs are taken care of, I become a servant of the Master.

    Stay small, stay in the middle, stay sober.

  4. Whoa
    Just listen to us!
    Don’t sound like a bunch of obnoxious, self centred, out of control booze hounds!
    Sound like the most beautiful, wonderful folks imaginable- people anyone would want to be around.
    Don’t believe in miracles? Hang around AA a while…not only will you see a few, likely you’ll become one.
    Grateful for His precious gift.

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