Being True To Ourselves

I wanted to take this time and thank each and every one of you who posted these last few days. I am home now, and tomorrow will hold some very tough but needed decisions. “To Thine Ownself Be True,” that is such an important slogan, it’s imprinted on our birthday coins. I give myself permission to do the right thing, I give myself permission to take care of me – physically, emotionally, and spiritually; and I give myself permission to expect no more and no less than I am willing to give.

Photo courtesy of Tom S
Photo courtesy of Tom S
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15 thoughts on “Being True To Ourselves

  1. FEBRUARY 23
    MYSTERIOUS PARADOXES
    Such is the paradox of A.A. regeneration: strength arising
    out of complete defeat and weakness, the loss of one’s old
    life as a condition for finding a new one.
    A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 46

    Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
    That saved a wretch like me,
    I once was lost but now am found,
    Was blind, but now, I see.

    T’was Grace that taught…
    my heart to fear.
    And Grace, my fears relieved.
    How precious did that Grace appear…
    the hour I first believed.

    About 28 years ago I was telling the story of What I used to be like, What happened and What I am like now and made reference to Amazing Grace.
    I broke down sobbing.

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted 12th stepper.

  2. I still tremble when i speak of the second step breaking down into tears. They’re tears of gratitude reminding just how lost I really was and of my self will run riot which landed me in an extremely violent place not fit for man nor beast. Today I have the freedom to chose so I best chose very carefully and I never turn down an opportunity to help another chocoholic. Thats’s what i got with spell check haha You all know what I mean.

    Beautiful pic.
    When I make important decisions I seek counsel.

  3. Right one 3-D! You need some help in making big decisions, but ultimately it comes down to you.
    SMB, you say you expect no more or no less than you are willing to give! I don’t know what that means. Are you willing to do whatever it takes to stay sober or is that one of the big decisions you need to make!? We’re all here for you!💞

  4. If I had to pick just one way I am different today than when I was drinking, it would be that I am now willing to ask for help and seek guidance from others.

    I am going to write a few reflections and send to This24 that can be kept in reserve and suggest others do the same. SMB can use mine as she sees fit. When life happens and the pressure is on to write a reflection feel free to post one of mine or use it as a jumping off point or just throw it away ;- )
    “When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of AA always to be there. And for that: I am responsible.” .
    You don’t have to do sobriety alone and you certainly don’t have to do This24 alone.

  5. Today I have God to turn to when I am sorely pressed and uncertain and hurt. Of course He has always been there; I just couldn’t see Him.
    But you showed me His presence by your faithful, tolerant and kind welcoming of me-lost and broken- into your midst.
    This is our miracle-always there for us.
    All we are asked to do is to give, as we have received.
    Grateful for the Gift

  6. Top of the morning family,

    BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.567
    He finally realizes that he has undergone a profound alteration in his reaction to life; that such a change could hardly have been brought about by himself alone.

    Today, it’s not what happens to me, it’s what happens inside of me. Today, I have choices. I can choose wisely or foolishly. The life I desire is happening right now. For me, the responsible action is to surrender to the One who created me to guide me.

    It’s a good day to have a good day.

    • We are never beyond repair! Padre Pio, “there is no flowering of the soul to the beauty of its perfection except at the price of pain”

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