Into Action

(Reflection courtesy of Bill M)-it’s pretty amazing when we all contribute! Thank you!
Having made a personal inventory what did I do about it? My sponsor heard my story as revealed to myself in my written inventory. “I wasted no time.” (p. 75). The big book does not have many time cues. When they are there, they are important. I had digested big chunks of truth and my stomach was uneasy. I was in pain and I have a solution for emotional pain. Step 5 gave me a different, better solution: sharing with another person and God. I felt instant relief sharing my wrongs. Step 5 is where I started to see the value of the program. When we talk about The Promises we usually mean the ninth step promises but there are promises after every step. After step five:

“Once we have taken this step, withholding nothing, we are delighted. We can look the world in the eye. We can be alone at perfect peace and ease. Our fears fall from us. We begin to feel the nearness of our Creator. We may have had certain spiritual beliefs, but now we begin to have a spiritual experience. The feeling that the drink problem has disappeared will often come strongly. We feel we are on the Broad Highway, walking hand in hand with the Spirit of the Universe.”
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12 thoughts on “Into Action

  1. My soul rests with you, my Anamchara.
    I am told that it is wonderful when we pray to God for what he wants to give to us anyhow.
    So how about this?
    I ask for happiness!

    Didn’t Abraham Lincoln say that we are about as happy as we make up our minds to be? And isn’t the program of recovery known as Alcoholics Anonymous often characterized as one of attitude adjustment?
    And is happiness the byproduct or otherwise known as God’s gift for living aright?
    I don’t drink liquor anymore.

    Get it?
    Attitude Adjustment.
    AA!

    My son who lives in Mississippi is home primarily for a visit with his mom who is recovering from recent neck spine surgery. He is certainly happy to report that she seems to be doing very well.
    In our family we look at times when things seem to be very well as the calm before the storm.
    We know about this rhythm in our lives.

    So as my old sponsor often said when asked what he did when the s… hit the fan?
    He replied, “I just try to enjoy the breeze!”

    I surely do miss Kent F.

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

  2. This time I am actually looking forward to doing my 4th step. But my new Sponsor is taking it slow. We are still on Step 2. But that should not stop me from starting to dig deep and search for the reasons I drank and drugged. What, and whom was I escaping from. Why WAS I Numbing myself. I know now I was not thorough the last time I did a 4th and 5th. Ego and ignorance still stood in the way. I have to be aware that this step is vital for me. In the meantime I will ask my HP for insight honesty and endurance. Love
    Tree

    • Hi Tree, I’ve done a few 4th and 5th steps and I know I’ll do more. Life on life’s terms make it so. The beauty of AA is that you search your truth to do a 4th step at that moment, don’t worry if you “forget” something! Resentments are all on the back burners of our gray matter and they’ll come to the front in due time.
      Go in with no fear, you will not be judged! My mother used to tell me all the time, “To thine own self be true”! Who’d have thought that it would have become my mantra!

  3. The gentleness of the Unknown Rythyms prepared me for the barest beginning of liberation from habituated egoic self; it was so much more than the words…it was experiential.
    New feelings, awareness and sensations finally had room to dwell where Self had ruled exclusively.
    Grateful for the Gift

  4. “There is however, a vast amount of fun about it all. I suppose some would be shocked at our seeming worldliness and levity. But just underneath there is deadly seriousness. Faith has to work twenty-four hours a day in and through us, or we perish.”

    Bill Wilson 1939

  5. The beauty of going through the inventory about 3 times is there is less and less garbage and wreckage. I love that part!!! It shows me that I can leave the past where it belongs…in the past. It also shows me how my God can absolutely heal me when I go to my Higher Power and surrender all. I have a spiritual malady that requires a daily spiritual solution. Steps 1-3 or just plain old step 10 daily is the best medicine for this drunk. 🙂 Great shares and love you cyber and sober family.

  6. Top of the morning family,
    Today is good day to keep my hand in His hand while enjoying the breeze of His peace and freedom.
    My misery, His mercy.

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