Letting Go

Thank goodness for the Program, I am no longer that demanding “child” of years past. I have learned to accept others. I have learned that I am capable of change and growth. I have found the path to independence emotionally in sobriety, through the process we call recovery. Change has been the name of the game when it comes to my relationships. I respect the differences I have with others. I can “Live and Let Live.” What others do and how they work their program – is not my business or my concern. Instead I try to do that all important daily inventory and correct my mistakes as soon as possible. I work “my” program, and do not make “suggestions” about the program of others, unless I am directly asked. Detaching is still something I continue to learn about. I am blessed to say that the “older” I get in the Program, the more I realize just how much I still have to learn. Another slogan that applies for me is “Let Go and Let God,” which means that if I can detach, perhaps God will have a chance to effect the changes in me that will benefit both myself and those I love.

Photography by M.K.
Photography by M.K.


14 thoughts on “Letting Go

  1. My soul rests with you, my Anamchara.

    I was taught to pray in many different milieu but when it really stuck was in my first meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous when they gave me the simple instruction to pray each morning, asking God to help me get through the day without taking a drink of liquor.
    At night if I could remember to do it perhaps I might thank God for helping me.

    In treatment I was taught to pray for their health, wealth and happiness.
    I was taught to pray that they should have every good thing that I desire.

    “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” – Jesus


    Those of us who have experienced “incomprehensible demoralization” and given the gift of “desperation” can quickly identify ourselves as being poor in spirit, depressed and despondent.

    Much later I have learned that one prayer that is always answered is our plea for Mercy.

    It’s a quiet certainty to come when needed.

    When people unite in prayer wonderful things happen. The collective consciousness of many praying hearts opens the floodgates of positive energy.
    Today I focus my thoughts and prayers on health and wholeness for everyone. I envision a world where all people live in an awareness of divine potential and where we reap the rewards of healthy living. I envision food and water for everyone, affordable medical care and treatment for those in need, and education to help people live healthier, more productive lives. I envision divine life renewing every cell of every person.
    Praying hearts, united as one, create a powerful healing energy that is far-reaching. Divine life is actively at work, renewing and revitalizing.
    For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.—Matthew 18:20
    — Fr Leo and many others.

    “What is coming is better than what is gone.” — Arabic Proverb

    Since I avow to be short, sweet and to the point; for now that’s all I have to say about that!

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

  2. Top of the morning family,
    It’s difficult to live in peace/freedom when I’m holding on to something too tightly. When I place my trust in possessions, people, and positions of life, I’m setting myself up for failure. Do I have money; or does money have me? Do I have lots of friends; or does friends have me? Do I have a high profile job; or does the job have me? This type of self-action always takes my eyes off God. I’ve been blessed with many things. But when these gifts have a hold on me, I’m blocking myself off from His sunlight. Then comes His trials/or my storms of self. Divine Mercy desires me to be exclusively to Him. When my hands are open, not gripping worldly/shining things, I am free. When my heart is open, my grip on life loosens. His power starts flowing through me. It’s His freedom that I desire.
    My well’er Pauly persistent reminder to me, “are you done clawing on it? If not, what else can we do to leave more marks?” grumble, mumble.

    Today is a good day to have a: What about Bob, baby steps day.

  3. What an irony- the harder I cling to somethings, the less I have it.
    One of the core ancient lessons…if I wish to feel love, I must release it, myself and my so called beloved.
    Intricate stuff, to deeply contemplate that which my heart desires, my fears, my motives. What is true, just and fair? What is Divine? What is ego in its myriad disguises?
    Thankfully, you showed where to go to get reliable answers.
    Grateful for the Gift

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