Listen?

Quote is from “The Language of Letting Go” June 14th:  “Letting Go of Timing”
When the time is right, child.  When the time is right.  How often have we heard those words – from a friend, a sponsor, our Higher Power?
We want things so badly – that job, that check, a relationship, a possession.  We want our life to change.
So we wait, sometimes patiently, sometimes anxiously, wondering all the while:  When will the future bring me what I long for?  Will I be happy then? We try to predict, circling dates on the calendar, asking questions.  We forget that we don’t hold the answers.  The answers come from God.  If we listen closely, we’ll hear them.  When the time is right, child. When the time is right. Be happy now.

Photo courtesy of Maggs!!
Photo courtesy of Maggs!!

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6 thoughts on “Listen?

  1. 15
    June
    MAKING A.A. YOUR HIGHER POWER
    “. . .You can . . . make A.A. itself your ‘higher power.’ Here’s a very large group of people who have solved their alcohol problem. . . . many members . . . have crossed the threshold just this way. . . . their faith broadened and deepened. . . . transformed, they came to believe in a Higher Power. . . .”
    — TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, pp. 27-28
    No one was greater than I, at least in my eyes, when I was drinking. Nevertheless, I couldn’t smile at myself in the mirror, so I came to A.A. where, with others, I heard talk of a Higher Power. I couldn’t accept the concept of a Higher Power because I believed God was cruel and unloving. In desperation I chose a table, a tree, then my A.A. group, as my Higher Power. Time passed, my life improved, and I began to wonder about this Higher Power. Gradually, with patience, humility and a lot of questions, I came to believe in God. Now my relationship with my Higher Power gives me the strength to live a happy, sober life.
    .
    They said:

    “You are right where you are supposed to be”…. In space and time.

    Being honest, open-minded and willing to the best of my ability I looked into this concept and found that “everyone’s faith journey is tailor-made”.

    Then the further question?

    Who is the Tailor?

    Over time the mystery became mystical!

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

  2. Out of frustration I finally chose, can’t exactly remember the sequence, a door or an apple as HP.
    Eventually, I “came to believe ” it was the Spirit of the Universe, who knows what I’ll decide tomorrow’s name might be.
    Eventually, you showed me the important thing was who it was not.
    It was not me.
    Thomas Aquinas, the eminent theologian, suggested we cannot ever know the fullness of what God is…only what he is not.
    Then Harry nails it…the mystery becomes mystical…turns out maybe I wasn’t that far off at the beginning…He is in everything.
    The Gospel of Thomas, Logion 77:
    “Cleave a piece of wood and I am there. Lift up a stone and I am there”
    Grateful for the Gift

  3. Top of the morning family,
    Top notch wisdom reflections!!!
    Today is a good day to spiritual inhale…..
    Today is a good day to listen to those that speak in His glory.

  4. When I began my latest recovery, many insights became apparent. Since the beginning of my journey, I thought rehab was the answer and then each time I went to shortened stays, I felt like “been there, done that”! But AA wasn’t giving me what I needed. “Giving me”!
    This last time, when I was as desperate as I could get, I was again searching for a rehab…that place in Malibu sounded awesome, no focus on 12 steps, massage, acupuncture, nice beach. But something didn’t feel right. I wanted someone else to make the choice for me. This was sooo hard and sooo ego driven.
    What happened was that I found a medically supervised detox for 4 days and on my discharge papers, that I still have, “Pt will not go to AA.”
    After detox, I went home and drank! The despair returned, what was I going to do? Through all my years in AA, there was still something I hadn’t done and that was to walk through the doors of AA, admit I was alcoholic and immerse myself in the 12 steps of AA! What a novel idea! I did more than 90 in 90, shut my mouth (except for when someone who had what I wanted, asked me to speak) and I listened because my life depended on it. After those 90 days, I knew enough about certain people that I was able to ask a woman to be my sponsor. I’ve had 3 wonderful sponsors in the last 6 years and have started sponsoring women myself.
    It’s funny how our minds work…what AA wasn’t giving me….good lord! Whatever I open myself for, the theories and principles of AA keep expanding! And all of that time trying to find another rehab! It’s right there for you, people!! Right through those doors !
    But, as the reflection shares, you have to be ready for total surrender, you need that gift of desperation.
    Wow, guess the last few days have given me pause and deep gratitude for where and how this journey is taking me!

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