E S & H

I have little to no control over what others think, believe, feel or how they behave. My focus is on my own behaviors, my own feelings and my own recovery. The “Grapevine” quote for today says it well: “Our mistakes of yesterday can be stepping stones for tomorrow if we do something about them today.” Sharing my experience, strength and hope with others is one way of changing those old behaviors. Admitting my mistakes, growing in mature behavior, and having the willingness to change – all are factors in being true to myself. Honesty is always a “biggie” for me, and that applies here, as well. I sometimes have to dig out my true feelings, that takes time and patience – and if I make a mistake, I can always amend it. My perception of myself has changed. I respect myself more today a little at a time. I have to take that first step. I MUST, or I will die!


9 thoughts on “E S & H

  1. My friends

    Many of you who know me very well know I seldom forward anything on email but this morning I am so impressed by this lead message and a terrific sample of what followed by following the Suggestions I am compelled to forward this and hope that some may get a good idea of what I have been trying to do for almost 30 years now on this personal spiritual journey.
    Some may wish to listen!
    All that may happen just might be Grace and Peace.
    PS one is encouraged to open the links and think for a few minutes on the powerful content.

    Listening demands humility. We need humility, and not arrogance, when we listen to our own inner wisdom. But equally important will be the humility that is called forth from us when we must listen to the wisdom of others, especially in this independent, me-first age.
    -Br. James Koester

    June 27, 2016
    Pow! Wow! How?
    Molly Baskette

    “Happy are those who make the Lord their trust…I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation.” – Psalm 40

    I learned a new twist on an age-old spiritual practice called the Ignatian Examen http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-examen/rummaging-for-god-praying-backward-through-your-day at youth group the other day. It’s called Pow Wow How.

    The kids use it to check in with each other and with God. Pow! reveals a recent struggle. Wow! tells of something they are grateful about. And How? http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/variety_is_the_spice_of_emotional_life
    tells the group how the speaker saw God at work in their life that week.

    The efficacy of both practicing gratitude and cultivating “emodiversity” http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/expandinggratitude (including acknowledging negative emotions) has been widely documented by researchers in positive psychology. That is, doing both these things makes us happier.

    And as for looking backward in your life for God, Jesus did say, “those who seek, shall find.” After all, most spiritual insight is hindsight: like Moses, most of us see God best after She’s gone by already.

    Summer’s coming, and with it, many of us get unmoored from our communities of faith and regular spiritual routines. Consider taking a practice of POW~WOW~HOW with you on the road, and notice what happens to your heart, mind, soul and strength.

    God, thank you for scientists, who are proving your age-old strategies for happiness true. And thank you for youth, who give us new ways to draw closer to You and each other. Amen.

  2. I realize my posts may seem to be a little bit over the top at times and if they offend anyone I pray for your understanding of the sometimes overabundance of blessings on one’s spiritual journey.

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you…………..

    PS blog site guru, Please check the spam folder.

  3. When I was drinking I woke in the morning and respected myself, and others, a little less every day. In recovery, I wake in the morning and respect myself and others a little bit more every day. Two paths, what is my choice to be? Given the results, the decision should be obvious. God and this program has shown me a better way and for that I am eternally grateful.

  4. Thanks for the cues this morning…the “examen” practice especially resonated with me and merits further contemplation…highly commend a slow, savouring, open minded, absorbing read of the last half the article describing the practice itself.
    Powerful notion indeed, to bring more alive and immediate Step 11’s manifold gifts; I will be giving it a go.
    The World of the Spirit provides fresh vantage points from which I witness the Always, comprehending anew the glory of this gifted life.
    Used to be I’d just wake up hurting and full of dread.
    Grateful for the Gift.

  5. Top of the mid day morning family,
    When my relationship is right with Divine Mercy, all aspects of my life come into harmony of His will. My best move is to build upon my faith. This design for successful living always takes my eyes off of my problems/self and focuses them towards His promises. There is no such thing as “beyond repair” for God. He has a purpose for us all,
    It is written:
    – What are you looking for?
    – Why are you looking for me?
    – What do you want me to do for you?

    — AS BILL SEES IT, p. 50
    When I no longer live under the dictates of another or of alcohol, I live in a new freedom. When I release the past and all the excess baggage I have carried for so very long, I come to know freedom.

    Today is a good day; for today we have a solution. Whew, one less thingy to worry about….

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