Good Or Bad?

I can be mean, weak, rude, stingy, discouraging, negative, and unreliable – to start with. As I grow in the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous, I see where I can improve my behavior towards others – and towards myself. I am learning to treat myself better – my self-respect has improved, I am a lot kinder than I ever thought, and, as a rule, I am pretty positive in both deed and word. I have the capability of growing and changing – in a good way. I am finding my way to being self-caring and self-loving. I can recognize my positive traits and work to change the negative to the positive whenever I can. I am beginning to love myself, and acknowledge my better behaviors and my growth. I am blessed to have a Higher Power in my life, which helps me to remind myself of the good that I am capable of doing!
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4 thoughts on “Good Or Bad?

  1. The powerful statement from Chuck C. from his little book A New Pair of Glasses Is a constant guideline for this alcoholic.
    It certainly didn’t hold true about drinking liquor for at some point in time I knew better but my addiction drove me beyond that.
    Selfishness and self seeking (Ego) must be overcome if alcoholism is to be defeated.
    Many people say it must be crushed.

    “God could and would if he were sought”.

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

    • My soul rests with you, my Anamchara.

      Around 60 years ago we were making some preliminary plans for a trip to New York City and the popular Broadway play, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Form” was the current hit.
      Somehow this has stuck with me over the years and I have come to understand such things as serendipity and synchronicity being consistently operational in my spiritual life.

      This morning as I was reading the story of Absalon getting his hair tangled in a Terebinth tree I wondered what kind of tree this is so I started searching for it on the web and next thing I know I am into discovery of various significant trees.

      So how is serendipity and synchronicity operational?

      Is it good to be humble?
      Is it desirable to be “right size”?
      I was genuinely seized by humility in a foray this morning into the oldest surviving things on this earth. Over 9000 years old this fellow is still with us and thriving.
      Long live OLD TJIKKO
      http://wildff.org/the-oldest-tree-in-the-world/
      And if you want to see six of the oldest living trees including Old Methuselah just click here.
      http://mentalfloss.com/article/29879/6-oldest-trees-world

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

  2. “Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.”
    Quote Albert Einstein

    my sobriety is such a thing, oohh! the price i paid for this gift that was given so freely. we all have paid dearly for our seat in the rooms – keep trudging my friends, July 1st & 4th – special weekend to reflect on our freedoms.

  3. Reading some Thomas Keating. He (gently) reveals that when we say ” I am angry” , we are really saying something a bit different.
    We are saying “I am feeling angry” or whatever.
    We are not anger, itself, manifest.
    Rather we are just having a feeling…not defining what we are with an “I am” statement.
    Found it quite a helpful notion.
    Maybe I can simply pray, and the feeling will be lifted, replaced with His care.
    Maybe, if I am willing, He can dissolve my egoic excesses in His love, that I may do His will.
    Grateful for the Gift.

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