The In-Between Time

The recovery process is an in-between place. It has taken me from where I was to where I am today. Thank goodness the Program suggests living life one day at a time. Trying to do it all in a short time is not suggested, that can be overwhelming to say the least. Recovery is an on-going process that continues for the rest of my life, if I wish to remain sober. I have always been good at starting things – new projects, new classes, new jobs, etc., the problem I needed to work on in recovery was finishing whatever “thing” I started. Today I live life in twenty-four hour segments, and for this day, this here and now, I can finish whatever I started, bit by bit. I am learning to take it slow, and to accept those in-between times. If I stand still for a time there’s no telling what I might learn. I have faith today that life will be as God wills it, I just have to remember to be Honest, Open, and Willing, that’s HOW it works!
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5 thoughts on “The In-Between Time

  1. Grapevine Quote

    August 3
    “You never know until you go out to meet it what any given day is going to be, but the way you go to meet it surely makes a difference.”
    Quogue, N.Y., December 1963
    “The Christmas Fighters”
    AA Grapevine

    As I go on in recovery I notice little things like feeling close to God more and more.
    One of the times I feel especially near is when I first wake in the morning and most of the time I declare “thank you Lord for a good night’s sleep”.
    This morning I took note of the fact that I woke with something else on my mind and felt the absence of spiritual closeness.
    Immediately something (God) reminded me of a prayer out to form my own just a few decades ago.
    It’s from the Broadway production “Godspell” in 1973.

    ” May we know you more clearly,
    May We Love You More.,
    May we follow you more nearly,
    Day by Day
    Amen.”

    May I give this a good try!

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

  2. Bonnie’s “In-between time” reminds me that in my experience the Spiritual Solution dwells in-between the past and the future- in the present.
    You showed me that concious contact with my Higher Power is only available in this moment.
    You showed me that remorse, resentment and maudlin reflection belonged to the past, that fearful anticipation, anxiety and dread were speculations about an uncertain future. In both cases ego was dominant over me.
    But as the BB says on page 16, many of us feel we have entered Utopia. “We have it with us right here and now”.
    What a glorious gift; I am grateful for it.

  3. Top of the morning family,
    Do my desires match His desires for me?

    Below is a passage from C.S. Lewis; I’ve been meditating on this juicy nugget the last month. I always get a chuckle/grin from the passage,
    “what on earth is He up to”
    Today, I’m learning that Divine Mercy doesn’t rubber stamp my plans……bwah, aha

    “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
    ― C.S. Lewis

    It’s a good day to live in the present moment.

    • Can’t resist. Also from Lewis in “The Weight of Glory”:

      “We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

      Peace friends.

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