Get Going

I heard the quote, “bring the body, the mind will follow.”  – it certainly has been my experience in recovery that when I get depressed it is usually because I am not “doing something.” Depression still sneaks into my life once in a while and there may be a time of “nothingness.” But the minute I focus on doing some activity, the depression begins to abate. The Program affords me the verbal means of expressing that depression, and the suggestion of doing some type of physical activity – both of which are solutions. It is something that affects many in recovery, and it has been my experience that these two “tools” work. Many times just going to a meeting is a solution, or calling another member to chat a moment helps – there are things I can do to change my mood. Our bodies are destined for movement, our senses to be stimulated, our minds to seek knowledge, and our spirits to bring us peace. When we get them started, they can carry us a long way – after all, they’ve carried us into a joyful new life, haven’t they?


9 thoughts on “Get Going

  1. AUGUST 8
    “MADE A LIST . .
    ” Made a list of all persons we had harmed, . . .

    Wisdom of the ages:
    There is nothing like making a list to get one focused.

    This particular list obviously gets us out of self and focused on others. Something quite strange for us alcoholics!

    Amazing how this is included in the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous,eh’.

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

  2. Nice reminder…
    I had a spiritual awakening as a result of taking the steps…the steps came first, then the awakening.
    How much suffering I witness, including my own, because my ego imperiously demands that relief appears first, in order to be convinced to take the steps.
    Such a sly tactic for ego to maintain its illusion of control and give up nothing, the futile expectation of manageability.
    But eventually, the progressive nature of our disease extracts capitulation so that grace filled surrender may occur.
    Or death, institutions or jails.
    Our daily choice as to which path we choose.
    Grateful for the Gift.

  3. Beautiful picture Mags, my prayers and thoughts are with you as settle in, it was wonderful that we have aa almost everywhere. I made some real mistakes on not going when i moved. Something about my self will, lol, so glad I am better about that in my older age. Prayers for your grandkids. Love kt

    • So true Kt! Thanks! The kids made it home safely and I’ve found 3 good and different meetings that I go to! Moves are big triggers for me so I really need to step it up when doing so. One day at a time!!

  4. Friends of Bill W Thailand
    Tuesday, August 9, 2016
    Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections AUGUST 9
    AUGUST 9
    . . . and became willing to make amends to them all.

    One of the key words in the Eighth Step is the word all. I
    am not free to select a few names for the list and to
    disregard others. It is a list of all persons I have harmed. I
    can see immediately that this Step entails forgiveness
    because if I’m not willing to forgive someone, there is little
    chance I will place his name on the list. Before I placed the
    first name on my list, I said a little prayer: “I forgive
    anyone and everyone who has ever harmed me at any time
    and under any circumstances.”
    It is well for me to contemplate a small, but very
    significant, two-letter word every time the Lord’s Prayer is
    said. The word is as. I ask, “Forgive us our trespasses, as
    we forgive those who trespass against us.” In this case, as
    means, “in the same manner.” I am asking to be forgiven in
    the same manner that I forgive others. As I say this portion
    of the prayer, if I am harboring hatred or resentment, I am
    inviting more resentment, when I should be calling on the
    spirit of forgiveness.
    Be thoughtful about what you pray for and be assured that you will get it.

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

    • Great reflection…
      I might just add that”as” can also mean “at the same time”, so the forgiveness we are offering to others, can be received from God contemporaneously.
      So relief from the forgiveness piece of Step 8 is at our fingertips. We re asking God to forgive us, at the same time we are forgiving others. And He does, in the same manner and to the same degree and when we forgive others and relieve our hearts of its long held burden.
      Now just how marvellous is that?
      Thank you for showing me.
      Grateful for the Gift

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