The Power Within, Pt II

Did anyone else get a little “twinge” when they weren’t on the up and up? I used to get those little “alerts” that I was behaving in a way that went against the spiritual principles, and I would tell myself all sorts of reasons as to why I did whatever it was I did. I would utilize the three reasons – rationalization, justification, and minimization, and come away feeling that it was the world or someone else, something else – that was the problem, not me. I got very good at denying my part in my misbehavior’s. But then along came Step Three and I learned about patience, humility, and honesty. In the process of working Step Four I uncovered some character defects and shortcomings – and they called for me to get into some acceptance of the “real” me. I had to “move over” so that God could help me come to an understanding of my part in the wrongs I committed. The good news was that, my Higher Powers help, I was capable of change, and change was the “order of the day.” How was YOUR change put into action?

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4 thoughts on “The Power Within, Pt II

  1. Grapevine Quote

    August 18
    “There is among us AAs the ever present need for further spiritual growth.”
    AA Co-Founder, Bill W., July 1960
    “Let’s Keep it Simple – But How?”
    The Language of the Heart

    So many times I thought I was just getting away with something and it wouldn’t matter because it wasn’t going to be found out and I certainly didn’t know or understand there are always consequences or outcomes for intolerable behavior as well as what we call rewards or blessings for better conduct.

    So when I thought I was getting away with something I was unaware of the deep emotional harm done my own psyche or soul.

    So what is the solution?

    Number one is coming to consciousness and knowing that “No man is an island unto itself” and secondly openly acknowledging or confessing to at least one other person knowing full well that God is present in this process.

    “Admitted to God , to ourselves and to another person the exact nature of our wrongs” – – Step 5

    This doesn’t have to be done publicly or broadcast widely but personal responsibility must be certain.

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

  2. My change was put into action by practice. Honesty was a muscle I had to exercise and strengthen by use. Tolerance, love, and patience also.

  3. I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator.

    – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol. 1 Chapter 2

  4. Top of the morning family,
    My feelers of guilt are Divine Mercy’s way of signaling me that I’m out of balance. When something is wrong is my life, there’s a problem in my prayer life. Today, when I get that knot in my stomach, (my red flag) I have something inside of me needing harmony. There’s something in myself/life that I have to change. The steps are a direct assault against pr”I”de. Simple, but not easy; a price had to be paid. It meant destruction of self-centeredness. I had to quit using excuses of past, present, future and take action.
    – Where am I being deceitful?
    – Where am I being dishonest?
    – Where am I being fraudulent?
    – It is written: A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.
    Today, the responsible action is to surrender to the One who created me.

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