Becoming Real

It has taken strength to change in recovery. My behaviors were entrenched and steeped in alcohol. Now, sober, I no longer have that crutch, and I found that I had to change from the inside out. It has taken time, and effort to change my very basic nature. Where I was angry, I had to find a peace – a peace I had never known before. I had to find and live by spiritual principles that were unknown to me – things like faith. integrity, courage, and hope. Humility, justice, and service to others were also “suggested.” I found different behaviors in me, much to my surprise. There was much to learn, and much to absorb in this “new” life. Sometimes I simply did the opposite of my “usual” behavior. Where I had been prideful, I found a humility that was true to the program. Where I had relied solely on me, I began to accept the idea of a Higher Power. Where I had an attitude of entitlement, I found service to others. One day at a time!!!
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8 thoughts on “Becoming Real

  1. 13
    October
    UNREMITTING INVENTORIES
    Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear. When these crop up, we ask God at once to remove them. We discuss them with someone immediately and make amends quickly if we have harmed anyone. Then we resolutely turn our thoughts to someone we can help.
    — ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84
    The immediate admission of wrong thoughts or actions is a tough task for most human beings, but for recovering alcoholics like me it is difficult because of my propensity toward ego, fear and pride. The freedom the A.A. program offers me becomes more abundant when, through unremitting inventories of myself, I admit, acknowledge and accept responsibility for my wrong-doing. It is possible then for me to grow into a deeper and better understanding of humility. My willingness to admit when the fault is mine facilitates the progression of my growth and helps me to become more understanding and helpful to others.

    Then we resolutely turn our thoughts to someone we can help.

    “Our real purpose is To be of maximum service to God and man.”– Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.

    “everybody’s doing it “. — lame excuse for one of our political candidates words and behavior.

    WISDOM OF THE AGES. (Let’s face it, our culture, our electorate needs this).

    Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

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

    • Sorry about the late post. Finally got some good rest after foot surgery. Hmmmm, never used everybody’s doing it. Don’t think I’ll start now! Have a great day Doc!!

  2. Great reflection Bonnie
    Pretty fundamental rebuilding of self-phew!
    Good thing we can get some of help.
    Speedy recovery for the foot!
    Grateful for the Gift

  3. “we have been rocketed into a fourth dimension of
    existence of which we had not even dreamed”
    BB.25

    my current reality is such
    that I cannot remember the former one.
    peace, love, and blessings.

  4. Top of the morning family,
    Golden spiritual nourishment today.
    – much to wonder / ponder and digest.

    KEEP CALM AND USE CRUTCHES.

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