Overcoming Self Will (Daily Reflections)

So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn’t think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kills us!
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 62

For so many years my life revolved solely around myself. I was consumed with self in all forms– self-centeredness, self-pity, self-seeking, all of which stemmed from pride. Today I have been given the gift, through the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, of practicing the Steps and Traditions, in my daily life, of my group and sponsor, and the capacity–if I so choose–to put my pride aside in all situations which arise in my life. Until I could honestly look at myself and see that I was the problem in many situations and react appropriately inside and out; until I could discard my expectations and understand that my serenity was directly proportional to them, I could not experience serenity and sound sobriety.

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2 thoughts on “Overcoming Self Will (Daily Reflections)

  1. Page 84 of the Big Book, our basic text, advises us that “we have entered the world of the Spirit”.
    For me that means I have begun to not exist solely of myself, by myself, for myself…bluntly spoken, your living demonstration of ego sublimation has taken hold in me…I have begun to come into communion with life.

    The magnificently mundane, the extraordinarily ordinary, that which simply is as it is, absolutely sufficient unto holiness…
    Praying ego surrenders its desire for exceptionalism
    Grateful as separation dissolves
    Grateful for heart’s compassion

    Grateful for the Gift

  2. Top of the midday day family,
    On this Lenten Friday I heard a nuggett, “we loose what we keep – we gain what we give away”

    It is written: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself”
    – as yourself, humm….
    No one can love Divine Mercy or anyone else for that matter unless one loves their own being. Self worth / self esteem is proportional to my relationship / commitment in HIm and with HIm.
    God has a detailed plan for every single one of us. However, that path is unachievable until I begin the journey of being the person He created me to be.
    Give us this day, our daily manna.
    My misery, His mercy
    It’s a good day to have a good day.

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