Willingness is…..

Initially my ego got in the way of making any progress in recovery.  At the urging of my sponsor I worked the Steps, and found that I not only wanted sobriety, but I also desired serenity and a true sense of peace and contentment.  I went to meeting after meeting, listening to others talk about their journey to the tables, and came away from those meetings knowing that I had a lot to learn.  A.A. is not a crash course in abstinence, it is a lifelong process of change and growth.  It is the development of a relationship with a Higher Power, whom I choose to call God.  It is the willingness to be open to new ideas, new behaviors and new solutions to old problems.  Willingness is faith in the spiritual, and giving the idea of different behaviors a chance to be considered as possibly an answer to my “problem.”  It’s taking the time I need before making a decision, and asking myself the true test – “is this for the benefit of just myself – or – is it for the benefit of others, as well?  Am  I working towards my own recovery that I might then be of some use to others as we all travel on this road to a “happy destiny?


7 thoughts on “Willingness is…..

  1. How would it be to be as a little child not having to make a decision to be willing but just to be willing.
    I have that in me.
    We all have that within.
    Our task is connecting.
    Prayer is the most powerful tool.

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

    • Ps I may have been very guilty of this for I took everything for granted, just thinking that all the good things that will happen in for me were “just supposed to happen”. I never said or felt, “Thank you God” – not ever. — hes

      The Most Abominable of Sins It seems to me in the light of the Divine Goodness, although others may think differently, that ingratitude is the most abominable of sins and that it should be detested in the sight of our Creator and Lord by all of His creatures.
      For it is a forgetting of the graces, benefits, and blessings received. As such it is the cause, beginning, and origin of all sins and misfortunes.
      On the contrary, the grateful acknowledgment of blessings and gifts received is loved and esteemed not only on earth but in heaven. —St. Ignatius Loyola,
      The Letters of St. Ignatius of Loyola, William J. Young, SJ

      If ingratitude is the root of all sin, then gratitude is the queen of virtues. Spend some time today making a gratitude list— a list of the blessings you have received from God.

      Manney, Jim. An Ignatian Book of Days

  2. Whenever i am having a pity party i try to think of all that i have in my life. Most important G-ds blessings. Wheneer i go downtown and see blocks of homeless people i feel shame for all that i have and pray for the homeless. I will make a mental gratitude list right now. Love to all that we continue to grow in G-ds grace. I am so thankful for this blog and getting to know all of you and learning from your shares. Tree

  3. Top of the afternoon day family,
    What is occupying the hole inside of me?
    – me and what the world can do for me?
    – A daily hand back in His hand posture?
    My willingness is proportional to my desire to change.
    Most often, I have to be so sick of my behavior; then I will take a step with smart feet.
    Emotions / feelers are just that. It’s what I do with them that matters.
    Today, resentments are always foiled by my level of forgivness.
    It’s a good day for fish taco’s day.

      • Nichts, nein, Frankenstein, received a job promotion. Morning times are quite hectic. But I always peruse them in the AM.
        Much like Bill Murray in Caddy Shack. When the Dali Lama tried to stiff him his caddy fee’s; The Dali Lama told him there wont be any money, but when you die on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.
        So I got that going for me, which is nice. =)

        • Ha, Right on. You always make me smile, then ponder. Pondering is good. Action is better. When you have an extra minute, shoot me a reflection ❤❤❤

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