Happiness………………………….

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.
THEN…….
LIVE and let live
EASY does it
BUT for the grace of God
THINK think think
FIRST things first When put in this order five of our sayings produce a sixth saying by taking the first word of each one to make the sixth: LIVE EASY BUT THINK FIRST. ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œโ˜ฏโ˜ฎ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸŽ‡๐ŸŽ‡๐ŸŽ‡๐ŸŽ‡๐ŸŽ‡๐ŸŽ‡๐ŸŽ‡๐ŸŽ‡๐ŸŽ‡๐ŸŽ‡๐ŸŽ‡๐ŸŽ‡

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Let It Begin With Me

Today, I will light one candle and that candle is myself. I will keep my own flame burning. I turn my sight to light and love and goodness. There is no need to be discouraged. What if I see and identify all the ills of society and diagnose it as sick? What good will that do me or anyone else? I heal society by healing myself. Just as life is lived one day at a time, the world will heal one person at a time. Each time I think a positive, loving thought, it goes into the earth and vibrates. This is nothing particularly mystical; I have but to sit near someone and look at their face to feel how their thoughts affect me. I take ownership of my inner workings and their effect on myself and others. I do my part to heal the world. Even when I am broken, but sober.

Singleness Of Purpose

The people in our fellowship come together with a single purpose: the desire to remain sober. We are of various backgrounds and different races. Some of us are rich, while others have no money at all. We’re all so different, yet we share a common bond: we seek sobriety. Separately, the task is insurmountable, but together we are powerful in our quest. What one of us lacks in hope and strength we find by coming together within this fellowship. Each member offers a link connecting the other. Broken, the chain is useless. Together, the strength and beauty of each link is made even more powerful. We join together in a spiritual bond that transcends our differences. Before we joined the fellowship and chose a Higher Power, isolation made our task seem overwhelming. Now as we look around the room at smiling and caring faces, we can thank God that in our pain we have found such strength and the wisdom we need to stay sober one day at a time.

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Love soothes, encourages, inspires. It enhances our wholeness, both when we give it and when we receive it. Without the expression of love we are severed from our family and friends. Itโ€™s the bond that strengthens each of us, giving us the courage to tackle whatโ€™s lying ahead. Itโ€™s such a simple thing asked of usโ€“to love one another. Unconditional love of our sisters, brothers, our lovers, and our children breaks down the barriers to our achievements and theirs. Loving frees us to enjoy life. It energizes us and makes all goals attainable. We carry Godโ€™s message through our love of one another. Another sober day! I hope all of you are happy, and free.

Keep It Simple

Sometimes I struggle with being part of the problem, instead of being part of the solution. Inside I know this, but somehow I canโ€™t Let Go and Let God. To let go takes faith that the outcome will be okay. When we have faith, we know our Higher Power believes in us and will guide us. When we have faith, we believe in ourselves. When we let go, we let go of our need to always be right. Letting go first takes place on the inside. Letting go allows us to change how we view whatโ€™s happening. Often, all we really need is this change of attitude. This is the beauty of faith: it allows us to see the same thing in different Ways.

Secrets

Sharing our fears, our hurts, our anger, keeps open our channel to God. Secrets clutter our mind, preventing the stillness within where our prayers find answers. Secrets keep us stuck. Our health, emotional and spiritual, depends on our commitment to shared experiences. Every secret we have and tell someone, frees that person also to be herself and to grow. Sharing experiences relieves us of our shame and invites the forgiveness we must allow ourselves. Steps Four and Five facilitate the process of sharing those secrets that block our path to God and to one another. Never can we be fully at peace with secrets left untold. Self-revelation cleanses the soul and offers us life.

Do Unto Others……

We do reap, in some measure, at some time, what we sow. Our respect for others will result in kind. Our love expressed will return tenfold. The kindness we greet others with will ease their relations with us. We get from others what we give, if not at this time and place, at another. We can be certain that our best efforts toward others do not go unnoticed. And we can measure our due by what we give. How thrilling is the knowledge that we can invite loving behavior by giving it! We have a great deal of control over the ebb and flow of our lives. In every instance we can control our behavior. Thus never should we be surprised about the conditions of our lives.