Simply Feelings

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Feelings govern my spiritual condition, and when I am working on a higher path, my feelings will come from inside, not outside.  I can accept life and all that it entails easier when I am “spiritually fit.”  Working Step Ten on a fairly consistent basis helps me to remain “spiritually fit,” and better able to handle whatever life throws at me.  To begin with I now have a Higher Power, a power greater than me, greater than my disease and greater than the challenges in life.  Together with this “power” I can summon the strength to face the battles and challenges in this life.  Knowing this, accepting this, enables me to call forth the courage it takes to encounter all the fears and changes that recovery requires.  Not only do I meet my fears, but now I know that I can overcome them with the strength my spiritual master gives me, when it is time.  Only God knows when I am ready to push forward, to change and grow mentally, and spiritually.  When life challenges me it is time to take another spiritual inventory.

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Surrender

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We had to surrender to a power greater than ourselves to get to where we are today. And each day, we have to turn to that power for strength and guidance. For us, resistance means struggle – struggle with others as well as an internal struggle.

Serenity isn’t compatible with struggle. We cannot control forces outside of ourselves. We cannot control the actions of our family or our co-workers. We can control our responses to them. And when we choose to surrender our attempts to control, we will find peace and serenity.

Prayer For The Day

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I pray that I may have true tolerance and understanding. I pray that I may keep striving for these difficult things.

Facing Ourselves

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and Fear says, “You dare not look!”
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 49

How often I avoided a task in my drinking days, just because it appeared so large! Is it any wonder even if I have been sober for some time, that I will act that same way when faced with what appears to be a monumental job, such as a searching and fearless moral inventory of myself? What I discover after I have arrived at the other side–when my inventory is completed–is that the illusion was greater than the reality. The fear of facing myself kept me at a standstill and, until I became willing to put pencil to paper, I was arresting my growth based on an intangible.

To Lighten Our Burden

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Only one consideration should qualify our desire for a complete disclosure of the damage we have done. That will arise where a full revelation would seriously harm the one to whom we are making amends. Or–quite as important–other people. We cannot, for example, unload a detailed account of extramarital adventuring upon the shoulders of our unsuspecting wife or husband. It does not lighten our burden when we recklessly make the crosses of others heavy.

Yesterdays Baggage (Daily Reflections)

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For the wise have always known that no one can make much of his life until self-searching becomes a regular habit, until he is able to admit and accept what he finds, and until he patiently and persistently tries to correct what is wrong.
12 & 12, p. 88

I have more than enough to handle today, without dragging along yesterday’s baggage too. I must balance today’s books, if I am to have a chance tomorrow. So I ask myself if I have erred and how I can avoid repeating that particular behavior. Did I hurt anyone, did I help anyone, and why? Some of today is bound to spill over into tomorrow, but most of it need not if I make an honest daily inventory.

The Meeting After The Meeting

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After a meeting members may be searched out with questions about their share.  Many mini-meetings occur in the parking lot, a place where questions about the program may be asked of those in attendance.  I’m learning that being quiet and listening is a good way to learn.  It’s said that when I’m talking I’m not learning, I’m just talking.   I have found that a reply is not always needed, nor is an opinion always wanted.  Words can be unkind if they are not well thought out, and most do not want advice unless it is asked for.  Thinking before I speak is something I try to practice every day.  Sometimes I need a little time to form my response to a question.  We share much in the way of personal information in the meetings, lbut a one on one with my sponsor, or a good friend, is the place for my most personal sharing.  Meetings are intended for members to talk about how the Program works in their lives, and that may include current issues.  Often members bring problems up in the hope of finding a solution through another’s experience.  We share our experience, strength and hope with each other.  

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