Sharing = Caring

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When I share at meetings I talk about how miserable my life was when I was “out there.”  I want others to hear about the changes that have taken place in me in recovery.  Maybe my shares would benefit from using Program literature.  I have a small wallet card that lists the liabilities and assets of a moral inventory. Using a card like this would enable me to have some sense of direction when it comes to sharing.  I could tell of various experiences I have had relative to the list of words representing my behaviors both before and after coming to A.A.  I admire those who speak so well and share from the heart.  I love a good speaker, and there are many – some local, some I hear at District and Area meetings, and then there are the conferences, most of whom have speakers who live in other areas and towns, and who have managed to make their “stories” humorous, interesting, honest or deep.  I enjoy anyone who can simply tell it like it is, or in our case like it was.  However, in the long run, my tale is just simply that, my tale.  My “job” is to suit up and show up. The rest is in the hands of the Master.

Openmindedness (Daily Reflections)

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It was a crazy busy day! So heres from todays Daily Reflections:
We have found that God does not make too hard terms with those who seek Him. To us, the realm of spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive, never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek. It is open, we believe, to all men.
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 7

Open-mindedness to concepts of a Higher Power can open doors to the spirit. Often I find the human spirit in various dogmas and faiths. I can be spiritual in the sharing of myself. The sharing of self joins me to the human race and brings me closer to

A Limitless Horizon

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Alcoholics Anonymous has taught me how to live, both alone and with others.  It has broadened my experiences, has taught me how to lead a useful life, and encourages me to expand my world from the four walls of my Fellowship to all the possibilities that A.A. offers.  There are the basic meetings, Area Assemblies, Regional and World Conferences, and other gatherings where we hear speakers from far away places, who tell of their journey to the tables.  The International Conference occurs every five years, and it is well worth the time and cost of attending.  I have been fortunate to have attended two World Conferences, and I have some wonderful memories as the result of those experiences.  As far as my horizons are concerned, they are limitless.  I feel a true sense of purpose and direction in these, my latter years.  Without A.A. in my life, my life would be very limited. Today, I am open to the possibility that God’s world and His children have no limits.

Issues

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We do not have to get caught in the middle of other people’s issues.
— Melody Beattie

Learning to respect boundaries, our own and other people’s, eliminates much of the stress that hinders relationships. Accepting the behavior and the opinions of our friends as legitimate for them allows our relationships to teach us tolerance and patience and love. Our journey on this planet is not about “fixing” or controlling others, but about loving them wholly, just as we want to be loved. It’s hard to back away when a friend is in trouble. But telling a friend you love and support him or her may give them the strength they need.

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Forming True Relationships(Daily Reflections)

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But it is from our twisted relations with family, friends, and society at large that many of us have suffered the most.  We have been especially stupid and stubborn about them.  The primary fact that we fail to recognize is our total inability to form a true partnership with another human being.
-Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 53
Can these words apply to me, am I still unable to form a true partnership with another human being?  What a terrible handicap that would be for me to carry into my sober life!  In my sobriety I will meditate and pray to discover how I may be a trusted friend and companion.

Peace Within

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In the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous I have found learning new behaviors requires a hard look at my motivations and my objectives.  If I am attempting changes – what are my reasons; are they self-centered or are they in the hopes of benefiting others.  What is my goal, what am I hoping for?  Are my goals based on jealousy, dishonesty, envy, fear?  Or were these changes wanted to improve my relationships, that I might then have more patience, more trust, more honesty with others. Looking at both my goals and objectives is always a good idea when facing behavioral changes.  I can accomplish more with the support of others than I ever could by myself.  In so far as my Program goes, I tend to hang with the winners – those who work their Programs, those who go to meetings, those who have and use their sponsors. It is my unity with them that gives me the strength to endure and the strength to keep putting one foot in front of the other and the strength to keep on trying – time and again,  Recovery is not a one-shot deal, it is a daily prayer seeking God’s help and wisdom.  

I Love Me

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Accepting love from others is still a work in progress for me.  I don’t believe I’m alone in this area, I can see where I have made progress.  I have made improvement in my treatment of others and myself.  Today I work towards patience, modesty, integrity, humility, and forgiveness when it comes to treatment of myself and others.  Before recovery I acted as if I did not care, when the truth was I cared very much.  I had to overcome a lot of self-pity and resentments towards others, not to mention my low self-esteem.  I found the willingness to change, and now work towards treating myself and others with honesty, openness, and a true sense of forgiveness for all the misdeeds – both mine and the misdeeds of others towards me.  I try to treat others as I want to be treated.  A little patience with myself and others is always a good thing.  Today, I am free to express my love for others more openly and honestly than before.  I came to believe God loves me, and now I know others do also, and that includes me.

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