A.A. also helps us to hang onto sobriety. By having regular meetings so that we can associate with other alcoholics who have come through that same door in the wall, by encouraging us to tell the story of our own sad experiences with alcohol, and by showing us how to help other alcoholics, A.A. keeps us sober. Our attitude toward life changes from one of pride and selfishness to one of humility and gratitude. Am I going to step back through that door in the wall to my old helpless, hopeless, drunken life?
Meditation for the Day
Withdraw into the calm of communion with God. Rest in that calm and peace. When the soul finds its home of rest in God, then it is that real life begins. Only when you are calm and serene can you do good work. Emotional upsets make you useless. The eternal life is calmness and when you enter into that, then you live as an eternal being. Calmness is based on complete trust in God. Nothing in this world can separate you from the love of God.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may wear the world like a loose garment. I pray that I may keep serene at the center of my being.
I have found through working the steps that I had a pride and ego problem. Me? Have a problem like that? Of course not. But as I soon got closer to the Third Step in the Big Book and 12X12 I realized it was so true. Releasing ego is not a simple step but it is a step that I can work on in my life on a 24 hour period. If I find myself getting defensive or feeling some type of guilt and refusing to face it, I’m full of ego. When I feel these feelings today I know there is some type of step work I must do to get through the process of releasing my ego and then letting go. When I’m aware of my character defects I can work on them. So when I find myself feeling selfish, self centered, self seeking, self pity, I most likely use the third step prayer to follow with letting go. This is not easy but with practice it become 2nd nature. I had to be willing to want to change because I was desperate enough. Besides, it’s really not just all about us. We must help another alcohol to truly be free. I love the zeal that new comers have when they have finally gotten it. You see a new freedom and happiness in them and they have no idea they have made changes. So with ego comes much practice learning that you are NOT the center of attention and not always is everything about you so dont take it too personal if you are a new comer around the tables.
Early on in my sobriety I was going to meetings and I wasn’t much of a talker. I would just sit and listen to the people talk and then all of a sudden I heard them speaking about situations I had been in and I thought “How do they know this about me”, “Did they call my family and get all this information on me”?
I was convinced that they were speaking to my family and friends and they were sharing all this information in the meetings when in fact they were speaking from their experiences, strength, and hope. So remember if you are a new comer, dont worry, no they did not contact your family or friends, they are just sharing from what they have experienced. Now you can relate.
For the past couple of years I have heard the word “Christian” used way too loosely. Too many people are using the Christian excuse for their bad behavior and I don’t agree with it at all. I have been attacked on certain social networking sites for speaking my opinion on the Chick Filet Scandal and I was told that if I don’t agree with one certain persons beliefs that I don’t believe in the bible. Now all I want to know is who made that person judge and jury? Just because I have compassion for others does not make me a bad person, matter of fact I have the gift of discernment. I’m a sensitive and can feel when others are in pain. Look by no means do I want to be a lesbian but did Jesus treat Mary Magdalene like a criminal and attack her and tell her that God does not believe in prostitution? Of course not! He lead by example.Your not the one responsible for their actions, are you going to be punished by God for not changing their opinion, No. So have some compassion for others and stop being so afraid. Too many people want to force their opinions on others by using knowledge and it’s not about what I can remember in a book, it’s about my actions and the way that I live today and everyday. Yes I have been baptized, and yes I have knowledge of the bible, but beating people over the head with this information by no means helps anyone. What does help is me living the bible not talking it. People can see another persons actions and then hear what they are saying if they don’t match how are they to help another person? No, I have not attended church recently and you would think after 2 years of attending someone would be checking on me but this story is for another day. Does this mean that I don’t believe in God and that I should judge others? No. Does it mean that I have no relationship with God and that I’m not a Christian? No, I was told by the church that I have been forgiven. Does it mean because a person that attends church every Sunday is more Christian then I’am? Well I hope not. I have a relationship with God even more now. Look all I’m saying is that if you call yourself a Christian apply the actions from the bible into your life and live it, don’t go around throwing bible verses at others lives that you don’t believe in. Why spend time hating and judging and not getting to know that person as a humane being and not some stereo-type you have thrown on them. Fear drives many people and we are all humane.
Know one on this earth is perfect. I’m so sick and tired of people who call themselves Christian behave worse then a non Christian. Stop using the word as a scape goat and be a humane being and relate to people. You never know who’s life you may change by your actions.
Have Gratitude and Live!
Gratitude opens all possibilities.
Gratitude can change all situations for the positive.
Gratitude is the most powerful tool for growing abundance and creating wealth.
Gratitude is the most significant tool for enhance and building relationships.
Gratitude effects your physical and mental health in positive ways.
Gratitude is a strong tool for changing self-defeating or negative behavior.
Gratitude aids significantly in the recovery of abuse and neglect.
Gratitude actually changes the way your brain processes information.
Gratitude is available for anyone who knows how to harness it.
Most people do not yet use gratitude to its full potential.