Took a month to stop and smell the roses….
I needed a break from everything. October was good to me. Was able to go and see some good friends and spend time with them at the beach. Anyone that knows me or has followed my blog up to now will know already the passion I have for the beach and it’s healing powers. BeachHealingPowers
November 1st, this will bring new, but really old issues, memories, concerns….new/old everything. Fall is here and the snowbirds have returned to Florida. I really don’t mind the snowbirds, in fact some of my best friends are snowbirds and not only that…they are out-and-out northerners.
Back to the Books for awhile…I had never left them but I had not been writing about them and sharing my experience strength and hope – so I think for at least a few days I want to do that…
The passage for my Daily Reflections reading today has to do with – Change and Continuing to Do What I Have Been Taught and Been Doing up to this Point!!
I CANNOT CHANGE THE WIND It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe.
Alcoholics Anonymous World Service Inc.. Daily Reflections: A Book of Reflections by A.A. Members for A.A. Members (Kindle Location 2195). A.A. World Services, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
There are two things to say about prayer and meditation: first, I had to start and second, I had to continue. When I came to A.A. my spiritual life was bankrupt; if I considered God at all, He was to be called upon only when my self-will was incapable of a task or when overwhelming fears had eroded my ego. They call that “Fox Hole” Praying. Like written by a member of the AA fellowship, “Today I am grateful for a new life, one in which my prayers are those of thanksgiving. My prayer time is more for listening than for talking. I know today that if I cannot change the wind, I can adjust my sail. I know the difference between superstition and spirituality. I know there is a graceful way of being right, and many ways to be wrong.”
I can not say it any better than the way it was said in the above passage. So I won’t even try.
Alcoholics Anonymous World Service Inc.. Daily Reflections: A Book of Reflections by A.A. Members for A.A. Members (Kindle Locations 2199-2200). A.A. World Services, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
And in the 24 Hours A Day Book…
A.A. Thought for the Day
I have hope. That magic thing that I had lost or misplaced. The future looks dark no more. I do not even look at it, except when necessary to make plans. I try to let the future take care of itself. The future will be made up of todays and todays, stretching out as short as now and as long as eternity. Hope is justified by many right nows, by the rightness of the present. Nothing can happen to me that God does not will for me. I can hope for the best, as long as I have what I have and it is good. Have I hope?
Meditation for the Day
Faith is the messenger that bears your prayers to God. Prayer can be like incense, rising ever higher and higher. The prayer of faith is the prayer of trust, that feels the presence of God which it rises to meet. It can be sure of some response from God. We can say a prayer of thanks to God every day for His grace, which has kept us on the right way and allowed us to start living the good life. So we should pray to God with faith and trust and gratitude.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may feel sure of some response to my prayers. I pray that I may be content with whatever form that response takes.
Anonymous. Twenty-Four Hours A Day (p. 127). Martino Fine Books. Kindle Edition.
My Thought….I have Hope. That very first line…that alone carried me a long way in the beginning and you know what still does. This year has been a bear and I am still here, sober and not drinking. Awesome. I always have hope that tomorrow or even breaking it down to the next minute, it will be ok and there is always hope!! If I stay out of my own way it ALWAYS, ALWAYS works out…may be not to my satisfaction, but it works out and I have learned to accept it is God’s will for me, whether I like it or not becomes irrelevant. I plan for my future, not force my will by projecting outcomes. I truly have learned to accept each days outcome as God’s will for me. It is so much simpler. Not done perfectly remember….after all it is Progress Not Perfection!
My Meditation… I have Hope, but I also have Faith. I do feel the presence of a spiritual entity, again I use the terms “God” and “Higher Power” because it is easier to communicate. I know God is there, always beside me, through the Good, Bad and Ugly. How do I know? Well for starters I have not picked up a drink in many years – No Matter What! In my meditation I try to remember too, to thank Him for that as well as thanking Him for keeping on the path and being allowed to live the good life I have today. Even the bad days are better than my drinking days.
My Prayer…I pray to have to God for Faith which is a strongly held belief or theory , and Trust and Gratitude. All very essential to my everyday way of living and to any success I may have “One Day At A Time”