First, we take a look backward and try to discover where we have been at fault; next we make a vigorous attempt to repair the damage we have done; . . . TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 77
As a traveler on a fresh and exciting A.A. journey of recovery, I experienced a newfound peace of mind and the horizon appeared clear and bright, rather than obscure and dim. Reviewing my life to discover where I had been at fault seemed to be such an arduous and dangerous task. It was painful to pause and look backward. I was afraid I might stumble! Couldn’t I put the past out of my mind and just live in my new golden present? I realized that those in the past whom I had harmed stood between me and my desire to continue my movement toward serenity. I had to ask for courage to face those persons from my life who still lived in my conscience, to recognize and deal with the guilt that their presence produced in me. I had to look at the damage I had done, and become willing to make amends. Only then could my journey of the spirit resume.
Alcoholics Anonymous World Service Inc.. Daily Reflections: A Book of Reflections by A.A. Members for A.A. Members (Kindle Locations 1642-1645). A.A. World Services, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
Finally there was a light at the end of my tunnel…My exciting and more often than not fearful journey in recovery I did find peace of mind. My future at times looked bright and filled with hope. Looking at my past was at times extremely painful, and in all fairness and honesty I couldn’t even sort out some of my past. I was told that when the time(s) were right God would reveal what I needed to remember. Thank goodness, I can’t imagine remembering everything all at once. I had to become willing and remember I had to repair the past to be able to continue to move forward and continue in the “golden present”.
24 HOURS A DAY
A.A. Thought for the Day
“There was nothing left for us but to pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet by Alcoholics Anonymous. By doing so, we have a spiritual experience which revolutionizes our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows and toward God’s universe. The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives there in a way which is indeed miraculous. He has commenced to accomplish those things for us which we could never do for ourselves.” Have I let God come into my life?
Meditation for the Day
The moment a thing seems wrong to you or a person’s actions to be not what you think they should be, at that moment begins your obligation and responsibility to pray for those wrongs to be righted or that person to be changed. What is wrong in your surroundings or in the people you know? Think about these things and make these matters your responsibility. Not to interfere or be a busybody, but to pray that a change may come though your influence. You may see lives altered and evils banished in time. You can become a force for good wherever you are.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may be a fellow-worker with God. I pray that I may help people by my example.
Anonymous. Twenty-Four Hours A Day (p. 92). Martino Fine Books. Kindle Edition.
My Thought…My belief is that God has always been with me and in my life. By being given the simple kit of spiritual tools, which were the steps, “Our will has been given spiritual sobriety: a product of Grace supported by our turning and willingness to be turned in Service. ” (recoveryview.comMonday, November 11, 2013 Author: Herb Kaighan)
Having this spiritual awakening, I have been able to change and continually change my attitude to others and know that God has entered my heart, helping me to accomplish all the things I could never or never attempted to do for myself.
My Meditation… I have seen through this meditation that I should pray for people.
My Prayer… I pray that I may be a “Power of Example” to others. By my example I anticipate that I may light up a world of darkness for others through my experience, strength and hope.