My stability came out of trying to give, not out of demanding that I receive. THE BEST OF BILL, pp. 46-47
As long as I try, with all my heart and soul, to pass along to others what has been passed along to me, and do not demand anything in return, life is good to me. Before entering this program of Alcoholics Anonymous I was never able to give without demanding something in return. Little did I know that, once I began to give freely of myself, I would begin to receive, without ever expecting or demanding anything at all. What I receive today is the gift of “stability,” as Bill did: stability in my A.A. program; within myself; but most of all, in my relationship with my Higher Power, whom I choose to call God.
Alcoholics Anonymous World Service Inc.. Daily Reflections: A Book of Reflections by A.A. Members for A.A. Members (Kindle Location 1710). A.A. World Services, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
I have learned that giving is better than receiving…it wasn’t the change that was painful, it was the resistance to change that was painful. I was so comfortable where I was. I fought every step of the way. Most changes, probably all the changes I had to make I had to “go against the grain” doing things I wasn’t normally used to doing. Luckily having done this for a while now, I am able to change and continue to change. For me, pain is a motivator. I was given stability and balance and above all my new (but old) relationship with God.
24 Hours A Day
A.A. Thought for the Day
“Who are you to say there is no God? This challenge comes to all of us. Are we capable of denying that there is a design and purpose in all of life as we know it? Or are we willing to admit that faith in some kind of Divine Principle is a part of our make-up, just as much as the feeling we have for a friend? We find a great Reality deep down within us, if we face ourselves as we really are. In the last analysis, it is only there that God may be found. When we find this Reality within us, we are restored to our right minds.” Have I found the great Reality?
Meditation for the Day
“Behold, I make all things new.” When you change to a new way of life, you leave many things behind you. It is only the earth-bound spirit that cannot soar. Loosen somewhat the strands that tie you to the earth. It is only the earthly desires that bind you. Your new freedom will depend on your ability to rise above earthly things. Clipped wings can grow again. Broken wings can regain a strength and beauty unknown before. If you will, you can be released and free.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may be freed from things that hold me down. I pray that my spirit may soar in freedom.
Anonymous. Twenty-Four Hours A Day (pp. 95-96). Martino Fine Books. Kindle Edition.
My thought… I was told many times in my early recovery, “Who are you to say there is no God?” God has become my friend. I can go to Him and speak with Him at any time, any place. But was did the “great Reality” mean? To my relief, I discovered I did not need to consider anyone else’s conception of God but my own. I got it, back to my spiritual roots.
My Meditation…this meditation helps me to remember that I have been given my freedom and My Prayer…helps me to reinforce that I will remain free when I pray to help have all those things that bind me removed.
I just keep trying ONE DAY AT A TIME!!