“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.”
― Meister Eckhart
This I was taught in AA. I listened to the “old-timers” in recovery,
they were my path to hope through their experiences and strength. They had the knowledge and wisdom. The newcomers helped me to “keep it green”, never forgetting where I came from, this helps me to keep reaching out to others….because I know how to stay sober myself. I had to get well on order to give what I have away. I know how “newcomers” feel, but they have no idea how I feel.
To remain teachable I have to be open to changing my opinion based on new information. I have to admit when I am wrong, If I can remain open and admit when I am wrong, then I can grow and stay teachable.
“Everything we know we learned from someone else!”
— John Wooden
No matter how long (1 day or 20 or more years) I must continue to be humble. The road to recovery and becoming recovered from the hopelessness state of mind and body is a life time journey. But by listening I can learn something new everyday.
When the student is ready the teacher appears”….
God puts people in our paths and gives us situations in our lives to allow
us a chance to learn the lesson. I heard this in a meeting once “If we are not ready
(or teachable) we will repeat same situation until we do learn what HE was trying to show us. If my personal truth is not God’s truth for me, I need to
learn the lesson and the truth I need to have.”
Meetings were the best. Those were the places that I learned and heard so much. At the time I felt overwhelmed and thought how on earth will I ever remember ALL this STUFF. Old Timers said, “you will remember it when you need to.” They were right. Go figure! As I have continued to grow in sobriety, I have remembered a lot of what I heard from meetings. So, I use quotation marks sometimes to let folks know that I did not originally say these things, most the time I heard them some where.
Remaining TEACHABLE requires humility. I am not afraid to ask questions. I used to feel stupid, and if I didn’t know the answer I certainly was not going to ask…that made me vulnerable and besides that , what would people think? I have gotten to the point that I like to learn new things, explore, be more spontaneous. I do not assume I have all the answers already. Not sure I ever did, my self-esteem was so bad that how could I think I knew anything anyway. I have been given a fantastic foundation in AA, I have learned so many things throughout my recovery. In the beginning I was told not to think…just DON’T DRINK and GO TO MEETINGS, my best thinking always got me drunk. After awhile my lack of knowledge was no longer a luxury, and little by little I was taught day-to-day how not only how to live each day without a drink but I also began how to learn to live my life. It was Amazing!!
I was following a spiritual path in recovery, I found that developing humility was a key ingredient. Humility is also a willingness to learn and to be open-minded.
Here is a Humility Prayer….
Lord, I am far too much influenced by what people think of me.
Which means that I am always pretending to be either richer or smarter or nicer than I really am.
Please prevent me from trying to attract attention.
Don’t let me gloat over praise on the one hand or be discouraged by criticism on the other.
Nor let me waste time weaving imaginary situations in which the most heroic, charming, witty person present is myself.
Show me how to be humble of heart like You. Humility Prayer
I am and always will be a life long learner Good night…Zzzzzzzzzz