Should we make this move? Should we change jobs? Should we talk to others about our feelings? We are seldom short on prayers when we're filled with fear and indecision. We are, however, short on answers. Our worries block them out.
No prayer ever goes unanswered. Of this we can be certain. On the other hand, the answer may not be what we'd hoped for. In fact, we may not have recognized it as the answer because we were expecting something quite different. It takes willingness on our part to be free of our preconceptions--free to accept whatever answers are offered.
Our answers come unexpectedly, a chance meeting on the street, a passage in a book or newspaper, a nagging feeling within. Our Higher Power speaks to each of us throughout the day. Our prayers are answered, our problems find solutions, our worries are eased, if we but attune ourselves to the messages. They are all around.
I will be attentive to all the signs from my Higher Power today. Whatever answer I seek is finding its way to me.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
One meets his destiny often on the road one takes to avoid it.---French proverb
None of us, perhaps, ever thought we'd end up in recovery. But we were working at joining recovery years before we got here! Maybe recovery was our fate from the day we first took a drink or a pill. Others around us could see the writing on the wall, but we couldn't. We were to busy trying to avoid the pain. Alcoholism and other drug abuse have to do with us trying to find spiritual wholeness--- the kind of spiritual wholeness we're finding now. . .in recovery. So, let's welcome recovery into our lives. We have found our spiritual home.
The most common symptoms of emotional insecurity
are worry, anger, self-pity, and depression.
These stem from causes which sometimes seem to be within us,
and at other times to come from without.
To take inventory in this respect
we ought to consider carefully all personal relationships
which bring continuous or recurring trouble.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 52
Thought to Ponder . . .
Worry is negative meditation.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
W A S P = Worry. Anger, Self-pity.
Richness in the challenges
It may be inconvenient, yet you can do it. It may be frustrating or complicated, time-consuming and tedious, and yet you can do it.
You know you can achieve what you choose to achieve. You can reach the goals you are most firmly committed to reaching.
Sure, life has been unfair to you and you find yourself at a disadvantage. Even so, you still have the powerful advantage of being able to choose where to focus your time, attention and attitude.
So instead of focusing on the excuses, focus on how you can make the most of the opportunities now in front of you. Instead of focusing on what has gone wrong, focus on creating new and meaningful value.
If you’ve already tried and failed, now is when you can stop merely trying. Now is when you can take a more positive and proactive approach of knowing you can and doing whatever you must.
Along the most difficult trails you’ll find the most spectacularly beautiful scenery. See the richness that’s hiding in the challenges, and bring that richness to life.
— Ralph Marston