The Good Feelings - Let yourself feel the good feelings too.
Yes, sometimes, good feelings can be as distracting as the painful, more difficult ones. Yes, good feelings can be anxiety producing to those of us unaccustomed to them. But go ahead and feel the good feelings anyway.
Feel and accept the joy. The love. The warmth. The excitement. The pleasure. The satisfaction. The elation. The tenderness. The comfort.
Let yourself feel the victory, the delight.
Let yourself feel cared for.
Let yourself feel respected, important, and special.
These are only feelings, but they feel good. They are full of positive, upbeat energy - and we deserve to feel that when it comes our way.
We don't have to repress. We don't have to talk ourselves out of feeling good - not for a moment.
If we feel it, it's ours for the moment. Own it. If it's good, enjoy it.
Today, Higher Power, help me be open to the joy and good feelings available to me.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
Living in the Spirit
Whenever trouble arises, the first thing to do is to turn it over to our Higher Power. We can take all necessary practical steps to solve a problem, but we don't need to decide what the answer may be. Do this, and you'll soon be out of your difficulty.
This is essentially the formula of the Gold Key as taught by Emmet Fox. It is also the core idea os Steps three and Eleven. It is a manner of living one's life iwht the constant knowledge that a Higher Power is always part of it.
We should also condition ourselves to believe that our Higher Power has been with us all along and will continue to show us the way. Nothing depends on our being "spiritual" or "saintly" or perfect in behavior. With all our shortcomings, we are and ever will be children of God.
I became willing to make sobriety the most important thing in my life. . .
But how does one do that?
I traded dependence on puny self for dependence on God.
I traded resentment for understanding, fear for trust, selfishness for love.
I traded dissatisfaction for hope, dishonesty for truth.
I traded retaliation for amendment; taking for giving.
I traded leaning upon others for serving others.
I traded sectarian bigotry for tolerance.
- Thank You For Sharing, p. 40
Thought to Ponder . . .
Bigotry disfigures the heart.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W = Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.
Long after the kind word is spoken, the encouragement remains. Long after the good deed is done, the goodness lingers on.
Long after the moment passes, the joy continues. Long after the lesson is learned, wisdom keeps growing.
What you do in this moment brings value not only to this moment. Much of the value you create now can stay with you always.
The truth of who you are, and of what you do, accumulates as time goes on. That’s why staying focused on what’s truly important can bring such spectacular results.
The sooner you make the effort, the more its power can be multiplied. Value continues to build on top of value, so the best thing you can do right now is create some more of it.
Long after this moment is gone, you can be profoundly thankful for the way you lived it. This is your chance to make it count, now and long after.
— Ralph Marston