Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The key to change….is to let go of fear. ~ Rosanne Cash
Letting Go of Fear
Picture yourself swimming floating - peacefully down a gentle stream. All you need to do is breathe, relax, and go with the flow.
Suddenly, you become conscious of your situation. Frightened, overwhelmed with "what if's?" your body tenses. You begin to thrash around, frantically looking for something to grab on to.
You panic so hard you start to go under. Then you remember - you're working too hard at this. You don't need to panic. All you need to do is breathe, relax, and go with the flow. You won't drown.
Panic is our great enemy.
We don't need to become desperate. If overwhelming problems appear in our life, we need to stop struggling. We can tread water for a bit, until our equilibrium returns. Then we can go back to floating peacefully down the gentle stream. It is our stream. It is a safe stream. Our course has been charted. All is well.
Today, I will relax, breathe, and go with the flow.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Life I love you, all is groovy.---Paul Simon
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me let go of my fears and enjoy life. I haven't always known how to enjoy life, but Working the Twelve Steps is more than recovery from alcohol or other drug addiction. It's also about how to enjoy life. Our dysfunction pulled us toward death. Our spirits were dying, and maybe our bodies were dying. Now our spirits are coming to life. We feel more alive than ever before. Our feelings are coming alive. We feel hope and faith, love, and joy, and even hurt and fear. We notice the sunshine as well as the clouds. We know life needs both sunshine and rain, both joy and pain. We are alive. You can teach me. All life is from You, so teach me to be free in Your light and love.
Action for the Day: Right now, I can think of at least three things in life that make me feel like sunshine. What are they?
From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time
Before we could recognize the dysfunctions within ourselves, we had to unload this tired old myth:
It would be a sign of weakness to admit we couldn't handle the sauce any more (if we ever could).
Weakness? Actually, it takes considerable courage to stare unblinkingly at the hard truth, sparing nothing, without glossing over anything, without excuses, and without kidding ourselves.
- Living Sober, p. 72
Thought to Ponder . . .
Courage is fear in action.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S W A T = Surrender, Willingness, Action, Trust.
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
Get past the fear
by Ralph Marston
What if you gave yourself permission to no longer fear whatever you fear? What if, instead of blindly fearing it, you learned more about it, and sought to understand it and even to positively respond to it?
Fear gets your attention by being overly dramatic. Whatever you fear is not so bad as your fear has made it out to be.
Fear is useful in the short term because it can prepare you and spur quick action. Yet over time, fear builds walls that imprison you and alienate you.
Listen to the fear, but don’t let it become a permanent part of you. Learn from the fear, draw energy from it, and then get yourself past it.
Get past the fear, then summon your newfound courage to accept, to understand and to make something good out of the situation. Instead of letting the fear drain you, allow the positive possibilities to empower you.
You are strong, smart, capable and motivated to make a positive difference. Get past the fear, and do all the good things you know you can do.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/