Tuesday, April 5, 2016
See who you are. Own who you are. Be who you are. Don't apologize. -- Jerry K.
At some point in our life, we need to admit to ourselves and others who we really are. Looking inside and pondering our shortcomings is not the most comfortable thing we have been asked to do. In the past it's been more comfortable to deny them, to look the other way, to sweep the human error element under the rug.
But the rewards are great. Once we own our shortcomings, once we tell them out loud to another person, we have taken full responsibility for ourselves - who we are, what we are - and how we have acted.
Now we are closer to our Higher Power, who has accepted us all along. Now we can return to the spiritual support that is always available. When we admit who we are to ourselves and others, we are given the gift of self-acceptance and a sense of belonging to the human race.
By opening ourselves this way, we enrich our relationships with our Higher Power, ourselves, and our fellow humans. These relationships bring a new sense of belonging and meaning to our lives.
Today help me tell myself, my Higher Power, and at least one other person who I really am.
From the book Body, Mind, and Spirit ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. --Step Four of Al Anon
Facing Our Darker Side
By the time we get to the Fourth of the Twelve Steps, we are ready to face our darker side, the side that prevents us from loving others, from letting others love us, and from enjoying life and ourselves. The purpose of Step Four is not to make ourselves feel worse; our purpose is to begin to remove our blocks to joy and love.
We look for fears, anger, hurt, and shame from past events--buried feelings that may be affecting our life today. We search for subconscious beliefs about others and ourselves that may be interfering with the quality of our relationships. These beliefs say: Im not lovable. . .. Im a burden to those around me. . .. People cant be trusted. . . . I cant be trusted . . .. I don't deserve to be happy and successful. . .. Life isn't worth living. We look at our behaviors and patterns with an eye toward discerning the self-defeating ones. With love and compassion for ourselves, we try to unearth all our guilt - earned and unearned - and expose it to the light.
We perform this examination without fear of what we shall find, because this soul searching can cleanse us and help us feel better about ourselves than we ever dreamt possible.
Action for the Day: I will search out the blocks and barriers within myself. Bring what I need to know into my conscious mind, so I can be free of it. Higher Power, show me what I need to know about myself.
From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time
"Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves."
Step Four is our vigorous and painstaking effort to discover what these liabilities in each of us have been, and are.
We want to find exactly how, when, and where our natural desires have warped us.
We wish to look squarely at the unhappiness this has caused others and ourselves.
By discovering what our emotional deformities are, we can move toward their correction.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 42-43
Thought to Ponder . . .
Inventory-taking is not always done in red ink.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S T E P S = Solutions Through Each Powerful Step.
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
Voyage of discovery
by Ralph Marston
You are the person you have discovered yourself to be. And there is no limit to what you can discover.
The more you live and experience and accomplish, the more fully you evolve. Every moment is an opportunity to add strength and effectiveness to your life.
Every experience helps you more clearly see and understand the magnificent, enormous potential of your life. The joys and the sadness, the pleasures and the frustrations all enable valuable discoveries.
The more fully you understand who you are and what you have, the more effectively you can put it all to use. Take advantage of each opportunity for discovery, in each moment, in each encounter, and in each challenge.
Every experience is a learning experience. Every day is a voyage of discovery.
A lifetime of discovery awaits you right now. Climb aboard, eager and enthusiastic for whatever experience awaits, and begin the journey.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/