God wants spiritual fruits, not religious nuts.
A positive attitude is perhaps more important at home than anywhere else. As spouses and parents, one of our most vital roles is to help those we love feel good about themselves.Unknown
My Tribute to Recovery
I open up my eyes and see
The gift of life was given free
No longer drowning in my tears
Released from the darkness of my fears
The choice was always up to me
I hold the key to how I feel
My immense passion for life is real No longer lost in desperate void
No barren pain of spirit destroyed
Oh, what a lore to reveal
Each day a new page to unfold
Each night new memories to hold
No longer dreading each new sun
No shame from duties left undone
Life is like stories yet to be told
Trials will surely come I know
I’ll be just fine if I learn to let go
No longer slamming my head against the wall
No feelings I must control or fall
Hardships will pass and I will grow
So, come walk this way if you might
Lay down your weapons, give up the fight
Serenity awaits you bountiful and free
Become the person you want to be
Don’t go alone, together we’ll be all right
ALL WE DO IS TRY
Can He now take them all--every one?
In doing Step Six it helped me a lot to remember that I'm striving for "spiritual progress." Some of my character defects may be with me for the rest of my life, but most have been tones down or eliminated. All that Step Six asks of me is to become willing to name my defects, claim them as my own, and be willing to discard the ones I can, just for today. As I grow in the program, many of my defects become more objectionable to me than previously and, therefore, I need to repeat Step Six so that I can become happier with myself and maintain my serenity.
©ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLDSERVICES INC.
|June 6||Recovery doesn't happen overnight|
"The Twelve Steps of Narcotics Anonymous are a progressive recovery process established in our daily living."
Basic Text, p. 96
After some time in recovery, we may find we are faced with what seem like overwhelming personal problems, angry feelings, and despair. When we realize what's going on, we may wail, "But I've been working so hard. I thought I was..." Recovered, maybe? Not hardly. Over and over, we hear that recovery is an ongoing process and that we are never cured. Yet we sometimes believe that if we just work our steps enough, pray enough, or go to enough meetings, we'll eventually... Well, maybe not be cured, but be something!
And we are "something." We're recovering-recovering from active addiction. No matter what we've dealt with through the process of the steps, there will always be more. What we didn't remember or didn't think was important in our first inventory will surely present itself later on. Again and again, we'll turn to the process of the steps to deal with what's bothering us. The more we use this process the more we'll trust it, for we can see the results. We go from anger and resentment to forgiveness, from denial to honesty and acceptance, and from pain to serenity.
Recovery doesn't happen overnight, and ours will never be complete. But each day brings new healing and the hope for more tomorrow.
Just for today: I will do what I can for my recovery today and maintain hope in the ongoing process of recovery.
©Just For Today Daily Meditation is the property of Narcotics Anonymous
"I have seen hundreds of families set their feet in the path that really goes somewhere; have seen the most impossible domestic situations righted; feuds and bitterness of all sorts wiped out. I
have seen men come out of asylums and resume a vital place in the lives of their families and communities. Business and professional men have regained their standing. There is scarcely any form of trouble and misery which has not been overcome among us."
©Alcoholics Anonymous 4th Edition Bill's Story
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A.A. Thought for the Day
Drinking is the way we alcoholics express our maladjustments to life. I believe that I was a potential alcoholic from the start. I had an inferiority complex. I didn't make friends easily. There was a wall between me and other people. And I was lonely. I was not well adjusted to life. Did I drink to escape from myself?
Meditation for the Day
According to the varying needs of each person, so does each person think of God. It is not necessary that you think of God as others think of Him, but it is necessary that you think of Him as supplying what you personally need. The weak need God's strength. The strong need God's tenderness. The tempted and fallen need God's saving grace. The righteous need God's pity for sinners. The lonely need God as a friend. The fighters for righteousness need a leader in God. You may think of God in any way you wish. We usually do not turn to God until we need Him.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may think of God as supplying my needs. I pray that I will bring all my problems to Him for help in meeting them.
Imagination Can Be Constructive
We recall, a little ruefully, how much store we used to set by imagination as it tried to create reality out of bottles. Yes, we reveled in that sort of thinking, didn't we? And, though sober nowadays, don't we often try to do much the same thing?
Perhaps our trouble was not that we used our imagination. Perhaps the real trouble was our almost total inability to point imagination toward the right objectives. There's nothing the matter with truly constructive imagination; all sound achievements rests upon it. After all, no man can build a house until he first visions a plan for it.
TWELVE AND TWELVE, P. 100
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