Saturday, 18 February 2012

February 18 | AA 12 Steps In Action | Step 2 | 2012

February 18 | AA 12 Steps In Action | Step 2 | 2012 | Today's AA daily reflection: "picking up the spiritual tool kit." My understanding of spiritual living is acceptance of life on life's terms. If I can cope with the reality of my situation as it is right now, good, bad or indifferent, as long as my feelings fit reality and I know what my feelings are, my thinking and actions are the best they can be right now in this moment…

And if I can feel life as it is, think things through and get help when needed, my actions are likely to lead to a better outcome. The spiritual tool kit, that we have in fellowship contains the twelve steps and the twelve traditions, and especially the experience, strength and hope we share with each other in this one particular day. And the spiritual tool kit may contain all the wisdom we can gather to help us just one day at a time…

And the spiritual experience is always now, reality being lived in the moment. Of course we do develop wisdom which may apply in many given situations, the real key in spiritual is always being open, honest and willing to change as life changes. With our spiritual tool kit, each sober day offers acceptance of what we can do and cannot do and the wisdom to know the difference. We need never be alone and fearful, we can be together with faith and courage as life changes today…

DonInLondon 2005-2011

The nature of our friendships and relationships are always changing. We become close and intimate for a while. We change and they change. We feel deeply and when change happens, we feel loss. Letting go with love is bitter sweet grief, we do cherish always...

"OUR PATHS ARE OUR OWN… there was nothing left for us but to pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet."

To Love Be Loved & Useful just for today..~ Tom Bodett "They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world. Someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for." Hope is key in just one day, keep our expectations real and dreams may become reality in the moment of now..

Hope best experienced in the moment where it translates into reality through action ~ Carl Sandburg "Hope is an echo, hope ties itself yonder, yonder." -/- Yonder without foundation is a rich fantasy, happy imaginings, living in the now we can transform our hopes into living experience on the path of of life..

One Coin or Chip kept close as a reminder, 24 hours is Just One Day ~ Satya Sai Baba "Man's many desires are like the small metal coins he carries about in his pocket. The more he has the more they weight him down." Enough to lighten the heart and let the world guide me to my next step..

Broken hearted, better we know we are heartbroken and face the reality one day at a time ~ Thomas Fuller "If it were not for hopes, the heart would break." Then we learn hope and wisdom combined lead to less heartbreaks and more heartfelt moments..

Hope is facing reality ~ Pliny the Elder "Hope is the pillar that holds up the world. Hope is the dream of a waking man." -/- I hope I feel real life as it is today day...

Daybreak, The Truth of Now, all we need is love, and to be included today ~ Aristotle "Hope is a waking dream." Hello God, universe, world, nature, providence choices just for today...

AA Daily Reflection: OUR PATHS ARE OUR OWN FEBRUARY 18, there was nothing left for us but to pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 25

My first attempt at the Steps was one of obligation and necessity, which resulted in a deep feeling of discouragement in the face of all those adverbs: courageously; completely; humbly; directly; and only. I considered Bill W. fortunate to have gone through such a major, even sensational, spiritual experience. I had to discover, as time went on, that my path was my own. After a few twenty-four hours in the A.A. Fellowship, thanks especially to the sharing of members in meetings, I understood that everyone gradually finds his or her own pace in moving through the Steps. Through progressive means, I try to live according to these suggested principles. As a result of these Steps, I can say today that my attitude towards life, people, and towards anything having to do with God, has been transformed and improved.

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"Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity"


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