Alcoholics Anonymous Blog November 20 2014 "Truth Love Wisdom”
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When we are living in the present moment, where our feelings fit the moment of now, we are present and hopefully dealing with our day-to-day activities. Newcomers to the Fellowship are often stuck in old feelings, old attitudes and trying to shake off a desire to go back into the problem of addiction. Always a privilege to hear the newcomer share their truth, and a good reminder to me why the steps, the toolbox of recovery works when we put the tools of recovery into practice.
Daily readings about prayer and meditation which work on a daily basis to whatever higher power works for you. My higher power is the God of my understanding, and helps me surrender to the truth of now, what is best for everyone is only found through dialogue, and providing I am asking the right questions, the answers often become apparent in the moment of now. At the same time, some of the questions I have on a daily basis will take time and some answers to my questions will never be answered. Acceptance is key. And above all forgiveness is a powerful and wonderful action.
Listening to newcomers reminds me that insanity is always available in all our daily activities. As soon as I want things my way, insanity can prevail very quickly. What's the answer? Always a need to see the big picture and get perspective of the can do and cannot do and the wisdom to know the difference.
Humility requires forgiveness of everyone, stopping the blame game. When it comes to why we are addicts and alcoholics, and whoever may have been involved, if we do not see that we have a disease which can happen to anyone no matter what their background or history, it is difficult to forgive the actions of others and ourselves. Our part in matters and how to cope is all part of the twelve steps towards a more complete life, haphazard, full of mistakes, full of learning and full of forgiveness for oneself and other people doing the best they can now and in the past.
Humility and forgiveness: I say to myself at bedtime if I need to, "forgive everyone everything and if it's not a feeling of forgiveness tonight, fuck them and what they did, and try again tomorrow. Just because we know we should, the can do can take quite a while because we are human and need forgive ourselves first or we have no humility to forgive anyone else."
All human beings have an opinion, have beliefs and practice their opinions and beliefs in all their affairs. We would think that each of us can come to the same conclusion, and yet opinions and beliefs cause conflict every single moment. In our own world, where we are included and part of something, family community society, we do have a voice, at the same time we need to listen to all those included in our daily activities. If we fail to listen, we often find ourselves on the outside looking into situations and judging them badly.
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