Alcoholics Anonymous Blog December 2 2014 "Freedom To Choose”
Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert; April 6, 1931) he often said "of course I could be wrong." And in recovery, what is right for me could be wrong for you. Step twelve: "having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs." Life is not easy, the spiritual journey begins with our first breath of life, and the spiritual journey ends with our last breath. The quality and quantity of our spiritual life is contingent on our life experiences. And if we are fortunate, we bring our experience, strength and hope into each moment of living in the moment of now.
Life has its ups and downs, and as life is precious, in every sense, nothing is squandered if we are learning and developing as human beings. Sometimes we might feel very dormant and nothing is going on, that is still the best spiritual experience possible in the moment of now. And life can be good bad and ugly, we are not immune to anything, and there is no vaccination or fix to what we experience as humans in the emotional and spiritual. Even setbacks, or what we perceive as setbacks do improve our experience even if we do not like it, it is all part of the spiritual journey: coping in the moment of now, not coping and asking for help in the moment of now, not coping at all and not asking for any help.
Sometimes we just don't feel right in our own minds, a sense that something is lacking. And of course we cannot fix that feeling of emptiness by doing nothing, indeed that feeling of emptiness can grow large very quickly. And sometimes, we have absolutely no clue why we feel the way we do, and no matter how hard we might search for an answer or cause, the only answer is to put in some action, hopefully of a good kind to improve our connection and mood. When this happens I do go to meetings, that is the action, and the result will be as good as it gets, contingent on the day and the general well-being of those I encounter.
Life does improve, and sometimes the improvement or areas of improvement are not always obvious. Adversity is a good teacher. And although we might not like some of the teachings we are experiencing, we can learn and be teachable.
Sponsorship: the quality of sponsorship often depends upon the quality of experience, strength and hope that a sponsor puts into practice with themselves and then with suggestions for those asking for help. No one is infallible, and for those seeking help from someone who is overextended or simply suffering from what we all get from time to time, H.A.L.T. Hungry angry lonely and or tired, and it is important to understand that even sponsors don't know the answers when things are out of their experience strength and hope. We are all learning hopefully.
Step Twelve Reading 12 & 12
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