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Old 12-26-2017, 08:20 AM   #40
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December 25

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“Spirituality is the ability to get our minds off ourselves."

When I was newly sober, all I thought about was myself. How was I going to not drink tonight, or tomorrow; how was I going to work the program if I didn’t believe in God; who was going to pay my bills if I couldn’t find work; what if that bump on my neck turned out to be cancer, etc. Every morning I woke up in a cold sweat as all those thoughts of myself descended on me. I was so heavy with self obsession, it was sometimes hard to get out of bed…

Once I got to a meeting, I felt better. For the hour I spent listening to others, or interacting and helping in some way, I forgot about myself and felt free. I often went to fellowship where I would listen to the experience, strength, and hope of other sober people, and I felt a part of something larger than myself. As I worked through the Steps, I acquired tools for getting outside of myself, things like sponsoring others, being of service at meetings or at work or even at gatherings. And most of all, I learned to turn to God.

I was taught early on that I could not be in fear and faith at the same time. Whenever I find I am in fear, it is usually because I am thinking about myself. The solution is to shift my focus and awareness to God. I begin by repeating all that I know about my Higher Power: that right now, I am surrounded by the loving presence of God; that God has infinite resources at His disposal; that every single time I have turned any situation over to His care, it has always worked out. By thinking about God, I cease thinking about myself.

And by the peace and serenity I experience, I know that I am practicing true spirituality.
"No matter what you have done up to this moment, you get 24 brand-new hours to spend every single day." --Brian Tracy
AA gives us an opportunity to recreate ourselves, with God's help, one day at a time. --Rufus K.
When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. --Franklin D. Roosevelt
We stay sober and clean together - one day at a time!
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