I’m here to suggest that this year, instead of setting resolutions, which really is just a diabolical method for setting ourselves up to fail, maybe living your program is enough. And if you really do want to set a resolution of some kind, I’ve got some great news, people in Twelve Step recovery actually do New Year’s resolutions better than just about anybody. Why? Because we don’t set them, instead we work a program that allows, encourages and pretty much requires us to live our lives one day at a time.
Prayer Treatment: Complete and Ready to Spiral Up In this unique and powerful moment, I know there is truly only one internal, external, and eternal presence that constantly runs all around and through me. It is my Higher Power,
As the festivities continue, we have a wonderful article curated from Sober Courage this week. You may read the original post here. Merry Christmas! In gratitude, harmony, and support, The Sober Holidays Survival Guide by MAGZ
With a little bit of poetic license, I celebrate my new life with this familiar old tune – On the 12th day of Christmas my new life gave to me:
• 12-Step Promises unfolding • 11 Prayers praying (and meditators meditating) • 10 Nights deep sleeping . . .
I live in a childlike wonder as new ideas continue to be born through me. In this sparkling, twinkling season of lights, I am illuminated from within. I see the glimmering beautiful outer world illuminated all around me. I let this month cap this amazing year even as it leaves one last unwrapped gift to be opened to reveal a fresh new page and a brand new year about to begin.
Recently, I wanted to take my gratitude process a bit further. Knowing the wonderful, creative force gratitude is in my life, I decided that I wanted to be grateful for everything – not just the “good” stuff. I wanted to include things that fall into the “challenge” category – a work situation gone sour, a financial struggle, a broken heart. Honestly, it has not been easy to summon up gratitude for these types of things. I do, however, have two tools that I have found helpful…
By now, I’ve gotten much better at remembering that I am not running the show. But along with not running the show, I must also remember not to let the show run me. I can control the energy with which I approach and relate to the holidays. I can set boundaries and act upon my highest intentions for the outcome I wish to create. And then not be attached to that outcome, and simply show up in my best and highest and most present self.
It has been said, you can’t be envious when you are grateful. Anger has no foothold when you approach life with a heart of thanksgiving. You tend to be happier. It has even been said that gratitude is the antidote to fear. When you have gratitude in your life, you have a good foothold on what is important. It shouldn’t surprise us then to find that a spirit of thanksgiving in our outlook, life, and overall attitude is essential in addiction recovery.