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Ghosts of Christmas Past

Ghosts of Christmas Past

I got a gift in the form of a chance to observe myself like Scrooge did in “A Christmas Carol” when he looked into his past and saw the truth.

An annual Christmas party I have attended several times in previous years is a lively and loud event with lots of people, lots of food, and lots and lots of booze. BYOB was the theme and the focus – a chance to toast and get toasted. In my past life I thought it was big fun.

Ghosts of Christmas Past

Ghosts of Christmas Past

I got a gift in the form of a chance to observe myself like Scrooge did in “A Christmas Carol” when he looked into his past and saw the truth.

An annual Christmas party I have attended several times in previous years is a lively and loud event with lots of people, lots of food, and lots and lots of booze. BYOB was the theme and the focus – a chance to toast and get toasted. In my past life I thought it was big fun.

Evolution

Evolution

I came into recovery through the rooms of AA. I immediately loved the program and the energy around the vast majority of the meetings I landed in. A road map was offered within these rooms … something I clutched tightly to. It helped a shaky me step into solid sobriety with a plan and a structure, a format, a time-tested way to proceed, to succeed.  I needed something clear cut and specific to direct me, and AA was absolutely that for me.

Is It Okay to Dream?

Is It Okay to Dream?

As 2015 winds down, people around the world are setting their sights on 2016. It is that time that traditionally we set goals and intentions for the upcoming year. Yet many of us have been taught, as members of recovery communities, that God’s will is a one day at a time practice. We learn  to let go of expectations and to take the day as it comes. I have sat in meetings on January 1 where people talked about the relief of not setting goals or making resolutions. The goal is to be grateful for what we have and have it be enough.

Working My Program or My Programming Works Me

Working My Program or My Programming Works Me

When I used to hear people refer to their “program” I had no idea what they were talking about. I suppose it can mean different things to different people, but in my pre-sobriety days, what I had going on was a default program. I didn’t even realize it existed, let alone know that it was the main operating system in my life. I was running on the subconscious programming I had picked up, mostly fueled by false beliefs and unskillful behaviors, to put it mildly.

Sought Through Prayer, Meditation, and Mindfulness

Sought Through Prayer, Meditation, and Mindfulness

Through Science of Mind / New Thought principles I learn I have always been creating my experience through my infinite connection to my spiritual Higher Power, whether consciously or (most often) unconsciously. Through working the 12 Steps of AA and reflecting back over past experiences, I learn that this power has always had my back even when I was clueless, felt underserving, or tested it carelessly.

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