I led an AA meeting this week.. The topic was Step Five. I just want to share again this powerful prayer hoping it blesses and inspires you as it does me. Higher Power, thank You for helping me complete my housecleaning. I can now look the world in the eye. I can be alone at perfect peace and ease. My fears have fallen from me. I have begun to feel your nearness. I have begun to have a spiritual experience. I feel I am on the Broad Highway, walking hand in hand with the Spirit of the Universe.
In working Step Five I experienced a spiritual moment when I realized that if I keep people at a distance....not sharing my personal inventory of defects of character with another person... I also keep God at a distance. God is nearer to me than I think and I can experience Him by loving people and allowing people to love me.
I am so grateful to sober today and continuously working the Twelve Steps in all areas of my life I am so happy to have you as a SparkFriend. Your lvoe and support is truly appreciated
We must look inside ourselves to free ourselves. The issue of all growth is to make a change for the better and then to have an unrelenting willingness to shoulder the responsibility this entails (The Big Book,p.115).
Each day is an opportunity for personal growth. Self-esteem grows as we do in recovery. Without dreams and goals, there is nothing keep use moving forward. Out Higher Power accompanies us in our own personal journey each step of the way.
I am empowered to succeed because I realize there is power in powerlessness.
Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use. A very dear SparkFriend this week posted on our Recovering Alcoholics team thread, Sobriety Blessings, this incredible reflection, "Sobriety has given me the courage to do the right thing in spire of my fear."
In my blog, Strength Training Builds More Than Muscle, I focused on having the courage to change our lifestyle and to reach our goals, our heart's desires.
Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.
I completed Steps Four and Five this week with my sponsor. I am a grateful recovering alcoholic.This has been a soul searching and incredibly empowering week for me. I just want to share something from my AA meeting today:
" Higher Power take my will and my life. Guide me in my recovery. Show me how to live. "
One incredible new team member of Recovering Alcoholics reminded me how important it is to revisit Step One each and every day. I do this and also revisit daily Steps Two and Three also. The inspirational thought I have shared speaks to Step Three:
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
The serenity which floods my soul is indescribable, but I know you have experienced this and can share in the joy of living sober!
I look at my beautiful cactus which miraculously blooms at Christmas and now at Easter and I just amazed how God is able to create through this plant such wonderful reminders of important days. Our Higher Power simply rocks! May you have an extraordinary Easter weekend!