Endigar 470 ~ A New Direction

From Today’s Daily Reflections;

Our human resources, as marshalled by the will, were not sufficient; they failed utterly. . . . Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God’s will into all our activities.   (Alcoholics Anonymous, page 45, 85)

I hear talk of the “weak-willed” alcoholic, but I am one of the strongest-willed people on earth! I now know that my incredible strength of will is not enough to save my life. My problem is not one of “weakness,” but rather of direction. When I, without falsely diminishing myself, accept my honest limitations and turn to God’s guidance, my worst faults become my greatest assets. My strong will, rightly directed, keeps me working until the promises of the program become my daily reality.

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Collared for Sobriety

I have a particular interest in the Power to Will and the Power to Submit or Surrender.  I think they are opposite sides of the same coin.  An overwhelming law of balance in nature “suggests” that one power cannot increase without creating a corresponding hunger on the other side of that coin of human dynamics.  I suspect that if I desire to exercise my willpower in this universe, I will awaken an equally powerful desire to submit my will to something.   As an alcoholic, the exercise of my isolated willpower reinforced a hunger to bow to the tyranny of the bottle.   Now I use a willpower forged in human connection, and this creates a hunger to submit to a Higher Power that has my best interests at heart.  I willingly place the invisible collar around my neck and bend the knee, pursuing what I understand to be the will of Gomu (God of my understanding), because in this dynamic, my willpower in all other areas can become quite formidable without destroying me or others.

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