Endigar 666 ~ Accepting Our Present Circumstances

From the Daily Reflections of January 12;

Our very first problem is to accept our present circumstances as they are, ourselves as we are, and the people about us as they are. This is to adopt a realistic humility without which no genuine advance can even begin. Again and again, we shall need to return to that unflattering point of departure. This is an exercise in acceptance that we can profitably practice every day of our lives.

Provided we strenuously avoid turning these realistic surveys of the facts of life into unrealistic alibis for apathy or defeatism, they can be the sure foundation upon which increased emotional health and therefore spiritual progress can be built.   (As Bill Sees It, page 44)

When I am having a difficult time accepting people, places or events, I turn to this passage and it relieves me of many an underlying fear regarding others, or situations life presents me. The thought allows me to be human and not perfect, and to regain my peace of mind.

 

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How do we know what our present circumstances truly are?  Is that just a matter of perspective?  It seems that there are facts that can be gathered and a true appraisal taken.  For me, it seems that my alcoholic brain finds it more natural to lie to itself than to immediately grasp the truth of a situation.  I know that if I am going to see myself as I am, that is a process that I may need help with and it will take work.  How do you know when you have seen people as they are and have not bought into some story they wish to sell?  If I cannot be truthful about myself to myself, then my view of others and my self-story to others will inadvertently be skewed toward the false that I believe.

It takes practice, I think.

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
From Shakespeare’s Hamlet

 

DCLXVI

 

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