Endigar 770

From Courage to Change of February 07;

Today I have a chance to make a contribution to my sense of well-being. I can take some small action that will strengthen a relationship, pursue a goal, or help me to feel better about myself. I don’t expect to dramatically alter my life. My goal is simply to move in a positive direction, knowing that major strides often begin with very small steps.

Perhaps I will ask someone to become my Sponsor, reach out to a newcomer, or try a different Al-Anon meeting. I might get some exercise, make an appointment for a check-up, listen to music, or clean a closet. I could write a letter to a friend I’ve neglected or spend some time alone enjoying a few minutes of peace and quiet. Perhaps I’ll do something I’m afraid to do, just for the exercise. I might pick up groceries for a sick friend, fix a wobbling table, read a book to stimulate my mind. Maybe I’ll meditate on one of the Twelve Steps or share my experience, strength, and hope with someone who wants to hear it.

Today’s Reminder

There are so many ways in which I can improve the quality of my life. Instead of fretting about what I can’t do, I’ll take action to create something positive in my life today.

“To improve the golden moment of opportunity, and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life.” ~ Samuel Johnson

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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu
( “but you must keep stepping” ~ Brian W.)

I believe that before I can surrender to the small things, I must have a directed and focused vision for what I would like to see changed in my life. With the moral inventory of the 12 Steps I date myself and truly get to know who I am. The daily inventory of the 10th Step is the small habit based on the in depth and fearlessly honest appraisal of the 4th Step.  Doing small things to help me feel better about myself may be rituals to reinforce personal delusions if I do not truly know myself. Part of my Al-Anon related sickness is that I lose me trying to control and prevent the self-destructive behaviors of others. It is important not to lose myself to whatever version of this disease assails me.

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