My anxiety, like for many, stems from fear. Fear drove me to not accomplish a plethora of things in life. Now I replace fear with faith. When I’m anxious, depressed, sad, joyful, or content I pray. I pray for more faith and less fear to continue on this journey. May we all have a great week with more faith and less fear!
Every time God tested me I ran and hid. I didn’t realize that God was testing me to build a stronger version of myself! Now when I am tested self-pity and self-sabotage are a thing of the past. I may not pass every test that is put in front of me, but I try to learn from each experience. Testing me has strengthened my character and faith in my Higher Power. Ultimately when tested if you “fail” fail forward and have faith that God is with you!
Since my divine intervention, which was 738 days ago, I pray read the Bible and meditated on the scriptures almost daily. It has helped me strengthen my morals and values. Without a strong foundation of self-reflection and God I would not be here today and for that I am forever blessed.
I’ve always believed in treating others the way I’d like to be treated and helping others when I can. The only problem was when I was in active addiction I didn’t treat myself well at all and I was taking care of myself. Self-pity and self-sabotage engulfed me daily. I had to find faith in God until I could find the faith within me to overcome my short comings.
“The trouble with us alcoholics was this: We demanded that the world give us happiness and peace of mind in just the particular order we wanted to get it-by the alcohol route. And we weren’t successful. But when we take time to find out some of the spiritual laws, and familiarize ourselves with them, and put them into practice, then we do get happiness and peace of mind. . . . There seem to be some rules that we have to follow, but happiness and peace of mind are always here, open and free to anyone.”
— DR. BOB AND THE GOOD OLDTIMERS, p. 308
The simplicity of the A.A. program teaches me that happiness isn’t something I can “demand.” It comes upon me quietly, while I serve others. In offering my hand to the newcomer or to someone who has relapsed, I find that my own sobriety has been recharged with indescribable gratitude and happiness.
Happiness comes from within you. Treat others with respect and work on your defects for happiness and wholeness.