Archive for October, 2010

Mid-Term Moments

This week has been very busy!  Seven papers, one exam, one presentation, three interviews for internship positions, a stint in the emergency room after last week’s untimely meeting with an attic rafter that left my forehead with an egg size hematoma and many walk-throughs to do bids for the business.  A few other minor events as well and my energy level needs replenishing.   However, there are still two more papers to write by tomorrow. 

Meanwhile, there’s much to be grateful for – the doctors assure me there is not also a hematoma beneath the skull, one more class is over, there are more bids to do for additional business, my husband installed a new thermostat in the car so the engine wouldn’t blow, I was offered and accepted a practicum position that will have more than enough hours for me to finish by August, my husband’s truck will be fixed on Monday, and we were able to pay most of our bills this month.  Thank You God!

Now considering that just a month ago we didn’t know how we were going to pay our bills alone, things have really been falling into place.  I give the credit to our Higher Powers.  We’ve only done what’s in front of us and then some when required.  We haven’t had time to figure it all out.  One day at a time, we’ve done the work that our Higher Powers have put in front of us to do, and there has been daily progress.  Everything is falling into place, little by little, unexpectedly, surprising us with synchronistic style.  Miracles.  Daily.  And more blessings await us around the corner when we just stay in the moment and focus on today!

Affirmation for the Day – ” I am doing the next thing to do. ”

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Accepting The Moment

My sponsor was off to see her sponsor in another state the other day.  She had confirmed her ride to the airport from me, and was looking forward to seeing her dear friend and sponsor for a one on one visit. 

It didn’t happen.  We made sure she arrived at the airport on time, she boarded the plane, they were on the tarmack – but the weather South of us chose not to cooperate.  They reboarded a couple of times, and then 5 hours later the flight was cancelled.  My sponsor called me to request a ride home and she had the best attitude about the whole thing.  She’ll be seeing her sponsor in a few more weeks, and it just wasn’t meant to be this weekend.  It’s always helpful to have that accepting attitude reinforced and renewed in my consciousness and see the grace of a Higher Power in action right before my eyes.

So I picked her up, drove her home and she had a peaceful, cozy evening.  We laughed about how the unexpected can shift our plans, and I was grateful that she’s safe and sound thanks to the good work of airline professionals who protected many people from some serious stormy weather.  All’s well.  And I spent some quality time with my sponsor!

Affirmation for the Day – ” I am learning to accept life on life’s terms. ”

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Halfway

I’m past the halfway mark for the semester.  It’s my last full semester of classes before practicum starts.  Seventeen credits has been a heavy schedule to say the least, and the future will be a breeze in comparison!

So, just 7 more weeks at most and the hard part is over and my new profession commences.  Although it’s only internship to start with to develop some expertise, it will contribute to my professional experience in valuable ways.  Last year at this time I was only a few weeks back into school for the first time in decades.  Now the satisfaction of being over halfway through the process is already rewarding.  I’m proud of myself for entering this new arena after years of a former career that just had no stability. 

And my business plan is coming into focus as graduation draws nearer.  Everything is falling into place, thanks to my Higher Power.  We will have two thriving businesses, despite some usual growing pains, and as my husband said, “A year from now we’ll look back on how crazy busy we were and laugh at how far we’ve come.”  My thoughts are that we’ll be in great gratitude for all of the support of our Higher Power and the many people who have shown up to guide and direct us.  And despite the debt we still face, we’re remembering to pray and thank our Higher Power for all of the miracles that are manifesting daily.  We are so blessed!

Affirmation for the Day – ” I am grateful for support. ”

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Change In Attitude

In the past one of my less than helpful habits was to blame others for my own problems.  If I felt shame or was embarassed it was because someone else did something wrong, at least in my head.  Fortunately my sponsors and the good examples of countless people in meetings shifted my awareness to being responsible for my own troubles, and many of the causes of my uncomfortable feelings.

Recently, several situations that I’ve been privy to with another person have involved their blaming others, making derogatory and generalized comments about a certain gender population – and usually it seems to be their way to avoid taking responsibility for their own wreckage, irresponsibility or just the plain old human mistakes that we all make from time to time.  It’s difficult to watch.  Rather than commenting about their negative habit, my focus has been on acknowledging the positive things they do and say, and ignoring the rest.  When they get on a rant, I’ve been politely shifting the subject to topics that are more positive and helpful for us to discuss.

And I’m noticing some changes in this person.  They are starting to extend compliments my way.  And the negative comments are diminishing.  My commitment is to keep modeling the type of behavior that my sponsors have modeled for me through the years.  And that commitment will continue to pay off, based on my experience with myself and others.  Either they are getting the message, or just shifting to what they are surrounded with from me and other people in recovery.  Little by little, one day at a time, we change.  Thank You God, Thank You God, Thank You God.

Affirmation for the Day – ” I am focusing on the positive. ”

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What We’re Worth

In business, those of us pricing ourselves out there in the marketplace face a challenge – how much to charge.  We don’t want to charge or bid too much for the market to bear, and at the same time we have to make sure that we are paid adequately for the work we do for clients.

It’s important to do some research about our competition, about the going rates for the service or product we provide and then find a reasonable rate that is fair and that makes sure we can make a living.  In our business we are going through the growing pains of that process.  So we must choose to come from a place of plenty and pride in our work, confident in our rates and the fact that we deserve what we are charging to do business with our customers. 

It’s easier for me than for my husband.  My faith in his abilty as a craftsman and his amazing work ethic confirm my belief in our charging a certain rate.  He’s often not so sure, waivering because he’s worried we won’t get the work if he bids too high.  But, I know better on this one.  The clients like us.  They trust that we will do good work for them and they are willing to pay for that good work.  My husband is almost there now after losing money on a job that could have netted more for us.  I understand, he just needs to shift to a place of abundance from his short visit to the land of lack.  He’s making the transition and as of today, I think he’s joined me back in an area of abundance and prosperity.  And we deserve it.  We care about our clients and the work we do for them.  We want them to be happy, and we want to feel good about our work.  It’s all coming together, and as my husband said, “In a year we’ll laugh about how busy we both were and how we made it through the growing pains.”  I’m happy and grateful to walk that path with him.

Affirmation for the Day – ” I am worthwhile without proof. ”

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Working Together Again

Working with other people can be challenging.  Each person brings their own filter to the job.  And those filters are amazing in their complexity and creativity.  The history represented is often the stuff of really good books or movies.

And working with others also brings with it many gifts.  I for one learn so much about myself and my foibles – those little quirks of personality that may be lingering even after years of conscious effort at eliminating them with the help of sponsors and the 12 Steps. 

So the gift of today is to see myself through others eyes, with much curiousity and a few grains of salt because of their filters.  And what they tell me was positive and not so positive at times.  We talked about what we like, and what we don’t like and what works better when we’re working together.  Information is helpful and we can go forward and take corrective action where appropriate and develop tolerance where necessary.  Being flexible and compassionate will go a long way toward making a difference in how our work days flow.  It’s not all about me, or them.  It’s about us.

Affirmation for the Day – ” I am learning to wotk with others. ”

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Seeking Clarity

I need new glasses since my last pair was lost 10 months ago.  Or contacts perhaps.  Now that my eyes have been changing for the past 2 years, having readers around for things is really frustrating at times.  And it’s been necessary to get into acceptance about the fact that my eyes have changed and if clarity is desired, glasses of some sort are required.

This seems to be one of those things that I don’t have to like, I just have to do it in order to be functional and have visual clarity each day.  Especially when it comes to taking notes, or reading important documents, my eyes need a boost.  So, as soon as the money is available, new eyewear is the order of the day.

Besides, today is another beautiful day and it would be a shame to miss any smidgeon of definition in that day because of a little blur.  I like to see each blade of grass, or leaf.  And that is true of the rest of life too.  When I go to a meeting or call my sponsor, or stay present for a newcomer more clarity is revealed.  More of the direction and path of my life presents itself in front of me.  My journey is eased and becomes more automatic when the help available through the 12 Step programs is sought.  I need that help right now too.  And it has never failed me.  For that I am grateful.

Affirmation for the Day – ” I am seeking clarity. ”

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