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Every Day I Choose

Every day I choose to have a good day or a bad day.  It’s up to me.  And that can make me resistant.  It would be so much easier to run my attitude around the way another person is acting, or something else outside of me.  Blaming is tempting.  Excuses, excuses.  But really, it’s all up to me.

Okay, so that said I’m looking around today to see the sun shining brightly – despite the minus 13 degrees outside.  My husband is working – yeah!  I get to take a meeting to a member who’s homebound from surgery, and attend a 12 Step event tonight with a woman grieving her husband’s death last month – she’s so inspiring.  I’m warm, well fed and looking forward to the day.  The cat is fat (not too) and happy, and there is much planned for this next week which will fill me up in wonderful ways.

Today is a gift, and an art project of sorts in that I can contribute to the way it touches me and others.  My husband is struggling right now – for him life is a challenge.  This is a yearly thing in that he seems to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, SAD so I’m prepared.  I know that it’s important for my sanity, serenity and sobriety to treat him with respect and allow him the dignity to process through this opportunity for growth.   And I see all of our challenges as opportunities for growth.  He has the tools of the program to apply, the skills he learned in treatment, good food, nutritional supplements and this year he also has work to focus on – something lacking in other years due to the seasonal nature of his work.  Anyway, he has the tools – and I hope he applies them.  These two months are always his toughest.  I’m minding my own business mostly other than expressing my concern and offers of support. Taking care of myself is the best thing I could do for him anyway.  I have plenty to attend to each day; sponsee calls and Step work, school, new work, the cat, planning some new creation for dinner (my favorite new past time!) and today I started planning the garden for this year!  My days are full and blessed, because they started with me and my Higher Power in prayer and my Gratitude List.  With meetings and meditation, they shape my attitude and help me keep on track for a good day.  Even a perfect day, despite the distractions available.  I get to choose how to frame the day and that is a great gift of the program and the progress it allows.  And the added bonus is that my choices can make a positive impact in the lives of others.  That is the best part of all!

Affirmation for the Day – ” I am willing to see what’s good.”

Remember to say the affirmation at least 3 times whenever you remember it, preferably in front of a mirror.

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God Centered

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At a recent 12 Step conference one of the speakers mentioned the concept of being God-centered.

He spoke about how being God-centered is the opposite of being”self-centered”.  Important distinction.  The God-centered concept has been helpful for me to remember ever since.  When my focus is off of what works, what’s good and what is the next right thing to do, the God-centered phrase can get me back on track.  When my focus is skewed and becoming obsessive about me, the phrase can in an instant refocus me on others.  Asking in prayer for assistance to be God-centered is helping me – as does saying the 3rd Step prayer (p. 63 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous).  This prayer works sooooooo well.  So, be careful what you pray for, my experience is that you will get it.  Be thoughtful, and ask for direction, for God’s will and all will be well.  And, so it is.

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 Affirmation for the Day – ” I am divinely guided and directed.”

Remember to say the affirmation at least 3 times whenever you remember it, preferably in front of a mirror.

Course In Miracles Lesson – Let me remember that there is no sin.

Practice – Father, I would not be insane today, I would not be afraid of love not seek for refuge in its opposite.  For love can have no opposite.  You are the Source of everything that is.  And everything that is remains with You and You with it.

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Attitude

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Framing the day makes all the difference in my attitude.  Waking to the day starts with a gratitude list, meditation and The Course In Miracles.  The prayer is the 3rd Step prayer –

 “God I offer myself to Thee, to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt.  Relieve me of the bondage of self that I may better do Thy will.  Take away my difficulties that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy power, Thy love and Thy way of life.  May I do Thy will always.”

Then I feed the cat and start my activities.  Sometimes I really don’t want to pray that prayer, because I want what I want when I want it.  However, if I can get out of myself just long enough to remember that when I turn things over to a Higher Power my life happens effortlessly, saying the prayer is a breeze.  I get what I need which is often much better than what I wanted anyway.  It really means that I got out of fear, and into love.

Then I can focus on expecting miracles!  Saying affirmations changes my attitude in an instant if I get off track.  So quick!  So simple! 

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Affirmation for the Day – ” I love and approve of myself.”

Remember to say the affirmation at least 3 times whenever you remember it, preferably in front of a mirror.

Course In Miracles Lesson – Truth will correct the errors in my mind.

Practice – Truth will correct the errors in my mind, And I will rest in Him Who is my Self.

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