Many of us who find the 12 Step programs arrive in a rather slip shod mode. We’ve been cutting corners for years – avoiding feelings, responsibilities, accountability for our actions and just plain not showing up for ourselves or others, in either helpful or appropriate ways.
The beauty of the programs is that they teach us from the ground up, literally and figuratively. First things first! Yesterday we started prepping our soil for this year’s garden. It meant first removing the large debris, then doing a light raking to loosen and gather the smaller leftovers from last year’s crops. Next, the hard work. Digging up the weeds that somehow found a home in just one winter season. We don’t know where they came from, don’t really care either. They just need to go. As we dug deep to remove them, roots and all, we discovered gems mixed in – tulips we missed last year from the old flower garden, and the biggest surprise, some baby carrots that must have sprouted late last Fall and are just starting to grow! They usually take a while to mature, so we left them in and we’ll have a few early carrots this year. How nice.
We know that if we don’t do the prep work right, the weeds crowd out the vegetables and our harvest is smaller. It’s also true in the 12 Step programs when we’re learning a new lifestyle. And that’s really what it is – a new way to be in our lives. It takes proper prep work. The 12 Steps help us prepare ourselves with the ground work that makes for fertile soil in our heads and hearts for a new beginning. It takes a little extra time, but the benefits are so worth the effort. We may be a little drained from the hard work, but that often leads to good sleeping. This morning instead of the predicted rain, we have the most beautiful, warm, sunny Sunday morning – Thank You God! I went out to check on our progress. Already, I see a difference in the soil as we mixed in some more peat moss yesterday. The soil is rich, and airy, and smells so of the perfect mornings I spent in the garden last year. So inviting. We’ll finish the weeding today, mix in some more peat moss, plant some of our cold crops, then await the rain that’s planned for the next few days. Perfect timing!
Affirmation for the Day – ” I am doing what works.”
Remember to say the affirmation at least 3 times whenever you remember it, preferably in front of a mirror.
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