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Acceptance is the answer to all of my problems today.  When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation….some fact of my life…unacceptable to me….”.

From p. 417 of The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

How true are those words?  Now, apply those words to the Serenity Prayer and ask yourself:  what can I change and what do I need to just walk away from?  That is the key to a healthy outlook on life and by extension serenity.

There are quite a few things in my life I cannot change.  I am bombarded by outside stimuli daily….hourly….and if I think I’m going to control all of that then I am looking at a ton of anxiety and angst….daily.

I need to accept the fact that I do not run this show called life.  I am not the director and you all are not my actors, awaiting my directions.  Life doesn’t work that way and now that I am sober I can say thank God!  Life is so much simpler when I concern myself with my actions and only try to change things I have control over.

I have now found a quiet place inside of me where I am safe from that bombardment.  I can watch it with a bemused interest, but I need not get involved in those matters that do not concern me.

In other words, I’m living simple and loving life.

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