Saturday, October 11, 2008

Self Restraint - Daily Reflection

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Our first objective will be the development of self-restraint.TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 91

My drive to work provides me with an opportunity for self-examination. One day while making this trip, I began to review my progress in sobriety, and was not happy with what I saw. I hoped that, as the work day progressed, I would forget these troublesome thoughts, but as one disappointment after another kept coming, my discontent only increased, and the pressures within me kept mounting.

I retreated to an isolated table in the lounge, and asked myself how I could make the most of the rest of the day. In the past, when things went wrong, I instinctively wanted to fight back. But during the short time I had been trying to live the A.A. program I had learned to step back and take a look at myself. I recognized that, although I was not the person I wanted to be, I had learned to not react in my old ways. Those old patterns of behavior only brought sorrow and hurt, to me and to others. I returned to my work station, determined to make the day a productive one, thanking God for the chance to make progress that day.

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2 comments:

AlkySeltzer said...

Every morning this is the first Email I receive. Then, about 5:15 AM GOD CALLING comes a'calling on the same monitor. Then I get to read a couple blogs, then 2 or 3 meeings 6, 7, 8 AM AND a "chance to make a little progress during the day."

Just LOVE this way of life!

Syd said...

I like the fact that I can start my day over at any time. Sounds as if you did just that.