In AA Letting Go is talked about a lot. It’s a key element and is what steps 4 and 5 are all about beginning to learn to deal with ones alcoholism. I know for myself that the first morning I woke up and realized that I had truly learned what letting go meant and how I felt after I had let go of some to the past that my life really began to get easier. At least I wasn’t held down by some of my past and that just made it easier to continue working on my own personal growth.
The 12th step of Alcoholics Anonymous teaches me to recognize the change in myself, they call it a spiritual awakening. I call it learning to stop being selfish. The 12th step also teaches me to be giving of myself and when I do I will find it helps me to find genuine happiness and reward. It’s often taught as a way for someone to get out of their own head when it can be filled with their own problems and help someone else. The result is your own problems seem to lessen even if it’s only cause your not spending so much time focused on them. And the last thing the 12th step teaches to to continue to “practice” the principles I’ve learned.
Well I’ve been clean and sober for over two decades and I’m pretty happy most of the time and it’s cause of what I’ve learned but more importantly it’s been cause I apply that knowledge in my life.
Today I share a story about an event that I attended. The result of which had me think a lot more about genuine happiness, the kind that is from the inside out. It made me think a lot about the store bought happiness I chased growing up, the kind that is about material things, stuff from the outside in.
Short episode today as my oldest daughter is with me. Together we talk a little bit about gratitude and applying it as we both grew up. Today we realize that for both of us gratitude is not something we “practice” but is actually a part of our character.
Step 10 of the 12 steps of AA tells me to recognize when I am wrong and to promptly admit it. I made a small error and I talk about it today And as I write this brief episode description I realize how that behavior has become more than just habit it’s part of my character. Ya me. Thx!
For me the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has been need to be the one to make me do it. The steps, Buddhism, other religious sources, meetings, books, talks, etc. have all provided me with What to do but at the end of it all it’s Me that has to make me Do It. I have found often that’s been the greatest challenge.
Gratitude is an Attitude! It’s one that set me out on the right foot to getting clean and sober. More importantly it’s been the cornerstone or keystone that has aided me in maintaining my sobriety. It’s also been a key in learning to grow and change cause sobriety wasn’t enough for me I also needed to reprogram my thinking and my actions.
grat·i·tude: (noun) the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
I wasn’t thankful I was constantly complaining and I didn’t show any appreciation but now I am always thankful and ready to show appreciation for kindness and ready to return kindness. More importantly I am the one that radiates kindness.
Some quotes from today’s show:
- “‘Enough’ is a feast. Buddhist proverb
- “Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” Charles Dickens
- (and one I love very much but forgot to say) It’s not happy people who are thankful. It’s thankful people who are happy.
Hello and Welcome to Season Two of From Booze To Buddha. Today is just a welcome or a welcome back to listeners and a tiny bit about what season one was about, for those who don’t know. As well as some about what’s to come as I take today to introduce this new season and get myself back into the swing of being in front of the microphone.
Thank you to everyone who has listened and continues to listen. You all make it easier for me to get over my fear of this program.