To this day I don't think I have attended an Al-Anon meeting, but I do cherish this book.
Some of the nuggets I was able to mine from these passages were:
- The battle of concentration vs. stray thoughts...
- The constant maintenance to weed our resentments and fear...
- Being aware of the Great Power available to us...
Awareness is a tough one.
Being aware of my own thought patterns can be very difficult. I find it easy to "see" other peoples "issues"; yet I cannot seem to manage my own. I hate asking for help. Why? I guess it's ego combined with a little shame. So, how do I overcome this?
Practice, practice, practice. I need to ask for help EVERYDAY. Another cool line I was able to extract from the Al-Anon book was: " I will accept HIS help in EVERYTHING I do."
Why do I need to feel pain before I am motivated to do something? I love reading and meditating on different thoughts or concepts presented in readings. The Big Book, the Bible, motivational quotes etc.; there are SO MANY powerful words and sentences to choose from.
Just today I was feeling a little down. Monday blah? I don't know, so I decided to make a phone call to another "friend of Bill's". The simple act of calling another person, thinking of another person does wonders for my connection with GOD and man. All of a sudden I don't feel alone. A "spiritual prescription" that needs to taken everyday - as needed. Prayer to me is making a call to GOD. He is never busy and always listens.
Somehow in those quiet times (prayer + meditation) things become clearer. Seeking KNOWLEDGE and POWER... RECEIVE GUIDANCE for our decisions...
Lastly I had a strong message delivered in my readings tonight, in the form of a question:
"Ask myself whether I have been able to solve my problems without help?"
If I could do that they wouldn't be "problems" now would they?
I think I'll keep asking for help, one day at a time.