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"Acceptance, letting go; letting God. Beginning again, whatever time of day, or whatever place I am in life".

.." (see this below...)

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Our very first problem is to accept our present circumstances as they are,
ourselves as we are, and the people about us as they are. This is to adopt
a realistic humility without which no genuine advance can even begin.
Again and again, we shall need to return to that unflattering point of departure.
This is an exercise in acceptance that we can profitably practice every day of
our lives. Provided we strenuously avoid turning these realistic surveys of the
facts of life into unrealistic alibis for apathy or defeatism,
they can be the sure foundation upon which increased emotional
health and therefore spiritual progress can be built.

"As Bill Sees It", p. 44

When I am having a difficult time accepting people, places or events,
I turn to this passage and it relieves me of many an underlying fear regarding
others, or situations life presents me. The thought allows me to be human
and not perfect, and to regain my peace of mind.

January 12, 2010 - My friends,

Oh boy, of course it boils down to this. Acceptance, letting go;
letting God. Beginning again, whatever time of day, or whatever place I am in
life. Beginning, letting go of the past, not fearing the future. Living fully
in the present. Letting ourselves make mistakes, letting others make mistakes:
and to make progress also. We can change our thinking, change our actions,
and we can let others change in their time or God's time, not ours. Our actions
and our behavior is all that need concern us. God can and will take care of the
rest. Trust, clean house, help others.

Sincerely, ~~~Nancy

I wrote the above entry a couple of years ago: today is February 5, 2014
- and that paragraph means just as much to me today as it did in January of 2010.
At the time that I wrote that paragraph, I was the secretary of a meeting, a 12
step meeting. It was my practice to go home from the meeting, take a paragraph out
of one of the 'daily meditation' books and then write a paragraph or two about my
take on the reading and how it applied to my life situation. Then I would print off
copies and mail them to my fellow home group members. Many of my friends said that my
letters meant a lot to them. I know that it helped me out. It did a lot for me. In
the two or three years that I was secretary, I experienced a lot of personal growth.
I matured a little. Service work in a 12 step program is very rewarding and enriching.

I don't know which brand it was because it was still in it's paper bag. This was while
I waited in a service station lobby; before work one morning. A man sitting in a chair in the
reception room of the gas station said to me, "Young lady you look like you could use a drink."
He was a very disheveled gentleman, in old, worn out clothing; a bum in the opinion
I'd held a few years before..."

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