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Post Info TOPIC: Hope for Today Dec 25


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Hope for Today Dec 25


Good morning everyone-

Todays reading is a look at what serenity might be.  Among other things, the writer describes serenity as: the space between impulse and action, understanding that reacting to life and responding to life are not the same thing, becoming a complete being with my body and mind in one place at the same time.

When I consider serenity, I think about letting go of chaos and conflict. In my case its also letting go of trying to control those situations that are not mine to control. Todays page opens with serenity described as a way of life absorbed slowly and practiced one day at a time. As the year is coming to an end and another about to get started, what better time to try and put the focus of serenity at the center!

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate, happy holidays and warm wishes for a day of serenity with many more to follow.

I hope you enjoy a peaceful Sunday

Mary



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Thank you so much Mary for your service today, on Christmas Day.

Such an appropriate topic for today!!

Al-Anon is a gift of serenity that keeps giving to me everyday. Very thankful

for Al-Anon and MIP. {{HUGS}} and Happy Holidays to everyone.

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Thank you Mary for your service and your share. This s a great reading with so many reminders of how one can get in one's own way blocking serenity.  I especially like the part of the reading that regards "internal stability" as not not a destination but more as a result of taking steps and actions based on Al-anon principles such as not allowing my feelings to become my higher power and run my life. I will often ask myself what are the "facts" and where am I possibly simply projecting based on feelings. The reading states,"understanding that reacting to life and responding to life are not the same thing ... deliberate alignment with my higher power ... feeling at peace with my past ... a matter of internal stability." I like the mention of "deliberate alignment." That alignment seems to happen when I can humble myself and ask my hp for help, admit my powerlessness, surrender.

I find it interesting that so many around the country are experiencing bad weather today. It's caused flights to be cancelled, people to need to stay indoors and it's caused me, personally to reflect more on what is important and what is not today. Some years back while in the throes of an awful situation I shared I felt sense of loss and even hopelessness. Having much more faith in a loving hp than myself, my Al-anon friend was often an inspiration to me. I seemed to more focused on what I didn't have rather than what I did. Gratitude certainly wasn't on my radar. Instead I often compared and despaired.

My Al-anon friend shed some light on my situation by sharing their own experience, strength and hope concerning dealing with difficulties. They felt difficulties were one's higher power's way of nudging us to change  focus and pay attention to that loving higher power.  Eventually the meaning of this message took hold and I'm grateful for how well it has worked for surrendering fear and obsessive thinking. I know my higher power to be a loving one and my experience has been that in quiet, in silence my higher power's truth has been and continues to be made clear to me. I believe, trust and internalize it's qualities of serenity, acceptance and peace.

Wishing everyone reading a beautiful Christmas day, holiday season and Sunday.

 



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Thank you Mary for your service and as noted, timely topic. I appreciate all the ESH. The day has been ho-hum so far and instead of forcing an upbeat attitude, I am accepting that faking it is not going to cut it today. My hubby has a low appetite so I gave him the option to postpone our festive meal for another day. Win/Win-I have low energy for Creative Cooking with love (lol) . It's nice to have zero expectations for myself and others. This ties in with a recent share that stuck with me-seeking balance in acceptance and expectations- for continuing spiritual development. As I write, my mood is shifting from flat to tranquil. Thanks MIP. Wishing everyone a peaceful day.

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