Restoring the . . . .

Old 12-08-2010, 11:09 PM
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Restoring the . . . .

I make no apologies for this thread nor the references to people or books used in itfor it is all true. Yesterday evening, reflecting on the events of the day, with particular reference to,'the grace of God' and having made the decision that I should focus on my being a recovering alcoholic and the gift of my sobriety I reachedout for my copy of the book,'Daily reflections'. Thumbing through it I came across this entry for Dec., 7th. on p.350.

'True ambition is not what we thought it was. True ambition is the deep desire to live usefully and walk humblyunder the grace of God.' TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS,pp. 124-125.

there then follows a paragraph which describes exactly what I was like in both my drinking days and the time spentin my two most succesful careers referred to in yesterdays thread,'Joining the dots', finishing with the line,'I have learned also, through loving without undue expectations, through sharing my concerns and caring for my fellow man, that each day can be joyous and fruitful. I begin and end each daywith thanks to God, who has so generously shed his grace on me.'

The phrase,'grace of God' first appeared in Cristina's (925girl) in response to my thread,'posted only yesterday, and there it is used twice on the same page in ,'Daily Reflections'.

Now whether you believe in coincidence or not, it's hard to see how , initially a combination of my thoughts, motivated by a culmination of past experiences, leading me to post a thread which in turn motivates a response from Cristina, on the other side of the world and someone I've never met, with a phrase that has such a profound effect on me,'the grace of God' which then appears, twice on the pageof a book, niether of us knew I was going to even look at that day, you tend to look for an answer. . . . . ., and for me, here it is.

I have, for some weeks been struggling, not with my sobriety but myself, me , my ,'old self' when , in sobriety, I should be ME, along the lines of the description provided in the para., I've already referred to,'True ambition', in posting my recent threads, recieving the responses and reflecting on them it has restored my sense of perspective, serenity and spirituality, something , in my prayers, aware that somehow I had,'lost myself' I had been requesting for weeks ! I now have my own thoughts on this, I'd certainly love to hear those of others, Michael.
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