throughout my recovery ive learned how calmness is constructive of good. when i think of the freedoms that have come practicin what ive learned from recovery on how to work with my character defects and shortcomins, keepin my mind in a state of tranquility, usin patience, i get to experience the freedom ive worked for. it all started with the tell of my initial personal inventory. after i had said what id found, it was time for me to sit and listen to my sponsors valuable input so i could learn a new way to apply action that was positive instead of reactionary misbehavior. he showed me in the big book where i could place healthy boundarys between the acceptance and rejection of what i had written and possibly use the spiritual principles in the testin of a hypothesis of healthy action and thinkin. and of course, as it was a very new way of tryin to live, i had to try it as i had other things. he always offered me a way out by sayin, try it for 30 days, what do ya have to lose? if it doesnt work, then go back to what ya were doin. and wouldnt ya know it, after tryin what i was learnin to overcome whatever cripplin want i could have or think necessary, what he suggested would happen, happened. it was my HP speakin through my sponsor, teachin me humility. today i get to live the freedom i had heard others talk about in my early recovery. today i get to tell of the freedoms i get to live to those new to the rooms. i get to show the differences in a life livin spiritual principles expressin the contrasts from the days of doin my dirt to my moments today livin a life in recovery. i get to tell how by surrenderin to the idea of failure, i put things i cant control in charge of my happiness. then i get to show by perseverin through personal failure how the freedom of sharin with another continues to help keep me free. how usin what i learned from the shares of my personal inventory of how settin healthy, balanced, and sane goals contribute to my success by firin my imagination, givin me a vision of what ive been workin for. acceptance, belief, change, freedom, humility, and integrity came to me as a result of step 5. to attain spiritual things, ive learned to attain a state of calm and freedom. 1 day @ a time...
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