New ideas stir from every corner. They show up disguised innocently as interruptions, contradictions and embarrassing dilemmas. Beware of total strangers and friends alike who shower you with comfortable sameness, and remain open to those who make you uneasy, for they are the true messengers of the future. ~Rob Lebow~
Turmoil, discomfort and a hunger for something more, are most often the agents of change and growth. Rather than fearing those things that challenge, bewilder or oppose us, what we should truly fear is developing a sense of comfort, satisfaction and complacency with regard to where we are. Look for the lessons to be learned, and the opportunities inherent in every difficult circumstance…they are indeed fertile soil, in which the seeds of new perceptions, ideas and attitudes can begin to grow and flourish. As addicts we tend to look for the easier, softer way and so therefore when looking to make decisions whether it is choosing a sponsor, asking for telephone numbers, checking in with others, selecting literature to read, picking meetings to attend, etc. we default to that way of thinking. Soft or easy is most often not necessarily good! Most of the time what is best for us is the tougher road, to encounter individuals we do not like, attending meetings we see as limiting. No one gets challenged by attending meetings with friends. It becomes a session of enablers all relating to the difficulties of life with no talk of spiritual answers (our solution) Speaking with folks we might not be attracted to can often lead to new revelations of areas we need to work on. Tough is good and leads to everlasting change!
Thought for the day
Am I truly seeking the way or am I seeking my way. Do I stay away from meetings because I do not want to hear about God? Do I stay away from meetings not to hear the hard truth? Do I put personalities before principles?
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] ~Jesus / John 16:33 (Amp)~
Out of my distress I called upon the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free and in a large place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? ~Psalm 118:5-6 (Amp)~
He delivers the afflicted in their affliction and opens their ears [to His voice] in adversity. Job 36:15 (Amp)~
Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." ~Isaiah 30:20,21 (NIV)~