15-10: change

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.
–Alcoholics Anonymous (The AA Big Book)

Nothing much seems to have changed for me lately. I still have the same problems and issues I had months ago.

The Serenity Prayer asks me “to accept the things I cannot change.” I used to think that meant things were never going to change – and that I’d better accept it! Now I realize not only that everything is capable of being changed, but also that change is a fact of reality and I can’t stop it. What the phrase “to accept the things I cannot change” means to me today is that there are many things that only my Higher Power can change. That doesn’t mean things won’t change, only that I can’t force them to. I have the courage to do my part; I have faith that change takes place in my Higher Power’s time.

I can’t be sure I’m going to be offered a particular job; but I can shower, dress appropriately, show up for the interview on time, and represent my capabilities with honesty and dignity. If I’m persistent in these efforts, the right job will come in time. Or perhaps I’d like my weight to change. I can’t control the numbers on my scale, but if I exercise and eat moderately, over time a moderate body will show up.

Our Higher Power’s timetable often differs from our own; accepting that is a source of serenity.

Today, I let my Higher Power work in my life. I have the courage to have faith.

You are reading from the book:

If You Want What We Have by Joan Larkin

If You Want What We Have. Copyright 1998 by Joan Larkin. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without the written permission of Hazelden.


About SLAA Tilburg

Wat is seks- en liefdeverslaving? Wij in S.L.A.A. geloven dat seks- en liefdeverslaving een voortschrijdende ziekte is, die niet kan worden genezen maar die, zoals veel ziekten, wel tot staan kan worden gebracht. Zij kan verschillende vormen aannemen – inclusief (maar niet beperkt tot) een dwangmatige behoefte aan seks, extreme afhankelijkheid van één persoon (of meerdere personen), en/of een voortdurend in beslag genomen worden door romantiek, affaires of fantasieën. Er is sprake van een obsessief-dwangmatig patroon, seksueel of emotioneel (of beide), waarin relaties of seksuele activiteiten in toenemende mate destructief geworden zijn voor de loopbaan, het gezinsleven en het gevoel van zelfrespect. Als seks- en liefdeverslaving wordt veronachtzaamd, wordt zij altijd erger. Wanneer wij echter een eenvoudig programma volgen dat voor een reeks van mannen en vrouwen met dezelfde ziekte succesvol is gebleken, kunnen wij herstellen. In S.L.A.A. leren wij de realiteit te accepteren dat wij deze verslaving hebben
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