Robert wrote:I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE ON THIS....THE SKY IS THE LIMIT--DEPENDING HOW MUCH WILLINGNESS AND EFFORT I PUT FORTH.I AM ONLY LIMITED BY ME ...GOD HAS NO LINES,NO BOUNDRIES,NO LIMITS. GOD EITHER IS OR ISN'T....IT'S ABOUT LIVING SO LETS LIVE......
It sure is refreshing to read to read that!
I defintetly agree with you!
I am only limited by me -- my thinking and doing.
My thoughts and actions.
God has no boundries or limits.
God lives... We live... Let's be living!
Robert wrote:NOTHING SHORT OF CONTINUOUS ACTION UPON THESE(STEPS)AS A WAY OF LIFE CAN BRING THE MUCH DESIRED #### IS THE MUCH DESIRED RESULT?
When I first reached out to AA
all I wanted was to be able to be physically sober.
That was my much desired result.
I didn't think it was possible to be happy and sober at the same time.
And, I was willing to go to any lengths just to be physically sober...
even if it meant miserably sober!
What I discovered was... a few people
in the Fellowship
that were living the good life... they were making progress in recreating and rebuilting their lives. They had the kind of life that I had always desired. They had material stuff and they had character. They were doing life with honesty. They had energy and passion. They had magnetic charasmatic personalities. They were generous and giving. They had hope and they gave me hope. They were encouraging and they encouraged me. They were happy in their relationships. And, there was happiness in their homes.
They had everything in their lives sober... that I was trying to have by drinking.
Yet, there were many others in the Fellowship... that were obviously like me at the time... just physically sober and miserable, but willing to live the miserable just to be physically sober.
I decided to pick out the positive people in the Fellowship that had what I wanted. I came to believe -- that if I did what they did -- I would have the hope of having and being what they were.
I watched what they did. And, I did what they were doing. And, suddenly I discovered that I was living the good life, too! And, I was still sober!
For a while I got stuck on trying to figure out : What is THE much desired reality? And, I discovered that I was thinking to much! It was causing my head to ache! My thinking was keeping me from living and doing. I had thought that I had to "figure it out"... to have it. I discovered that I didn't have to "figure out anything"... I had to be doing! More doing and less thinking.
I was fortunate to meet people that asked me: "What is your much desired reality? What do you really want in your life? What do you want to be when you grow up?" Without knowing what I wanted -- I would probably never have it. So, I got busy with a notepad... writing down the things that I wanted to have, and do, and be.
I began to make what I called "Treasure Maps". They were large poster boards... and I went through used magazines cutting out the pictures that represented to me, the life and the things that I wanted. I kept adding to my TM until it was full. Then, I made a small TM that I could carry with me. (Often keeping it in my Big Book, I took it with me and kept it on me all the time). If I didn't have my book, I folded it up and put it in my pocket.
While having coffee and conversations in restaurants... I would often ask others, the normal folks "What is your much desired reality? What do you want in your life? What do you want to be, to do, and to have?"
They were most often stunned my my question. They had no idea of what they wanted... so, they would ask me the same question... "What do you want?"
I would pull out my small TM and show them and explain what each photo and image represented to me. Often, I would hear, "I think you're the first person I've ever met that knows what he wants!"
I have now had or experienced most of the things that were on my TM..
and ever so often, I find myself making new ones to replace the old ones that I've experienced.
It's fun and rewarding to me... knowing that by using the principles and tools that were passed on to me... I can create and recreate the things that I desire!
Sorry, I got to windy! I seem to get carried away when I'm thinking of positive possibility thinking!