Our Folded Hands

Women helping Women. Reaching out to the Sister who still suffers. Helping each other through the Good times and the Difficult times. To get to the SOBER way of life, One Day at a Time.

Daily Readings And Meditations

Pretty Purple Flowers

New Beginnings

Spiritual power can be seen in a person’s reverence for life—hers and all others, including animals and nature, with a recognition of a universal life force referred to by many as God. —Virginia Satir— Taking the time, daily, to recognize the spiritual force in everyone and everything that is all about us, encourages us to feel humble, to feel awe. Reflecting on our interconnections, our need for one and all to complete the universe, lessens whatever adversity we might feel as we struggle with our humanity. Our spiritual power is enhanced with each blessing we give.  And as our spiritual power is enhanced, life’s trials are fewer. Our struggle to accept situations, conditions, and other people, or our struggle to control them, lessens every day that we recognize and revere one another’s  personhood, one another’s  existence. I can teach myself reverence, and I can begin today. I will look for ” the Spirit “everywhere, and I will begin to see it.

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Reflections

EQUAL RIGHTS At one time or another most A.A. groups go on rule making benders. . . . After a time fear and intolerance subside. [and we realize] We do not wish to deny anyone his chance to recover from alcoholism. We wish to be just as inclusive as we can, never exclusive. “A.A. TRADITION: HOW IT DEVELOPED.” pp. 10, 11, 12 A.A. offered me complete freedom and accepted me into the Fellowship for myself. Membership did not depend upon conformity, financial success or education and I am so grateful for that. I often ask myself if I extend the same equality to others or if I deny them the freedom to be different. Today I try to replace my fear and intolerance with faith, patience, love and acceptance. I can bring these strengths to my A.A. group, my home and my office. I make an effort to bring my positive attitude everywhere that I go. I have neither the right, nor the responsibility, to judge others. Depending on my attitude I can view newcomers to A.A., family members and friends as menaces or as teachers. When I think of some of my past judgments, it is clear how my self-righteousness caused me spiritual harm.

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Promise

Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy. —Gretta Brooker Palmer— Self-centeredness aggravates the natural flow of circumstances surrounding us; too much attention on ourselves distorts whatever might be troubling us. However, focusing on others’ needs diminishes what we’d perceive as our own pressing need. This is a simple principle we might all consider adopting. None of us is free of problems. That’s one of life’s givens. Through their resolution we grow and ready ourselves for the next group of challenges. Each group survived enables us to offer better assistance to someone else who will confront a similar problem. Perhaps we’d do well to see all our problems as preparation for guiding someone who will come into our life. Helping someone else is certain to lift spirits and foster happiness, but the unexpected reward is that the helper reaps even greater benefits than the one helped. My happiness is guaranteed if I help someone else find it today.

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Keep It Simple

Keep it Simple… Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing. —Johann Fredrich Von Schiller— As we grow in recovery, we’ll need to change our behaviors, values, and beliefs to stay sane. This take courage. Courage is doing what is needed in spite of fear. Courage means facing what we can’t change. We can’t change the fact that we have hurt people. We can’t change the fact we have an illness. And we can’t change the fact that we need help from others. Courage also means facing those things we can change. We need courage to be honest, to have faith, and to be humble. And we need courage to let people know how important they are… Prayer for the Day:  Courage is more than being tough. Courage means being human. Higher Power, grant me the courage to stay sober and live a spiritual life… Action for the Day:  Today, I’ll have an attitude of courage. I’ll talk in my meeting. I’ll offer help where it is needed. I’ll have the courage to say no when needed.

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Thought For The Day

A.A. Thought For The Day— In A.A. we learn that since we are alcoholics we can be uniquely useful people. That is, we can help other alcoholics when perhaps somebody who has not had our experience with drinking could not help them. That makes us uniquely useful. The A.A.s are a unique group of people because they have taken their own greatest defeat and failure and sickness and used it as a means of helping others. We who have been through the same thing are the ones who can best help other alcoholics. Do I believe that I can be uniquely useful?— Meditation For The Day— I should try to practice the presence of God. I can feel that He is with me and near me, protecting and strengthening me always. In spite of every difficulty, every trial, every failure, the presence of God suffices. Just to believe that He is near me brings strength and peace. I should try to live as though God were beside me. I cannot see Him because I was not made with the ability to see Him else there were no room for faith. But I can feel His spirit with me.— Prayer For The Day— I pray that I may try to practice the presence of God. I pray that by doing so I may never feel alone or helpless again.

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My Thoughts For The Day

💐 Good Morning Sunshine❗.🐣🐤🐥🌷…How Grateful am I to wake up to a friend like YOU, (God)❗…👍💐🤗…How Perfect you have made this Day, Flaws and all…You are so very SPECIAL to us ALL❗…Thank you for your Contribution in creating the world…🌎🌈🦄…We to, give LIFE in so many ways.👶.💖 and WE can make a DIFFERENCE…If We give OURSELVES the OPPORTUNITY and WILLINGNESS, Which speaks Our Honesty and TRUTH… It may be time to Quiet our Minds and Listen to that Inner-voice that Leads us to the Peace and Joy…🤗🦋…That always says , “I AM ENOUGH…GOD DID A Great JOB ON ME‼️…Amen…😇🙏👼…Our HIGHER POWER is always with us…Caring and LOVING US, just like We do for everyone around us… it’s now time to START Loving and Caring for Ourselves…🌹💝😘…I Love You BUNCHES and Remember, Life is getting better and better One Day at a TIME ‼️💖😉😁You Are AMAZING❗…🥰😍💪And by the way…Blessing and Love to you this Special Day my friend❗…🌈💖💪🙂👍🌅💃🎁🌺🌈🦄✨💫😍🌹😇👌💋💋💋💄

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