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

I’m a most lucky and thankful woman. Lucky and thankful for each morning I wake up. For three wonderful daughters and one son. For an understanding and very loving husband with whom  I’ve shared 52 blessed years, all in good health. —Thelma Elliott— Gratitude for what’s been offered us in our lives softens the harsh attitudes we occasionally harbor. Life presents us with an assortment of blessings; some bring us immediate joy; some invite tears; others foster fear. What we need help in understanding is that all experiences are meant for our good, all bless us in some manner. If we are able to see the big picture, we’d greet all situations, large and small, with a thankful heart. It’s so very easy to wish away our lives, never finding satisfaction with our families, our jobs, and our friends. The more we find fault with life, the more fault we are guaranteed to find. Negative attitudes attract negative experiences; while positive attitudes lighten whatever burden we may be learning from. The years pass so quickly. Our chances to enjoy life pass quickly too. We can grab what comes our way and be grateful. We are never certain that this experience offered now might not be our last. Each morning I awake is blessing number one.

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Reflections

“MADE A LIST. . . . “ Made a list of all persons we had harmed, . . . . TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS , p. 77 When I approached the Eighth Step, I wondered how I could list all the things that I have done to other people since there were so many people, and some of them weren’t alive anymore. Some of the hurts I inflicted weren’t bad, but they really bothered me. The main thing to see in this Step was to become willing to do whatever I had to do to make these amends to the best of my ability at that particular time. Where there is a will, there’s a way, so if I want to feel better, I need to unload the guilt feeling I have. A peaceful mind has no room for feeling of guilt. With the help of my Higher Power, if I am honest with myself, I can cleanse my mind of these feelings.

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Promise

Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads. —Erica Jong— Our lives are purposeful and the dreams that mold our actions or tease us down new avenues are not coincidental. our dreams are messages from the inner self, who urges us to fulfill the purpose for which our talents have been given. We each have talents to be employed in a fashion uniquely our own; however, all to many of us opt for the half-life, never fully giving our attention to the occasion at hand. We can never know our talents or when to utilize them when we pass through life on the fringe of activities. When we cut off our awareness of the inner urging when we don’t enter into the present, we step back from ourselves, when we refrain from offering rapt attention to the “talent scouts” among us. And we’ll never experience the joy we deserve until we favor the inhabitants of our world with our talent. My dreams are my guides but I must follow them.

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Keep It Simple

Adventure is not outside a man; it is within.—David Grayson— Sobriety. It’s an exciting adventure. It’s a spiritual adventure. We look inward. We find where our Higher Power lives: within us. We then reach outward. We share our joy with others. Not with words and preaching, but by trying to help others. Sobriety is faith turned into action. Sobriety. It’s an adventure in coming to know one’s self. At times, we’ll have to face our fears. But we’ll also find just how much love we have for life. Sobriety. It’s as if we’re on a trip. Our Higher Power holds the map. Our job is to listen. And we go in the direction we’re told. Prayer for the Day:  I pray to be an adventurer. Higher Power, I pray to follow Your direction. Action for the Day:  I’ll ask some friends to tell me about an adventure their Higher Power has taken them on.

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Thought For The Day

For awhile, we are going back to the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous, and pick out passages here and there, so that they may become fixed in our minds, a little at a time, day by day, as we go along. There is no substitute for reading the Big Book. It is our “bible.” We should study it thoroughly and make it a part of ourselves. We should not try to change any of it. Within its covers is the full exposition of the A.A. program. There is no substitute for it. We should study it often. Have I studied the Big Book faithfully? Meditation For The Day All of life is a fluctuation between effort and rest. You need both every day. But effort is not truly effective until first you have had the proper preparation for it, by resting in a time of quiet meditation. This daily time of rest and meditation gives you the power necessary to make your best effort. There are days when you are called on for much effort and then comes a time when you need much rest. It is not good to rest too long and it is not good to carry on great effort too long without rest. The successful life is a proper balance between the two. Prayer For The Day I pray that I may be ready to make the proper effort. I pray that I may also recognize the need for relaxation.

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My Thoughts For The Day

🌺 Good morning to a Strong, Resilient Woman in this World❗…🌴🌎…What can we do for ourselves to LIVE in the PRESENT moment, and be the BEST self we can be for ourselves and others❓…🌾🙋👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩…By starting this day with a GREAT ATTITUDE and asking for HELP when we start to struggle in our thoughts and actions…😍😇🤬…Doing things that can inspire a BETTER DAY!!!😁👩‍❤️ … That can always include someone else and help us at the same time…👭🌞🕊…For we are never alone and can ask our HIGHER POWER for DIRECTION in our day…✨💪🏜…And no matter what is happening in our minds, allowing and ACCEPTING People, Places, Things and SITUATIONS as being exactly as they are supposed to be, and Agreeing to,”LIVE and LET LIVE❗” …🙉🙈🙊…You are so WONDERFUL and AMAZING❗…and Your are LOVED this very Day❗…🐦💖🦋🙋💐💝🌿🕊💞✨😇🙏☕☕💋💋💋…

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