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Hello Everyone and Happy Independence Day!
This is my Country’s Day of freedom. There have been many brave men and women who have fought and gave what they had for the freedoms here. Many have laid down their lives and died for our freedom.
That in itself deserves the gratitude from all of us, who are benefitting from what they gave. For what we do have, someone else has paid the price. May we never forget that!
Today I am just trying to concentrate on the fact we have freedom.
In my recovery and spiritual well-being freedom of choice is there as well. The freedom from bondage of self that often has the by-product of addiction and illness. We have the freedom to choose to be well today.
The choices we make affects us and those around us. I want to make the healthy choices for myself today. That doesn’t mean I choose what others may want for me. I have to decide for myself what is healthy today.
I have said it before, and I will say it again. We don’t have to stay stuck. It becomes a choice to be free or not. We don’t have to stay sick today.
It comes down to changing our behavior and unlearning the negative ways we have nurtured inside ourselves. This where real freedom is born. It’s not always easy and sometimes we have a real fight on our hands to give up that which we have learned.
Some things have been instilled in us all our life. We have taken lies for truth. This is where we really need to be connected so that hopefully the truth can prevail and break down the walls which we have carefully built brick by brick.
I think about a phrase I often hear and read a lot. The following taken from page 164 of Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book “God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in order.
But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven’t got. See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others. This is the Great Fact for us.”
“Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny. May God bless you and keep you until then.”
While I have quoted this, I am not saying I have achieved it all. I am working towards it. I do want the freedom and happiness. I want to rightly relate myself to God as I understand Him and don’t understand Him. I choose freedom today!
Thanks for reading!