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Grapevine : May 2011
cannot live in me at the same time, I practice faith and try to stay in the moment, because that is where I find my High Power. I keep reminders around my desk at work, like a small picture of a chair on the beach with the first line of the Serenity Prayer, which reminds me to pray and ask for help. Inside my desk, I keep aa pamphlets, reminding me Just for today and to Let Go and Let God. I also keep a copy of the story on acceptance from the Big Book close at hand. I use program words as the passwords on my Pc, such as “patience” and “serene.” Frustration and fear may always rear their ugly heads. It is what I do with them that counts. I pause when I get agitated, take some deep breaths, invite God into the situation, sit quietly, and then re-enter the moment, which I often find is now a new one. This morning, my reading said that the best way out of a situation is through it. In my meditation, I asked God, “what is it that you are showing me at work? what is it that you want me to do?” after sitting quietly, the word that came to me was “humble.” I know this had to be from my Higher Power, as this wouldn’t be the word I would conjure up. Surrender used to mean giving up or giving in. today, it means accepting whatever is in this moment. That is my destination. Elaine L. South Amboy, N.J. no running from them. They hurt like hell, and it was going to take some healing on my part. I did not have to worry about who did and who did not like me when I walked into the rooms of AA, who didn’t see me as a good puzzle piece. I was in a place that was im- mune from those kinds of judge- ments and I felt safe and at home. This is still very fresh for me, a terribly disappointing and hurtful time. I still have no solutions. I still don’t know when I’m going to be working again, when I will be able to feel safe and comfortable with a steady source of income. The one thing I know is that two weeks ago, the night I was let go from my job, after I left that AA meeting, I did feel like I was a good fit. what happened to me was truly terrible, but I was not going to have to take a drink that night. For me, then and at this very moment, that’s all that matters. Kelly M. Edmonton, Alberta I use program words as the passwords ... such as ‘patience’ and ‘serene.’ aagrapevine.org 27 GRAPE_22-27.indd 27 4/4/11 4:27 PM