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Grapevine : July 2011
they just point me in the right direc- tion and, in time, I am able to float back down to reality. My attitude change is a direct result of my newfound faith, with me finally starting to believe and trust that my Higher Power will carry me through any obstacles. In the past, I used to believe that God put unfor- tunate circumstances in my path to punish me or deliberately make me feel bad. I do not feel that way any- more. I feel that, no matter how good we have been, we will always come up against adversities, and the way we react to those adversities is a di- rect result of our relationship with a Higher Power. We can either choose to embrace life's hardships and trust that God will not put anything into our lives that we cannot handle, or we can resist obstacles, blame and deny. None of those negative reac- tions ever makes anything go away, of course, the resistance just makes the burden heavier. One of the obstacles I am deal- ing with right now is working with a bunch of women who like to gather and gossip, very frequently, through- out the day. Admittedly, I get caught up in it from time to time. When the conversation starts to get negative, I can retreat and disconnect from what is going on. I can leave the conversa- tion, do some writing at my desk. If it's slow, I can text a program friend or make a phone call. Gossip is a lifelong problem that I have been working on. More often than not, if I become aware of what is going on around me, step back for a moment and take a look at my part, and then surrender it to my Higher Power, I find I intuitive- ly do know how to handle a situation that used to baffle me. Following faith in a Higher Power comes having faith in myself. I can get through these problems as they present themselves. Being a typical alcoholic egomaniac with an inferiority complex, I never had any type of confidence in my own ability to handle life's problems. I always believed that I needed some type of savior to fix all my problems. As a spiritual being, I am interdependent. I need the guidance and support of those around me and the strength of my Higher Power to get through these difficulties. Coming through some very serious problems in my life, I know now that, with all the AA tools at my disposal, I can endure anything. Janice H. Oakland, Calif. More often than not, if I ... surrender it to my Higher Power, I find I intuitively do know how to handle a situation that used to baffle me. aagrapevine.org 49