Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Monday Thoughts ~ Statement #1


“You raze the old to raise the new.”  -Justina Chen

“New Year’s Day.  A fresh start.  A new chapter in life waiting to be written.  New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved.  Answers to be discovered and the lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery.  Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand.  Only dreams give birth to change.”  -Sarah Ban Breathnach 

“The price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret.”  -Nido Qubein 

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Statement #1, “I have a life-threatening problem that once had me.”
I now take charge of my life and my well-being.  I accept the responsibility.
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      This past year was filled with many firsts and numerous lasts, but one thing in common we share is our human spirit.  We have the opportunity to employ acceptance and gratitude for what was, while opening our hearts and minds to embrace what can be.  Maybe 2017 was a first year of sobriety or maybe you added another twelve months to your New Life, yet at the core; change, responsibility and action influence our well-being.
      Learning to live without the crutch of alcohol is a courageous act of love and Statement #1 is where it begins.  Embarking each morning clearly knowing what was said or done the night before is freeing, empowering and inspiring.  In our WFS Program Booklet, Jean states, “I have a life-threatening problem, but it no longer has me.  It no longer controls me.  I am the master of my actions, and I am the master of myself.”
      What will 2018 be like for you?  Here are some questions that can jump start your New Year: 

·        What are your goals and aspirations?
·        What is one thing you can do today to get you closer to that goal?
·        What will you create?
·        Is there a new skill or hobby you want to learn?
·        Is anything holding you back?
·        What are you resisting?
·        Is there something fearful that you are resisting?  Success?  Change?  Health?  Intimacy? 

      Resisting can also be healthy: resisting alcohol is the beginning of sobriety and leads into recovery.
      Be YOU.  Everyone else is taken.  Embrace your exceptional qualities and work on changing areas that you feel need work.  No one is perfect, allow yourself to be the best you.

Hugzzz and Happy New Year!
Karen
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Hi 4C Women,
      I was thinking about this past year and how much I am grateful for and what I have learned about myself.  It’s amazing to me that after all these years, I am still being taught life lessons.  I have to say that sobriety is not boring!  It may be extremely challenging at times but that is life and I am so glad that I am meeting these challenges with a clear mind and LOTS of loving support.  This is one of the reasons I have remained involved with WFS - the gift of receiving while also giving is precious to me and so invaluable.  Even though I have been sober a long time, the need for continued hope, acceptance and understanding is still with me.  When a new woman walks through the doors, I hope that is the feeling she is receiving.  Even though it may appear we have it all together, we share a history of struggles, disappointments, frustrations, pain and along with that, joy, peace, forgiveness, trust and compassion.  We start out wanting a New Life and if we stay with it, we create a New Life.
      So as the New Year begins, I encourage you to give back by sharing, giving hope and attending meetings, either f2f, online or BOTH, and give back the gift you received.  No matter where you are at in this recovery journey, you have something to offer.  For those who have been attending for a while, a new member is a gift of remembrance and gratefulness to be able to give the hope and encouragement they received in the beginning.  For new members, you are in a safe place to share, to be accepted and supported with compassion.  Either way, we are bonded together without explanation but with acceptance.

Bonded,
4C WFS member
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