November 4th is a day of reflection for many, and that can take on different meanings to all of us. For those in recovery from alcohol addiction in particular, it’s an especially important time to look inward and recognize the progress we have made over the past weeks, months, even years.
It’s easy to forget how far we’ve come when the days are hard but taking the time today–in whatever way feels right–to honor our struggles will empower us to go forward with courage. To all of you who battle alcoholism every single day: deep breaths, self love, kindness!
We applaud your strength and resilience as you strive towards sobriety each passing day; may this blog post help remind you just of how strong and determined you really are.
Daily Reflections November 4
. . . when they [self-examination, meditation and prayer] are logically related and interwoven, the result is an unshakable foundation for life.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 98
Reflecting on my daily experiences can be an invaluable practice in self-discovery. By acknowledging both the good and bad moments of each day, I am able to track growth as well as identify areas that need improvement – it’s not always easy but its worth taking time for myself.
Meditation and prayer are especially helpful tools; they allow me to set aside any distress from the day while humbly asking for guidance along this journey towards understanding who I am meant to be with God’s loving discipline at my side every step of the way.
With regular diligent practice, self-reflection at the end of each day becomes second nature. Although the task of taking an honest look at our insufficiencies is challenging, by understanding these shortcomings and striving to remain dedicated to our journey and program, we can transform into a version of ourselves that better suits our purpose in life.
We learn how to effectively moderate our responses with prayerful wisdom, rather than with prideful defiance. God’s loving discipline helps us overcome our humanly ambitions, guiding us ever so gently away from delusion and towards His greater will for ourselves.
His infinite grace will continually light the way as we remain devoted to our journey—if only we take the time to listen closely and accept its love-filled guidance. So may each of us take the plunge, committing to introspective reflections at night so that God’s plan can be revealed more fully in the morning — as we embark on this powerful pilgrimage known as life.