March 23

FAITH MONTH: DAY 23: “Sometimes it takes a wrong turn to get you to the right place.”― Mandy Hale

Our judgments tell us the wrong message. There are no “wrong turns” in life. We can even sit still and make no turns at all if we choose. No matter to the Universe.

Our impact is not that great as I see it. I do not believe that me turning left or right has large significance to Universe, because there is only so much I am here to do and be. How I get there is between me and that Power that gave me free will to begin with.

What I DO believe is that I am either happy or not, depending on how much I choose to steer this vehicle in my life. The direction I follow determines how I get to live. When I align myself with spiritual principles and quit using justification and excuses or story to live by, I am happier and become more connected to Universal Power. That is all.

My faith is the steering mechanism. I am either having faith in Ego or Spirit, and all of my actions will be determined by that faith. It is obvious to myself and others when I am willing to sit and meditate on what I am up to. I have some wonderful guidance from others with whom I interact on these topics. I am willing to listen to their counsel because they know me well. Never do they tell me what to do unless I ask for direction on something to read or write to get to a place I have not been before.

So I think that although we believe we were on the wrong path when we got to recovery, there is absolutely no way that is true. It was a twisty, confusing path for me to get here (aren’t they all?), but I know I could not have traveled any other way. Not possible. I needed all the confusion and all the twists, or the destination would never have been reached.

I have perfect faith in two things regarding recovery:

  1. That the ONLY purpose of all 12 steps and all of AA is summed up in this line in the BB: “See to it…” That is all I need to do. The rest is just blah, blah about how others have done it.
  2. That the most important sentence in that book is “Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God’s world by mistake.”

With those two sentences, the book is just information for me. I truly know that today. It is good information, and I have read it thousands of times. I don’t memorize it, except for those two sentences. It is perfect for the job it has been designated to perform. Our faith will show us what to do with all of that information. But, most of us don’t do it. I am grateful I have never once balked at any of it. I am willing to be as spiritually connected and happy as I can be. Very grateful for it too!

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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