This is piece is from As Bill Sees It— a higher-thought-provoking little book, which is a collection of snips & clips from Bill Wilson, one of the founders of the program of recovery I "belong" to. It's my "bathroom reading." Because using the toilet is something I do every day, having a seat for few quick moments of bodily function & increasing spiritual awareness is great leveraged use of my time, and I'm healthy enough so I'm only there for a page or three <smile>.
Today's Day-By... Somedays I wake up resentful. Baffles me. I'm sober. Not hungover. So... why the resentment? (Character defect 101.)
As you'll read below, it's another thing I can accept and/or change with as much Grace & Wisdom as I can borrow from my Father's lending library of new & improved character traits.
"Too much of my life has been spent in dwelling upon the faults of others. This is a most subtle and perverse form of self-satisfaction, which permits us to remain comfortably unaware of our own defects. Too often we are heard to say, `If it weren't for him (or her), how happy I'd be!'"
Our very first problem is to accept our present circumstances as they are, ourselves as we are, and the people about us as they are. This is to adopt a realistic humility without which no genuine advance can even begin. Again and again, we shall need to return to that unflattering point of departure. This is an exercise in acceptance that we can profitably practice every day of our lives.
Provided we strenuously avoid turning these realistic surveys of the facts of life into unrealistic alibis for apathy of defeatism, they can be sure foundation upon which increased emotional health and therefore spiritual progress can be built.
— Bill Wilson, As Bill Sees It
"...accept our present circumstances as they are, ourselves as we are, and the people about us as they are." So, that's what goes on the top of my "To Be Done Today" list. Belongs there everyday.
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