todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful
for the not-so-hidden messages in Step 7 of Alcoholics Anonymous -- "Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings."
... we now clearly see that we have been making unreasonable demands upon ourselves, upon others, and upon God.
... the chief activator of our defects has been self-centered fear -- primarily fear that we would lose something we already possessed or would fail to get something we demanded.
... Living upon a basis of unsatisfied demands, we were in a state of continual disturbance and frustration.
It tells us that we need to try humility in seeking the removal of our other shortcomings. If I can find the same degree of humility that enabled me to find the grace by which such a deadly obsession (my drinking) could be banished, then there must be hope of the same result respecting any other problem I (we) could possibly have.
What an order! But I can go through with it.
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
- John Quincy Adams