Monday, June 14, 2010

Step Eleven "Sought through prayer ...

and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out."

It took me a lot of conscious practice just to get in the habit of a nightly prayer. I resisted this for half a century. But once I could do it every night (it took about 2 weeks for the habit to form) it became something I don't feel complete without doing. Learning to pray/meditate in the morning was more difficult. But today, at almost 7 years sober, I have formed the habit of a short prayer within the first few minutes of awakening. I simply ask for guidance in being the best I can be -- for today.

I'm not one to pray multiple times during the day, although yesterday could have used some additional prayer time.

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

that I'm open to just about any suggestion

that Regina told her story of experience, strength and hope

that I was able to restart my day several times yesterday. It was just one of those days for me. I have had very, very few of these since I got sober, but there can be exceptions.

for the years I spent living in many countries. I hear so many people who think that the good old USA is the only place on this planet that can do anything right. People I respect, but who are simply ignorant of the richness of the different cultures of this world.

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.
- James Dent


Mary Christine said...

Thanks Dave.

Syd said...

That is my morning prayer as well. Thanks Dave.

Scott said...

My morning prayer tends to be simple and quick also dAAve. I pray whenever the urge strikes, almost as if in conversation with HP. I've never really been one for a routine in the evening.

Thanks for the thoughts this morning!

Em said...

My morning prayer is for God to guide my thoughts and actions, for his will not mine to be done. I appreciate this post on the 11th step. I also had to practice to get into a habit of praying regularly at night, and I still sometimes falter, but I just keep trying. Have a great day dAAve :)

Todd HellsKitchen said...

Hi Buddy... Went to the 75th Anniversary BIG MEETING of AA yesterday at the NY Hilton... Quite something!!

Maris Modesto said...

I've succeeded in keeping the prayerful life for a month, but eventually slackened afterwards. It is not easy, and it requires a lot of sincerity and diligence on our part.