Daily Reflections

July 7

. . . AND LETTING GO OF IT

. . . 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.  Therefore, no peace was to be had unless we could find a means of reducing these demands.  The difference between a demand and a simple request is plain to anyone.

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS p. 76. 

    Peace is possible for me only when I let go of expectations.  When I'm trapped in thoughts about what I want and what should be coming to me, I'm in a state of fear or anxious anticipation and this is not conducive to emotional sobriety.  I must surrender over and over to the reality of my dependence of God, for then I find peace, gratitude and spiritual security.

 
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