How have you found faith, and how has it helped you let go of fear?
Kathy joins Spencer to dig into these questions and to share some recent experiences that prompted this topic. Our conversation touched on and was inspired by these topics:
- Fear and old behavior
- Fear of the G-O-D word
- How believe in a higher power became easier
- A story of “going through the fire to get to the other side” that pushed her into believing
- Examples of asking for help and seeing the clear, powerful result of that request
- “Faith V2” — really trusting and believing in my HPs path
- related to acceptance, powerlessness, willingness, surrender, humility
- Kathy's heart issue
- COVID and fear of financial instability (and a trip to Disneyland)
A friend sent an inspirational quote on the day we were recording the podcast
This life is yours.
Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.Unknown
Kathy wrote about this:
As we were digging into this and unpacking it as you say, their question was, it’s so overwhelming when I don’t know who I am… choosing what I want is such a big choice
I wanted to share this in the podcast because I feel like that’s an HP thing that this question came to me today
the strength of trusting in our HP is that we don’t have to know all the answers right now, thats where the faith comes in
taking it one tiny step at a time, using my HP for help to see which indicated next step is following my HPs path for me
Choosing faith over fear led me to be able to have serenity even in the middle of an emergency / crisis…
it gives me great comfort to know that I have a HP to lean on, & my loved ones have their own HP and I’m not it
my worries don’t fix anything or anyone including myself, so it’s much better for everyone involved if I just let all that go
The thing I love about this program is that I can discover tools that work for me, that allow me to have serenity and peace. Every day, every moment I have a choice – I can either use my tools or not. If I put the tools down, the next moment I can choose to pick them up again. My own serenity is up to me, which is the greatest example of self care I can give myself.
I matter, I have value, and my serenity is worth making the effort to keep and protect.
Readings and Links
We read from
Courage to Change, Sept 8, p. 252
One Day at a Time in Al-Anon, Sept 4, p. 248 and March 14, p. 74
Al-Anon Groups at Work, p. 24, Understanding Ourselves (last paragraph) This can be found in the Al-Anon Alateen Service Manual, which you can read online or download as a PDF file.
Kathy mentioned the Force and Power episode, number 249, which she said is “probably my favorite episode ever on The Recovery Show.”
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An upcoming topic is Worry about Loved ones and how to overcome it. How have you worried about a loved one’s drinking, actions, or health? How productive has that been? What have you done to let go of that worry? How do you use your recovery tools and principles in your daily life? Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.