May 27: Growing


We have learned that the satisfaction of instincts cannot be the sole end and aim of our lives. If we place instincts first, we have got the cart before the horse; we shall be pulled backward into disillusionment. But when we are willing to place spiritual growth first–then and only then do we have a real chance. – Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 114

I’m Julie and still a grateful alcoholic. This reading above reminds me that I have grown and changed. I am not the person that I used to be. Today, I have learned to put my faith in the God of my understanding first. When I remember to pause and trust God, anything is possible. The key here is to pause… Sometimes I fall short and then I have to use the 10th step. But, it doesn’t happen as often as it used to and that is growth.

Today my goal is to continue to grow. I don’t fear failure or success like I used to. I’m grateful when things are comfortable but I’m aware that life gives me opportunities for growth. Some I may like more than others. But I don’t fear life as something I must endure. I am no longer existing but living. I have had experience of facing challenges head on in sobriety, and I have seen that my faith in my God gets me through, always.

So I am growing and I am grateful. I will keep coming back. I hope you do, too.
Please share on this topic or anything that’s on your mind. Thank you for allowing me to be of service.
Happy Memorial Day!
Julie K