Fear as a stepping stone (As Bill sees it, page 22)
“The chief activator of our defects has been self centered fear – primarily fear that we 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.
For all its usual destructiveness, we found that fear can be a starting point for better things. Fear can be a stepping stone to prudence and to a decent respect for others. It can the path to justice, as well as to hate. And the more we have of respect and justice, the more we shall begin to find love which can suffer much, and yet be freely given”.
When I went into myself imposed withdrawal recently, fear was my biggest problem, I had resigned and the other 2 work projects did not work out, so fear of no income, how was I still going to stay in my flat, all that and few other problems had me only focused on myself, my mind was in turmoil, my praying was haphazard, if only then I could of thought of that off switch.
November 19 Daily reflections with the heading ( I was slipping fast), that was me and the realisation of how far I had slipped.
I went back to prayer in earnestness and continual reading of AA material, and also tech host for another skype meeting.
I know with continual work on myself and praying my thoughts are not consumed with myself.
With the help of God it all one day at a time.
The floor is now open.
Thanks for letting me share.