A few days I am focused on the 'trudging' part of this phrase, but, more often than not, I am magnifying the "happy destiny" portion.
Trudging can get the upper hand if I am worrying about an outcome - projecting - not living in the NOW. At those times things seem difficult, complicated, overwhelming, and solutions appear out-of-my-grasp.
I have learned how to turn this around by shifting my perspective to a positive attitude - an attitude of gratitude. I do this by using the tools I have learned first in Alcoholics Anonymous and later in Al-Anon. Some of the tools I use are prayer, acceptance, trust, faith, belief, the 12 steps, the 12 traditions, the slogans, the telephone, my sponsor, and meetings.
Today I am living my "happy destiny". I know that as long as I continue to live my AA and Al-Anon programs and freely give away what I have been so freely given, this "road of happy destiny" will take me into forever.
As I have moved down this joyful road, these are just some of the things I have found:
- Freedom from the bondage to alcohol
- Freedom from slavery to people, places, or things
- Freedom from constant fear, worry, and anxiety
- Acceptance in general, acceptance of myself
- Serenity, peace of mind, emotional balance
- An intuitive sense of how to deal with people, places, and things that used to terrify me, leaving me feeling powerless, alone, less than, and totally inadequate and filled with fear
- Belief in the power of prayer to actually change my insides and my outer conditions
- Self-love and true love for others
- Hope has replaced that hopeless state of mind where despair and dread dwelt always....light has dispelled that darkness
- I am free to be me..........
(Photo credit: Dirt Road by DancinPants)