Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Wednesday 8/19/09 - "WE WILL NOT REGRET"

"WE WILL NOT REGRET"


"WE WILL NOT REGRET THE PAST
NOR WISH TO SHUT THE DOOR ON IT"
(Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 83 - the 2nd 9th step promise)


When I first got sober it took a while to move my mind out of the past. I hashed over and over in my head the sadness, tears, confusion, mental and emotional pain, and failures I thought defined my life in its entirety. As the months and years passed, I was able to move out of the past and into the present that was improving slowly,
but surely.

I had many regrets that my life had turned out as it did. As I worked the steps, I looked deeply into myself and discovered that my problems weren't totally of everybody else's making as I had been so sure was the case. I became able to see that in very large part I created my own problems. Not knowing how to live life on life's terms, I turned to behaviors, ways of thinking, and coping skills that may have served me at some point, but eventually failed me entirely and resulted in my turning to alcohol as the final solution to my problems. This led to near disaster.

By the time I worked the 12th Step I had found a new relationship with God. I felt God forgave me, I made amends to those people I had harmed, and I began to forgive myself. I had accepted my life. This acceptance has grown over the years.

Today, I know that God has been in my life always. I know that every experience I have had - good and bad - God has used to help me grow or to help someone else. I no longer regret.

Prayer Girl

11 comments:

Steve E. said...

Is this that "door which swings both ways?"

Shadow said...

being able to move out of the past... that's a gift in itself. scary in the beginning, leaving behind the known, even though it was not functional, into territory where you didn't know the rules...

Just Be Real said...

Powerful post PG, appreciate it very much. We "grow" in Christ daily. Thank you. ♥

Findon said...

Just as it was for me PG. My past brought me to today and my Beautiful, now thats not so bad is it.

Gin said...

Beautiful message PG. I'm laughing at Steve's observation. It was a good one indeed.

Lou said...

I remember the sense of freedom when I gave up regrets. I'm happy that God gave me the husband, two children, and great life I have today.

Cat said...

I am still working on regrets but life certainly is easier now that I know the way.

Madison said...

God really changes things. I think we can put our trust in Him, knowing He's big enough to forgive. Face forward. Nice post.

mitch said...

Thanks for the hope. My past still haunts me sometimes.Peace

Tall Karen said...

I swore this was the one promise that would never come true for me. The pity pot still makes me forget sometimes...there are NO accidents in God's world. Beautiful post.

Syd said...

I like that I have come to not regret the past but I have learned from it.