Enjoy the Journey

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves.

–Rainer Maria Rilke

We carry problems and discrepancies within us, quandaries that are not easily answered – and we have bigger questions about life and the world. Why did I act as I did in my younger years? Can my life partnership be happy again? How should I handle a secret that I carry? What is this thing we call Higher Power and God?

We are on a journey and, in some ways, this journey is a quest for answers. The questions give energy and direction to our seeking. We cannot expect to get quick or easy answers. And some questions will always remain just that: questions. But we can learn to be patient with ourselves, tolerant of our incompleteness, and always curious about how it will all turn out.

Today I will practice patience with myself and embrace my unsolved questions as crucial elements in my quest.

In sobriety, I have learned that I don’t need to know the answers. I am only in control of my own actions today. I am powerless over other people, places, and things. I am powerless over the outcome. I have power over my own actions. Therefore, I pray and meditate on a daily basis, ask for feedback and direction from friends and my Higher Power, then I surrender and let things play out. Everything always works out the way it’s supposed to. Living life and being on this journey is much more enjoyable when I surrender and let things play out.

Progress not Perfection

Taking the first step helps bridge the gulf between our dreams and our accomplishments.

Whether the project is cleaning the garage, building a cathedral, or recovering from an addiction, plans must be translated into action. In order to arrive at our destination, we must begin the trip. We can read hundreds of college catalogs, but it’s when we register for a course, buy a textbook, and begin to study that we are on our way to a degree.

Two factors inhibit our beginning a project. The first is lack of clear motivation, and the second is fear of failure. If we don’t really want to do something, it’s hard to get started. So, if motivation is a problem, we may need to reconsider our choice of projects.

As for fear of failure, this may be something that we step over and around as we move forward. It is not a good reason for aborting a dream. If, in spite of fear of failure, we make a beginning, we will find that the fear shrinks with every step we take. Action is the catalyst. We learn how to do something by doing it.

I will take the first step toward accomplishing a dream today by getting started.

Progress not perfection. In sobriety, I have learned that I just need to do the next indicated thing. I do the next indicated thing, then surrender and let things play out. I know that I am not in control. I control my actions and that is it. Everything else is up to God. Everything ALWAYS works out the way it is supposed to.