When In Doubt, Ask.

When In Doubt, Ask.

Courage To Change — October 21, 2019

OCD, trying to control everything, assuming we know everything, its a character flaw that I will own up to. Hell, I can make an entire identity out o fit on a bad jaunt. But the truth is that I don’t know everything, or every path, or the solution to any given issue. Often I find myself simply asking my higher power for the strength to carry on and the wisdom to understand my role in it. When you’re up against the wall, and when in doubt, ask.
Quick and Simple Disclaimer: The readings in this post are literally taken wholesale out of the book entitled Courage to Change. You can find it at Amazon, Here. The portion entitled Alleged Insight, well that mess is all me.
If you’re an introvert, go buy the book, if you’re a broke introvert, the text from many good books can be found HERE , if you’re in dire straits however, go find an Al-Anon Meeting, it saved me.
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Today’s Reading

Many times I have said, “I wish I had faith.” And what I’ve heard from so many wise Al-Anon members is, “Surrender your lack of faith to your Higher Power, and ask for faith.”

I have said, “I know I am powerless, but I feel so helpless, frightened, hopeless,” and I have been told I had the option to surrender those feelings as ask for what I need. Powerless does not mean helpless. In fact, it can lead us to a source of enormous power – the power to carry out God’ swill.

I have always said, “I can’t figure out what God wants me to do, though I’ve prayed for guidance.” My loving sponsor always says, “God doesn’t speak in code. Ask for clarity, and then trust that you will get it when the time is right.”

When in doubt, I am learning that the answer is to ask.

Today’s reminder

After years of asking only for a particular solution to a problem, such as “Please make the alcoholic stop drinking!” – I need to learn a better way to ask for help. Today I will meditate fora few minutes on what I need, and then I will ask a Power greater than myself to help me with it.

“Even if we have struggled with the idea of a Higher Power, we have learned that asking for help works…”

….In All Our Affairs

Alleged Insight:

How to talk about the lack of something? I am seriously struggling with this one today. The first image that comes to mind when faced with the reading is something like this one:

Photo by N. on Unsplash

Photo by N. on Unsplash

Of itself, that’s not a troublesome map, but it does have some unknown quantities, and I’ll bet that the edge has an inscription on it somewhere which roughly reads “Here be monsters” for the unknown areas. Now this isn’t what the reading is referencing, but I’m in an odd mental place today. It’s been a day when I’ve had to “Let Go and Let God” more times that I can count on two hands.

I’ve often heard that if only we [humans] would get out of our own way, things would run so much smoother. I have to wonder if there is more to this statement than it would first appear. In fact, when approaching life with the faith that it will all work out, (Faith in whatever you believe in, Karma, God, Balance, whatever) and then proceeding forward with that faith held securely in front of you as both shield and guide, life does have a way of managing to work out.

I mean, I’m not dead yet, and I probably should be based on my history. So have faith that things will come around.

Closing thoughts:

Trust that when you need the skills, knowledge, and abilities, you will have them. Once that’s done, keep moving forward, eyes open, ready to receive whatever it is you need to receive, and do what’s asked of you. Let go of controlling the situation, and instead just focus on doing your best in your role in the events to come.


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