” We must be willing to let go of all thoughts that tell us that we will never get well. These are the same thought that have imprisoned us over the years. We now listen to the God of our understanding and proceed with the belief that what we hold about the world on the outside of us is determined and governed by the world that is lived within us.
We are in a brand new way, on a new path, and find ourselves committed to a fresh belief that something powerful is starting to blossom within me. A peace that surpasses all understanding is beginning to be born as we learn to relax and wait and listen for that still small voice. We pray that the God of our understanding make a way out of this desert of misery just as it has already created a way for those of us who live in the fellowship. Our thoughts move inside us with light and peace. ”
Bill W., tells us
“We are sure God would like us to see us happy, joyous and free. Hence, we cannot subscribe to the belief that this life necessarily has to be a vale of tears, though it once was just that for many of us. But it became clear that most of the time we had made our own misery.”
CLARIFICATION OF THOUGHT
By Hugh, a member of Depressed Anonymous
I realized that with time and work on myself, I gradually realized that I didn’t have to live with the self-bashing thoughts that continually circled around in my head. It was only til I got involved with the 12 Step program of recovery that my mind found peace and calm. The ruminations and my up and down erratic thinking began to smooth out while my moods began spiraling upwards and my self-worth went up as well.
It was a fact that my ruminations were an effort by my mind to find the answer to why I was so depressed. It was like a dog chasing its tail. Let me tell you, that gets old after awhile. When my physical self began to wear down I knew I needed help. No longer did I want to keep myself in a “misery mode” and so I did something that I never did before. I reached out to a 12 Step mutual aid group in my community and there I found a way out of the misery thoughts that kept circling in my mind. The Depressed Anonymous group provided me with a miracle, namely., that I could come and share my pain and my isolation with folks just like myself. They were becoming free and they promised me the same freedom. Now I have the tools for overcoming my sadness and misery. That was 33 years ago. They promised me I could change. They were right.
Copyright (c) As Bill Sees it: The way of life….selected writings of A.A.’ s co-founder. AA World Services. NY. Page 218.
Copyright (c) I’ll do it when I feel better. (2017) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville. KY. Pages 52-53. (Promise #12.)
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