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Motivational Meditation Monday: Keep Calm & Practice Principles

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practice principles“It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.” – Alfred Adler

Practice Principles Meditation

It’s easy to speak of having principles when we are in the rooms, It’s an entirely different story to practice these principles outside the rooms. Some of us were so used to acting out in bad behavior we just didn’t know until someone took the time to teach us, others just want to see if they can get away with it and not get drunk or high. When we don’t practice principles in all our affairs, for the addict and alcoholic, we run a great risk of getting drunk or high. This is not speculation; it’s been proven over and over again through our experience.

How does one practice principles? It can be pretty simple when we don’t complicate things. If we are not being loving, patient, tolerant, understanding, and self-less; chances are we are not living by principles. Sometimes doing the right thing, especially in early recovery, is not always popular. If we care more about what others think of us rather than doing the right thing, we are letting the power of others run our lives rather than our Higher Power.

It is also easier for us to judge others rather than look at our own flaws and character defects. When we take the focus off ourselves, and place it on another person we are only stunting our growth in recovery. Sometimes we cause harm to others through our actions, gossip, and how we treat them. Here we are not trying to be of service, we are not being grateful, and we are certainly not being humble. We are acting as if we are better then them and that we know what our Higher Power wants for them. Their recovery is none of our business, and if we are not being helpful, then at the very least we should not be harmful. 

If you don't stand for something you will surely fall for anything. We must carry the message in all our actions as well as our words. We not only hurt others with our poor behaviors, but we ultimately hurt ourselves. Recovery is not about you in the end, it’s about others. It’s about how we build relationships with our Higher Power, ourselves, and those around us. It’s about being humble and grateful for the new life we have been given. May we always remember to share with others our gratitude and practice principles in all our affairs. 

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Written By: Watershed Ashling

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