PROGRESS

Definition of Progress: forward or onward movement towards a destination.
Synonyms of Progress: advancement, betterment, growth, headway, progression, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
Readers are encouraged to click external links for more detail.
We hope you find them helpful.
Love in fellowship.

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Maturity is not an overnight miracle. Take things slowly, for spiritual progress requires time for growth. Remind yourself today not to push yourself faster than you need to go. –The 12 Step Prayer Book 241 | More…

We examine our actions, reactions, and motives. We often find that we’ve been doing better than we’ve been feeling –Just For Today | More…

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Spiritual progress is made by pushing aside busyness and efficiency. We become receptive to inspiration by allowing empty spaces in our lives, some solitude and idleness. –Touchstones | More…

We have to accept that at any given moment we are somewhere in that ongoing process.
Spiritual bypass does indeed have a softer side, one that doesn’t define us as ‘less than’ or ‘immature’, but as mortal and ever evolving –Recovering Spirituality/Ingrid Mathieu Ph.D. p.81-91 | More…

In following the A.A. program with its twelve steps, we have the advantage of a better understanding of our problems. Day after day our sobriety results in the formation of new habits, normal habits. Learn daily the lesson of trust and calm in the midst of the storms of life. –24Hours | More…

Since most of us are born with an abundance of natural desires, it isn’t strange that we often let these far exceed their intended purpose. If we ask, God will certainly forgive our derelictions.

But in no case does he render us white as snow and keep us that way without our cooperation. That is something we are supposed to be willing to work toward ourselves. He asks only that we try as best we know how to make progress in the building of character. –As Bill Sees It | More… (p.204)

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You cannot get it by taking thought.
You cannot seek it by not taking thought.

When we learn that part of our problem was trying too hard, being too self-sufficient, or being too controlling, our old ways tell us to try hard to control that. But then we are only doing more of the same old thing.

We learn that after making our decision, our Higher Power takes over. Now it is possible to be released from our own trying, to move beyond our own efforts by falling into the caring hand of God. –Touchstones | More…

We don’t know the road.
We only know we’re on the right one. –Keep It Simple | More…

Do we truly want money, or are we attempting to escape the basically insecure nature of life? Our desires, our wants, and our anxieties are spiritual issues.

When we admit the deeper fears and desires, we move closer to the spiritual truths of our lives. We can learn to have spiritual peace in an insecure world. –Touchstones | More…

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Our program and the Steps have warmed us from the inside out. Just as a bonfire warms those who stand around it, the Steps take away the chill we have felt for so long.

At times, we’ll be tempted to move away from the Steps. At times, we’ll get tired of looking at our behavior and attitudes. We are by nature, controlling people.

We need to stay close to the Steps and the warmth they hold; Remember the chill of our disease. –Keep It Simple | More…

I have got rid of most of my inner conflicts. I was full of recklessness when I was drunk and full of remorse when I was sober. A.A. taught me how to get organized and to stop fighting against myself. –24Hours | More…

I no longer refuse to do anything because I cannot do it to perfection. Have I stopped hiding behind the smoke-screen of perfectionism? “In the world ye shall have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.” Keep an undaunted spirit. –24 Hours | More…

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We are progressing on schedule. Even when our personal hopes are unmet, we are given the necessary opportunities for achieving those goals that complement our unique destinies.

We might not consider every experience a gift at this time. But hindsight will offer the clarity lacking at the moment, just as it has done in many instances that have gone before.  –Each Day A New Beginning/Karen Casey 06/12 | More…

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