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I have recovered from the disease of Alcoholism. I believe there is only one person really,.. everybody. And that peace of mind is everything. -So treat your neighbor as you would treat yourself, because your neighbor IS yourself. I think most of recovery is what I would call common sense, but that learning to be ordinary is a true gift very few people acquire. My ambition is to accept everything unflinchingly, with compassion, and therefore be intrinsically comfortable in my own skin, no matter what. I am comfortable being uncomfortable and am willing to go to any lengths to improve my life. I believe the Big Book was divinely inspired, and is extraordinarily powerful. Unfortunately AA's best kept secret a lot of the time. (In my opinion). I just try to do what works, no matter what it is.

Friday, August 05, 2011

4 Column Worksheet: Magic Magnifying Mind: Where am I and where am I going?

The Doctor in "Acceptance was the answer" page 407 talks of a 'Magic magnifying mind' on page 420, and says on page 419 that "If I focus on a problem, the problem increases: if I focus on the answer, the answer increases."
You can see a pdf of Acceptance was the answer here http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/bigbook/pdf/theystoppedintime16.pdf

The picture above is a worksheet that I think addresses problem solving from this persecutive. It is based on something I was shown regarding Step 1, 2 and 3.
The reason I mention it, is because it is very useful long after step 1 2 and 3 is over. We all tend to dwell on the problem instead of trying to envisage the solution. For me, this is a useful way to get myself to focus on what I want instead of dwelling on the stuff that's not working. I find it very positive. Plus it forces me to think beyond what I think I can achieve right now, and if I keep thinking of the new picture or the new vision, my mind becomes adjusted to this new vision. Much nicer than thinking about how I get it wrong. :) It gives me hope, and gets me fired up and excited about how I could do it a better way. There is no pressure to get it right immediately because as you can see in the 4th column, I need only ask myself could a power make me into that kind of person. That's all.

Anyway, the picture is big enough to print out and be readable. This is not intended to be an overview of Step 1, 2 and three, instead I just wanted to share something which I found, and still find very useful.

Anyway I hope you are having a !!! lovely Friday :)

8 comments:

Syd said...

Thanks for sharing this. I have used the observance of myself from a distance and told sponsees about this. Will save this!

indistinct said...

Thank you.

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Last 100 Days as an Alcoholic said...

I like the focus and the power we are invest in it. Thanks!

johno said...

Posssssssstttttt :-)

Andrew Stephen said...

Nice informative blog, thanks for sharing.

Carrie said...

Don't know what happened to you IrishFriend...after taking note of a comment to a post at Gospodi Pomiluj (Illusionary Pedestal)...I sent you a message through your yahoo messenger account and it got bounced back.

This very worksheet was also very enlightening though!! Thanks for sharing!!

An Irish Friend of Bill said...

thanks for dropping by Carrie, and for your thoughts.. yes I keep meaning to write a post! Very bad of me not to.. Its nice of you to comment and I didnt know the yahoo thing didnt work anymore so I've put an email at the top instead friendofbillNOSPAM@fastmail.fm Just take out the nospam and it will work fine :)