From the BlogMeet Ron


Eye Opener (1950)
The mind of man is unable to approximate the
untold millions of dollars that have been spent 
by us alcoholics in that futile chase after happiness,
only to find that what we purchased was not 
happiness but misery, want, illness and despair.
By calling off the hunt, by quitting our quest for
fun that we had always been searching for.
 Verrnon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
“True happiness exists. True happiness is the realization that
you don’t have to create your own happiness. So since those are
solid facts, what are you doing running around, thinking around,
reacting around like a loser? You know what I mean by that. You
live very closely to yourself. You feel the defeat and the trem-
bling all the time because, unfortunately, all you have to live
with is yourself, and we’re going to start changing that this
from a talk given 5/26/1991
Daily Reflections
MARCH 25, 2017 
I try hard to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits. When brimming with gratitude, one’s heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion that we can ever know.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 37
I believe that we in Alcoholics Anonymous are fortunate in that we are constantly reminded of the need to be grateful and of how important gratitude is to our sobriety. I am truly grateful for the sobriety God has given me through the A.A. program and am glad I can give back what was given to me freely. I am grateful not only for sobriety, but for the quality of life my sobriety has brought. God has been gracious enough to give me sober days and a life blessed with peace and contentment, as well as the ability to give and receive love, and the opportunity to serve others—in our Fellowship, my family and my community. For all of this, I have “a full and thankful heart.”
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

The stream flows around and through us, 
but the Spirit cannot drink for us. 
Ernest Holmes words that heal today page 73

Any time I am in resentment, 
I am not taking care of myself.
I am blaming someone else for something I need to do.
Ala-non member
“Everyone is asleep. 
They’ve all been asleep for years. 
You seemed … awake.’ 
Alex is whispering now. 
He closes his eyes, opens them again.’
I’m tired of sleeping.” 
― Lauren Oliver, Delirium
 The meetings is about starting and completing. 

If we are not together in the heart, whats the point?
~ Rumi
ACIM Workbook Lesson 83 Insights
Review: “My only function is the one God gave me.”
and “My happiness and my function are one.”
God’s Love is constant and changeless. As I was created by God’s Love as Love, I am constant and changeless. The Love I am is my function. My true Identity is my happiness. In reality there can be no conflicting goals. If I think I have another goal, that goal is meaningless and an illusion. There is no other goal than God’s Love because there can be nothing besides God’s Love. My remembering this is my salvation.
It is my job to recognize empty goals and let them go. It is only when I stick to my true function that I can be truly happy. This is my practice today. My only function is the one God gave me. My happiness and my function are one.
If I was created by Love as Love, then my only function can be to Love. Love is changeless, always giving. And because giving and receiving are the same, Love is always receiving what it gives. To attempt to stop Love or limit Love in any way is to reject Love as It is and try to make It something It is not. Since I am Love, to reject Love is to reject my Self.
This world was made as an attempt to change Love, to make Love different, unequal, special. In this world of limitation, it is not possible to fully experience Love, but we can prepare the way to that experience through forgiveness.
In this world, forgiveness is Love’s reflection. So while I believe in this world, my only function is forgiveness, letting go of all attempts to change Love. Forgiveness is letting go of conflicting goals. All judgment is an attempt to impose goals other than Love.
Love makes no demands. It holds no grievances. Through forgiveness, I release demands and grievances. This is how I open the door to the true happiness that comes with singleness of purpose, having one goal and no other. Peace comes with accepting my function of always offering Love and nothing else.
Holy Spirit, help me today to maintain this singleness of purpose, to see only Love and offer only Love. In deepest gratitude I accept my only function.
I bought my son his first car this weekend. It cost a bit more than I had planned to pay and I was worried about making the notes. As I did my lesson for the day I decided that this was a wonderful opportunity to practice it.
I realized that my goal was not to make more money to pay this higher note or anything else about the money. My goal was to release the fear and embrace the love. I didn’t ask God for anything to do with fixing the problem. I asked Holy Spirit for another way to see this situation. I think that this is how I can learn to stick to my true function; by not allowing myself to get distracted by a myriad of perceived problems.
Let me know only You, God. Let me be only as You created me to be. I am content with this. I need nothing else. I want to be only as I was created to be. I am one with You in this. You created me from Yourself. This is what I am. Being this is my greatest happiness, my true joy. Being anything else is pretense, a sham, a false image built on nothingness. My reality is what I am, that comes from You.
I sit in this awareness. I sit in willingness to acknowledge and extend this true Self. I know Holy Spirit can bring this to me. I trust that my true Self is knowable and that I can come to know my Self with the guidance of Holy Spirit. What could be more natural and satisfying than to be my Real Self? Being my Real Self is my function, my only function. This is also my happiness. They are joined as one inseparable breath of God’s Life. I live because God lives in me.
Each breath of God’s awareness enlivens me, fills me with quickening energy that radiates through me. My being lives. I am resurrected from the body and feel the breath of True Life once more. This is Heaven. I am free to breathe Love, only Love. There is no greater happiness, no greater joy than this. I am complete and whole in God as I Am. My only function and only happiness is to be I Am. I am filled with gratitude to be Who I Am.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
Seek quiet places where you can regularly get away by yourself and be free to think of God. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
And this I know: whether the one True Light,
Kindle to Love, or Wrathconsume me quite,
One Glimpse of It within the Tavern caught
Better than in the Temple lost outright.
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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