I often ride my bicycle to meetings both to get exercise and to save fuel.
Yesterday the winds were wicked and I fought hard to get to my meeting, pushing myself the whole time. It was grueling and painstaking. Several times I almost gave up and went home, but I pushed myself knowing that meetings always provide unexpected gifts. Besides, I told myself, the ride home will be easier if the wind does not shift.
The meeting was great, and I began my ride home. Although the wind was on my back, I could not feel it, but the proof was that my ride was effortless and I cut over 15 minutes off the 10 mile ride, quite a feat for me.
Then, I realized my bike trip was how I worked my program. The first half was difficult and painstaking, many times almost gave up, but I continued one day at a time following the steps. And, by the time I had completed my 4th and 5th steps, (half way through) I began to enjoy the promises, beginning with the 5th step promise. It was so subtle, I was hardly aware and yet life was/is easier. I was reminded that if I work it, it works and I learn to love myself.
I am thankful today that God is with me in the good times as well as the difficult times and when things are easy and going well, I tend to forget to thank God. Today I will thank God for my gifts and how I was brought to program.