Sometimes Quickly, Sometime Slowly

The last twenty-four hours I’ve had some exciting news; an unexpected flurry of activity not of my own making. I’ve been patient with this whole dental process. Now it’s coming to an end.

As mentioned in the previous post yesterday I had one to two rounds of oral surgery on Monday with another scheduled for my remaining teeth to be removed for the future placement of my full upper denture. After writing my post yesterday I was headed to a meeting when I received a call from the oral surgeon. They had a cancellation for today wanting to know if I could fill the spot. Arrangements were made by the office for transportation back and forth. Therefore, in less than an hour I will have the remaining three teeth removed. In addition they scheduled a follow up tomorrow in the early afternoon to complete the whole oral surgeon’s visits.

I worried I would be waiting another four months before I could move on with my life. Now this will be no longer the case. However, I have to remind myself not to put a high expectation of what is to happen in the future. I still have four to six weeks of recovery from surgery before the dentist will be willing to take the impression for the full upper denture, so I can only hope they are willing to move my January 10th appointment sooner. Again, it’s not on me but them. Again, I remind myself, “One Day At A time” and “Let Go, Let God”.

I truly believe my prayers were answered. Perhaps my Higher Power recognizes the hard work I have put in my sobriety and the continued work I do on a daily basis. This was only possible by stepping aside, not meddling in affairs I have no control over and letting things happen without any involvement by myself.

So I end with this . . .

It is when we try to make our will conform with God’s that we begin to use it rightly. To all of us, this was a most wonderful revelation. Our whole trouble had been the misuse of willpower. We had tried to bombard our problems with it instead of attempting to bring it into agreement with God’s intention for us. To make this increasingly possible is the purpose of A.A.’s Twelve Steps, and Step Three opens the door.Once we have come into agreement with these ideas, it is really easy to begin the practice of Step Three. In all times of emotional disturbance or indecision, we can pause, ask for quiet, and in the stillness simply say: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Thy will, not mine, be done.

Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, pg. 40 and 41

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