AA Thought for the Day
November 5, 2017
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Most of our experiences are what the psychologist William James calls
the "educational variety" because they develop slowly over a period of time.
Quite often friends of the newcomer are aware of the difference long before
he is himself. He finally realizes that he has undergone a profound alteration
in his reaction to life; that such a change could hardly have been brought
about by himself alone.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 567
Thought to Ponder
The solution is simple. The solution is spiritual.
S O B E R = Spiritually On Beam; Everything's Right.
A Member Shares:
Chris, Alcoholic. As an active drinker I never trusted my feelings and reacted instinctively rather than intuitively. I suppose I had, at times, those brief insights, which are there in all of us, but most times they were baffling and frightening. As those fleeting discernments brought on a glimpse of the reality of how incapable of changing I was. Upon entering the program of Alcoholics Anonymous change indeed came slowly. I wanted change to come quickly, and wondered why it did not. I was told that I had lived twenty one years as an active alcoholic and change would come slowly, as it would take time to begin a new life. I was also told that I must develop the spiritual tools for staying sober. Sometimes it was a relief to hear this and at other times I felt extremely impatient. Anything was better than that...The reality of those terrible memories, and the insight of how deadly this disease was (and is) motivated me into action. Here is where the Steps come in, especially Step 11. Today I try to rely on those intuitive feelings that are telling me something is not right, and most times I act accordingly. I am much better at thinking things through, and not acting on impulse. To me is it is learning though those experiences that no long work in my life. As long as I trust God implicitly I will not find it necessary to pick up a drink or any other mind altering substance. Ultimately then, I will keep growing, spiritually. Lastly, it is a joyful experience when I see newcomers changing, the light shinning in their eyes, the relaxed faces, the belly laughs. Much to appreciate in sobriety. Thanks for letting me share.
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