AA Thought for the Day
December 3, 2017
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A Design for Living
But I soon found that when all other measures failed, work with another alcoholic
would save the day. Many times I have gone to my old hospital in despair.
On talking to a man there, I would be amazingly lifted up and set on my feet.
It is a design for living that works in rough going.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 15
Thought to Ponder
The Twelve Steps — a manuscript for rational living.
F A I T H = Facing All, Intuitively Trusting Him.
A Member Shares:
Hello family, Mike alcoholic. Selfish and self-centered fear is the root of my problem. But underlining all of the various emotions and my selfishness, is fear. In the Big Book there is a prayer that I can say when I get into this fear. God please remove my fear and direct my attention to what you would have me be. After that statement the Big Book reads that "at once we commence to outgrow fear." As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day “Thy will be done.” If I do those things when I get into a pickle the Big Book reads that "We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions. We become much more efficient. We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning up energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange life to suit ourselves." The spot check inventory is of course the solution for my daily troubles. Talking to another alcoholic is very important when I am in a rough way. The Big Book also reads that when I am disturbed there is something wrong with my spiritual status. Prayer and more prayer. Working directly or indirectly with another alcoholic is key for me when I am in a bad spot. Really it is just trying to help someone else that gets me out of myself, but we are uniquely gifted to help alcoholics so I try to focus on that. "For if an alcoholic failed to perfect and enlarge his spiritual life through work and self-sacrifice for others, he could not survive the certain trials and low spots ahead." Love you all.
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