AA Thought for the Day
February 11, 2018
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How We Recovered
Further on, clear-cut directions are given showing how we recovered.
These are followed by forty-two personal experiences. . .
Our hope is that many alcoholic men and women, desperately in need, will see these pages,
and we believe that it is only by fully disclosing ourselves and our problems that they will be
persuaded to say, “Yes, I am one of them too; I must have this thing.”.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 29
Thought to Ponder
God grant that AA may ever stay simple.
W O R K = What Our Recovery Knows.
A Member Shares:
Morning all, I'm Bill , one of those grouchy ol timers. One of the folks who 12 stepped me was 'Ol 13 Boot.' I've said before those two guided me through the admitting and decision of the first 3 steps. '13 Boot' said "Bill when you can put 2 complete sentences together we'll do the steps." I think he meant you have 37.4 seconds to run. His next comment was, "My house 0700 tomorrow and we'll get started." Whoaaa say what? I don't want to do this! His wife did breakfast well. (grin) He cut me some slack and allowed one page per column topic. Still did them top to bottom, left to right. No sitting around wailing. I saw lots of repetitive patterns. Hate to admit that, but they were glaring. We did step 5 and he made me look up two words at end of step 5 directions in BB. Paused and Immediately. So 5 flowed into 6, 7, 8 naturally. Step 9 took awhile, but you know, he didn't cut me any slack. "DO THIS ONE FIRST!" It was the hardest and I was trying to figure out a way of avoiding that one. You know how that went. When I finished 9 he said, Well Bill thats about all I can do. We've talked about living this program in your daily life so the last 3 steps are on you. He did show me a very strong example of living that way. I didn't know some folks took long time to do steps. I was told 'Stay as sick as you want, as long as you want OR do the steps as written and recover.' He never once lied to me. And sure as hell, that statement was true also. I'm thinking I did the first 9 in a month or so, could be more or less. I've heard areas of the country where folks do one step per year. Long term average sobriety is about a year and half. I'm 77 and sober over half my life. The way he showed me worked and I have passed that on. He and I became friends for life and those I have passed that on to, I'm solid friends with too. I would suggest strongly if you new, follow the plain simple directions in BB. It's worked long time for me. Thanks.
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