AA Thought for the Day
May 27, 2018
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They had said that though I did raise a defense, it would one day give way
before some trivial reason for having a drink. Well, just that did happen and
more, for what I had learned of alcoholism did not occur to me at all.
I knew from that moment that I had an alcoholic mind.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 42
Thought to Ponder
I want the gift of an untroubled mind.
E S H = Experience, Strength and Hope.
A Member Shares:
I'm Charlie J. and I have Alcoholism. I never want to forget that, I still have Alcoholism! I share only for me. My copy of the book, Alcoholics Anonymous tells me I will be restored to sanity from the mental obsession to drink *if*, I do certain things. All through the Big Book it offers hope. Like, "The problem will be removed." They didn't put that in there to fill up space. Step 12, "Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs." My personal experience is that God removed my obsession to drink long enough until I could take full responsibility for my own recovery. Not alone! Not without help and not without God! But when I could apply fully my willingness to grow by actually doing the work I had to do to stay stopped and live sober. After my mental obsession was removed, for *today*, I do not have an alcoholic mind, based on my spiritual condition. No spiritual experience, I still had an Alcoholic mind. I know this from my own personal experience when I came to AA the first time. "First" being the key word! Nothing changed I didn't even put in a half-fast effort in to it and you know what? I still had an Alcoholic mind and you know what happened then? I drank again! My problem had *not* been removed! So if you have joined the legions of people in AA that have been sold on, "Get a sponsor, make meetings, and my favorite, just don't drink" then you... like me just might have a very scary return to drinking and wonder what the hell happened. "Keep it Simple." Read the book, study the book and work to apply what's in the book Alcoholics Anonymous and you too will be relieved of an Alcoholic mind. Thanks.
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