AA Thought for the Day
August 5, 2018
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The joy of living is the theme of A.A.'s Twelfth Step, and action is its key word.
Here we turn outward toward our fellow alcoholics who are still in distress.
Here we experience the kind of giving that asks no rewards.
Here we begin to practice all Twelve Steps of the program in our daily lives
so that we and those about us may find emotional sobriety.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 106
Thought to Ponder
Sobriety is not a destination, but an everlasting journey.
G I F T S = Getting It From The Steps.
A Member Shares:
Hello family. Mike, alkie from Texas. Sometimes we say in AA that we do this one day at a time. I think in the Big Book the reference to that is the passage that reads something like; What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. For me, I do a lot of same things each day. When I wake up and when I go to bed. I am a creature of habit. My experience is along with the obsession of alcohol removed, the obsession to live in my defects of character are removed. When I rest on my laurels than I see the untreated alcoholism boil to the surface again. “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.” When I work with others I learn so much and the alcoholics that I carry the message of AA to remind me of what it was like when I was drinking. They keep me on my toes. I have to set the example when I am in AA and when I am out of AA. I don't always do a very good job of that. I make mistakes and if I am lucky I implement a step 10. But if I am resting on my laurels I start to experience anger, resentment, and fear. Love you all.
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