AA Thought for the Day
August 12, 2018
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We reviewed our fears thoroughly. We put them on paper, even though
we had no resentment in connection with them. We asked ourselves why
we had them. Wasn't it because self-reliance failed us? Self-reliance was
good as far as it went, but it didn’t go far enough.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 68
Thought to Ponder
Turn fear into faith.
F E A R = False Evidence Appearing Real
A Member Shares:
Chris, Alcoholic. While practicing my active alcoholism instead of facing my fears I turned to the bottle, which was the only solution. But soon I drank because I had to and any old excuse would do. The effects of the alcohol brought a fear that ruled every aspect of my life, you name it I was afraid of it. People and the future were the two big fears in my life that lead me around like a dog chasing her tail. It seemed that being fearful was a normal state for this alcoholic. Finally the alcohol stopped working for me and only exacerbated the fear I felt. Soon I was finished. Then I decided to join Alcoholics Anonymous. I took the first Step and admitted my powerlessness before I even entered the program. That was my bottom. The second part of Step One, the unmanageability part I didn’t have a clue about, I thought that unmanageability had to do with finances or being unable to hold a job. But much, much later found out that it had a lot to do with fear and that my life was unmanageable as a direct result of the self knowledge. I came to believe that this HP that everyone talked about might just work, so when I made that decision to turn my will and life over to the care of God then I was ready to go on to the next Step and face my fears. As a result of my fears list, I was able to understand, with the help of a good sponsor, the real or imagined fears that plagued my life for as long as I could remember. Like I said, it was fear of people and what they thought of me, anger that was fear based to keep others away, and the Big Boogie Man, fear of the future always projecting the worse case scenario. The Fourth Step was the beginning of facing my fears. Throughout the years and with the development of a close conscious contact, which brings a reliance on Higher Power, then I can remain out of fear. It is always comes down to my own self will that intrudes upon God’s will. That I cannot control outcomes of the future and all I have to know is that everything in God’s world is the way it is believed to be right here right now. When I get out of the way, ask God to direct my thinking again, work with another alcoholic, get busy with something else, then I am pretty much get to that place of serenity with out fears crowding into my life. Thanks for letting me share.
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