AA Thought for the Day
September 9, 2018
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Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share
their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may
solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
- Preamble, The AA Grapevine, Inc.
Thought to Ponder
In AA, we discover that it is impossible to give without receiving,
or receive without giving.
F E L L O W S H I P = Faith, Empathy, Learning, Love, Openness, Wisdom, Self-worth, Hope, Insight, Peace.
A Member Shares:
Hi all. Bryn, Alcoholic and grateful to be here tonight. I am an active member of AA within this fellowship. The questions I ask myself are "Am I a builder of bridges or do I burn them?" "Do I contribute God’s glory by contributing my time to help others?" To me this fellowship is powerful and listening to others' ES&H is uplifting. We are like coals on a fire, together we glow, apart we grow cold. For us hope and happiness we are all traveling companions and we were offered the greatest gift (Sobriety.) We grow together as we gain knowledge through our textbook the BB and wisdom is found through experience, years of trial and error. As a fellowship we are a family and ever-lasting friendships that was built on a foundation of honesty and trust. For me sometimes honesty was difficult, sometimes painful, and uncomfortable. Despite this discomfort in working the steps I learned how to stay honest in this program. I have learned so much from this fellowship and learned how to become a family member of AA and earned my seat here. I learned how to stop burning bridges, I learned tolerance and how to love others who are still sick. I love this fellowship and God who is my rock, and I have grown so much. I suffer sometimes but no problems are too large for God as they may be for me. God as well as you all have seen me fail, fall, get crushed, but I never gave up. I was told by some that I would never ever get sober, yet I did and I am here sober for a year. Part of the solution I have found was to focus and listen to what people have to say. Regardless of the cost I always try to do God’s Will and not mine. I try to show others that I can work the program and that I always remember to place principles (the steps) before personality which I refer to as character defects... Tradition 12. Since I learned the steps and the traditions, I really do practice them daily. The only way I can learn is through mistakes, trial and error. Thank you all for always showing me the way and always being there for me.
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