AA Thought for the Day
October 7, 2018
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We have been speaking to you of serious, sometimes tragic things.
We have been dealing with alcohol in its worst aspect.
But we aren’t a glum lot.
If newcomers could see no joy or fun in our existence, they wouldn’t want it.
We absolutely insist on enjoying life.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 132
Thought to Ponder
Alcoholics Anonymous is the only place in the world where
you can walk into a room full of total strangers and reminisce.
H J F = Happy Joyous Free.
A Member Shares:
Hi, I am Mario, a recovering alcoholic from Hungary. The natural tendency of human beings is to always want more. When we first enter the doors of AA, we primarily want to survive. But if that is granted, we dont want to live on just to be just as miserable as we were as big drinkers. Or even more miserable, for now we have to give up our "crutch"! But the warm, merry atmosphere of an AA group is instant reassurance that we dont have to. It is not like moving to some kind of ascetic monastery. Life can be enjoyed sober. Life can ONLY be enjoyed sober. So then we move on and want to be as happy as we were before we fell to the pit of alcoholism. And it turns out AA offers not that, but a better life we had before ever making drinking a "habit." Being a drunk turns into kind of good news in a weird way as it forces us to do the steps, difficult as they are (especially 4 - 5.) And so we are helped to a better life...hence the lifted spirits of any AA crowd. Something I felt the most at a regional convention with over 200 people coming. A big club of people having fun! Who would believe what bonds us is an incurable, lethal disease! Thank you.
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