AA Thought for the Day
February 17, 2019
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For without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at all.
Nearly all A.A.'s have found, too, that unless they develop much more
of this precious quality than may be required just for sobriety, they still
haven't much chance of becoming truly happy. Without it, they cannot
live to much useful purpose, or, in adversity, be able to summon
the faith that can meet any emergency.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 70
Thought to Ponder
Learning is the very essence of humility. The two walk hand in hand.
C H A N G E D = Choosing Humility Allows New Growth Each Day.
A Member Shares:
I am an alcoholic and my name is Erik. Before I came to AA I never gave any thought to Humility. I kind of thought that stuff was for suckers, because I knew everything and didn't need anyone. The great "me" could take care of everything. I hit what was a pretty hard bottom, for me anyway. I didn't really care if I lived another day or not. But for some reason I was able to go to an AA meeting and meet the guy who later became my sponsor. I have heard it said that Humility is the idea that someone else could tell me something about my life. I can identify with that. When I got here I had no idea how to get sober, I had tried it all and failed several times. The great "Me" was defeated. So I listened and you guys shared your stories and they were just like mine, except you had found a solution. You knew something I didn't. Learning to listen and follow the program for me was the first and most important part of gaining Humility. But it's not a permanent gift....I can lose it. It happened to me when life got too good again when I was around 10 years sober. Didn't go to meetings for a while because I had the world by the tail and I knew all there was to know about AA and being sober. Luckily for me I called an AA friend just in the nick of time....I was at my wits end. He helped me find my way back on track. A lesson I won't soon forget....I hope. No matter how long I have been sober, I could be the next relapse if I get too smart.
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