AA Thought for the Day
June 16, 2019
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Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be a
spiritual entity having but one primary purpose—that of
carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Twelve Traditions, Appendix 1) p. 563
Thought to Ponder
In AA we don't carry the alcoholic; we carry the message.
B E S T = Been Enjoying Sobriety Today?
A Member Shares:
I‘m Charlie J and I have Alcoholism. Responsible. One of the two most hated words in recovery. The other is, work. I remember when I first heard the Responsibility Statement. I thought, seriously? Alcoholics Anonymous needed to remind all its members to be responsible in carrying the message? There must have been some crap going on back when the Statement was adopted by AA as a whole. Despite hearing, "get a sponsor, make meetings and just don‘t drink," I had to have more! If I only listened to that I would have died drunk. If I could just not drink, I would not need you or AA. If sponsors were the solution that AA offered, it would be on every other page in the 'Big Book.' Make meetings would be right there next to sponsors in the 'Big Book.' Sponsors and meetings are tools. They can be very helpful but will never be able to get me sober and keep me that way. My job as a responsible recovered Alcoholic is to be honest with our new friends. I really don‘t care if they like what I share with them. I treat them like the adults they are and let them make up their own mind as to what they will do with the information. Thank God the people who were responsible when I got here were much more interested. Helping me by directing me time and time again back to the one AA book that has all the answers. Alcoholics Anonymous. Read the book, study the book, apply what you find in the book. The directions and the 12 Steps found in the ‘Big Book‘ are a pathway to a spiritual life. That is the solution that AA offers. Thanks.
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