AA Thought for the Day
July 7, 2019
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The Needed Power
If a mere code of morals or a better philosophy of life were
sufficient to overcome alcoholism, many of us would have
recovered long ago. But we found that such codes and
philosophies did not save us, no matter how much we tried.
We could wish to be moral, we could wish to be philosophically
comforted, in fact, we could will these things with all our might,
but the needed power wasn’t there.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) pp. 44 - 45
Thought to Ponder
I cannot think my way into sober living,
I need to live my way into sober thinking.
H O W = Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.
A Member Shares:
My name is Jay. I‘m alcoholic. I‘m one of those people the big book talks about when it says: "If a mere code of morals or a better philosophy of life were sufficient to overcome alcoholism, many of us would have recovered long ago." My ideals today are the same as they always were and they are grounded in god as I understand god, but today I live up to those morals. Whereas before getting sober I either didn't believe those morals were worth living up to or didn't believe that I couldn't if I *really* wanted to or whatever else it may have been. I had that just right ass-whoopin' from alcohol and it, along with that part of the fellowship that talked about recovery as found in the big book convinced me that my actions needed to change. So not only do my ideals need to be grounded in a power greater than myself, but I have found that my actions need to be grounded in my ideals.
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