AA Thought for the Day
October 13, 2019
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Selfishness—self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of
our troubles. Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion,
self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows
and they retaliate. Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without
provocation, but we invariably find that at some time in the past
we have made decisions based on self which later placed us
in a position to be hurt.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 62
Thought to Ponder
While it isn't always easy, if I keep it simple, it works.
K I S S = Keep It Serenely Simple.
A Member Shares:
My name is Jay. I'm alcoholic. When I'm at AA meetings, I find myself constantly reminding myself that I'm told to share my experience, strength, and hope. Not my definition, opinion, and belief. And the reason I struggle with that is because at my core I'm self-centered. If I believe a thing is the way it is because of whatever reason, then I want you to believe it is that way as well. If you and I have the same experience and it ends up meaning a particular thing to me, then I believe it should mean the same to you. My frame of reference does not allow anyone who disagrees with me to be right. But I'm getting better as I get older. This reading originally offended me. "Who do you think you are? Calling me selfish and self-centered?" But that's not what was happening, I just happened to be in the room. And being self-centered, I thought everything was about me. The first thing that changed for me were my definitions of selfish and self-centered. To me, selfish usually involves an, "I Want" (especially if it's already yours,) and self-centered usually involves an "I'm always right." The second thing that happened for me was this. The root of my problem is not my problem, it is just what feeds it and keeps in it in place. My real problem is powerlessness. I cannot stay away from the first drink. Keeping things simple always helps me.
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