AA Thought for the Day
February 16, 2020
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Proved beyond doubt by an immense experience, this is one of
the facts of A.A. life. The principle that we shall find no enduring
strength until we first admit complete defeat is the main taproot
from which our whole Society has sprung and flowered.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) pp. 21 - 22
Thought to Ponder
No God, no peace -- know God, know peace.
F R O G = Fully Rely On God.
A Member Shares:
I'm an alcoholic, and my problem is Eric. Alcohol is but a symptom. Many years ago I came into the program and I did the steps, all nine of them. I had been successful at almost everything I had tried in life, except not drinking. So I got a sponsor and applied all my human resources to doing steps 1 - 9. And I stayed sober...dry really for 7 years. Then came the inevitable day when once again, "I couldn't," and I drank, and stayed drunk for 7 years. I then reached the jumping off place. I was honest with myself for the first time when I admitted that "my human resources, as marshalled by the will, fail utterly." For me, that is the key to the spiritual experience. Only when I admitted complete, utter defeat, could I depend on God for everything. I asked Him to keep me sober and manage my life for me, and He has for a little over 5 years now. The peril of relapse still exists and always will. For I learned first hand that if I fail to enlarge my spiritual connection to God, I am doomed. So today I live in 10, 11 and 12 as if my life depends on it, because for me, it does. I can still move away from God if ego rebuilds and I start to believe once again in self as a solution. This is my "work" in the program now...and it always will be there. I must stay close to God or risk suffering the same path I was once on. And I can't just try, I must endeavor to do daily. The lesson long ago was "do or do not, there is no try." So today I do. Thank you for letting me share.
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