AA Thought for the Day
May 17, 2020
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We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take
our first steps toward liberation and strength. Our admissions
of personal powerlessness finally turn out to be firm bedrock
upon which happy and purposeful lives may be built.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) p. 21
Thought to Ponder
If I have the courage to begin, I have the courage to succeed.
A A = Alkie's Answer.
A Member Shares:
Hi All, Douglas, Alkie. The First Step for me was the easiest of all the steps. I had no problem with accepting that I was powerless over alcohol and my life had become unmanageable. I guess living on the street as a homeless wino for the last five years had removed all of my denial. I had tried so many times to quit over the years, however, I had never came to AA, you people were too serious for me. Accepting the first step did not mean that I had it easy, I went through all kinds of cravings and urges. At times I thought I was going insane, but I hung in there. I heard someone say, "if you do not drink, you will not get drunk." I know that is simple. However, I hung onto that in early recovery. I knew that if I drank, all the rest would not matter at all. I would be right back on the street again drinking my life away. Thankfully, I found sober, happy people in AA that had time to share with me how their lives had changed in recovery. I got into the steps; I really wanted a chance at a new life. The steps gave me that chance, it was hard work turning my life around through the steps, but we are never alone in AA if we seek help from others. Today I am blessed in life, the fact that I am even still alive in my biggest blessing. Being sober is my next biggest blessing. I have been sober for a little over 41 years, through good times and tough times, like most others in life. But it has been and still is a great life for me thanks to the Steps and the fellowship of AA. May each and everyone of you find what gives you peace and serenity in recovery as I have. Thanks.
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