AA Thought for the Day
July 26, 2020
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Most people try to live by self-propulsion. Each person is like an actor
who wants to run the whole show; is forever trying to arrange the lights,
the ballet, the scenery and the rest of the players in his own way. If his
arrangements would only stay put, if only people would do as he wished,
the show would be great. Everybody, including himself, would be pleased.
Life would be wonderful.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 60 - 61
Thought to Ponder
The Twelve Steps -- a manuscript for rational living.
G I F T = God Is Forever There.
A Member Shares:
Good morning everyone. I'm Jess - alcoholic. On my last drunk, where I was crying and mourning alcohol, because I knew I was going to have to say good bye. I was reading the Big Book, trying to figure out what it was all about. And this passage about running the show hit the nail on the head for me. I couldn't control my drinking any more and I couldn't control anything around me, even though I wanted to control everything. I had no idea how much I wanted to control everything. I had this twisted belief that if everyone and everything went my way, was perfect, then I could truly be happy. And then I wouldn't drink, I wouldn't be depressed, I would be satisfied yadda yadda. All of a sudden reading this that first time, I got an "ah ha" moment into my life. That glimpse that maybe this is all of my making. That if I didn't try to run the show, my life may be better. But goodness I had no idea how to even do that, especially because I couldn't even stop drinking. But this passage definately gave me the courage and idea that I was in the right place, that this program knew me in a sense and that it drew me in to trust what is going to come down the pipe. I went to an AA meeting, found a sponsor and began the steps. Those beautiful steps that I live every day in my life. It is amazing how much joy and freedom I can have with out drinking and living life on life's terms. And to have a HP that has my back no matter what and guides me through the good and bad if I only listen and connect. Thank you for my amazing life I always wanted, even when the going gets tough.
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