AA Thought for the Day
November 15, 2020
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"We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable."
Many less desperate alcoholics tried A.A., but did not succeed because they could
not make the admission of hopelessness. It is a tremendous satisfaction to record
that in the following years this changed. Alcoholics who still had their health, their
families, their jobs, and even two cars in the garage, began to recognize their alcoholism.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) p. 23
Thought to Ponder
Avoidance is not the key; surrender opens the door.
A R T = Always Remain Teachable.
A Member Shares:
I'm an alcoholic, and my problem is Eric. I love the way the 1st step has been presented today. "We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable." That sentence indeed has 2 parts, and while they are related, the first part does not cause the second. It doesn't say my life is unmanageable because of the alcohol, although it was. It says my life - in totality - is unmanageable. Later in the Book, it says "Our liquor is but a symptom" and "Lack of power, that was our dilemma." So for me, the 2nd half of the first step explains that I have a permanent condition. I can't - alone - manage my own life when my behaviours are driven by self. "Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity", page 62. That was me; unmanageable, driven by self, permanent condition. When I finally saw the 2nd half of step 1 for what it really was; not just about booze but indeed about my total life. As someone said, my insides, I was able to see that Step 2 was the only solution, the only way out for me. Surrendering my will (thinking) and life (actions) over to the care of a God that would, in return, restore me to sanity.
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