AA Thought for the Day
January 17, 2021
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We feel a man is unthinking when he says that sobriety is enough.
He is like the farmer who came up out of his cyclone cellar to find
his home ruined. To his wife, he remarked, "Don’t see anything the
matter here, Ma. Ain’t it grand the wind stopped blowin'?" Yes, there
is a long period of reconstruction ahead. We must take the lead.
A remorseful mumbling that we are sorry won’t fill the bill at all.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) pp. 82 - 83
Thought to Ponder
Without change I am just a non-drinking drunk.
N U T S = Not Using The Steps.
A Member Shares:
Good morning, Jess, alcoholic. I love this passage from the Big Book. It reminds me that just stopping the drink is not enough. It is a start, but now, a whole new way of life is needed otherwise I'm going to head straight back to the bottle for an escape. It was so hard for me to look around at the damage I had caused around me. And the fact that my family stood by me is a miracle and grace from my higher power. I actually had no clue that I was doing damage to those around me. Talk about self-centered and selfish! Everytime I isolated myself, didn't get involved. Everytime I got snippy and manipulated so I could drink. Everytime the bottle came before all else. All the times I put people in harms way to get what I felt I needed. All the times that I couldn't see the love around me and was miserable. But darn it I was so scared when I first stopped drinking. I had no idea how to live sober and thankfully this fellowship of AA, those who are trudging this happy road of happy destiny, held out their hands and asked me if I was ready to do whatever it took. And at that moment I was so desperate, I really truly was ready. I was all in and began the steps of AA. My life has changed so much. But just because I have been sober for a bit does not mean life has gotten easy or that I am no longer self-centered and selfish. I just have the tools to be aware of when I am doing these things and that I can call on my higher power and make amends right away. If I don't, they fester and I start getting those "thinks of drinks." I didn't know how to make amends and realized saying sorry is the worst way to make it for me. I have flown that word around so much that it no longer held weight. I was taught what a living amends was and that is how I can show and say I am sorry and it holds weight. Thank you for this program and for being here.
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