AA Thought for the Day
February 13, 2022
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Group of Principles
A.A.’s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature,
which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink
and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Foreward) p. 15
Thought to Ponder
If you want to stay protected, you have to be connected
P R O G R A M = People Relying On God Relaying A Message.
A Member Shares:
Good morning, my name is Dale and I am a real alcoholic. I was invincible, a cut above. Hangovers and assorted problems were the price of my success. There were, at times, when I recognized the compulsive/impulsive attitude toward booze, but those thoughts were quickly dissipated with the consumption of more booze. Then as my troubles began to mount -- arrests, DUI's, relationships, jobs, family -- I attempted to slow down my drinking. I had no idea of the power that alcohol had over me. Powerless was not in my vocabulary. I grew up in an era of the John Wayne attitude, never surrender! Over a period of nine years I made many attempts to stop drinking -- each time I meant it! And each time I found myself again immersed in my drinking. I was missing the one thing that would help me to stop, a spiritual awakening. I had been going to A.A. for much of that 9 year span of stopping and starting again. I had done service work. I had chaired meetings. I failed, however, to do any real work, and of course I left my Higher Power at the door. Today I recognize the powerlessness I have with alcohol. One drink is all that it will take to send me, spinning out of control, back into the void of helpless despair and loneliness. I know this because I have done this. So many times I quit, and drank again. So what is different this time? First, I PRAYED to a God (who I DID NOT understand at the time) to help me. Then, I SURRENDERED, as only the dying might do. I ACCEPTED my fate, that I was, and am, a hopeless alcoholic. There is no possibility in this lifetime for me to successfully drink alcohol. NONE! Finally, with a sponsor, and with the loving understanding and compassion of this fellowship, I learned a new set of principles by working the 12 steps. A set of principles that have changed the course of my life. A set of principles that I continue to live by as best I can. And finally, I have a great understanding that it will take but one drink to bring everything I cherish to a standstill. That is my powerlessness over alcohol. I am not immune to the effects of alcohol. I am recovered. Thank You.
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