AA Thought for the Day
May 22, 2022
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Having so considered our day, not omitting to take due
note of things well done, and having searched our hearts
with neither fear nor favor, we can truly thank God for the
blessings we have received and sleep in good conscience.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 95
Thought to Ponder
Gratitude is a most effective painkiller for the alcoholic.
B E S T = Been Enjoying Sobriety Today?
A Member Shares:
Good day everyone! My name is Sue and I'm an alcoholic. When I first came to AA, I sure wasn't feeling very grateful. Was so full of self-pity. Wallowed in that pity for quite awhile, which really took a toll on working the program. One day, an old timer lady basically told me to knock it off! Well, I was highly insulted! How dare she say that to me! But, little by little, I started to listen to her more when she shared (as she sure had gotten my attention.) Couldn't stand her for a long time, but I listened and things started to make more sense. I started to let go of the pity...although it took some work because alcohol sure convinced me that the world had done me wrong! But as I kept working the program, honestly this time, I could really see my part in things. And my gratitude sure took on new meaning! I was finally past the "I'm so grateful I didn't get stopped last night" or "I'm so grateful I have money for more booze." Those sick thoughts turned around into genuine thoughts of gratitude, especially for small things. Like sitting on our deck with a cup of coffee very early in the morning and having some great time with God. Feeling grateful for another day sober. Feeling grateful that my focus was shifting to others and away from me. And it happened more and more as I worked the program. And my heart felt better and better....happier! I've a million and one things to be grateful for... could go on forever. But right now, I'm very grateful to be here with all of you and enjoying a great, sober day! Thanks everyone!
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