AA Thought for the Day
July 10, 2022
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"Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity."
Therefore, Step Two is the rallying point for all of us. Whether agnostic, atheist,
or former believer, we can stand together on this Step. True humility and an open
mind can lead us to faith, and every A.A. meeting is an assurance that God will
restore us to sanity if we rightly relate ourselves to Him.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Two) p. 33
Thought to Ponder
Today, my brain has cleared with the grace of clarity.
F A I T H = Facing All, Intuitively Trusting Him.
A Member Shares:
Good afternoon everybody, I am Soul, alcoholic. Such an amount of definitions in regard to sanity ... and insanity. I cannot say that I ever really felt "sane" or sanity even before I had crossed that line into alcoholism. That line of no return. It feels that since childhood, there was insanity all around me. Grew up in a country at war. Still at war today even if an internal war and not openly with other countries. My family had insanity all over the spectrum from high diplomacy to politicians, to highly depressed and institutionalized family members. I never knew what it felt to have your feet somewhat firmly planted in a family, since age 10 I never had a family dinner. What is a gathering? What is that sanity I could see in my neighbors and friends? That sense of comfort and trust, stability or at least that is how I saw the neighbors' lives. When I crossed into my lowest insanity level when drinking about half a gallon of gin a day, I knew that the only exit I could find in my mind was death but never really tried it. And one even after another landed me in AA. I realized that there is something outside me more powerful than my darkness, more powerful than the absence of family/trust, more powerful than anything I had ever experienced. The power of unity and the power of a group of people NEEDING to rely on principles and guidelines in order to find sanity. A sanity that no family nor country could nor will ever give me. A sanity that ended up coming from within me, connected to a Higher Power that I continue to discover on a daily basis. But more importantly, a sanity that I worked towards while chipping away at my mask and at my darkness and getting to lightness and light by working the steps. And trusting that you, you and you out there are seeking that same sanity and are willing to help me when I need help. A learning process, for sure, but it is only in my later years that I have found a glimpse of sanity, and oh what a gift. Thanks for listening.
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