AA Thought for the Day
May 2, 2021
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Humility and Responsibility
All A.A. progress can be reckoned in terms of just two words: humility and responsibility.
Our whole spiritual development can be accurately measured by our degree of adherence
to these magnificent standards. Ever deepening humility, accompanied by an ever greater
willingness to accept and to act upon clear cut obligations—these are truly our touchstones
for all growth in the life of the spirit. They hold up to us the very essence of right being and
right doing. It is by them that we are enabled to find and to do God's will.
- As Bill Sees It, (A.A. In Two Words) p. 271
Thought to Ponder
Learning is the very essence of humility; the two walk hand in hand.
C H A N G E = Choosing Humility Allows New Growth Everyday.
A Member Shares:
Jeremy here, real grateful alcoholic. Many years ago I was in a position that carried great responsibility. But I could not be responsible for myself. My life was manageable, or so I thought. It was just the people that I could not control that made some things seem unmanageable! Life is so different now. Responsibility is a whole new deal. Yes, I do have to be responsible for myself but it is so I can be of use to others. So I feel a burden (wrong word) of responsibility, more of a debt to the old-timers, to the program and of course to my Higher Power. This wonderful program of ours, this way of living is a doddle when things are going well. It becomes much more of a test when things are tough and you are facing seemingly immovable obstacles repeatedly, and not seeming to make any progress. And then you remember to get on your knees and ask for help. Never fails. So I try to put money in the bank by helping as much as I can, when I can, and especially when I don't want to or its inconvenient to me. Because that it an investment for me and our future. Humility I think of as not looking down on anyone unless your helping them up. Just getting on with things quietly in the background. And yes, I can glimpse some of the change in my life and behaviour and attitudes by using these markers. Sobriety doesn't mean doing your best, it means doing whatever it takes and that means being committed. And to have that degree of commitment I need the encouragement of others. Thanks for being here for me today. God Bless.
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