AA Thought for the Day
October 30, 2022
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One night after a Step Two meeting, I decided to find out what those courageous early
members who put our Twelve Steps together really meant by sanity. I was a little surprised
to find that my dictionary defined it as the quality of being sound of mind, sound of judgment,
reasonable and rational in one's thoughts ... As I sat there mulling over the definition, an idea
occurred to me: "This is what I’m to be restored to -- sound, reasonable, rational thinking."
- Step By Step, (AA Grapevine, Inc.; "Sanity Clause,")
Thought to Ponder
I never imagined that the greatest achievement of my life would be peace of mind.
S T E P = Something That Enhances Peace.
A Member Shares:
Pammy, and I have alcoholism. The word sanity stumped me too since I had no idea what sanity looked like and I wondered if I could ever achieve it. But like finding a Higher Power of my my own understanding that would fit my sense of morales and ethics, I could also find my own "Normal" which lessened stress for me. And the squirrels in my head didn't seem so loud anymore. I was able to learn the steps laid out and soon after put them to use. Didn't come to fruition right away but nor did my sobriety, not emotionally anyways. Like anything else that is new such as new routines, it takes practice and patience, most of all faith. Faith and acceptance that I can let go of things that once kept me shackled set me free, and I did find my sense of sanity which brought me peace of mind. What I keep in mind is that I did not become an alcoholic overnight so my expectations of sanity would not come overnight either. Each step held a lesson that I needed to learn, then apply. The biggest part of this all is whatever chaos or pain happened, it did not overwhelm me like it used to. In fact it prepared me to deal with it, with the help of others to wait with me through the storm and we got her done as I like to say. Peace of mind has brought me to a reasonable sanity today, any fears or worries don't have the stronghold they once had. Thank you.
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