AA Thought for the Day
November 27, 2022
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Most emphatically we wish to say that any alcoholic capable of honestly
facing his problems in the light of our experience can recover, provided
he does not close his mind to all spiritual concepts. He can only be
defeated by an attitude of intolerance or belligerent denial. We find that
no one need have difficulty with the spirituality of the program.
Willingness, honesty and open mindedness are the essentials of recovery.
But these are indispensable.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Appendix II, Spiritual Experience) p. 568
Thought to Ponder
When I got busy, I got better.
H O W = Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.
A Member Shares:
Hi everyone. Dennis, grateful alcoholic. I always thought I was a very honest person, and always willing to help. Until I got into recovery and realized I wasn't even close. I thought I had a close relationship with God...going to Church on Sunday, Altar boy etc. Not even close. When alcohol battered me into submission I STILL fought. I wasn't alcoholic....I was an alcohol "abuser." Used a lot of the excuses the BB says, drank only at home etc. Until I slammed into the bottom in a twisted metal fireball. Beaten down, battered in body, shattered in spirit. And I wondered how I was going to do this recovery. Well, I was told the answer is in the question. By being "Honest" with my self....brutally honest...admitting my powerlessness over the beast in the bottle. "Open-minded" to the 12 life giving steps. And "Willing"....not.only to do the work and work the steps, but willing to turn my life and will over to God and let go of my imaginary control. Rock bottom became the firm foundation that I started to rebuild my life on. And HOW I did that? Like I was told..."The answer is in the question." Simple....but not easy. Thank you all so much for all you do.for me and each other. God Bless you all.
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