Daily Thought 02.05.23

From: "Daily Thought" <dailythought@aa-alive.org>
Date: February 5th 2023

AA Thought for the Day
(courtesy AA-Alive.net)

February 5, 2023
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Daily Reprieve
It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest
on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol
is a subtle foe. We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really
have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our
spiritual condition. Every day is a day when we must carry the
vision of God’s will into all of our activities.
"How can I best serve Thee—Thy will (not mine) be done."

- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 85

Thought to Ponder
The alcoholic is in no greater peril than when he takes sobriety for granted.


AA-related 'Alconym'
A A  =  Action Always.

A Member Shares:
I'm Eddy and I'm an alcoholic. It's easy to fall back into old ways of thinking and it's easy to go backwards in recovery. For myself I have found if I am not going forward in an active way, I regress in my recovery. Sometimes it's as easy as hitting my knees often. Sometimes it's just coming in here and chairing. But outside of the rooms, how do I live the program? That's the question I run into when I think about the topic of complacency. I often get scared and I get mad too and these emotions unchecked, unstopped, can stop me in my tracks. It's happened before. So I'll share with you one of the instances. I had gone to treatment for alcoholism. Again I was court ordered to go. I wanted the program but I didn't want to tell anyone what bad things I had done. I was scared of the judgement that came with it in my mind's eye. What a great platform for alcohol to come and destroy my life again. Ultimately I wasn't willing to leap yet, but I wasn't going to move at all. I didn't chair, didn't share, I didn't read the Big Book, I didn't have a sponsor. Ultimately I didn't have sobriety. My fears kept me drinking and my anger at others and my resentments were not helping either. By the time I found you all here in this room, I was so spiritually bankrupt and lost that I didn't think I could come to the rooms. I thought God hated me if he even existed. I thought I was doomed. But that's where this program started for me. I wanted to be free and I couldn't do that for myself. I was 41 years old and a total loss of everything and everyone in my life, with the risk of losing my wife and kids kept me coming in every day. And I started listening to the shares in here before I stopped drinking and took the before mentioned leap. Today I find that as long as I'm leaping every day, I get another reprieve. I have become zealous about the program, God and this new life I have because of AA and God. So I reach out to people. I chair and help when I can. But each day I set out to do the next right thing, to think of ways to love like God loves me. I too bought books to replace my not so good materials. I seek the friendships and relationships in the rooms. I am blessed everyday with my reflection smiling back at me in the mirror instead of crying in it. Complacency for me has been caused by my fears and anger, so as I took the steps God made them go away a bunch. Not all the way or I wouldn't be human. But enough that I can keep an open mind and keep on leaping. Everyday I leap it gets easier to do so.

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