AA Thought for the Day
February 12, 2023
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Quantity or Quality
"About this slip business -- I would not be too discouraged. I think you
are suffering a great deal from a needless guilt. For some reason or other,
the Lord has laid out tougher paths for some of us, and I guess you are
treading one of them. God is not asking us to be successful. He is only
asking us to try to be. That, you surely are doing, and have been doing.
So I would not stay away from A.A. through any feeling of discourage-
ment or shame. It's just the place you should be."
- As Bill Sees It, (No. 11)
Thought to Ponder
When I change the way I look at things, the things I look at change.
A A = All Accepted.
A Member Shares:
I'm Pammy and I have alcoholism. Dealing with my past was a hard thing to face, all that shame and guilt was a hard pill to swallow. I wasted so much time hiding from him, not willing or able the face myself. What helped me push through it was when a young girl shared how she was saved so many times while living a toxic life, that she helped me see mine. I saw not only did my higher power save me but he always knew what he was saving me from, myself. How he still loved me even when he saw it all. Coming to AA and looking at the old-timers, hearing how they were coming into the program and seeing young ones with a chance to have that same amount of time. I couldn't help but feel at the time cheated. I came in at 50 telling myself that I was past getting what could have been and that made me envious. It was all I could focus on then. Took some time and a lot of humility and work for me to get rid of the feelings that were blocking me from showing my gratitude that I have been saved at all. Once I did that my sense of self pity began to fade and was replaced with lessons on how to build a new life. I may never have the same amount of recovery time as many others but a new life is what I asked for. And with the encouragement of others that is exactly what I am getting. My focus changed, I changed. So in my estimation, because I still draw breath and as long as I remain teachable, I got here right on time. Thank you.
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