AA Thought for the Day
April 2, 2023
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Tolerance and Respect
Most of us sense that real tolerance of other people’s shortcomings and
viewpoints and a respect for their opinions are attitudes which make us
more useful to others. Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers, depend upon
our constant thought of others and how we may help meet their needs.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) pp. 19 - 20
Thought to Ponder
Love and tolerance of others is our code.
P U T = Patience, Understanding, Tolerance.
A Member Shares:
My name is Hope, alkie! Welcome anyone feeling new. I noticed two suggested requirements in the reading, tolerance and respect. Boy I was out of practice with those. I was by then a chronic complainer. My first words on meeting up with friends, usually to drink were "Listen to This!" My latest complaint, ammunition to drink over. I mean, what the heck, my attitude. And oddly, being just around sober folks then. Speaking of new attitudes of tolerance and respect, I did catch some! They call it assmosis... haha. But it was just enough taste, to make me want more. Kind of like a substitute for drinking. They said to come to meetings at the times I used to drink. That was not helpful, as I drank around the clock by then. But it had stopped working for any good feeling. The best I could do was pass out. Right away I appreciated that even small steps with AA filled the gap. I could sit still! I could listen with respect. Big changes, only the beginning. The peace of mind, the relaxation that I had sought in booze? I got that better in AA, through the Steps and the friendships I had. Amazingly, it is still working 27 years later. The best part is that right away, when I participated, did the work as suggested, the booze problem was removed. My attitude problem..well, that was more gradually changed and still changing, growing. I keep coming back because here is where I belong!
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