AA Thought for the Day
April 23, 2023
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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.
H O W = Honest, Open-minded, Willing.
A Member Shares:
Good morning everybody, I am Soul, an alcoholic. I have no idea how many times I have read that chapter over the years and every single time a new word or sentence comes out in "bold" and jumps to the front. Today, the part about accepting others' shortcomings and always thinking of others jumped to the front. I remain bothered by others' shortcomings on a daily basis, even if for a minute, even if for a short moment, that judgementalism in me needs a daily reprieve too. I wish this person wouldn't do this or that, or say this or that ,or would whatever and whatever. I am now able to observe and let go, when in the past, I would hold on to it and feed negativity in my mind. The reading says that "our very life as ex-problem drinkers depend upon our constant thought of others and how we may help meet their needs." Our constant thought of others. I have to say that I constantly do think of others, be it my kids, the neighbors, the co-worker, etc. Seems to be a human trait .... but the last part of that sentence is really where the solution is. How may I help meet their needs? By helping others I help myself, I learn about my abilities, my lack of them, my fears, my recklessness or carelessness. This reading today reminds me that I need to remain vigilant every instant about my thinking, not to lose myself in non-constructive thoughts and keep the focus about being part of the solution to help others and myself. For it is about acceptance after all, and there is the key to a reasonable happy sober life. Thanks for listening.
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