AA Thought for the Day
December 25, 2022
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Belief in the power of God, plus enough willingness, honesty
and humility to establish and maintain the new order of things,
were the essential requirements. Simple, but not easy; a price
had to be paid. It meant destruction of self-centeredness. I must
turn in all things to the Father of Light who presides over us all.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill's Story) pp. 13 - 14
Thought to Ponder
While it isn't always easy, if I keep it simple, it works.
A B C = Acceptance, Belief, Change.
A Member Shares:
My name is Dale and I am an alcoholic. The three indispensable principles mentioned in our book; Honesty, Open Mindedness and Willingness were mentioned. Of the three, the first one I faced was Honesty. While everyone around me could see the problem, I could not. I allowed myself to believe that I was normal in every way, that I was exercising my free will to do as I pleased. I did not realize the grip that alcoholism had on me because I told myself it was normal. Deeper than that even, I had reached a point where if I absolutely knew something was false... anything, I would tell myself it was true until I believed it was true. I taught myself how to lie to myself. So Honesty was the first thing I had to tackle when I started this journey. I had to re-learn how to be true to myself, then I could face some hard facts about myself, AND as a bonus I could face the world in a new light. I don't remember how long that process took... it was many years ago. But I do remember having to start right there. And then I became willing and I became truly open minded. I could practice Acceptance as it related to my disease. It's sometimes been a struggle, but every day has seen progress, more some than others. Thanks.
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