I am picking up my chip tonight at my home group. Maybe a woman will sneak in standing tall. I know how she feels. I set down the booze 5 days before my belly button birthday. That is how much fun I was having!
This can still be me today. I am a little more prone to turn my thoughts to others these days.How persistently we claim the right to decide all by ourselves just what we shall think and just how we shall act.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 37
I won't forget... my life depends on it.
If I accept and act upon the advice of those who have made the program work for themselves, I have a chance to outgrow the limits of the past.
Some problems will shrink to nothingness, while others may require patient, well-thought-out action.
Listening deeply when others share can develop intuition in handling problems which arise unexpectedly. It is usually best for me to avoid impetuous action.
Attending a meeting or calling a fellow A.A. member will usually reduce tension enough to bring relief to a desperate sufferer like me. Sharing problems at meetings with other alcoholics to whom I relate, or privately with my sponsor, can change aspects of the positions in which I find myself. Character defects are identified and I begin to see how they work against me.
When I put my faith in the spiritual power of the program, when I trust others to teach me what I need to do to have a better life, I find that I can trust myself to do what is necessary.
From the book Daily Reflections
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