Sorry for cherry picking sentences and stringing them together, but your posts I find have a recurring theme of what I call razor edge sobriety. I like to remember when I came in and looked at those scary scrolls, if I had been given an idea like this, 'I can't stay sober on what I did yesterday all we have is today,' I doubt I would have committed to all the writing down and confessing, and might not have been alive to write this. This daily reprieve business is so often taken and floated around, in a way I am sure the founders did not intend, and used to support the stay sober one day at a time theory. Something which the book does not say, live yes, but not stay sober, one day at a time....we have recovered from our drink problem yes, but we are still powerless over people, places, things, and situations...I can't stay sober on what I did yesterday all we have is today...as stated all I have is a daily reprieve then my life today goes well...we are not bad people trying to get good we are sick people trying to get better.
If this was true, and I got up this morning and decided not to pray all day, forget the principles, I am going out to cuss and be dishonest act like a real jackass, by this theory I would last one day, then I would get drunk. Well what a crappy program I and every other person would say, I have done the steps and been good for years, but yet all I have is one day. I more agree with one other line you wrote, “for today as stated all I have is a daily reprieve then my life today goes well.” Yes today my life goes well, if I did not seek the understanding of what my higher power would have me do, my day would probably not go very well, and if I continued on this path I don't know how many of those bad days I could take, and have no wish to find out. But those who have found out have been here to report their slip, often a year, and I remember one person said two years, after turning their backs on AA and all it stands for.
Everything in life has a residual effect, when I stop drinking the alcohol takes time to completely leave my system, modern drug tests can detect residue for a long time after stopping most substances, only AA it seems has a one day life spam. This is right up there with the HALT nonsense, I have to work late my relief did not come, no food to eat, me here alone at the guard booth, hungry angry lonely and tired, well that's my sobriety gone I am sure to drink, if I believed AA was such a fragile recovery program I guess I would drink.
We are 'selling' a program of recovery and living to new members, I would not have bought into this if I believed as you say, “we are still powerless over people, places, things, and situations.” And certainly not if I believed “we are sick people trying to get better,” I got better when I recovered, and the book was not lying when it promised me I would no longer be powerless, as it says - “But where and how were we to find this Power?...Well, that's exactly what this book is about. Its main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem...We have recovered, and have been given the power to help others.” And the day I start believing that power would evaporate if I were to forget AA for a day or two, is the day I would probably pick up a drink.