The Next Right Thing

I found a true sense of purpose and direction in the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous.  It has taken time, effort and perseverance. Once I found the right path, it was a matter of just putting one foot in front of the other, or simply doing the next right thing.  Accepting myself as one who lost control over life was just the beginning.  The longer I am in the Program, the more I realize my need for a Higher Power to help me manage my life.  I cannot do this thing called recovery alone, I simply need others.  I found my “others” in the rooms of A.A. and through their love and direction I have gained some semblance of sanity in my life.  I know today, that I could not have accomplished what I have, alone…and I thank the Program for that!



6 thoughts on “The Next Right Thing

  1. A few years ago an influential book which really summarizes and answers the question, “what am I here for?” came along and serves a powerful purpose of directing our focus toward practicing the overarching principles contained in the wisdom of the ages. Its author is Rick Warren and the book is available from many sources including local bookstores.

    All of this is contained in The Most Holy book but some find it difficult to glean it, so we have many other sources to help us discover the truth.

    When I came to the most major turning point in my life which demanded a total redirection of motive and purpose a few decades ago I resolved to pay attention to this aged wisdom. Yes I became resolute to always keep good thoughts and good actions in consideration.

    One of my fellow sojourners writes this morning about “Doing the Next Right Thing” which we often speak of and which is in full agreement with this concept.

    In the throes of alcoholism I spent many years wrapped up in this “I, self and me” which eventually brought me to my knees as I asked God as I understand him to help me get through today without taking a drink of liquor and in his great mercy and generosity an eventual total transformation was begun and continues as I strive towards spiritual progress, not perfection.

    When we became alcoholics, crushed by a self-imposed crisis we could not postpone or evade, we had to fearlessly face the proposition that either God is everything or else He is nothing. God either is, or He isn’t. What was our choice to be?

    . 🙂

    After many eons of bearing the weight of the world on his shoulders, Atlas shrugged.
    What’s it all about, he said.
    Undirected purpose founders!
    Even the gods tire!

  2. “doing the next right thing” gives me a path of honest direction, a choice of positive instead negative behaviors, and an opportunity of having Spirituality in my life. The Serenity Prayer gives me the ability “to do the next right thing”: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference”.

  3. Top of the morning family,
    With all these benefits available to us, the obvious and wisest course of action/the next right thing is: invest our time and energy on farming a relationship with truth. A god of our understanding. Other activites will always clamor for our attention and many seem important or bring up happiness. None of these offer us the nuggets of spiritual joy of a life farmed in truth. As HarryS wrote, God either is or he isn’t. Either my way and timing is correct or God of my understanding is truth.
    peace / progress

  4. Appreciate the affirmations this morning and the gentle nudges to get me going along the way.
    I am reminded of the solid compact counsel found on pages 82 to 88 of our “basic text” wherein I am reminded that love and tolerance of others is our code. Wherein I am directed to seek His will, not mine. Where the “promises” are laid before me, available contingent upon my actions.
    And the gentle remonstration that we are undisciplined, so we let God discipline us in the simple way just outlined.
    Grateful for the gift bequeathed us by those who have gone before; I pray that we may leave it “as we found it” for the benefit of other sufferers to come.

  5. It took my asking for help for anything to happen…..If I could have done it alone, I certainly wouldn’t have gotten here. Whether it was asking you folks how to stay sober, asking a man to help me with the steps, or asking God to remove the obsession, nothing would have happened without assistance.
    I find I still need help to stay on the path

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