My Tool Box

Honesty, faith, sponsorship . . . those are some powerful recovery tools. When I first heard the term “recovery tools” I expected to be handed something substantial to fight my disease – like a list of “do’s and don’ts,” or the phone numbers of those who had succeeded, or a list of the most commonly used slogans, etc. Instead I have come to learn that recovery tools are the ways and means of the Program which have worked for others claiming sobriety. My Higher Power is at the top of the list when it comes to recovery “tools.” My H.P. gives me strength, purpose, guidance, and always hope for a better future, as long as I remain honest in both word and deed. To be less than honest is to cheat myself and all those I love and care for.

wooden toolbox with tools. isolated on white.


10 thoughts on “My Tool Box

    • Thank the Lord for this day and for all that is in it.
      My times are in His hand.
      My soul rests with Him, my Anamchara.

      We speak of a kit of spiritual tools which are freely given to us and our charge is to do our damnedest, which is everything possible to give it away ere we can’t keep it.
      Sense once we get the slightest gist, taste or experience of what represents more to come we in this respect are like the practicing alcoholic who never could get enough and we try our damnedest to give it away by sharing our experience, strength and hope with anyone and perhaps in some way everyone.

      Since I am on the expletive jagg this morning I might say that it may turn out to be the most amazing or extraordinary occurrence; “it was the damnedest thing I’ve ever seen”.

      Yes we may be “Amazed before We Are Half Way through”!

      I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic. – Georgia, US of A.

  1. I am finding I am better served going deeper into the program laid before me than getting distracted by broadening out into new areas.
    The simple daily protocol laid out on pages 82-88 pretty clearly lays out a new way of living, a suitably humble one.
    As Bonnie suggests, there is plenty in the tool box to take care of my real and imaginary issues…but I must not distort reality- I must be honest.
    Thankfully my HP is willing to help me with that, too.
    Grateful for the Gift

  2. Top of the morning family,
    Willingness is a powerful recovery tool for me. Daily, I must be willing to surrender my life to Him. To offer myself to thee- to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. If I’m not in a willing posture, I lose focus from thy will, not mine to experiencing fear. If I don’t maintain a willing posture, doubt about self creeps in. I begin making excuses to comfort my self-life. Then the infamous self run riot of “tomorrow/procrastinations” commences. Bottom line up front, it’s my pride / self-life willingness to leave and let go of God’s hand.

    Heard from an alcosauras: We are His tools, but He is the power.

  3. In my last drunk, I dropped to my knees and prayed He simply give me the tools I need to quit drinking. The next day I attended my 1st meeting of AA.

    After over 25 years I got a call out of the blue from a girl I hadn’t seen in 35 yrs.
    She called from New Mexico and asked the number for my name. The operator told her I was the only listing.(I’m not).
    The last I saw her we were living in the fog of heroin addiction.
    She couldn’t have know I had been sober! The words I heard let me know she was on fire with the principles of our program, having been with us already for 2 years.
    How she knew to call, I’ll never know!

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