Living Lessons

My future looks a lot brighter than it ever did before recovery.  I can trust myself to take care of me, I can trust myself to know that I no longer have to go to the extremes of the past, in an attempt at getting others to like me.  I am who I am – no more, no less.  The good news there is that I can accept the “me” of today.  My fear of the future no longer rules my world.  I am in God’s good hands – and when I accept that, feelings of safety and comfort give me the peace I need.  Who knew there was so much more to abstinence than merely stopping drinking.  This world I live in today, is a much better place than I have ever been in, before.  I have God in my life, I have a Program I can turn to, and I have faith in myself, that with God’s guidance I will improve, I will endure, and I will continue to grow and change!

Photo courtesy of Maggs!
Photo courtesy of Maggs!
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9 thoughts on “Living Lessons

  1. 28
    November
    ATTRACTION, NOT PROMOTION
    Through many painful experiences, we think we have arrived at what that policy ought to be. It is the opposite in many ways of usual promotional practice. We found that we had to rely upon the principle of attraction rather than of promotion.
    — TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, pp. 180-81
    While I was drinking I reacted with anger, self-pity and defiance against anyone who wanted to change me. All I wanted then was to be accepted by another human simply as I was and, curiously, that is what I found in A.A. I became the custodian of this concept of attraction, which is the principle of our Fellowship’s public relations. It is by attraction that I can best reach the alcoholic who still suffers.
    I thank God for having given me the attraction of a well-planned and established program of Steps and Traditions. Through humility and the support of my fellow sober members, I have been able to practice the A.A. way of life through attraction, not promotion.

    Miss Jane says many times, “I’d rather see a sermon than hear one anytime”.

    • Believing and acting according to the principles in the program of Alcoholics Anonymous cannot help but shape one’s character into sobriety.

  2. Thank you SMB for your message this am. I remember my sponsor told me this program can change your life in ways you can’t believe. I knew she had something that I didnt. A peace and contentment mixed with her being wise certainly prompted me to listen to her and reach out and ask her for help. Still being a skeptic, not grounded in the principles nor my hp, I kept trying for an easy fix, ( half measures). Fin ally I got it, my hp helped me understand the willingness, honesty, and easy does it of the program. It is better today, but it gets better and easier if I use the tools. LaiD out in bb. Thanks again, kt

  3. The blessings of the program were tough for me to get hold of until I quit trying to do it my way and tried doing it your way.
    I had to quit trying to read between the lines of the book.
    I had to quit ignoring the word God in in the book.
    I had to quit skipping over the paragraphs on self-centredness.
    I had to do the steps, as suggested.
    I had to get a sponsor.
    I had to learn to pray ( it wasn’t too hard, once I tried).
    I had to think of other people.
    But that was just me…
    Grateful for the Gift

  4. good morning trudgers,
    coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress,
    and staying together is success.
    thank you all for being here.

  5. I’m really grateful this bunch is hanging in there and although some of us come and go there always seems to be enough to keep us going for which i truly am grateful. In fact while pondering this subject of staying together, or nugget as Bonster says, I believe in an idea of asking more people to get involved so people all feel equally important like their thoughts count and they can be heard. Next Wednesday night Im gonna try and hand out our underused literature ask people to take turns doing a lil presentation on their reading of whatever brochure they get. Meetings can a lil stagnant at times during the winter months up here as plenty of peeps go south for obvious reasons.. I’m gonna pray on this matter a bit more asking him to help me to help them. God bless my friends!

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