Roots And Gifts

Being rooted in the Program can and does benefit me, especially if I am being challenged in some way. The Steps come to mind, as do the many slogans that remind me of the Spiritual Principles which guide me in my quest for rational solutions that no longer deepen the quandary I can find myself in. It takes “daily maintenance” to keep me rooted in A.A. I work to feed my roots with meetings, prayers, and constantly reminding myself that I am an alcoholic – I cannot drink. During this time of the year, there are many gatherings, and alcohol is quite often in the mix. There are many gifts in recovery, but I need always to be mindful that alcohol is the antithesis of being a gift, it will drag me back to the depths of demoralization and insanity, from which I may not recover.
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5 thoughts on “Roots And Gifts

  1. My soul rests with you, my Anamchara.

    Something mysterious happened to me nearly three decades ago when I was at the great turnaround of my life.
    I made a decision, and I remember that numinous moment, to pay attention to the wisdom of the ages and believe me it has made all the difference.
    Without reservation I declare a new discovery for several thousand days.
    I expect new discoveries henceforth!

    The philosopher Plato put it this way: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” For the most part, when we encounter people, we only see them superficially. We aren’t privy to the entire story that’s beneath the surface. We don’t always know what kind of childhood a person had, and we aren’t aware of the struggles they may be facing in the present. There is far more that we don’t know than what we do know about any given person. — Rabbi Eckstein

    Would anyone care to join me?

    I’m Harry, grateful 12th stepper. – Georgia, US of A.

  2. Quite a useful suggestion- to be kind.
    It won’t make things worse.
    It may well involve asking for guidance, patience, humility and inspection of motive.
    It allows another space and dignity whilst still being supportive.
    It takes me out of self for a wee while.
    The antithesis of grandiose, self centred drunkeness.
    Think today would be a good day to give it a go.
    Grateful for the Gift

  3. Over time, I have continued and added some important nutrition to my roots. As well as connecting to God and my AA program, I do the following in my daily life for my sobriety: exercise for health, body and soul; help the needy at my local food band and St. Vincent De Paul; and volunteer as a coach and mentor to high school boys athletic teams. Where do I find the time? God’s plan for me provides me the time.

  4. Kt here, so glad to have a chance to reply, we have been out of states and have not had capability of cell phone service on regular basis. I am glad to see Harrys share about being kind as we really never know ones side of their story. Every body does have a story. I am grateful more than ever for that there were aa mtgs for me. Thanks good to be back. Kt

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