The View From Within

Living the AA life has given me glimpses of some of the most valuable human interactions there can be. It has made me privy to extraordinary transformation in people’s lives and in their deepest beliefs. Being on the inside has opened my eyes to the stunningly powerful invisible forces acting on our lives and co-creating with us. Being an alcoholic among alcoholics has peeled away layers and layers of my assumptions, presumptions, premises, theories and conclusions. I have learned that what I see is often not where my focus belongs. Inside the Rooms I understand the many faces of alcoholism. I learn to suspend my judgments, and how often they are wrong. The most important education I have received has been while seated in a plastic chair in a church basement or community center. And when I emerge from those Rooms, that Fellowship, I carry those teachings with me everywhere. They remind me to stop and breathe, to listen with my heart before I leap with my head. My eyes take in the world with the perspective I have learned in AA. And after they look around, they turn and look within, for the wisdom I have carefully stored there.

Photo courtesy of Jaybird
Photo courtesy of Jaybird

3 thoughts on “The View From Within

  1. Grapevine Quote

    May 18
    “Trying to figure it all out in my head brings on waves of fear, anxiety, and self-reproach. So I say, ‘What can I do for myself and others today?’”
    New Canaan, Conn., April 1976
    “Just Keep On Going”
    Best of the Grapevine, Volume 1

  2. …as the death grip of egoic alcoholism loosened, I began to see what you were patiently showing me.
    Over time, all those incomprehensible, contradictory and nonsensical phrases yielded their perennial truths.
    Eventually, I felt your compassion and learned to feel it for others.
    Patience, tolerance, kindliness and love.
    What a life you have given me; I just wanted to learn to drink like a gentleman.
    Grateful for the Gift

  3. Top of the morning family,
    Am I multiplying or dividing?
    Am I dead inside and manipulating others/events/actions?
    Today, my actions and thinking are total opposite than the first day I opened the door to the fellowship. Today, I ask the Father to lead me. Then I must wait for His perfect timing. His way isn’t what self wants, but it is always best. This morning, I have a chance to change my attitude and show gratefulness. Because everything Divine Mercy gives me is for my own good. All He desires is a relationship. He wants to live inside us.
    He’s a good Father.

    It’s a good day to have a good day.

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