Back To Basics

The title cites that we should “go back to the basics.” For me, an alcoholic, that means working the Steps, making more meetings, prayer and meditation, and talking with others – sharing my feelings, thoughts and troubles. The Serenity Prayer talks of acceptance of things I cannot change, courage to change what I can, and from these – wisdom to know what to change. There are many “tools” in the Program, tools that help me to repel the negative feelings, and to encourage the positive feelings. Acceptance of my present circumstances enables me “feel the feelings” and then move on into some type of action. I am capable of change, I am capable of growth. Both gratitude and acceptance have become part of my recovery. I have come to know that staying sober is so much more than not drinking, the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous is a program that teaches me how to live a sober life, one that embraces both acceptance and gratitude.


4 thoughts on “Back To Basics

  1. 🙂 Speaking of tools. 🙂

    Thought for the Day

    The way of A.A. is the way of sobriety, fellowship, service, and faith. Let us take up each one of these things and see if our feet are truly on the way. The first and greatest to us is sobriety. The others are built on sobriety as a foundation. We could not have the others if we did not have sobriety. We all come to A.A. to get sober, and we stay to help others get sober. We are looking for sobriety first, last, and all the time. We cannot build any decent kind of a life unless we stay sober. Am I on the A.A. way?

    Meditation for the Day

    To truly desire to do God’s will, therein lies happiness for a human being. We start out wanting our own way. We want our wills to be satisfied. We take and we do not give. Gradually we find that we are not happy when we are selfish, so we begin to make allowances for other people’s wills. But this again does not give us full happiness, and we begin to see that the only way to be truly happy is to try to do God’s will. In these times of meditation, we seek to get guidance so that we can find God’s will for us.

    Prayer for the Day

    I pray that I may subordinate my will to the will of God. I pray that I may be guided today to find His will for me. — 24 Hours a Day.

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted twelve stepper.

  2. Top of the snowy Colorado morning family,
    Hear many times at my home group: If your talking/dealing about old human weaknesses; there not old there new again.

    A go to question for self:
    Are you ready?
    As HarryS shared – am I subordinate to His will? Am I ready for the journey Divine Mercy has planned for me in detail?
    When I ask – am I ready?
    When I seek – am I ready?
    When I knock – am I ready?

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

  3. The Serenity Prayer is as basic as it gets. Sometimes, especially in the beginning, I just repeated the prayer over and over. When I accept the things I cannot change, I can focus my energies on the things I can change.

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