We have come to believe He would like us to keep our heads in the clouds with Him, but that our feet ought to be firmly planted on earth. That is where our fellow travelers are, and that is where our work must be done. These are the realities for us. We have found nothing incompatible between a powerful spiritual experience and a life of sane and happy usefulness.
-Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 130
I view the Spiritual Principles as guides to my behavior. When I am in doubt of my behavior, I can look to the Principles to find the “higher path.” Instead of relying on myself, I now have a Higher Power that I can rely on. I am currently working on being more humble, honest, willing, and persistent – to name a few, Lol. My humility comes from the knowledge that I have a “higher” power, I am not the center of the universe, I am but a very small part of the world. The best I can hope for is that God will grace me with serenity, courage and wisdom that I might then possess the ability to be of service to others, and to the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. Action is needed, yes, but faith in that action is an absolute for my recovery. I have to believe in the Twelve Steps, the Twelve Traditions, and the Twelve Concepts – in addition to a basic belief in my Higher Power.
On another note, a very dear friend will be taken off life support after Christmas. Prayers for her family are welcome.
Happy Holidays, or whatever you believe this season. And may Peace be in your hearts as another year is about to begin.


7 thoughts on “Action

  1. Grapevine Quote

    December 25
    “By whatever name we may call it, the spirit of Christmas is in us all. How best to give and how to receive with ever more gratitude is our common aim. We’d like to practice the spirit of Christmas the year around. Therefore, we shall especially ask ourselves at this season: ‘What more can we find in order that we shall have more to give?’”
    AA Co-Founder, Bill W., December 1952
    “Every Day Is Christmas”
    AA Grapevine

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

    • 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.

      I went web surfing the other day and wound up in the jungles of Sri Lanka and guess what I discovered.
      Just click here ( ) and you will see.

      This joyful spirit is universal.

  2. Top of the golden morning my universal family,
    Sister Bonnie, thank you for sharing the band Pentatonix. Have downloaded many songs from them on Itunes. Music is a huge battle rythym for me.
    HarryS, thank you for the youtube and other sites this past year. I’ve spent 2 Decembers in the Middle East in my Army career. The joyful spirit is universal.
    TomS, thank you for your wisdom. You shares have stretched my understanding of step 11.

    Divine Mercy provides for us what we can not provide for ourselves
    Today, I can give thanks to my Heavenly Father,
    …and mean it!

    It’s a good day to have a good “hug” day with friends and family.

  3. Thank you SMB for the grace and power of patience, love and kindeed you are instilling in my heart through your share. Thank you also for being at the side of your dear friend. What a gift to someone when they are facing the passage to have someone like yourself be there with them.
    Thank you Harry, Tom and Clay for your steady shares. Most helpful to me. And other readers and aa members, blessings to each of you. GRATEFUL TO BE sober this Christmas Day. Kt

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