A New Direction

I hope everyone had a safe 4th! It was a very busy day, so I hope you enjoy a little excerpt from the Big Book! Blessings to you all.

Our human resources, as marshalled by the will, were not sufficient; they failed utterly. . . Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God’s will into all our activities.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p.45,85

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3 thoughts on “A New Direction

  1. “Act as if”.

    This is one of the first things I remember hearing when I started attending meetings. My first thought was these people are just trying to teach me how to be a better hypocrite.
    Then I heard another suggestion that we just try to behave ourselves the best way we know how. Now this went down just a little bit better because I already believed that lots of times I didn’t behave myself in the best sort of way.

    So after coming to meetings for thirty plus years I got a new pitch on this principle when a fellow said, “They told me to act like a gentleman and they won’t know the difference”.

    In the last 24 hours I have been trying to practice this and I have shared it with some of my most intimate friends with chuckles going back and forth with acknowledgment of this truth.

    One of them said, “Well this would apply to women/ladies too wouldn’t it?

    It would apply to almost any reach towards a higher goal.

    It would be similar to what Jean Houston told my friend Leo to do that she was in the midst of what he acknowledges had come to be a humdrum talk when she stood up and stretched her own mind and exclaimed,” Stretch Leo, stretch”.

    Leo said he immediately felt verve , vivacity and especially enthusiasm enter into his delivery.

    We might even say in lots of circumstances:
    “Act like an adult and probably no one will be able to tell the difference”.

    We celebrate our national day of independence and hopefully our feelings of freedom.

    My focus must be on gratitude for the wonders of my personal release from bondage.

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted 12th stepper.

  2. Hi this 24 he readers, I am grateful for sobriety, freedom to choose to go to AA meetings and a host of other things. Grateful beyond words.

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