Design For Living

We in our turn, sought the same escape with all the desperation of drowning men. What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of God. A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, “a design for living” that really works.
ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS , p. 28

I try each day to raise my heart and hands in thanks to God for showing me a “design for living” that really works through our beautiful Fellowship. But what, exactly, is this “design for living” that “really works”? For me, it is the practice of the Twelve Steps to the best of my ability, the continued awareness of a God who loves me unconditionally, and the hope that, in each new day, there is a purpose for my being. I am truly, truly blessed in the Fellowship.

Photo courtesy of Mags!!

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4 thoughts on “Design For Living

  1. My old sponsor often said, “This is a design for living that really works”.
    Says that in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous too!

    I’m Harry grateful alcoholic and devoted twelve stepper.

  2. A design for living. The principles of the 12 steps guide me through my day. In this chaotic world (always has been, always will!), they help me focus on what’s happening now, today. The chaos subsides if I practice these principles on a daily basis.
    Meditation has been a vital part in me getting healthy. As with all good things, it takes practice, practice, practice!!
    Carpe diem everyone!

    • Grapevine Daily Quote

      August 7
      “The ideal of AA, however short we may be of it personally, is a thing of beauty and perfection. It is a Power greater than ourselves which has lifted us out of the quicksand and set us safe on shore.”
      AA Co-Founder, Bill W., May 1946
      “Safe Use of Money,”
      The Language of the Heart

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