A Look Backward(Daily Reflections)

First, we take a look backward and try to discover where we have been at fault; next we make a vigorous attempt to repair the damage we have done; . . .
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 77

As a traveler on a fresh and exciting A.A. journey of recovery, I experienced a newfound peace of mind and the horizon appeared clear and bright, rather than obscure and dim. Reviewing my life to discover where I had been at fault seemed to be such an arduous and dangerous task. It was painful to pause and look backward. I was afraid I might stumble! Couldn’t I put the past out of my mind and just live in my new golden present? I realized that those in the past whom I had harmed stood between me and my desire to continue my movement toward serenity. I had to ask for courage to face those persons from my life who still lived in my conscience, to recognize and deal with the guilt that their presence produced in me. I had to look at the damage I had done, and become willing to make amends. Only then could my journey of the spirit resume.

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One thought on “A Look Backward(Daily Reflections)

  1. 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.

    Let gratitude be my attitude!

    Before I entered into the recovery process from up until that time the was the life of an ingrate who thought that every good and wonderful thing which ever occurred was “just supposed to happen” I came up against the principal of gratitude which over the last thirty years I have come to deeply understand just simply opens me up to recognize the myriad blessings which occur in all life.

    Just think about breathing for a moment.

    Just think about one’s heart beating for a moment.

    Just think about sight, touch, smell, taste, satiation, peeing, BM’s, standing, walking, living and loving………… Etc.

    An ingrate has been transformed into one whose attitude is gratitude.

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

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