Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Honesty... Integrity ... and Truth ... AA

I am Responsible
When Anyone, Anywhere,
reaches out for help, I want
the hand of AA always to be there
and for that
I am Responsible...



I am praying for you - Yes YOU, you know who you are. You never know what the universe is going to throw at you any more. With the world going to hell in a handbasket, sober people are falling off the wagon faster than one can recite the serenity prayer. Is it the war? Is it the government? Is it because people are not doing all they could do to keep the beast at bay for another 24 hours?

Without further adooo, a little light reading for my friend in difficulty. I love you!!
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My friend had emphasized the absolute necessity of demonstrating thse principles in all my affairs. Particularly was it imperative to work with others as he had worked with me. Faith without works is dead, he said. And how appallingly true for the alcoholic! For IF an alcoholic failed to perfect and enlarge his spiritual life through work and self-sacrifice for others, he could not survive the certain trials and low spots ahead. If he did not WORK he would surely DRINK again, and if he DRANK he would surely DIE!!!

I soon found that when all other measures FAILED, work with another alcoholic would save the day.

THE tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution. We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action. This is the great news that this carries to those who suffer from alcoholism.

An illness of this sort - and we have come to believe it an illness - involves those about us in a way no other human sickness can. If a person has cancer all are sorry for him and no one is angry or hurt. But no so with the alcoholic illness, for with it there goes annihilation of all things worth while in life. It engulfs all whose lives touch the sufferer's. It brings misunderstanding, fierce resentment, financial insecurity, disgusted friends and employers, warped lives of blameless children, sad wives and parents - anyone can increase this list.

BUT the ex-problem drinker who has found this solution, who is properly armed with facts about himself, can generally win the entire confidence of another alcoholic in a few hours. Until such an understanding is reached, little or nothing can be accomplished.

The fact is that lost alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink. Our so called will power becomes practically nonexistent. We are unable, at certain times, to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago.

WE ARE WITHOUT DEFENSE AGAINST THE FIRST DRINK.

The greatest Fact is just this, andf nothing less: That we have had a deep and effective spiritual experiences which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows and toward God's universe. The central FACT of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous. He has commenced to accomplish those things for us in which we could never do for ourselves.

  1. IF WE ARE PAINSTAKING ABOUT THIS PHASE OF OUR DEVELOPMENT, WE WILL BE AMAZED BEFORE WE ARE HALFWAY THROUGH.
  2. WE ARE GOING TO KNOW A NEW FREEDOM AND A NEW HAPPINESS.
  3. WE WILL NOT REGRET THE PAST NOR WISH TO SHUT THE DOOR ON IT.
  4. WE WILL COMPREHEND THE WORD SERENITY AND WE WILL KNOW PEACE.
  5. NO MATTER HOW FAR DOWN THE SCALE WE HAVE GONE WE WILL SEE HOW OUR EXPERIENCES CAN BENEFIT OTHERS.
  6. THAT FEELING OF USELESSNESS AND SELF PITY WILL DISAPPEAR.
  7. WE WILL LOSE INTEREST IN SELFISH THINGS AND GAIN INTEREST IN OUR FELLOWS.
  8. SELF SEEKING WILL SLIP AWAY.
  9. OUR WHOLE ATTITUDE AND OUTLOOK UPON LIFE WILL CHANGE.
  10. FEAR OF PEOPLE AND OF ECONOMIC INSECURITY WILL LEAVE US.
  11. WILL WILL INTUITIVELY KNOW HOW TO HANDLE SITUATIONS THAT USED TO BAFFLE US.
  12. WE WILL SUDDENLY REALIZE THAT GOD IS DOING FOR US WHAT WE COULD NOT DO FOR OURSELVES.

Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us, sometimes quickly sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.

OUR BOOK IS MEANT TO BE SUGGESTIVE ONLY. WE REALIZE WE KNOW ONLY A LITTLE. GOD WILL CONSTANTLY DISCLOSE MORE TO YOU AND TO US. ASK HIM IN YOUR MORNING MEDITATION WHAT YOU CAN DO EACH DAY FOR THE MAN WHO IS STILL SICK. THE ANSWERS WILL COME IF YOUR OWN HOUSE IS IN ORDER. BUT OBVIOUSLY YOU CANNOT TRANSMIT SOMETHING YOU HAVEN'T GOT.

SEE TO IT THAT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM IS RIGHT, AND GREAT EVENTS WILL COME TO PASS FOR YOU AND COUNTLESS OTHERS.

THIS IS THE GREAT FACT FOR US.

ABANDON YOURSELF TO GOD AS YOU UNDERSTAND GOD. ADMIT YOUR FAULTS TO HIM AND TO YOUR FELLOWS. CLEAR AWAY THE WRECKAGE OF YOUR PAST. GIVE FREELY OF WHAT YOU FIND AND JOIN US. WE SHALL BE WITH YOU IN THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE SPIRIT, AND YOU WILL SURELY MEET SOME OF US AS YOU TRUDGE THE ROAD OF HAPPY DESTINY.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU - UNTIL THEN.

Excerpts from the Big Book of
Alcoholics Anonymous
3rd edition

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