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Daily thought/discussion post for 08/29/16

Let Go Absolutely

After failure on my part to dry up any drunks, Dr. Silkworth reminded me of Professor William Jame's observation that truly transforming spiritual experiences are nearly always founded on calamity and collapse. "Stop preaching at them," Dr. Silkworth said, "and give them the hard medical facts first. This may soften them up at depth so that they will be willing to do anything to get well. Then they may accept spiritual ideas of yours, and even a Higher Power."


We beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas, and the result was nil - until we let go absolutely.

As Bill Sees It - p242 - A.A. Comes of Age - p13 - Alcoholics Anonymous - p58 (AA)

I Choose Anonymity

We are sure that humility, expressed by anonymity, is the greatest safeguard that Alcoholics Anonymous can ever have.

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions - p187 - from Daily Reflections (AA)
Commentary Here

Don't Look Back

The steps offer "a big change from a life dominated by guilt and remorse. Our futures are changed because we don't have to avoid those whow e have harmed. As a result... We receive a new freedom that can end isolation."

Commentary: Many of us come to [NA] full of regrets about our past. Our steps help us begin to resolve those regrets. We examine our lives, admit our wrongs, make amends for them, and sincerely try to change our behavior. In doing so, we find a joyous sense of freedom.

No longer must we deny or regret our past. Once we've made our amends, what's done is truly over and gone. From that point on, where we come from eases to be the most important thing about us. It's where we are going that counts.

In [NA], we begin to look forward. True, we live and stay clean just for today. But we find that we can begin to set goals, dream dreams, and look ahead to the joys a life in recovery has to offer. Looking forward keeps us centered in where we are going, not remorseful or regretful about our past. After all, it is hard to move forward if we are looking back/

Just For Today: The steps have freed me from my regrets over my past. Today, I look forward to my new life in recovery.

Just For Today - August 29th (NA)

The Guy at the End of the Bar

It is impossible to know everyone, but if I try to relate myself with just one other person, something will happen, something remarkable.

Grapevine - Marietta, OH, April 1993 (AA)

Atma's Thoughts

There's not much I can add that I haven't said on similar ideas in previous entries, but I should reiterate that at least in my case, letting go and listening to those that actually understand my problems rather than the harmful damnations of others who have not been here or are here but refuse to admit it, has done wonders for me and my psyche and why I try to seek out those with similar or harsher experiences to mine than those that just have some wild notion about what I'm all about.

I recommend the same to anyone under any stressful circumstance.

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