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Daily thought/discussion post for 08/31/16

Toward Maturity

Many oldsters who have put our A.A. "booze cure" to severe but successful tests still find they often lack emotional sobriety. To attain this, we must develop real maturity and balance (which is to say, humility) in our relations with ourselves, with our fellows, and with God.


Let A.A. never be a closed corporation; let us never deny our experience, for whatever it may be worth, to the world around us. Let our individual members heed the call to every field of human endeavor. Let them carry the experience and spirit of A.A. into all these affairs, for whatever good they may accomplish. For not only has God saved us from alcoholism; the world has received us back into its citizenship.

As Bill Sees It - 244 - Grapevine from 1958 - A.A. Comes of Age - p232+233 (AA)

A Unique Program

Alcoholics Anonymous will never have a professional class. We have gained some understanding of the ancient words "Freely ye have received, freely give." We have discovered that at the point of professionalism, money and spirituality do not mix.

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions - p166 - from Daily Reflections (AA)
Commentary Here


Hopeless living problems have become joyously challenged. Our disease has been arrested, and now anything is possible.

Commentary: The [NA] program has given us more freedom than we ever dreamed possible. Sometimes, though, in the daily routine, we lose track of how much we've been given. How, exactly, have our lives changed in [NA]?

The bottom line of recovery, of course, is freedom from the compulsion to use. NO longer must we devote all our resources to feeding our addiction. No longer must we endanger, humiliate, or abuse ourselves or others just to get the next "fix." Abstinence itself has brought great freedom to our lives.

[NA] has given us much more than simple abstinence - we've been given a whole new life. We've taken our inventory and have identified the defects of character that bound us for so long, keeping us from living and enjoying life. We've surrendered those shortcomings, taken responsibility for them, and sought the direction and power we need to live differently. Our home group has given us the personal warmth and support that helps us continue living in recovery. And topping all this off, we have the love, care, and guidance of the God we've come to understand in [NA].

In the course of day-to-day recovery, we sometimes forget how much our lives have changed in [NA]. Do we fully appreciate what our program has given us?

Just For Today: Recovery has given me freedom. I will greet the day with hope, grateful that anything is possible today.

Just For Today - August 31st (NA)

Distilled Spirits

Don’t regret growing old, it’s a privilege denied to many.

Grapevine - Tobyhanna, Pa., June 1995 (AA)

Atma's Thoughts

"Money and spirituality do not mix" remind me of Nietzsche's words condemning the greedy pastors to be the ones that killed God. Often misquoted, it just simply means they killed off any good meaning or potential help the word of their Church or Higher Power may have, for to them, the only real Higher Power is their wallets and their egos and they just want to see who can do the most good as a race and not as an actual charity. It's all about them, and not salvation or the saving of anyone but themselves.

Charity isn't glamorous. I've had some things to say a lot about slackers in activism and I always will; real activism is hard so it's easier to just condemn those before ou to some nasty fate or title and let the community have at it while you reap in the rewards than it is to actually get up and do something. Perhaps they should be the ones to learn to give freely the most, for some of the best things I've ever received have only come from the result of me giving of my own time and effort, and while it's nothing I can sell or be rich materially off of, it reminds me that I'm worth it and I'm worth doing this program and helping others in it for.

If you want that kind of charity that only lines your pockets, you may as well just better be a petty thief, one whom doesn't do it so you or others can live, but so you can live in luxury and above the ones you harm, since all you do is taketh but never giveth away.

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