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Daily thought/discussion post for 09/01/16

Singlehanded Combat

Few indeed are those who, assailed by the tyrant alcohol, have ever won through in singlehanded combat. It is a statistical fact that alcoholics almost never recover on their personal resources alone.


'Way up toward Point Barrow in Alaska, a couple of prospectors got themselves a cabin and a case of Scotch. The weather turned bitter, fifty below, and they got so drunk they let the fire go out. Barely escaping death by freezing, one of them woke up in time to rekindle the fire. He was prowling around outside looking for fuel, and he looked into an empty oil drum filled with frozen water. Down in the ice cake he saw a reddish-yellow object. When thawed out, it was seen to be an A.A. book. One of the pair read the book and sobered up. Legend has it that he became the founder of one of our farthest north groups.

As Bill Sees It - p245 - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions - p22 - A.A. Comes of Age - p82+83 (AA)

Willingness To Grow

If more gifts are to be received, our awakening has to go on.

As Bill Sees It - p8 - from Daily Reflections (AA)
Commentary Here

Real Values

We become able to make wise and loving decisions based on principles and ideals that have real value in our lives.

Commentary: [Addiction] gave us a certain set of values, principles we applied in our lives. "You pushed me," one of those values told us, "so I pushed back, hard." "It's mine" was another value generated by our disease. "Well, okay, maybe it wasn't mine to start with, but I liked it, so I made it mine." Those values were hardly values at all - more like rationalizations - and they certainly didn't help us make wise and loving decisions. In fact, they served primarily to dig us deeper and deeper into the grave we'd already dug for ourselves.

The Twelve Steps give us a strong dose of real values, the kind that help us live in harmony with ourselves and those around us. We place our faith not in ourselves, our families, or our communities, but in a Higher Power - and in doing so, we grow secure enough to be able to trust our communities, our families, and even ourselves. We learn to be honest, no matter what - and learn to accept responsibility for our actions. "It's mine" is replaced with a spirit of selflessness. These are the kind of values that help us become a responsible, productive part of the life around us. Rather than digging us deeper into a grave, these values restore us to the world of the living.

Just For Today: I am grateful for the values I've developed. I am thankful for the ability they give me to make wise, loving decisions as a responsible, productive member of my community.

Just For Today - September 1st (NA)

The Best of my Ability

I don’t need to project the future or cry about the past. Just live to the best of my ability, one day at a time.

Grapevine - Bangkok, Thailand, October 1988 (AA)

Atma's Thoughts

There's a lot I want to say today, as it's a very important day for me, but this is not the time nor the place for it. But it is a good chunk of relevant advice for what I do want to say elsewhere and helping me organize my thoughts on it. So for now, all I really can and want to say is everyone should listen to #2 and 4 respectively more, but right now they most apply to me.

I am definitely also grateful of the values I've developed. I have a lot to be grateful for, actually, as was the topic of my NA meeting last Saturday. I wouldn't be able to be grateful or enjoy today and what it means to me if I didn't reassess myself and get better and try harder and listen to these people and these books and what they have to say, though.

You have value and you can do whatever you want to in life.

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