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Daily thought/discussion post for 09/07/16

Face The Music

"Don't be too discouraged about that slip. Practically always, we drunks learn the hard way.

"Your idea of moving on to somewhere else may be good, or it may not. Perhaps you have got into an emotional or economic jam that can't be well handled where you are. But maybe you are doing just what all of us have done, at one time or another: Maybe you are running away. Why don't you try to think that through again carefully?

"Are you really placing recovery first, or are you making it contingent upon other people, places, or circumstances? You may find it ever so much better to face the music right where you are now, and, with the help of the A.A. program, win through. Before you make a decision, weight in in these terms."

As Bill Sees It - p251 - Letter from 1949 (AA)

"Our Side Of The Street"

We are there to sweep off our side of the street, realizing that nothing worth while can be accomplished until we do so, never trying to tell him what he should do. His faults are not discussed. We stick to our own.

Alcoholics Anonymous - p77+78 - from Daily Reflections (AA)
Commentary Here

Resentement and Forgiveness

Where there has been wrong, the program teaches us the spirit of forgiveness.

Commentary: In [NA], We begin to interact with the world around us. We no longer live in isolation. But freedom from isolation has its price: The more we interact with people, the more often we'll find someone steeping on our toes. And as such the circumstances in which resentments are often born.

Resentments, justified or not, are dangerous to our ongoing recovery. The longer we harbor resentments, the more bitter they become, eventually poisoning us. To stay clean, we must find the capacity to let go of our resentments, the capacity to forgive. We first develop this capacity in working Steps Eight and Nine, and we keep it alive by regularly taking the Tenth Step.

Sometimes when we are unwilling to forgive, it helps to remember that we, too, may someday require another person's forgiveness. Haven't we all, at one time or another, done something that we deeply regretted? And aren't we healed in some measure when others accept our sincere amends?

An attitude of forgiveness is a little easier to develop when we remember that we are alld oing the very best we can. And someday we, too, will need forgiveness.

Just For Today: I will let go of my resentments. Today, if I am wronged, I will practice forgiveness, knowing that I need forgiveness myself.

Just For Today - September 7th (NA)

The Individual in Relation to AA as a Group

The individual must sometimes place the welfare of his fellows ahead of his own uncontrolled desires. Were the individual to yield nothing to the common welfare there could be no society at all – only self-will run riot; anarchy in the worst sense of the word.

Grapevine - AA Co-Founder, Bill W., July 1946 (AA)

Atma's Thoughts

I've spoken on hardheadedness and stubbornness and such plenty lately, and how it can hurt the most at first to be healed and forgiven since it's a foreign reaction instead of shouldering blame, whether deserved or not, so we can all move on.

So all I'm gonna say is crack a joke as we do at some of the slower meetings when we pull out a Grapevine and read the jokes from the back and say Bill ought be glad he died long before this election cycle happened or he'd be witnessing some serious self-will run riot. All I can say to his spirit is I'm sorry and we're trying. It wasn't supposed to turn out this way. At least you didn't have to experience it; you suffered enough.

Timely humor that will be outdated in even a week I'll bet. I'm super good at this introspective stuff.


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