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Daily thought/discussion post for 09/09/16

"Look Before You Leap"?

"Wise men and women rightly give a to rating to the virtue of prudence. They know that without this all important attribute little wisdom is to be had.

"Mere 'looking before we leap' is not enough. If our looking is charged with fear, suspicion, or anger, we had better not have looked or acted at all."


"We lose the fear of making decisions, great and small, as we realize that should our choice prove wrong we can, if we will, learn from the experience. Should our decision be the right one, we can thank God for giving us the courage and the grace that caused us so to act."

As Bill Sees It - p253 - Letters from 1966 (AA)

Opening New Doors

They [the Promises] are being fulfilled among us — sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.

Alcoholics Anonymous - p84 - from Daily Reflections (AA)
Commentary Here

Feet Of Clay

One of the biggest stumbling blocks to recovery seems to be placing unrealistic expectations on... others.

Commentary: Many of us come into [NA] feeling pretty poorly about ourselves. By comparison, the recovering [addicts] we meet at meetings may seem almost super-humanly serene. These wise, loving people have many months, even years of living in accordance with spiritual principles, giving of themselves to others without expecting anything back. We trust them, allowing them to love us until we can love ourselves. We expect them to make everything alright again.

Then the glow of early recovery begins to fade, and we start to see the human side of our [NA] friends and [sponsor]. Perhaps a fellow member of our home group stands us up for a coffee date, or we see two oldtimers bickering at a committee meeting, or we realize our [sponsor] has a defect of character or two. We're crushed, disillusioned - these recovering addicts aren't perfect after all! How can we possibly trust them anymore?

Somewhere between "the heroes of recovery" and "the lousy [NA] bums" lies the truth: Our fellow addicts are neither completely bad nor completely good. After all, if they were perfect, they wouldn't need this program. Our friends and [sponsor] are ordinary recovering [addicts], just like we are. We can relate to their ordinary recovery experience and use it in our own program.

Just For Today: My friends and my [sponsor] are human, just like me - and I trust their experience all the more for that.

Just For Today - September 9th (NA)

Paying the Price for Improvement

When I’m willing to pay the price for top-shelf sobriety, ‘action’ is still the magic word.

Grapevine - Craig, Colo., January 1997 (AA)

Atma's Thoughts

The Promises are mentioned in official AA list on pages 83 and 84 of The Big Book. They are encouraging people to work hard on bettering themselves so they can achieve greatness, since if you stick with this, you can have everything you wanted and then some, too, like others around you have. It could be slow, it could be fast, but it is doable, and you are deserving of such nice things. The one thing I hear about in meetings in AA and NA both is just how grateful people are they still have time left to achieve their dreams and say things often like "Me, of all people, had this now." in their happiest possible tones. Anyone could use this passage, but we in recovery can most of all, because it humanizes us.

Entry 3 today makes me grateful more so than usual for all my friends and my girlfriend who have stuck by me through this and have not judged me for what I've been through and not judging me for choosing AA and NA as recovery and a form of therapy, when both systems are pretty demonized and often the ass end of many jokes in media. I think the only good NA joke I've ever seen is in the TV sitcom 'Community' where a character, Annie, is a rehab graduate, addicted to Adderall, and makes it out of there and mentions making friends in NA. She's seen as a go-getter and can be a bit too overworking, but is generally seen and treated as a sweet and kind and smart character and her past, should it be brought up to make fun of her, is usually by a shithead character who rightfully gets taught a few lessons about friendship. It's just nice to see.

So to those of you who see me as your leader, and not fallen due to this, well, thank you, and I hope should you ever need a program like this, you trust me to help you through it and feel welcome in finding a group that works for you, or anyone you know who may need it.

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