On any given day, an alcoholic may feel like they are at the bottom of the barrel. However, on April 6th, that may be especially true.
It is easy to feel down and out on this day, but it is important to remember that we are not alone in our struggle.
Today, we should all reach out to those around us who understand what we are going through and offer our support.
We should also take some time for ourselves to reflect on how far we have come and how much better tomorrow can be.
Daily Reflections April 6
We were having trouble with personal relationships, we couldn’t control our emotional natures, we were a prey to misery and depression, we couldn’t make a living, we had a feeling of uselessness, we were full of fear, we were unhappy, we couldn’t seem to be of real help to other people. . . . ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 52
I used to be one of those people who couldn’t stop drinking, but now I’m on the other side. It all started because my life was so much easier when alcohol brought out some sort of emotion or mood in me: from sadness and anger – which led me into more trouble than it seemed worth- up until finally there wasn’t anything left for me.
My problems became unmanageable; even talking about them felt impossible at times!
When things were going great though – like during work meetings where we joke around with each other–you might not realize how deeply these feelings could cut into your soul if left unchecked.”
This is not to say that I am always happy. My life isn’t perfect, but it’s manageable and very much worth living – because of Alcoholics Anonymous.
The A.A. program has given me the tools for a lifetime process of recovery from unruly emotions, painful relationships, and unmanageable situations–tools too great for most people without help from our Higher Power or friends in the Fellowship.”