I’m feeling grateful for my sobriety and the fact that I have a beautiful day ahead of me.
Yesterday, I experienced some shame during an AA meeting. It was difficult to hear about other people’s struggles with addiction but it made me feel better to know that I am not alone in this battle.
Today, I will be going on a hike with my family and friends who are also sober which is always good because spending time together helps us stay connected.
The negative thoughts from yesterday have passed so today is looking brighter!
Daily Reflections August 5
How persistently we claim the right to decide all by ourselves just what we shall think and just how we shall act.TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 37
I’m not sure what I’ve done to deserve this.
But if all the people who have made A.A successful in their lives can show me how they did it, then maybe there’s hope for someone like me too!
Some problems will shrink and others may require some careful thought before acting on them but one thing is clear- listen deeply when other people share with you because that might help develop your intuition which could come handy at a time of need or desperation.
We should try avoiding impetuous actions as much as possible so attending meetings or calling up fellow members would be a great way to reduce any tension one feels from being desperate enough to want relief right away (or else).
Meetings with others in the program, as well as my own sponsor can help me to identify problems and character defects.
When I put faith in spiritual power of the program, when I trust myself enough to learn from those who have already gone through similar situations before – it is possible for me to take control over my life again.
In conclusion, I have found that attending a meeting or calling my sponsor when feeling tense and anxious can help relieve these feelings.
The best thing about Alcoholics Anonymous is the community of people who share their stories with me to relate to mine.
When I put my faith in the spiritual power of the program, when I trust others to teach me what I need do to have a better life, I find that I can trust myself enough to take action on those lessons learned by other alcoholics before me.