May 6th is a day that many Alcoholics Anonymous groups around the world commemorate. It is known as Founder’s Day, in honor of Bill Wilson, one of the founders of AA.
This day is a time for reflection and gratitude for all the progress that has been made in the fight against alcoholism.
Today, we are grateful for all those who have helped us on our journey to sobriety. We remember those who have passed away and we look forward to continuing our recovery journey together.
Daily Reflections May 6
The real tests of the situation are your own willingness to confide and your full confidence in the one with whom you share your first accurate self-survey. . . .Provided you hold back nothing, your sense of relief will mount from minute to minute. The dammed-up emotions of years break out of their confinement, and miraculously vanish as soon as they are exposed. As the pain subsides, a healing tranquility takes its place.TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, pp. 61-62
The first time I attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, my tiny kernel of locked-in feelings began to unfold.
As self-knowledge became a learning task for me, this new understanding brought about changes in how one should respond during life’s situations–deciding who they are and what their future will look like; no longer being ruled by habits alone but choosing oneself instead of with help from God.
I have found that by attending meetings and working the 12 steps, my life has changed drastically. I am now able to make choices in my life even when faced with difficult situations or addiction triggers.
If you are struggling with alcoholism or addiction, it is important to find a support system of people who will be there for you.
Recovery may seem like an impossible task at first but if we take it one day at a time, eventually sobriety becomes possible!