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|11-26-2011, 12:11 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Manchester, England, UK.
Back to reality...
I've found, in recovery, over recent weeks, it's to easy to become distracted by the actions, behaviour and beliefs of others, which, on reflection, I have stupidly allowed myself to do so, threatening my sobriety!
I'll spare you the details, but the saying ,'live and let live' figures in it quite prominently, as does the extract from ,'the Big Book','remember, we deal with alcohol, cunning, baffling and powerful' and I've been sober to long, not to dismiss the thought that just because I no longer drink it, I'm immune from it's devastating, life destroying influences on me!
Strong indications that it's time for a reality check on me and my attitude to those around me that both disturb me and threaten my sobriety.
For me, I am now, and always will be a strong believer in the contents of the book,'Alcoholics Anonymous', the first 100 people, you didn't really think Bill W.,wrote it all on his own, did you? Certainly got it right, coupled with ,'The Doctor's Opinion' and those lessons learnt by way of the contents of the 'Personal stories'.
My favourite of these being ,'The Keys of the Kingdom' with particular reference tothe paragraph that starts on p.275, A.A. is not a plan for recovery that can be finished and done with. It is a way of life....' see,'Alcoholics Anonymous' 4th Ed. which for me, when ,'the seas around me' get a little 'choppy' a few white caps start appearing on the waves, always has me turning back and heading for home, found in acceptance of the fact,'once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic'. They say the same things about cops to, one of my former professions , so I know, both are true.
So as the weekend beckons, I know it'stime for an A.A. weekend, read my books, A A, 12 x 12, 'As Bill sees it,'Daily Reflections', listen to my cd's.'Jack Brennan , Clancy, 'The Big Book' study, with Charlie and Joe, some prayerand meditation, look after myself, with the primary objective of getting back to reality and retaining all the benefitsof my sobriety, witha genuine effort to make spiritual progress.
My body doesn't need alcohol, my mind needs my spirituality!
Only you can make your mind beautiful. The Dalai Lama, 'Becoming Enlightened'
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