AA Thought for the Day
When I talk with a newcomer to AA,
my past looks me straight in the face. . .
I extend my hand, and then the miracle happens:
I become healed.
My problems vanish as I reach out to this trembling soul.
– Daily Reflections, p. 274
Thought to Ponder . . .
Give a lot.
Keep it simple.
AA-related ‘Alconym’ . . .
H E L P = Hope, Encouragement, Love, Patience.
A MEMBER SHARES:
My name is James, and I’m an alcoholic. I looked for support from people who were new in the program like me. We clung to each other emotionally. We must have looked like a group of monkeys under a tree looking out for the lion to eat us — all of us scared and not really having a clue how not to drink. One by one, they drank until I was last man standing. I had a lot of support from the people who had a lot of more time than I did. Most of the time, I did not even realize that they gave me support. It seemed that they were tolerating me only because they had to. In my head they were condescending and know-it-alls who needed me so they could be superior to somebody. Later I came to learn that they were patient and I was the arrogant one who "knew-it-all." Now there are quite a few people who came after me and I am able to give them support. Or is it they who are supporting me? It really does work both ways, at least for me. Thanks for letting me share.
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