Endigar 359 ~ No More Struggle . . .

From Today’s Daily Reflections;

And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone – even alcohol.  (Alcoholics Anonymous,  page 84)

When A.A. found me, I thought I was in for a struggle, and that A.A. might provide the strength I needed to beat alcohol.  Victorious in that fight, who knows what other battles I could win.  I would need to be strong, though.  All my previous experience with life proved that. Today I do not have to struggle or exert my will.  If I take those Twelve Steps and let my Higher Power do the real work, my alcohol problem disappears all by itself.  My living problems also cease to be struggles.  I just have to ask whether acceptance – or change – is required.  It is not my will, but His, that needs doing.



Here I am presented with a state of conditional magic.  I have entered the world of the Spirit.  Sanity will have returned, because I will seldom be interested in alcohol.  When I am tempted I will recoil, reacting sanely and normally.  Without effort on my part, I will find that I am in a protective position of neutrality.  The problem of addictive desire is simply gone.

This is the power of moving forward through the steps that cause us to clean up our past.  When my recovery work has lead me to step ten with the first nine complete,  I am now developing a habit of correcting any new manifestations of my short-comings as quickly  and completely as possible.  When they arise, and they will, I ask God to remove them and make any amends necessary.  Then I turn my thoughts to pursue some way of helping others.  This is how I stay spiritually fit and how I stay in the magical world of the Spirit.

If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through (the ninth step).

We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.

We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.

We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.

No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.

That feeling of uselessness and self pity will disappear.

We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.

Self-seeking will slip away.

Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.

Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.

We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.

We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

 Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.

(Alcoholics Anonymous, page 83 – 84)

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