Endigar 387 ~ Brothers in our Defects

From Today’s Daily Reflections;

We recovered alcoholics are not so much brothers in virtue as we are brothers in our defects, and in our common strivings to overcome them.  (As Bill Sees It, page 167)

The identification that one alcoholic has with another is mysterious, spiritual-almost incomprehensible. But it is there. I “feel” it. Today I feel that I can help people and that they can help me.

It is a new and exciting feeling for me to care for someone; to care what they are feeling, hoping for, praying for; to know their sadness, joy, horror, sorrow, grief; to want to share those feelings so that someone can have relief. I never knew how to do this-or how to try. I never even cared. The Fellowship of A.A., and God, are teaching me how to care about others.

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Today I am fighting a bit of depression.  I watched a film called “Machine Gun Preacher,” and later, I watched Mel Gibson’s “The Passion.”  There are some standards of caring about others that seem way out of my reach.  My social anxiety keeps me from connecting.  The Fellowship of AA has provided me with the opportunity to connect and care.  I am not sure how or if I will ever overcome this fear.  I desire to.  I suppose it is time for a meeting.

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