Endigar 476 ~ A Turning Point

From Today’s Daily Reflections;

A great turning point in our lives came when we sought for humility as something we really wanted, rather than as something we must have.  (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 75)

Either the A.A. way of life becomes one of joy or I return to the darkness and despair of alcoholism. Joy comes to me when my attitude concerning God and humility turns to one of desire rather than of burden. The darkness in my life changes to radiant light when I arrive at the realization that being truthful and honest in dealing with my inventory results in my life being filled with serenity, freedom, and joy. Trust in my Higher Power deepens, and the flush of gratitude spreads through my being. I am convinced that being humble is being truthful and honest in dealing with myself and God. It is then that humility is something I “really want,” rather than being “something I must have.”




There is a discipline that goes with being humble.  It is hard for me to keep to the protective rituals of the program without a vision of where I want to go.  Abstinence involves work necessary to put distance between me and the first drink.  In the beginning of my journey, humility looked religious and demanding.  Sobriety is the work necessary to make alcohol obsolete in my life.  My alcoholic delusions are replaced with visions of joy, radiant spiritual illumination, and being filled with serenity, freedom, and more joy.  The humility of abstinence is weighted by the burden of leaving my disease.  The humility of sobriety is the labor of love that draws me closer to God.  The tasks are the same; it is me that changes.

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