Endigar 526 ~ Centering Our Thoughts

From Today’s Daily Reflections;

When World War II broke out, our A.A. dependence on a Higher Power had its first major test.   A.A.’s entered the services and were scattered all over the world.  Would they be able to take the discipline, stand up under fire, and endure . . . ?   (As Bill Sees It, page 200)

I will center my thoughts on a Higher Power. I will surrender all to this power within me. I will become a soldier for this power, feeling the might of the spiritual army as it exists in my life today. I will allow a wave of spiritual union to connect me through my gratitude, obedience and discipline to this Higher Power. Let me allow this power to lead me through the orders of the day. May the steps I take today strengthen my words and deeds, may I know that the message I carry is mine to share, given freely by this power greater than myself.

END OF QUOTE

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When I entered the military, I hoped that it would transform me into a disciplined and effectively masculine individual.  All the bad-ass in the Universe would reside in my heart.  The icon of military service contains some of the highest standards of human behavior, but when animal flesh meets idealistic fantasy, a hybrid creature is formed.  A recovered alcoholic is familiar with this reality.  Too much “I” and not enough “We” will lead me to morbid self loathing.  The cleanest room in the house is maintained by the dead man, because there is no messy interference of life to disrupt his established order.  Our greatest disciplines are designed to protect our connections with each other and Gomu (God of my understanding).

Still, I imagine any group would benefit from a military sense of responsibility.  I cherish the ideals I learned in serving my country.

NCO Creed

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