Endigar 546 ~ A New Life

From Daily Reflections of September 15th;

Yes, there is a substitute and it is vastly more than that. It is a fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. . . . Life will mean something at last.  (Alcoholics Anonymous, page 152).

Life is better without alcohol. A.A. and the presence of a Higher Power keeps me sober, but the grace of God does even better; it brings service into my life. Contact with the A.A. program teaches me a new and greater understanding of what Alcoholics Anonymous is and what it does, but most importantly, it helps to show me who I am: an alcoholic who needs the constant experience of the Alcoholics Anonymous program so that I may live a life given to me by my Higher Power.

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The promised substitute for Alcoholic Oblivion once real connection in the AA Fellowship is established and maintained;

“There you will find release from care, boredom, and worry.  Your imagination will be fired.  Life will mean something at last.  The most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead.”

This is a overwhelming promise from page 152 of the Big Book.  To be truthful, it sounds too good to be true.  I have a lot of anxiety in my life, and the thought of being released from that is quite attractive.  I bore easily in most day to day circumstances, and would appreciate a release from that as well.  An oh how I value my sometimes overactive imagination.  The possibility of it being fired up is an orgasmic prospect.  I have had some satisfactory years behind me and that causes me to lament their loss.  A meaningful life with even greater satisfaction would be quite vindicating.

I have not experienced this promise yet.  I have had enough good things come my way in sobriety to believe that this is possible.  Even with out them, though, I still do value my sobriety and agree with the contributor, my life is better without alcohol.

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