Endigar 593 ~ Avoiding Controversy

From the Daily Reflections of October 31;

All history affords us the spectacle of striving nations and groups finally torn asunder because they were designed for, or tempted into, controversy. Others fell apart because of sheer self-righteousness while trying to enforce upon the rest of mankind some millennium of their own specification.   (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 176)

As an A.A. member and sponsor, I know I can cause real damage if I yield to temptation and give opinions and advice on another’s medical, marital, or religious problems. I am not a doctor, counselor, or lawyer. I cannot tell anyone how he or she should live; however, I can share how I came through similar situations without drinking, and how A.A.’s Steps and Traditions help me in dealing with my life.

 

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For me, as an individual alcoholic and as a member of the AA Fellowship, avoiding controversy is going to be the best way to travel.  I must contribute to the protection of the community that helps ensure my own survival.  If I am considering the possibility of entering into controversy outside of my support network, I must consider carefully the wisdom of that approach.  There may be times when I have to confront, but it should not be impulsive.  I need to pause and connect within the group, and then make a careful plan for my own participation.

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