Endigar 627 ~ Into Action

From the Daily Reflections of December 4;

A.A. is more than a set of principles; it is a society of alcoholics in action. We must carry the message, else we ourselves can wither and those who haven’t been given the truth may die.   (As Bill Sees It, page 13)

I desperately wanted to live, but if I was to succeed, I had to become active in our God-given program. I joined what became my group, where I opened the hall, made coffee, and cleaned up. I had been sober about three months when an oldtimer told me I was doing Twelfth-Step work. What a satisfying realization that was! I felt I was really accomplishing something. God had given me a second chance, A.A. had shown me the way, and these gifts were not only free — they were also priceless! Now the joy of seeing newcomers grow reminds me of where I have come from, where I am now, and the limitless possibilities that lie ahead. I need to attend meetings because they recharge my batteries so that I have light when it’s needed. I’m still a beginner in service work, but already I am receiving more than I’m giving. I can’t keep it unless I give it away. I am responsible when another reaches out for help. I want to be there — sober.





In reading this contribution to the Daily Reflections, the very last word hit me with emotional impact.  I am sober.  That is no small thing.  My daughter came by and visited me today and we went to the gym.  I am a part of her life – sober.  I prepared fish, rice, and black eyed peas for Dad and I, and we watched a movie.  I share his life and time – sober.  I have a beloved friend who is dealing with depression.  I was available to her – sober.  I am deeply grateful that the reality of my sobriety punctuates the worthwhile activities of my life.  It means a great deal.

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