Endigar 633 ~ Carrying the Message

From the Daily Reflections of December 10;

Now, what about the rest of the Twelfth Step? The wonderful energy it releases and the eager action by which it carries our message to the next suffering alcoholic and which finally translates the Twelve Steps into action upon all our affairs is the payoff, the magnificent reality, of Alcoholics Anonymous.   (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 109)

To renounce the alcoholic world is not to abandon it, but to act upon principles I have come to love and cherish, and to restore in others who still suffer the serenity I have come to know. When I am truly committed to this purpose, it matters little what clothes I wear or how I make a living. My task is to carry the message, and to lead by example, not design.

 

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There is vocabulary here that I am not familiar.  I can imagine that to “renounce the alcoholic world” is to experience the complete psychic change after losing all faith in the notion that alcohol can provide any kind of lasting solution to the problems of my life.

The other phrases that I find more interesting is “the wonderful energy” of the 12th Step releases, the reality that “it carries our message to the next suffering alcoholic,” and finally, “the magnificent reality” that the message gets translated into action upon all our affairs.

I look forward to experiencing this progressive magic in my own life.

 

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