Endigar 634 ~ “A Genuine Humility”

From the Daily Reflections of December 11;

. . . we are actually to practice a genuine humility. This is to the end that our great blessings may never spoil us; that we shall forever live in thankful contemplation of Him who presides over us all.   (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 192)

Experience has taught me that my alcoholic personality tends to be grandiose. While having seemingly good intentions, I can go off on tangents in pursuit of my “causes.” My ego takes over and I lose sight of my primary purpose. I may even take credit for God’s handiwork in my life. Such an overstated feeling of my own importance is dangerous to my sobriety and could cause great harm to A.A. as a whole.

My safeguard, the Twelfth Tradition, serves to keep me humble. I realize, both as an individual and as a member of the Fellowship, that I cannot boast of my accomplishments, and that “God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.”




Women in combat

In the military, we had a saying; “stay in your lane.”  This was a reference to our time on the firing range.  Soldiers are lined up with a particular firing lane with its own particular target. Sometimes a soldier will get confused, lose focus and fire at the targets meant for the soldier next to him.  That soldier’s targets would not be hit and his neighbors targets would be riddled.  Both lanes would be corrupted and of no value in evaluating the firing skill of either soldier.

The phrase “stay in your lane” was generalized to mean that every service member has their own place of service.  Genuine humility helps me stay focused on my own particular targets.  I acknowledge my place, and my dependence on trusting others to know theirs.  Humility for me is thus a special kind of trust in Gomu (God of my understanding) and my Fellows in recovery.

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