Endigar 635 ~ A Common Solution

From the Daily Reflections of December 12;

The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution. We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action. This is the great news this book carries to those who suffer from alcoholism.   (Alcoholics Anonymous, page 17)

The most far-reaching Twelfth Step work was the publication of our Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous. Few can equal that book for carrying the message. My idea is to get out of myself and simply do what I can. Even if I haven’t been asked to sponsor and my phone rarely rings, I am still able to do Twelfth Step work. I get involved in “brotherly and harmonious action.” At meetings I show up early to greet people and to help set up, and to share my experience, strength and hope. I also do what I can with service work. My Higher Power gives me exactly what He wants me to do at any given point in my recovery and, if I let Him, my willingness will bring Twelfth Step work automatically.

 

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I believe in the value of 12th Step work.  It is a reminder of something that is so easy to forget once the consequences of my past drinking fade. Active alcoholism is hell.  It is dangerous and humiliating.

The many manifestations of the 12th Step are a very practical and concrete way of living out the ideals of the principals and translating my spiritual tools from theory to skill.  It causes me to connect with my Higher Power as I emulate His actions of loving intervention and presence.

Finally, it is a worthy activity that can be used to build intimacy between me and my recovery Fellowship.  The one thing I lack is the consistent courage to overcome my social anxiety and stay with the process.  I am working on it, and I am thankful anytime I am apart of the solution and not the problem.

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