Endigar 658 ~ Begin Where You Are

From the Daily Reflections of January 4;

We feel that elimination of our drinking is but a beginning. A much more important demonstration of our principles lies before us in our respective homes, occupations and affairs.  (Alcoholics Anonymous, page 19)

It’s usually pretty easy for me to be pleasant to the people in an A.A. setting. While I’m working to stay sober, I’m celebrating with my fellow A.A.s our common release from the hell of drinking. It’s often not so hard to spread glad tidings to my old and new friends in the program.

At home or at work, though, it can be a different story. It is in situations arising in both of those areas that the little day-to-day frustrations are most evident, and where it can be tough to smile or reach out with a kind word or an attentive ear. It’s outside of the A.A. rooms that I face the real test of the effectiveness of my walk through A.A.’s Twelve Steps.





Concentric circles.  The first circle I must establish is the protection of my sobriety.  Upon that, GOMU will reveal the next outer circle of my life that I am ready to take on.  I do not move to the outer circles until the inner circles are tight and strong.  As power returns into my life, my prayer life includes what I can now “pack into the stream of life,” as page 86 of the Big Book talks about.  Each new outer circle protects the inner circle if I have the humility and patience to make sure each circle is closed and complete.

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