If a mere code of morals or a better philosophy of life were sufficient to overcome alcoholism,
many of us would have recovered LONG ago.
But we found that such codes and philosophies did NOT save us,
no matter how much we tried.
We could wish to be moral, we could wish to be philosophically comforted,
in fact, we could will these things with ALL our might,
but the needed power wasn't there.
Our human resources, as marshalled by the will, were not sufficient;
they failed UTTERLY.
Lack of power, THAT was our dilemma
Many of us had moral and philosophical convictions galore,
but we could not live up to them even though we would have liked to.
Neither could we reduce our self-centeredness much by wishing or trying on our own power.
We HAD to have God's help.
Chapter 4. We Agnostics
- An Irish Friend of Bill
- I have recovered from the disease of Alcoholism. I believe there is only one person really,.. everybody. And that peace of mind is everything. -So treat your neighbor as you would treat yourself, because your neighbor IS yourself. I think most of recovery is what I would call common sense, but that learning to be ordinary is a true gift very few people acquire. My ambition is to accept everything unflinchingly, with compassion, and therefore be intrinsically comfortable in my own skin, no matter what. I am comfortable being uncomfortable and am willing to go to any lengths to improve my life. I believe the Big Book was divinely inspired, and is extraordinarily powerful. Unfortunately AA's best kept secret a lot of the time. (In my opinion). I just try to do what works, no matter what it is.
Saturday, June 03, 2006
Will a better code of morals keep you sober?
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