Monday, July 10, 2006

Simplicity

The third tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous states ...
"The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking."
Then, A.A. presents a set of principles and steps that, if adhered to, practically guarantees that an alcoholic can not only stop drinking, but improve his lot in life dramatically.

By the time I entered the rooms of A.A., I needed help to stop drinking. By going to meetings and listening to recovering alcoholics share their experience, strength and hope, I was able to stop drinking. I have learned about the principles and steps and my life has improved dramatically. This is because my thinking has changed and my behavior has changed.
I don't have to drink when life is good. I don't have to drink when life sucks.

It only takes a genuine committment.
It's that simple.

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

that my Mom can enjoy freshly cut flowers which I take each week to her nursing home

that I am taking more action to do the uncomfortable, yet positive, things that today define my recovery

that I followed through with a personal committment yesterday (see above) even though I really didn't want to

for the AA story I heard @ Saturday Night Live @ Lambda; a woman with 30 years of recovery and still growing and expanding her horizons

for those who choose to participate fully in recovery rather than just staying sober

for this week's topic on SOBRIETY SOCIETY -- Open-Mindedness -- drop by and give us your thoughts

A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.
-The Wizard to the Tin Man

13 comments:

Mary Christine said...

I love that your quote is from the tin man. And that you bring your mother flowers every week.

NMAMFQLMSH said...

Just don't drink.......no matter what. But you know that ;)
I see you,
JJ

Scott said...

ahhh, that old softie tin man... good quote dAAve

I am glad you foudn the rooms, and have done what is necessary to stay sober, you enrich my recovery!

peace to you

Tab said...

I know what you mean about not just being sober but working through recovery...I know people who stopped drinking but also never grew out of it that dark rutt.
They still live cut off from thier true potential for happiness and sharing.Tough to see.Sometimes I think there are some people who ,for whatever reasons,don't feel they deserve to be happy.
So many stories in the world.I am glad yours is an inspirational one!

That is so touching to read that you take your Mother fresh cut flowers every week Daave.

You are so thoughtful:)

Thanks for sharing ~

Daily Piglet said...

I love the Tin Man. When Luke was a lot younger, we watched that movie every day (almost). He loved it.

I love fresh cut flowers, you are a good son Dave.

Matt said...

Fresh cut flowers are wonderful, as are you for doing that.

I loved Joanie. I want to find out what meetings she attends.

sirreene said...

tradition, smidion it's because it fits in the breadbox that way!

recoveryroad said...

"It only takes a genuine committment." and I'd add to that; action. Else it's just another bar room "I'll do it tomorrow".

Melody said...

Hey,I must say I got a bit jealous of J.J. spending time with my men...after all the nice thing you guys said about her I can't wait to meet her and ya'll are right she is pretty !!!!LOve the photos and so awesome to see you both..the rose was beautiful

Diego said...

"It works if you work it".....nice work dAAve.

Boston B. said...

dave's a winner

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