Friday, April 09, 2010

Doing what doesn't come naturally




todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

for another full day yesterday - there seems to be a trend lately

for Tradition Four - "Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole." It explains how we are largely a band of ego-driven individualists and children of chaos. Somehow, A.A. has survived us.

I also like the section that introduces the concept of not taking myself too seriously. This has played a big part in my recovery, as I have explained here before.

that I joined a couple of other guys and visited a mutual recovery friend in the hospital last night. This is something I have rarely done. Very rarely. But I felt the need to be of service and the opportunity presented itself.


What we must decide is how we are valuable rather than how valuable we are.
- Edgar Z. Friedenberg


10 comments:

The Turning Point said...

That's the beauty of it all. In spite of my I self AA works.

Jim

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

I know only a very little about tradition four. I'm not sure my groups don't affect other groups or AA as a whole, but I do know each is really interesting in their own rite.

Mary Christine said...

Hospital visits are good.

Syd said...

I am sure that visiting that friend in the hospital felt good. When I do something to help another I get so much in return.

Julianne said...

When I take advantage of opportunities that present themselves, it's often more beneficial to everyone than when I look for or force opportunnities. It just feels more aligned with God's will and the peace I feel is equally proportionate.

Mike Golch said...

that quote is right on!A Great message that I needed.

chitowngreg said...

It sounds silly when you put it on a billboard, but when our power was out in the office a while back, I remember getting frustrated that I wasn't getting any messages or e-mails. someone finally had to point out that we hadn't had power all day! Kind of like finding my glasses on top of my head!! Thanks and have a great weekend!!!

Steve E said...

"Don't take ourselves too seriously." I also like "We are not a glum lot" and "We absolutely insist on enjoying life."

Funny how each of these suggestions are stated in six words (each).

Carol said...

Great Quote, something for me to remember. Your word verification is becon as in be a beacon?

lash505 said...

Hola Dave Glad to see you still sober. I am hoping to be in Houston soon..