Topic for the week: THE “BIG BOOK” OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
The Big Book is my personal book of instructions on how to live the spiritual life and how to take life as it is presented to me on a daily basis, without stress! This Book and all its’ wisdom has saved my life!
I particularly enjoy the part which says: “We cast off the burdens of the past and the anxieties of the future, as we begin to live in the present, one day at a time.”
Even though I know how precious is the present, I sometimes weave the threads of unhealthy thinking into my life by the insistent habit of spending more time living in the past and future than in the present.
I know the futility of anxiety about the future or regret for the unchanging past – – – -and when I work this Program, with vigilance, as suggested, I am more and more able to stay right where I am!!! Right here! Right now! Unfortunately I must make plans, but I must remember not to plan the outcome! Just do my very best – – – -and only I know when I am doing my best! I MUST be honest with myself!
I used to whine a lot about the “wants” that no one was providing me! In this program I have learned that simplicity leads me to serenity —and thereby eliminating most of these unnecessary, temporary wants. I have everything I need and want today —-and that is sometimes too much!!!
Enjoy this day, today . . .and tomorrow, tomorrow.
Another favorite of mine in the Big Book is on page 58, first sentence, where it states: Rarely have we seen a person fail who has THOROUGHLY followed our path…” (capitalization mine for emphasis)! It took me a few years to get this, because I was just great at those “half measures” (which, incidentally, didn’t work)! That is why today, I often am heard saying: IT WORKS WHEN I WORK IT, and it doesn’t when I don’t!!! Today my life is SENSATIONAL (irregardless of what is going on around me in this new weird world of ours) —-and it’s all due to this way of living that I have learned in our program with the suggestions (instructions) in the Big Book!
Annnnnnnnnd, a *very special* paragraph for me, is on page 164, and basically sums up the entire program for me:
“Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny. May God bless you and keep you – –until then.”
I invite you to share your favorite parts in the Big Book that have helped you in your lives.
Thank you for living this day with me!!!