Jul 24: First Things First

First Things First

For this week’s topic I have chosen the slogan First Things First.

Of all AA’s saying, quotes and slogans, FTF is most useful for me.

When struck with a great loss: a loved one dies, a sudden financial crisis or critical health issue, I stop my tracks, “pause when agitated” and then go to my Higher Power for guidance.

With His help, I can usually see the solution. Then I think: what do I do first, second, third, and so forth.

What DO I do first? We are running out of money before I get paid again. Do I pay the phone bill or buy my heart medicine? Should the rent check or the car payment be late?

Common values and personal circumstances help me decide, along with prayers for answers from my Higher Power.

“If we always put first things first, we shall have all our actions, thoughts, living, wishes in order and without conflict.” (Central Committee Newsletter for Western New York and Niagara Frontier, March 2008).

“If things are too out of order we get friction, conflict, disorder, unhappiness and frustration.”

When I am puzzled about what is the next right thing and there seem to be 2 or 3, I know I have a choice. Again, I ask HP for direction.

“We receive guidance for our lives just to the extent we stop demands that God give it to us on our order and our terms.” (12 Steps and 12 Traditions, p. 104)

“The moment we catch a glimpse of God’s will, and see truth, justice and love as the real and eternal things in life despite evidence to the contrary in purely human affairs, we know that God lovingly watches over us.” (p. 105).

How have you practiced First Things First in your life? Please share with us how the slogan has made a difference.