Well, summer is here and we’ve already had a lot of cool events going on out there in alumni land - make sure you check out our website for more upcoming events.
This morning, after I started my morning prayer and meditation with the 3rd Step prayer, instead of reading one of my many meditation books, I flipped open my Big Book to page 51, the chapter “We Agnostics,” and read “Leaving aside the drink question, they tell why living was so unsatisfactory. They show how the change came over them. When many hundreds of people are able to say that the consciousness of the Presence of God is today the most important fact of their lives, they present a powerful reason why one should have faith.”
Prior to sobering up July 24th 2004, I was led to believe that this program was all about just not drinking or using. Just don’t drink or use and go to meetings seemed to be one of the major themes in several of our fellowships. Oh, I can’t forget “put the plug in the jug!” “The elimination of our drinking or using is only a beginning,” everyone including myself believed that alcohol and drugs were the problem. Drinking and using wasn’t my problem, LIVING without drinking or using was my problem. I had no power in my life! Meetings don’t keep me sober, a sponsor can’t keep me sober, and the 12 Steps don’t keep me sober! But a combination of these things gets me connected to a power greater than myself (GOD) that not only keeps me sober, but enables me to live a life that I could not have possibly ever imagined. I was discontented my whole life and now I’m ok just being. I am so grateful for the program of recovery outlined in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Do the Deal!
Peace, Love, Joe