Just for Today
Friday, Nov. 2, 2012
” …(Y)ou are ready to take certain steps.
“At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.” – Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, Ch 5 (“How It Works”), p 58.
Just for today, after concluding I want what AA and its Program of recovery offer, I stand on the ledge of a journey that might appear uncertain and terrifying, at least as much as the certainty and terror of continued drinking. But I must begin; if I don’t, the certain terror of an alcoholic disintegration or death are all that await me. And as I set out on this journey of recovery, grant me the wisdom to yield to the experience of those who have already been where I am headed, and the humility to seek and do only the will of whatever Higher Power I define. Let me also understand completely and be willing and ready to accept whatever change comes about as I hopefully leave behind those days of drinking and take on whatever changes come about in sobriety. Today, if I am setting out on the path toward recovery, let me be sensitive to and appreciate how demanding it will be and that I must be “fearless and thorough from the very start.” Any less is a prescription for certain relapse. And our common journey continues. Just for today. – Chris M., 2012