November 15 – Eye Opener (1950)
We alcoholics were accustomed to look at the world through whiskey glasses and, consequently, what we saw of the world made it appear as one big case of DT’s.
Sobriety corrected our vision and the world took on a more ordered appearance. The world hadn’t changed – our viewpoint had.
If the world still doesn’t look good to you – probably you are still looking through your old glasses.
November 15 — Big Book Quote
“We doctors have realized for a long time that some form of moral psychology was of urgent importance to alcoholics, but it’s application presented difficulties beyond our conception. What with our ultra-modern standards, our scientific approach to everything, we are perhaps not well equipped to apply the powers of good that lie outside our synthetic knowledge.
Alcoholics Anonymous, PG. xxvii
November 15 — Walk In Dry Places
THE LOSS OF CHOICE
Many alcoholics are vigorous defenders of free choice. We have to concede, however, that our choices are not always limited by the tyranny of others. Our own actions can take away from freedom of choice.
Recovering people in AA have learned that taking even one drink will result in the loss of choice, and it is not just a temporary loss of sobriety that one faces. It’s always possible that the person who drinks again may never recovery sobriety.
In the same way, other actions represent loss of choice in our lives. other actions represent loss of choice in our lives. A person who cheats, for example, may learn that he or she has no choice over the unpleasant outcomes that follow.
We can protect our freedom of choice by deciding only to take actions that will strengthen such freedom in the future. At no time should we make any choices that rob us of our precious right to choose.
“Every action I take today must help me keep favorable options open in the future. My right to choose was restored by AA, and I must help protect it.”
Stools & Bottles — Day 15
Fifteenth Daily Reminder —
At times our vitality is low. Being restless and jittery, we have the urge to drink. Irritable, unhappy and self-centered, we work back into our favorite spot — the driver’s seat. Resentment, worry and intolerance cloud our thinking. It is hard to pray. We miss meetings and neglect helping others.
Daily Inventory —
How do we account for our rundown and jittery feelings? Why these urges to drink? Why is it so hard to pray? What can we do about it?
Suggested Meditation —
A run-down physical condition makes an alcoholic jittery and creates an urge to drink. Overwork, lack of rest and wrong diet foster resentful attitudes of self-pity and intolerance. Such attitudes insulate us from God. They kill our peace of mind and end in drunkenness. We must recognize these symptoms and remove their causes. To eat, work, rest, play and pray intelligently helps to attain this end.
Spiritual Condition —
Our Father, teach us the meaning of “first things first.” Endow us with sufficient common sense to maintain a healthy physical body.
Daily Physical Audit —
The road to recovery for our members is beset with pitfalls, some of which are physical. Alcoholism often depletes our nervous energy. Members who continue to overtax their nervous systems are courting trouble. Our minds cannot function apart from our bodies — nor can they function soundly in sick bodies. Obviously, it is to our best interest to rebuild physically.