Oct 15 – Eye Opener (1950)
AA has no formal textbooks–we learn by absorbing the experience and the wisdom of those who have successfully found an answer here. The rate of our progress in AA is to a large extent dependent upon the ability to listen and to digest what we here.
We may not be conscious of acquiring any degree of wisdom at the end of any one meeting, but when we look back over a period of a month or so, we see that the things that entered our ears have taken root in our hearts.
Oct 15 — Big Book Quote
“There are those too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, PG 58
Walk In Dry Places — October 15
READING ABOUT OURSELVES.
It’s not only the experiences of our fellow AA members that can help us in recovery. We should also be able to see ourselves in stories about troubled people in the grip of alcoholism and anger.
Quite often, if we’re truly honest, we can even see ourselves in tragic accounts of alcoholics who harmed others during drunken rages or blackouts. We might have stopped short of such behavior, but could this have happened to us? We might read of a drunken driving accident, for example, and realize that we narrowly escaped one or might have caused one had we not found sobriety.
Reading such accounts gives us deep pity and sympathy for al the people involved. These stories make us realize that alcoholism has many victims in addition to those who are afflicted with the same disease. And we should be grateful that sobriety enabled some of us to stay out of such news stores and not add to the world’s problems.
“Whatever happens today, I’ll at least be grateful that sobriety can keep me from causing the out-of-control situations I read about in the daily newspapers.”
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.