Oct 21 – Eye Opener (1950)
One day, not too long ago, you lost everything in the world you held dear, then a man sat down with you and he gave you friendship, understanding, faith, hope, courage and opportunity. Have you ever realized the great value of what this man gave you? These were the tools with which you made a new and better life.
Someone did this for you, so “go and do thou likewise.”
October 21 — Big Book Quote
“Despite all we can say, many who are real alcoholics are not going to believe they are in that class. By every form of self-deception and experimentation, they will try to prove themselves exceptions to the rule, therefore nonalcoholic. If anyone who is showing inability to control his drinking can do the right-about-face and drink like a gentleman, our hats are off to him. Heaven knows, we have tried hard enough and long enough to drink like other people!”
Alcoholics Anonymous, PG 31
Walk In Dry Places — October 21
HOW DO WE HELP OTHERS?
Carrying the message
We may be disillusioned by the selfish behavior we see around us, but many people and groups do dedicate themselves to helping others. Sometimes, however, even their efforts fail, or are misunderstood and even resented.
In AA, we don’t have solutions for every human problem–though some believe our program is widely applicable. But we can help people in a surprising and simple way by showing how well the program works in our own lives.
This provides role models of recovery for others who struggle in the bondages of alcoholism. We are giving them convincing evidence that the program does work.
We also help by sharing how our recoveries came about and how we maintained our sobriety. This is a form of helping that benefits everyone. Furthermore, we can be assured that we will be helped, even when our efforts to help others don’t seem to be succeeding.
“I’ll expect to help somebody today, preferably by carrying the message of recovery. One person is certain to benefit from this.”
Stools & Bottles — Day 21
Twenty-First Daily Reminder —
After a few months of unhappy sobriety, a disgruntled AA member left his group and resumed drinking. He openly left his group and resumed drinking. He openly opposed certain spiritual parts of our program, labeling them “opium for the masses” and rowed that AA could not run his life. He won his point but by drinking lost his job, wife and home.
Daily Inventory —
Could he have been rebelling against the provisions of Step Six and Seven? With regard to self-discipline, what are the functions of these steps?
Suggested Meditation —
The sign of outward depression in an alcoholic is only the shadow of the real oppression within. He is a very sick person ruled by a strong obsession which says, “I want to be free. I want to think and to drink as I please. I refuse to part with my character flaws — AA or no AA.” Such freedom only adds to our alcoholic bondage. Such spiritual rebellion is mental drunkenness–another slavery for us.
Spiritual Contact —
Our Father, illuminate our defects of character. Help us to enforce self-discipline. Grant us a willing desire to fully accept Steps 6 and 7.
Daily Physical Audit —
Modern medicine emphasizes diet as a powerful factor of healthful living. It claims we eat too much bread, fats and sugar at the expense of proteins, carbohydrates, mineral salts and vitamins which support body growth and repair. Chemical reaction in the alcoholic’s body is impaired by lack of proper food. Our diet should be well balanced and fortified with ample vegetables, fruits and meat.