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Aug. 26, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015
” …(M)y life has had a purpose, not in great things accomplished but in daily living. Courage to face each day has replaced the fears and uncertainties of earlier years. Acceptance of things as they are has replaced the old impatient chomping at the bit to conquer the world. I have stopped tilting at windmills, and instead have tried to accomplish little daily tasks, unimportant in themselves, but tasks that are an integral part of living fully.” – Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, 1976, “Alcoholics Anonymous Number Three,” Ch 10 (“He Sold Himself Short”), p 295.

Today, may I not be self-critical or deflated if something I hope to achieve isn’t realized because, if I have worked toward it without drinking, I have achieved one of those “little daily tasks” that might be “unimportant in themselves” but “are an integral part of living fully.” If I have gone through the last 24 Hours without drinking, that in itself is an accomplishment of appropriate self-pride, gratitude and inspiration for the next 24 Hours. And if doing today without drinking seems like something not to be fully appreciated, a comparison to what I DIDN’T accomplish on a day of drinking should provide a measure of the magnitude of not drinking today, just for today. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2015

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