You are reading from the book:
Walk In Dry Places
What brings change?
In human affairs, vast changes sometimes take place almost spontaneously, bringing on revolutionary upheavals. What brings about such change? These visible changes, for good or bad, occur because people come to accept new ideas. It's easy to see how this works in one person's life, but it works in the same way with socities.
The 12 Step movement is a most dramatic form of such change. We've become effective b ecause we have new forms of thinking to replace the old destructive forms that caused so much harm. Our movement will grow and develop only as long as we retain the new ways of thinging that first brought about this change.
Action for the Day: I'll hold to the idea that my life can only be as good as the thoughts I choose.
Somewhat to our surprise, staying sober turns out not to be the grim, wet-blanket
experience we had expected!
While we were drinking, a life without alcohol seemed like no life at all.
But for most members of AA, living sober is really living -- a joyous experience.
We much prefer it to the troubles we had with drinking.
One more note: anyone can get sober. We have done it lots of times.
The trick is to stay and to live sober. That is what this booklet is all about.
- Living Sober, Preface.
Thought to Ponder . . .
Life will take on new meaning.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O P E = Heart Open, Please Enter.
Achievement is not complicated, and it is easily within your reach. Achievement is as close as your next action.
You are made to make a difference, and you have a constant desire to make a difference. So instead of sulking, instead of complaining, instead of filling your thoughts with empty wishes, fill your time with purposeful effort and make that difference.
Now is when achievement can happen, yet it doesn’t just happen on its own. Take the first little step, feel how good and right it feels, and suddenly you’re making it happen.
There’s nothing to be gained by waiting for the perfect time or the perfect conditions. Now is the perfect time because it is the time you have.
You can transform today into meaningful achievement, or you can transform it into painful regret. Make the effort to make the achievement happen, and you’ll thank yourself over and over again.
Achieve today, because you can and because it will lift your whole world higher. Achieve today, and experience life at its best.
— Ralph Marston