Take My Advice; I’m Not Using It

Sometimes you will meet someone at a meeting who truly inspires you. They seem to be an embodiment of all the principles of the program. After listening to them, you decide to boot up your own program. You start to make more meetings because of what you heard. You also journal, pray, meditate and call your sponsor more because you want to follow that great advice given to you earlier.
A few months pass and you see that person who inspired you once again. This time however they don’t look so good. In fact, they look pretty bad. When they share; you find out that they went out shortly after you spoke last and are just coming back. How did that happen? They had such good advice; yet here they are again counting days.
Perhaps a big part of the problem was that “inspiring person” had forgotten one of the principles of the program; to be honest in all of our dealings. Apart from the fact that they weren’t honest with you, more importantly they weren’t honest with themselves. They painted a picture of themselves which was completely false. At one time it had been true, but those days had faded. Pride had replaced truth and the results were a descent back into their disease.

Personal Reflection: Does my advice mirror my own actions?

Sobriety Is Not My Responsibility; It’s My Response To G-d’s Ability

There are moments in our life where we do or accomplish something that we would have thought was an impossibility. Facing great adversity or against all odds we were successful. These types of events have also become very popular as of late in Hollywood. In recent years there have been many movies which carry the byline, “based on a true story”. As we sit in the theatre over those 2 hours we are inspired by an actor portraying a real life person who fought the good fight or who transcended great adversity and persevered to success.
To this we say, “Hollywood has nothing on us”. In the rooms of AA, NA and OA there are thousands of stories about people who had sunk to the bottom rung of existence and today are happy, healthy, productive members of society. Each and everyone one of them is a walking miracle. Their struggles would make great movie material. Their stories though differ from the ones from Hollywood. In the program, we attribute our success to our Higher Power. We say, “G-d is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves”. Whatever we have, whatever we have accomplished, we acknowledge the role of our Higher Power.

Personal Reflection: Do I give enough credit to my Higher Power for my successes?