Katie spent over a decade in active alcoholism before coming into the rooms of AA. Today she finds gratitude for the gift of willingness that her previous life gave her. She shares her experience on the reflection for today and provides a glimpse into her amazing program and how her life has improved as a result of the steps, the program and the fellowship.
IT DOESN'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT
We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 85
The most common alcoholic fantasy seems to be: "If I just don't drink, everything will be all right." Once the fog cleared for me, I saw—for the first time—the mess my life had become. I had family, work, financial and legal problems; I was hung up on old religious ideas; there were sides of my character to which I was inclined to stay blind because they easily could have convinced me that I was hopeless and pushed me toward escape again. The Big Book guided me in resolving all of my problems. But it didn't happen overnight—and certainly not automatically— with no effort on my part. I need always to recognize God's mercy and blessings that shine through any problem I have to face.
From the book Daily Reflections
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