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Sept. 14, 2012 - Just for Today | cmmacneil's Blog


Just for Today
Friday, Sept. 14, 2012

“Why sit with a long face in places where there is drinking, sighing about the good old days? If it is a happy occasion, try to increase the pleasure of those there; if a business occasion, go and attend to your business enthusiastically. If you are with a person who wants to eat in a bar, by all means go along. Let your friends know they are not to change their habits on your account. …While you were drinking, you were withdrawing from life little by little. Now you are getting back into the social life of this world. Don’t start to withdraw again just because your friends drink liquor.” - Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, 1976, Ch 7 (“Working With Others”), p 102.

Just for today, I wonder what was so good about the “good old days” of my drinking and, if they were so good, why am I in AA? And because I am in AA, do I skirt responsibility for my alcoholism by expecting or asking others to accommodate me such as asking they not have alcohol in their houses or serve it when I’m there? Do I expect a friend to take me to a new restaurant if the one we frequented serves drinks? And if others don’t alter their habits to convenience me, do I repeat what I did as my drinking progressed by steadily withdrawing? Today, I begin taking responsibility for my own addiction and recovery by making changes from within and not expecting them from outside. By failing to do that, I am doing little else than living in the problem instead of the answer. And our common journey continues. Just for today. - Chris M., 2012

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Posted on 09:23AM on Sep 14th, 2012
THANK YOU, Nicole!
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