440 Day 40 of a 40-Day Practice

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MY MISSION STATEMENT - I am devoted, dedicated, committed to experiencing Your Presence, Father consciously, consistently within me and everywhere present. I want to know, to realize, to live for Your Will for me, empowered by Your loving grace. My mission in now clear, I need, I want to share all I am given with whomever You Will, Father. I look to You as my only Source to provide me with everyone and everything it takes to carry out the Mission You gave me. Thank You.

TODAY: TEMPORARILY HAVE MORE

Our Tradition Five states, Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Carrying our message is a vital part of our Program. Those of us who have been living this way of life for a few years are likely to state all of us suffer. An alcoholic like other humans are never totally free of suffering, Spiritual, mental, physical, emotional or social. I choose to practice this Program in every area of my life. Which causes me to have an interest in the fullness of a sober life.

I noticed a friend of mine whom I valued for the way she lived the Program, was experiencing depression. I asked if she was doing OK, she told me that she felt like killing herself, other than that she was OK. I asked why she did not bring up the subject at the meeting; she said she was afraid that others would think the Program did not work. Others my say she was not working the Program to the best of her ability. At the time she had nine years of great sobriety. She was active in the Program, working the Steps. She had an active prayer and meditative life and was sponsoring people. (See the workshop on Spiritual Transformation) By sharing my experience as a longtime member having gone through a time of Spiritual Transformation, I was able to carry the message to one who was suffering. By sharing my suffering experience I realized it all had a purpose.

QUESTIONS

In what ways have you experienced suffering during your sobriety?

Did you pass through the down time unharmed?