Week 267 February 9, 2017 All Addictions Big Book Step Study
AA 12&12 p. 92 beginning of para 1- p.92 end of 3rd line.
“Now that we’re in A.A. and sober…” through “…has to be abandoned, if only a little at a time.”
Look up: radical, indifferent
Take three sick people in your life today and pray for them during the day for everything you ever wanted. See if your heart doesn’t change around your feelings for them.
Q(1)(AA 12&12 p. 92 para 2, mid line 3:)
“…(then) we approach true tolerance and see what real love for our fellows actually means.”
This is the backbone of Steps Ten, Eleven, and Twelve.
(a) Write on that. Really dig in.
If you can radically change your attitude around them (sick people who are hurting you) and look at them with a bandage around their heads, you will achieve true joy and peace and serenity.
(b) Do you believe that?
(c) Are you willing to do that?
(d) Have you been willing to do that in the past? And have you seen a radical change in yourself as a result?
Q(2) Write in your own words:
(a) What does being indifferent to somebody look like and
(b) What is detachment without love?
Q(3) See AA 12 & 12 p.92 paragraph 3:
“Such a radical change in our outlook will take time…”
through to its end atop p. 93:
“The idea that we can be possessively loving of a few, …ignore the many, and…continue to fear or hate anybody, has to be abandoned, if only a little at a time.”
(a) How do you feel about this paragraph? Write on it.
(b) What does it mean to you?
Q(4) How are you doing in your life today about detaching from the people-in-your-life-today, with love?
Q(5) Check yourself out around those people who are in your life now. Are you detaching with love or are you being indifferent or disrespectful?