Recording for March 2, 2017

Week 270 March 2, 2017

Today’s readings:
(A) near end of STEP TEN in AA 12&12:
p.93 beginning of para 3 – p.94 end of line 2.

“When evening comes…many of us draw up a balance sheet for the day. …THROUGH…we know that the pains of drinking had to come before sobriety, and emotional turmoil before serenity.”

Q(1)(a) Did you try something this week?
Did you fail or succeed?
(b) If you succeeded, how did you feel?
(c) If you failed, how did you feel? And did you make an action plan towards succeeding?

Q(2) Take something you failed at and look at it. How did you react –
(a) Did you just blow it off that you didn’t succeed?
(b) Or did you go to God and make an action plan?

Q(3) Are you in agreement that the pains of your addiction had to come before sobriety?

Q(4) How did you do this week choosing serenity over emotional turmoil –
(a) Did you have an incident this week where you chose serenity over emotional turmoil? Or emotional turmoil over serenity?
(b) What did it look like?

(B) AA 12&12 begin Tradition Ten:
p.176 – p.177 end para 1.

“Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.”
…THROUGH…”Since recovery from alcoholism is life itself to us, it is imperative that we preserve in full strength our means of survival.”

Look up: provocation, controversy, imperative

Q(5)(a) Have you been bringing outside issues into your Step One meeting?
(b) What does what Stephanie described as ‘outside issues’ mean to you regarding bringing outside issues into
your Step One meetings?

Q(6) Underline AA12&12 p.177, first sentence of para 1:”Let us re-emphasize
that this reluctance to fight one another or anybody else is not counted as some… .”
(a) Write on it.
(b) Do a Tenth Step:
Are you feeling superior to others -because you’re sober,
because you’ve done the Big Book, or because of any other area where you may be a member of something?