Welcome to the site Dale! Glad you're here! Thanks for posting your message. I'm always up for a meeting!
Also, welcome to Alcoholics Anonymous! Wherever two of us a gathered for the purpose of recovery... we can call ourselves a group!
Me and You! Tonight!
I always consider it a positive and a welcome sign --- when I recognize and become aware that I might be slacking up on what I'm doing that's keeping me sober.
When I first came into A.A., I thought the only thing there was to it, was go to meetings and just don't drink. I thought that the only thing I had to do outside A.A. was not drink... I really did think I had the power, on my own... to not take the first drink! I was surprized to find myself drinking again after using all my own power to stay stopped.
When I discovered myself in a situation where it was impossible for me to stop drinking again -- that was when I discovered that it was other simple actions -- outside the meetings -- that I needed to be taking -- so that I could stay sober.
Just before I logged on and read your message -- I had been reading some of Chapter 4, in the Big Book -- page 50, starting at paragraph 3, and then paragraph 4. I just love reading Chapter 4, over and over again. I get so much out of it every time I read it.
In paragraph 3, the words seem to jump out at me -- "gained access to"... and in paragraph 4, it was "Here are thousands of men and women, worldly indeed. They flatly declare that since they have come to believe in a Power greater than themselves, -- to take a certain attitude towards that Power -- -- -- and to do certain simple things -- -- -- there has been a revolutionary change in their way of living -- and thinking. In the face of collapse and despair -- in the face of the total failure of their human resources -- -- they found a new power, peace, happines -- and -- sense of direction -- flowed into them. -- -- This happened soon after -- they wholeheartedly met a few simple requirements."
It's so true! We never, ever, have to drink or use again ... provided that we do certain simple things -- that will produce a revolutionary change in our attitudes, our way of living -- and our thinking!
Glad you dropped by Dale! Thanks for the company!
I hope you have a great night tonight and a greater day tomorrow!