You make it sound like I practice the 1st and 12th step only. Nothing could be further from the truth rhetorically speaking.leejosepho wrote: I definitely know all the rhetorical arguments used for trying to turn A.A. into a "Just don't take the first drink one-day-at-a-time" program, but that just cannot be done when the facts are faced:
"Once more: The alcoholic at certain times [as possibly during any given 24-hour period] has no effective mental defense against the first drink. Except in a few rare cases, neither s/he nor any other human being [including no 'group of drunks'] can provide such a defense. His/Her defense must come from a Higher Power." (page 43)
However, nothing in the facts ever diminishes the idea of one-day-at-a-time in relation to spiritual growth away from ever again finding oneself drinking rather than ever assuming, hoping, wishing or trying to become saints overnight...as if not drinking could even help there anyway!
Bottom line? "Just don't take the first drink one-day-at-a-time" is used by many for trying to avoid "ego deflation in depth" (Tiebout) at Step One, and many non-alcoholics in today's A.A. seem to me to be quite proud of having done so. For myself, however, I had taken Step One before ever even hearing of A.A. and then learned the words after I got here:
"We are powerless over alcohol and cannot manage our own lives out of that mess."
From Bill W: "We A.A.s do not *stay* away from drinking [one day at a time] -- we *grow* away from drinking [one day at a time]."
But once you have completed the 3rd step, and cleared the wreckage of the past, all you have is today, yes to do Thy Will. Morning Meditation from the Big Book even states "On awakening, let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead" It doesn't say "Let us contemplate the rest of our Life!"
A very wise member and good friend who was there when I came in, his morning Meditation consisted of asking his HP to help him through the day sober, to better do His Will. At night he thank his HP and looked for anything he could have did better. That's it.
In fact he humbly asked a member after they slipped "Did you ask for help that morning?"