Like Lee I am trying not to find fault, in a post on the previous page, D'oh speaks of the fact that he stopped attending meetings and let the spiritual side slip after many years, which led to a relapse. Perhaps for this reason I can see why he is a little more cautious in what he asks for each day, and if he believes asking to be kept sober is necessary for his well being I know we must say fine for him, whatever works and so on.
Where I have a problem as others have said, this is not the impression I get from reading the book. We have problems in AA today from those who didn't do the steps because they didn't need to, and then preach this sort of one day at a time approach, but D'oh is an experienced member who has done them, so I am surprised.
Before the book Bill used to take alcoholics to listen to Emmett Fox, he was a very popular preacher who never failed to speak of the benefits of living one day at a time, some in AA corrupted Bill's intent and started insinuating that he meant stay sober rather than live one day at a time.
Because that is how it is stated to me. "It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe.
This is fine, we must not let up on the spiritual side, and unfortunately you did and it cost you dearly. But for the members I know, and the program I like newcomers to hear, it is not at all difficult to tell when the spiritual side is slipping, we become irritable and perhaps discontent, we pause and ask for guidance etc, we don't pause and pray to resist a drink unless we are very new, and newcomers must know that the temptation to drink is removed completely, if I didn't believe that I wouldn't have stayed. And anyone saying in a meeting that they have done the steps and pray every day to be kept sober, is sending the message that sobriety is a shaky sort of thing, instead of the rock solid broad highway the vast majority of us walk on.
"Good morning, this is your Higher Power speaking. I will not be needing your help today."