If you are sober today, give yourself and your Higher Power a hand.
Talk the walk, then walk the talk
After 39 years of continued sobriety celebrated today, I reflect on the secrets of sober-livng. There are no secrets. It is hard work, commitment to a better way of living and the support of sober friends. However, talking the walk at the tables of Alcoholics Anonymous and then walking that talk in everyday life will guarantee a fighting chance to overcome those addictions that have become personal demons.
The fellowship of AA is ancient wisdom set to contemporary times. Even before the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as set forth in “The Way”, Lao Tzu and the Buddha realized a life dedicated to victorious living through abandonment of self. The writings of Bill W. and Dr. Bob describe this dedication to selfishness and self-centeredness as “self-will run riot.” AA BIG BOOK The I, I, I and me, me, me controlled all aspects of our lives, did it not?
Within my sobriety today, I cannot judge nor control other people’s talk or walk. They obviously live with perceptions of life that differ from mine. Therefore, when elected leaders of our government speak justice and fairness yet legislate in opposition to those pronouncements, and when preachers from the pulpit preach righteousness and morality yet conduct their personal lives in opposition to what is right and moral, I can only wonder what experiences have formed their perceptions. Must one of us be wrong in order for the other to be right, or do we simply operate from different realms? Returning the focus to my talk and my walk enthusiastically, I become ever more grateful for the teachers who save us from the hells of addiction.
Abba Isidore of Pelusia
“To live without speaking is better than to speak without living. For the former who lives rightly does good by his silence but the latter does no good even when he speaks. When words and life correspond to one another they are together the whole of philosophy.” CAC.ORG