— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 159
If it had not been for the fierce determination of our founders, A.A. would have quickly faded like so many other so-called good causes. I look at the hundreds of meetings weekly in the city where I live and I know A.A. is available twenty-four hours a day. If I had had to hang on with nothing but hope and a desire not to drink, experiencing rejection wherever I went, I would have sought the easier, softer way and returned to my previous way of life.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
I love identifying one word and breaking it down. I believe so frequently in life that it is one word within a cluster of words that give an entire statement, or even a book in whole, it’s meaning.
That word for me in today’s Daily Reflection is FIERCE. Think of all the words that could’ve been chosen to go ahead of “determination”. What come to mind for me are: “intentional” determination, “steadfast” determination, “focused” determination amongst so many more words to describe the type of determination it took the founders of A.A.
The word though, “FIERCE”, is intentional and perfect. A “FIERCE” determination is what it takes to help yourself stay strong in recovery and be able to create a new and better life for yourself.
The word “fierce” is defined by “having or displaying an intense or ferocious aggressiveness”.
Make no mistake about it, in recovery this is exactly the type of determination it takes to succeed. You must be intense and aggressive with your recovery. Why do you think so many in the program preach “90 meetings in 90 days”. Without knowing it you are being aggressive with your recovery and growing an appreciation for the seriousness of the disease.
Early on in recovery you may find that so many people who have been in the program preach a similar message. This is not because they get together ahead of time and match up their message as if they are matching clothes to wear for the day. No, it’s because people who are working an active and aggressive(fierce) recovery end up having very similar and positive outcomes.
Think about your own recovery today. How could you make it more “fierce”? What can you do today to intentionally, aggressively, and ferociously make your recovery the forefront of your life?
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