Recovery is best thought of as a journey that is undertaken one step at a time. The goal is to avoid taking the first drink and to stay sober a day at a time. Anniversaries of sobriety are important, but ultimately what is most important is whether you drink today, not whether you drank yesterday or will drink tomorrow.
- “The idea of “twenty-four-hour living” applies primarily to the emotional life of the individual. Emotionally speaking, we must not live in yesterday, nor in tomorrow.
“But I have never been able to see that this means the individual, the group, or A.A. as a whole should give no thought whatever to how to function tomorrow or even in the more distant future. Faith alone never constructed the house you live in. There had to be a blueprint and a lot of work to bring it into reality.
“Nothing is truer for us of A.A. than the Biblical saying “Faith without works is dead.” A.A.’s services, all designed to make more and better Twelfth Step work possible, are the “works” that insure our life and growth by preventing anarchy or stagnation.”
As Bill Sees It , pp 284. Copyright®1967 AA World Services, Inc.