Reading for January 12

“This is how Change happens, though. It is a relay race, and we're very
conscious of that, that our job really is to do our part of the race, and then
we pass it on, and then someone picks it up, and it keeps going. And that is
how it is. And we can do this, as a planet, with the consciousness that we
may not get it, you know, today, but there's always a tomorrow.”
Alice Walker (born 1944)

Alcoholics Anonymous was borne of many ideas and experiences already
in play. Seeing addiction as a medical condition and not moral depravity was a
huge step forward. Prior to that, we addicts could be despised or pitied and
society could be quite detached from our eventual demise. Once labeled a
medical condition, people thought twice about writing us off. Alcoholics and
addicts had a self-image adjustment to make too, accepting that they were
morally no worse than any medical patient. Addiction and treatment are a
continuum and one day we may forgo the medical diagnosis of addiction for
some greater understanding. Many would resist embracing such a revolutionary
idea. Let’s neither rashly adopt any new promise of a solution to an age-old
problem, nor be dogmatically resistant to Change for the better. Remember that
it was once commonly accepted that addiction was the Devil’s work.
All progress is a team effort, whether it involves treating addiction,
global consciousness or maintaining a cleaner planet. In all noble objectives,
whether a grass roots movement or a United Nations debate, the baton is
handed from member to member around the table to help a movement to initiate
and continue positive Change. In Twelve & Twelve fellowships, Service
commitments celebrate the spirit of rotation. The cause, the goal and the end
are celebrated, although the champions of positive Change are often
anonymous. Our program, like a living organism, is inter-dependent and
constantly changing. We each have a temporary but impactful role to play.
In and out of the fellowship, am I mindful that my Service is temporary
but can still be impactful? Do I have a tendency to see my role as either
grandiose or insignificant?

C., Joe. Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life:
Finally, a daily reflection book for nonbelievers, freethinkers and everyone!

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