Thursday, January 7, 2010


To affect the quality of the day--that is the highest of the arts. ~Henry David Thoreau

Today I am grateful…

  • that I see my recovery as a way to write the last chapters of my life as I want. There are some that decide they cannot make it that far and leave us early.
  • I am able to see I need to be vigilant
  • for a simple program that offers abundant solutions
  • that every day I thank my Higher Power for keeping me sober. I was not able to do it.
  • to strive to be more compassionate


Last night my home group discussed the first tradition (the first monthly meeting focuses on one tradition). It got me remembering the AA Rewards and thought I would post them again:

The 12 Rewards

  1. Faith instead of despair.
  2. Courage instead of fear.
  3. Hope instead of desperation.
  4. Peace of mind instead of confusion.
  5. Real friendships instead of loneliness.
  6. Self-respect instead of self-contempt.
  7. Self-confidence instead of helplessness.
  8. A clean conscious instead of a sense of guilt.
  9. The respect of others instead of their pity and contempt.
  10. A clean pattern of living instead of a hopeless existence.
  11. The love and understanding of our families instead of their doubts and fears.
  12. The freedom of a happy life instead of the bondage of an alcoholic obsession.


Lou said...

This morning I've had time to peruse the blogs. Yours and several others have had great lists! It's like people are on a karmic breeze. Very cool.

dAAve said...

I like rewards and I like you too. I hope you continue posting on this blog, so that I may read it every day.

Susan Deborah said...

The 12 rewards would fit any individual not alcoholics alone.

Thanks Scott. How many thanks shall I offer you.

Joy always,

Waves of Gratitude said...

Thanks Scott for your consistently inspiring words!

Ed G. said...

Interesting rewards. I'd love it if you'd email me the source so I can attribute it if I have a chance to use them.


Blessings and aloha...

The Second Road said...

I'm real into your gratitude list and the rewards. Each one of them could stand alone as gold, yet #10 really speaks to me today. I think I enjoy patterns and the sense that I have clear vision to notice, create, and influence patterns now, whereas in my using, I felt like a puppet--never in control.


Kim A. said...

The rewards...am just going to sit here and take them in for a few moments. Thank you for these.


Bill said...

I just mentioned the 1st tradition when I sent you a message a moment ago, and you wrote about it on your blog this morning. Far out, man.

Syd said...

I like those rewards. They are a design for living life.

Kathy M. said...

I've heard the promises, but never the rewards. They're cool. Thanks.

Pam said...

I could not do it myself either sweet pickle butt.

Garykfc said...

I never knew what I was missing out on. I'm so glad I get to see them everyday.