Josephine County Intergroup Newsletter
‘Keeping it Simple’
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Dear JOCOAA E-Newsletter Recipients:
Due to the outbreak and continuing spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), including in the Rogue Valley, and the rapidly changing public health directives, all A.A. meetings have been either canceled or have made changes to their format to limit the person-to-person spread of the virus within our community and to continue being accessible to all alcoholics. In fact, we all have a part in the effort to keep everyone and ourselves healthy and safe during this troublesome time. I encourage us all to do the right and responsible thing to alter the trajectory of this public health crisis. For one, I appreciate your help and understanding as we all work through this process together. However, it is important for us, alcoholics, to stay engaged and feel connected, so please check www.grantspassaa.com for the most updated information on the availability of A.A. meetings.
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Step Five truly inspires me to have the courage and deep desire to leave behind the past, to see the pain and hurt my wrongdoings have caused, to walk out of the shadows of my transgressions and flaws, and begin to take the lifelong journey into the sunlight of the Spirit. Writing my defects on paper as I did in Step Four and then with integrity admitting them to myself, to my sponsor, and to God as Step Five requires allowed me to come to grips with the cruel reality of my addictive behavior. The realization of my defects was not to punish me or make me feel less than human, but it was necessary for me to come to the threshold of Step Six where I begin to understand that the only answer to my problems is God. Therefore, this progress into God’s love and acceptance, getting “on the Broad Highway, walking hand in hand with the Spirit of the Universe,” and finding my way to “the Fellowship of the Spirit” was inspirational to me.
So, I leave you with these inspirational thoughts to remind us that we are worthy to live a good life, a wonderful life.
As Cornell University Psychologist Erin Forquer PhD wrote in an article about social justice and multicultural psychology,
The world may be broken, and wildly unfair… But you
can keep fighting to not let it break you, or tarnish the
beauty that is yours, and yours alone.
Also, as the beloved novelist and essayist, who was outspoken about political and moral issues and advocated humanism, Kurt Vonnegut eloquently encouraged us all in his writings,
Be soft. Don’t let the world make you hard.
Don’t let pain make you hate.
Don’t let bitterness steal your sweetness.
Take pride that, even though the rest of the
world may disagree, you still believe it to
be a beautiful place.
My friends, I pray that you grab ahold of this Program. I pray that you hold on with your dear life. Not that I know firsthand what awaits us at the end of this journey, but I do know that the journey is a beautiful life. As Bill W. proclaims in the Big Book, “It is a fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. There you will find release from care, boredom, and worry. Your imagination will be fired. Life will mean something at last. The most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead. Thus, we find the fellowship, and so will you” (A.A.W.S. Alcoholics Anonymous, 2001).
Never lose faith.
With gratitude and blessings,
Sincerely, your friend,
Newsletter Chair, Josephine County A.A. Newsletter Team
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