“These are our times and our responsibilities. Every human being
has a sacred duty to protect the welfare of our Mother Earth, from whom
all life comes. In order to do this, we must recognize the enemy - the one
within us. We must begin with ourselves..."
Leon Shenandoah Onondaga
Selfishness--self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our
troubles. Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking,
and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate.
Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, but we invariably
find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on self
which later placed us in a position to be
our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of
ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot,
though he usually doesn't think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must
be rid of this selfishness. We must or it kills us! God makes that
possible. And there often seems no way of entirely getting rid of self
without His aid. Many of us had moral and philosophical convictions
galore, but we could not live up to them even though we would have liked
to. Neither could we reduce our self-centeredness much by wishing or
trying on our own power. We had to have God's
Big Book pg. 62
Grandfather, today let me realize my greatest enemy is within me.