Thursday: Wax on Wax off


Our book is meant to be suggestive only, we realize we know only a little.


It was said tonight that back in the early days of The Book being published, there weren’t very many options of how one was going to get sober. And I know, from stories told to me, about people who got sober way back when, told to them by other people who got sober WAY WAY back then, for some, all they had was the book.

And they got sober.

Bob talked about a woman in Iowa, from the early years, whose husband was a drinker. And she wrote to New York for the book. That wife, received the book, and read it herself, so she knew what was in the book.

Then she left it out for her husband to find, he eventually got sober.

When it comes down to brass tacks, if you follow what the book says, and you finally surrender yourself to (A power greater than yourself) and you do what the book says, you too will get sober, despite yourself.

I heard it said tonight that for our man, suggestions were not his favorite. After several drunk tanks, rehabs, JAIL, and Detox, he had that “Mirror Moment” in the McDonald’s restaurant bathroom, right up the street from my home.

God, as we understand him … The book calls it “The Great Spirit of the Universe.”

You can read all about that Great Spirit of the Universe RIGHT UP at the TOP of this blog.


In today’s world who wants to follow suggestions ? People can do whatever they think they need to do, but follow suggestions ? No Not For Me …

Our man took our suggestions and saw them as a few simple rules. And that worked for him. What did they tell him ?

Well, for starters, he had to get to meetings. Then he should shake a few hands. Then learn to make coffee, and set out tables and chairs …


When Daniel-san wanted to learn karate, Mr. Miyagi told him to wax the car. Wax on Wax off. He did that grudgingly. After a while of waxing that car, Mr. Miyagi told him to paint the fence. UGH, really, is that what you want me to do ?

Yes, Wax on Wax off. Paint the fence, Up Down…

All Daniel-san wanted was to learn Karate. What he did not know, was that the lessons of waxing and painting WERE crucial teachings of primary Karate.

Why do we do these stupid simple, innocuous jobs, daily, nightly, weekly, monthly and yearly ? Because in doing these simple things, it comes as no surprise, that yes, you too will get sober.

This is a Spiritual Program. The book does not mince words. If you read this book, and you find yourself within its pages, and you believe, you are one of us, then we have a solution that will work for you too.

The prayers in the book have purpose. Logic. And Truth.

You cannot find it, or keep it. Until you learn about IT, and you realize what IT is. And then, you work steps, diligently and honestly, and THOROUGHLY, then you can give it away.

And the Spiritual Principles of Searching and Being Found. Seeking and Finding. Being part of and finding ones self within a group, you get to give it away.

Everything that we do, every day, ROTE, Over and Over, brings us to the same place.

To a room. With others like us. sharing, talking, making coffee, LISTENING.

The lessons of the book come full circle, when we make what is within the book, OURS. And then we learn how to change. To become who we are meant to be. That psychic change begins to happen for you.

And if you follow the book, to the letter, You Too Can Change.

And your life will never be the same.


1 thought on “Thursday: Wax on Wax off

  1. This is brilliant!! I never thought of that analogy to Wax on Wax off, but it fits perfectly. I remember in early recovery, I would complain about something that happened and be all wigged out. My sponsor would say something like, ‘just write about your insanity and how god is restoring you to sanity,’ or whatever step I was on. I was like, ‘but that has nothing to do with “this” (problem du jour).

    Then I would do as she asked, and the ‘problem’ just became a non-issue. Here’s to the daily grind of meetings, literature, prayer, working with others, etc.!


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