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An Everyday Clean

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Whenever I’m frustrated in my program or in life, or when my selfish, lazy self wants an easy way out, I try to remember that abstinence is like cleanliness. One bath, one toothbrushing, one housecleaning doesn’t last for a week, month, or year—certainly not for a lifetime. Each day I must work at cleanliness if I want the benefits. My program is no different. Just going to meetings, having a sponsor, and making a food plan doesn’t grant me lifetime abstinence. But daily practice of the Principles, daily use of the Tools, and daily reminders (in thought, prayer, and deed)

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