I got the following from the AA website:
“Furthermore, how shall we come to terms with seeming failure or success? Can we now accept and adjust to either without despair or pride? Can we accept poverty, sickness, loneliness, and bereavement with courage and serenity? Can we steadfastly content ourselves with the humbler, yet sometimes more durable, satisfactions when the brighter, more glittering achievements are denied us?”
This reminded that if we have a slip, it does not mean that we failed. More to the point, we need more program, i.e., readings, writings, meetings, phone calls. It also reminds me that a day without slips does not mean we are successful. We are successful in our abstinence just for that day. Every day starts as a blank slate. How we fill in the blanks….just for today.