~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"We of AA are apt sometimes to brag of the virtues of our fellowship.
Let us remember that none of these are earned virtues.
We have been forced into them, to begin with, by the cruel lash of John Barleycorn.
We have adopted these attitudes, these practices, this structure, not at first because we wished to
but because we had to. But today I think we stand willing to conform permanently and gladly
to the principles which experience, under the grace of God, has taught us."
Bill W., Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, p. 224

Thought to Consider . . .

Unless I accept my virtues,
I will be overwhelmed with my faults.

Leave Everything To God, Okay?


*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*


From "The Three Legacies of Alcoholics Anonymous":

"You will remember that episode back in our living room on Clinton Street. That was the time when my group told me I [Bill W.] could never become an A.A. professional. With nearly every Tradition much the same thing has happened. At first, I obeyed because I had to; I would have lost my standing in A.A. if I had not. After a while I began to obey because I saw that the Traditions were wise and right. While I conformed because it was right to do, I still resisted inwardly. "This was particularly true of anonymity. Today I hope I have come to a time in my A.A. life when I can obey because I really want to obey, because I really want the Traditions for myself as well as for A.A. as a whole."

2001 AAWS, Inc.; Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, pg. 136


*~*~*~*~*^Daily Reflections^*~*~*~*~*

We have not once sought to be one in a family, to be a friend among friends, to be a worker among workers, to be a useful member of society.  Always we tried to struggle to the top of the heap, or to hide underneath it.  This self-centered behavior blocked a partnership relation with any one of those about us.  Of true brotherhood we had small comprehension.


This message contained in Step Four was the first one I heard loud and clear; I hadn't seen myself in print before!  Prior to my coming into A.A., I knew of no place that could teach me how to become a person among persons.  From my very first meeting, I saw people doing just that and I wanted what they had.  One of the reasons that I'm a happy, sober alcoholic today is that I'm learning this most important lesson.


~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Spiritual Kindergarten

"We are only operating a spiritual kindergarten in which people are enabled to get over drinking and find the grace to go on living to better effect. Each man's theology has to be his own quest, his own affair."
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When the Big Book was being planned, some members thought that it ought to be Christian in the doctrinal sense. Others had no objection to the use of the word "God," but wanted to avoid doctrinal issues. Spirituality, yes. Religion, no. Still others wanted a psychological book, to lure the alcoholic in. Once in, he could take God or leave Him alone as he wished. To the rest of us this was shocking, but happily we listened. Our group conscience was at work to construct the most acceptable and effective book possible. Every voice was playing its appointed part. Our atheists and agnostics widened our gateway so that all who suffer might pass through, regardless of their belief or lack of belief.

1. LETTER, 1954
2. A.A. COMES OF AGE, PP. 162, 163, 167

*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"Burn the idea into the consciousness of every man that he can get
well regardless of anyone. The only condition is that he trust in God and clean house."

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Working With Others, pg. 98~
*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day

People often ask what makes the A.A. program work. One of the answers is that A.A. works because it gets people away from themselves as the center of the universe. And it teaches them to rely more on the fellowship of others and on strength from God. Forgetting ourselves in fellowship, prayer, and working with others is what makes the A.A. program work. Are these things keeping me sober?

Meditation for the Day

God is the great interpreter of one human personality to another. Even personalities who are the nearest together have much in their natures that remains a seated book to each other. And only as God enters and controls their lives are the mysteries of each revealed to the other. Each personality is so different. God alone understands perfectly the language of each and can interpret between the two. Here we find the miracles of change and the true interpretation of life.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may be in the right relationship to God.

I pray that God will interpret to me the personalities of other people, so that I can understand them and help them.