~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"Out of every season of grief or suffering,
when the hand of God seemed heavy or even unjust,
new lessons for living were learned,
new resources of courage were uncovered,
and that finally, inescapably,
the conviction came that God does
'move in a mysterious way His wonders to perform.' "
1953AAWS, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 105
Thought to Consider . . .
Joy is the infallible presence of God.
G O D = Good Orderly Direction
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From: "Building a New Life"
The next summer I began working construction during school vacation. I was working with the older men, and at the end of the day, I went to the bar with them. The bartender would put the beer in front of the man next to me, but it was intended for me. I loved Fridays - payday - when we went out and got loaded. I started getting liquor on weekends so I could go to dances. I was hanging around with guys who drank like me. We'd put our money together to get enough booze for the night, and because I looked older, I bought the liquor. I could talk to the girls. I was a big shot with the guys because I had the booze and the girls.
2001, AAWS, Inc., Alcoholics Anonymous, page 477
The spiritual life is not a theory. We have to live it.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 83
When new in the program, I couldn't comprehend living the spiritual aspect of the program, but now that I'm sober, I can't comprehend living without it. Spirituality was what I had been seeking. God, as I understand Him, has given me answers to the whys that kept me drinking for twenty years. By living a spiritual life, by asking God for help, I have learned to love, care for and feel compassion for all my fellow men, and to feel joy in a world where, before, I felt only fear.
Alcoholics Anonymous is the easier, softer way.
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Complete the Housecleaning
Time after time, newcomers have tried to keep to themselves shoddy facts
about their lives. Trying to avoid the humbling experience of the Fifth Step,
they have turned to easier methods. Almost invariably they got drunk. Having persevered with the rest of the program, they wondered why they fell. We think the reason is that they never completed their housecleaning. They took inventory all right, but hung on to some of the worst items in stock. They only thought they had lost their egoism and fear; they only thought they had humbled themselves. But they had not learned enough of humility, fearlessness, and honesty, in the sense we find it necessary, until they told someone else their entire life story.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, pp. 72-73
One of the new thinking habits a recovering alcoholic can develop is a calm
view of himself or herself as someone who needs to avoid chemicals (alcohol and other drugs that are substitutes for it) if he or she wants to maintain good health. We have as evidence our own drinking days, a total of hundreds of thousands of man-or woman-years of a whale of a lot of drinking. We know that, as the drinking years went by, our problems related to drinking continually worsened. Alcoholism is progressive.
Living Sober p. 7,8
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"Yes, there is a substitute and it is vastly more than that. It is a
fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. There you will find release from
care, boredom and worry. Your imagination will be fired. Life will
mean something at last. The most satisfactory years of your
existence lie ahead."
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, A Vision For You, pg. 152
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
The Alcoholics Anonymous program has borrowed from
medicine, psychiatry, and religion. It has taken from
these what it wanted and combined them into the program
which it considers best suited to the alcoholic mind and
which will best help the alcoholic to recover. The
results have been very satisfactory. We do not try to
improve on the A.A. program. Its value has been proved
by the success it has had in helping thousands of
alcoholics to recover. It has everything we alcoholics
need to arrest our illness. Do I try to follow the A.A.
program just as it is?
Meditation for the Day
You should strive for a union between your purposes in
life and the purposes of the Divine Principle directing
the universe. There is no bond of union on earth to
compare with the union between a human soul and God.
Priceless beyond all earth's rewards is that union. In
merging your heart and mind with the heart and mind of
the Higher Power, a oneness of purpose results, which
only those who experience it can even dimly realize.
That oneness of purpose puts you in harmony with God and
with all others who are trying to do His will.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may become attuned to the will of God.
I pray that I may be in harmony with the music of the spheres.