~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"If you have a resentment you want to be rid of, if you will pray for the person or the thing you resent,
you will be free. If you will ask in prayer for everything you want for yourself to be given to them,
you will be free. Ask for their health, their prosperity, their happiness, and you will be free.
Even when you don't really want it for them, and your prayers are only words
and you don't mean it, go ahead and do it anyway. Do it every day for two weeks and you will find
you have come to mean it and to want it for them, and you will realize that where you used to feel
bitterness and resentment and hatred, you now feel compassionate understanding and love."
¬©1952AAWS, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 552
Thought to Consider . . .
An expectation is a premeditated resentment.
F E A R = Frustration, Ego, Anxiety, Resentment
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "A New Direction"
"I hear talk of the 'weak-willed' alcoholic, but I am one of the strongest-willed people on earth! I now know that my incredible strength of will is not enough to save my life. My problem is not one of 'weakness,' but rather of direction. When I, without falsely diminishing myself, accept my honest limitations and turn to Godís guidance, my worst faults become my greatest assets. My strong will, rightly directed, keeps me working until the promises of the program become my daily reality."
¬© 1990 AAWS, Inc.; Daily Reflections, pg. 195
SEEDS OF FAITH
Faith, to be sure, is necessary, but faith alone can avail nothing.
We can have faith, yet keep God out of our lives.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 34
As a child I constantly questioned the existence of God. To a "scientific thinker" like me, no answer could withstand a thorough dissection, until a very patient woman finally said to me, "You must have faith." With that simple statement, the seeds of my recovery were sown!
Today, as I practice my recovery -- cutting back the weeds of alcoholism -- slowly I am letting those early seeds of faith grow and bloom. Each day of recovery, of ardent gardening, brings the Higher Power of my understanding more fully into my life. My God has always been with me through faith, but it is my responsibility to have the willingness to accept His presence.
I ask God to grant me the willingness to do His will.
¬©Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.¬©
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
After the "Honeymoon"
"For most of us, the first years of A.A. are something like a honeymoon.
There is a new and potent reason to stay alive, joyful activity aplenty. For
a time, we are diverted from the main life problems. That is all to the good.
"But when the honeymoon has worn off, we are obliged to take our lumps, like other people. This is where the testing starts. Maybe the group has pushed us onto the side lines. Maybe difficulties have intensified at home, or in the world outside. Then the old behavior patterns reappear. How well we recognize and deal with them reveals the extent of our progress."
The wise have always known that no one can make much of his life until
self-searching becomes a regular habit, until he is able to admit and accept
what he finds, and until he patiently and persistently tries to correct what
1. LETTER, 1954 - 2. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 88
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"We needed to ask ourselves but one short question. 'Do I now
believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power
greater than myself?' As soon as a man can say that he does believe,
or is willing to believe, we emphatically assure him that he is on
his way. It has been repeatedly proven among us that upon this
simple cornerstone a wonderfully effective spiritual structure can be
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 47
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
We in A.A. are offering a kind of psychological program as
well as a spiritual one. First, people must be mentally
able to receive it. They must have made up their minds
that they want to quit drinking, and they must be willing
to do something about it. Their confidence must be obtained.
We must show them that we are their friends and really
desire to help them. When we have their confidence, they
will listen to us. Then the A.A. fellowship is a kind of
group therapy. Newcomers need the fellowship of other
alcoholics who understand their problem because they have
had it themselves. Individuals must learn to reeducate
their minds. They must learn to think differently. Do I
do my best to give mental help?
Meditation for the Day
"And this is life eternal, that they may know Thee." It is
the flow of life eternal through spirit, mind, and body
that cleanses, heals, restores, and renews. Seek conscious
contact with God more and more each day. Make God an
abiding presence during the day. Be conscious of His spirit
helping you. All that is done without God's spirit is
passing. All that is done with God's spirit is life eternal.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may be in the stream of eternal life.
†I pray that I may be
cleansed and healed by the Eternal Spirit.