~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~

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"The fellowship I found in AA enabled me to face my problem honestly and squarely.
I couldn't do it among my relatives, I couldn't do it among my friends.
No one likes to admit they're a drunk, that they can't control this thing.
But when we come into AA, we can face our problem honestly and openly.
I went to closed meetings and open meetings. And I took everything that AA had to give me.
It was at that point I reached surrender."
1976AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 340

Thought to Consider . . .

We honor the spirit in other people when we listen to them.

C A R E  =  Comforting And Reassuring Each other.


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


From "How Do We Stay away from Drinking?"


"We change ourselves, gradually, day
to day.  We help other alcoholics.  And,
by helping, we stay sober, sane and happy. 
For the first time in our lives, we've
found real freedom.  For we have broken
out of the dim prison of alcoholic
drinking that was closing in around us. 
Now we are free to discover who we are,
who we hope to become, who we were meant to be."


c. 1992, Young People and A.A.
(A.A. Pamphlet P-4), page 8

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

How persistently we claim the right to decide all by
ourselves just what we shall think and just how we shall act.


If I accept and act upon the advice of those who have
made the program work for themselves, I have a chance to
outgrow the limits of the past. Some problems will shrink
to nothingness, while others may require patient, well-thought-out action.
Listening deeply when others share
can develop intuition in handling problems which arise
unexpectedly. It is usually best for me to avoid impetuous
action. Attending a meeting or calling a fellow A. A.
member will usually reduce tension enough to bring relief
to a desperate sufferer like me. Sharing problems at
meetings with other alcoholics to whom I relate, or
privately with my sponsor, can change aspects of the
positions in which I find myself. Character defects are
identified and I begin to see how they work against me.
When I put my faith in the spiritual power of the program,
when I trust other to teach me what I need to do to have a
better life, I find that I can trust myself to do what is necessary.

~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Hope Born from Hopelessness
Letter to Dr. Carl Jung:

"Most conversion experiences, whatever their variety, do have a common denominator of ego collapse at depth. The individual faces an impossible dilemma. "In my case the dilemma had been created by my compulsive drinking, and the deep feeling of hopelessness had been vastly deepened by my doctor. It was deepened still more by my alcoholic friend when he acquainted me with your verdict of hopelessness respecting Rowland H. "In the wake of my spiritual experience there came a vision of a society of alcoholics. If each sufferer were to carry the news of the scientific hopelessness of alcoholism to each new prospect, he might be able to lay every newcomer wide open to a transforming spiritual experience. This concept proved to be the foundation of such success as A.A. has since achieved."

*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"When you discover a prospect for Alcoholics Anonymous, find out all
you can about him. If he does not want to stop drinking, don't
waste time trying to persuade him. You may spoil a later opportunity."

Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Working With Others, pg. 90

"So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They
arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of
self-will run riot, though he usually doesn't think so."

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, pg. 62~

*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day

We in A.A. are offering a spiritual program. The fundamental
basis of A.A. is belief in some Power greater than ourselves.
This belief takes us off the center of the universe and
allows us to transfer our problems to some power outside of
ourselves. We turn to this Power for the strength we need to
get sober and stay sober. We put our drink problem in God's
hands and leave it there. We stop trying to run our own life
and seek to let God run it for us. Do I do my best to give spiritual help?

Meditation for the Day

God is your healer and your strength. You do not have to ask
Him to come to you. He is always with you in spirit. At your
moment of need He is there to help you. Could you know God's
love and His desire to help you, you would know that He needs
no pleading for help. Your need is God's opportunity. You must
learn to rely on God's strength whenever you need it. Whenever
you feel inadequate to any situation, you should realize that
the feeling of inadequacy is disloyalty to God. Just say to
yourself. I know that God is with me and will help me to think
and say and do the right thing,

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may never feel inadequate to any situation.

I pray that I may be buoyed up by the feeling that God is with me.