~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"My friend suggested what then seemed a novel idea. He said,
'Why don't you choose your own conception of God?'
That statement hit me hard. It melted the icy intellectual mountain
in whose shadow I had lived and shivered many years.
I stood in the sunlight at last. It was only a matter of being willing to believe
in a Power greater than myself. Nothing more was required of me to make my beginning."
- Bill W.
1976AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 12
Thought to Consider . . .
Willpower ... our will-ingness to use a Higher Power.
B I G B O O K = Believing In God Beats Our Old Knowledge
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "Source of Strength":
"I would tell a friend of mine, who
was having the same problems, that I prayed to God not
to take a drink today and not to get married today. It was a sort of pact. I
was very serious about this. I couldn't seem to handle romance and God too well
at the same time. And God did start to give me the strength that I had always
thought would come from the man in my life. "
1973 AAWS, Inc.; Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pgs. 102-03
REDOUBLING OUR EFFORTS
To a degree, he has already done this when taking moral inventory, but now the time has come when he ought to redouble his efforts to see how many people he has hurt, and in what ways.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 77
As I continue to grow in sobriety, I become more aware of myself as a person of worth. In the process, I am better able to see others as persons, and with this comes the realization that these were people whom I had hurt in my drinking days. I didn't just lie, I lied about Tom. I didn't just cheat, I cheated Joe. What were seemingly impersonal acts, were really personal affronts, because it was people - people of worth - whom I had harmed. I need to do something about the people I have hurt so that I may enjoy a peaceful sobriety.
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Who Is to Blame
At Step Four we resolutely looked for our own mistakes. Where had we been selfish, dishonest, self-seeking, and frightened? Though a given situation had not been entirely our fault, we often tried to cast the whole blame on the other person involved. We finally saw that the inventory should be ours, not the other man's. So we admitted our wrongs honestly and became willing to set these matters straight.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 67
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show,
humbly saying to ourselves many times each day "Thy will be done." We
are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-
pity, or foolish decisions. We become much more efficient. We do
not tire so easily, for we are not burning up energy foolishly as we
did when we were trying to arrange life to suit ourselves."
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, pg. 87
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
"The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have
discovered a common solution. We who have found this
solution to our alcoholic problem, we who are properly armed
with the facts about ourselves, can generally win the
entire confidence of another alcoholic. We who are making
the approach to new prospects have had the same difficulty
they have had. We obviously know what we are talking about.
Our whole deportment shouts at new prospects that we are
people with a real answer." Am I a person with the real
answer to the alcoholic problems of others?
Meditation for the Day
For straying from the right way there is no cure except to
keep so close to the thought of God that nothing, no other
interest, can seriously come between you and God. Sure of
that, you can stay on God's side. Knowing the way, nothing
can prevent your staying in the way and nothing can cause
you to seriously stray from it. God has promised peace if
you stay close to Him, but not leisure. You still have to
carry on in the world. He has promised heart-rest and
comfort, but not pleasure in the ordinary sense. Peace and
comfort bring real inward happiness.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may keep my feet on the way.
I pray that I may stay on God's side.