~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"We enjoy certain inherent advantages which should make our task of self-restraint
relatively easy. There is no really good reason for anyone to object
if a great many drunks get sober. Nearly everyone can agree that this is a good thing.
If, in the process, we are forced to develop a certain amount of honesty, humility, and tolerance, who is going to kick about that? If we recognize that religion is the province of the clergy and the practice of medicine is for doctors,
we can helpfully cooperate with both. Certainly there is little basis for controversy in these areas. It is a fact that AA has not the slightest reform or political complexion.
We try to pay our own expenses, and we strictly mind our single purpose."
- Bill W.
1962AAWS, Twelve Concepts for World Service, 26th Printing, p. 69
Thought to Consider . . .
We are not living just to be sober;
we are living to learn, to serve, and to love.
S W A T = Surrender, Willingness, Acceptance, and Trust
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "For Emergencies Only?":
"Whether we had been believers or unbelievers, we began to get over the idea that the Higher Power was a sort of bush-league pinch hitter [sic], to be called upon only in an emergency."The notion that we would still live our own lives, God helping a little now and then, began to evaporate. Many of us who had thought ourselves religious awoke to the limitations of this attitude. Refusing to place God first, we had deprived ourselves of His help."But now the words 'Of myself I am nothing, the Father doeth the works' began to carry bright purpose and meaning." adapted from the 12 and 12, pg. 75
1990 AAWS, Inc.; As Bill Sees It; pg. 66
REMOVING "THE GROUND GLASS"
The moral inventory is a cool examination of the damages that occurred to us during life and a sincere effort to look at them in a true perspective. This has the effect of taking the ground glass out of us, the emotional substance that still cuts and inhibits.
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 140
My Eighth Step list used to drag me into a whirlpool of resentment. After four years of sobriety, I was blocked by denial connected with an ongoing abusive relationship. The argument between fear and pride eased as the words of the Step moved from my head to my heart. For the first time in years I opened my box of paints and poured out an honest rage, an explosion of reds and blacks and yellows. As I looked at the drawing, tears of joy and relief flowed down my cheeks. In my disease, I had given up my art, a self-inflicted punishment far greater than any imposed from outside. In my recovery, I learned that the pain of my defects is the very substance God uses to cleanse my character and to set me free.
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
One Fellowship - Many Faiths
As a society we must never become so vain as to suppose that we are authors and inventors of a new religion. We will humbly reflect that every one of A.A.'s principles has been borrowed from ancient sources.
A minister in
Buddhist monastery in this province, and the head priest said, 'Why, these
Steps are fine! For us as Buddhists, it might be slightly more acceptable if
you had inserted the word 'good' in your Steps instead of 'God.'
Nevertheless, you say that it is God as you understand Him, and that must
certainly include the good. Yes, A.A.'s Twelve Steps will surely be accepted
by the Buddhists around here."
St. Louis old-timers recall how Father Edward Dowling helped start their
group; it turned out to be largely Protestant, but this fazed him not a bit.
A.A. COMES OF AGE - 1. p. 231 - 2. p. 81 - 3. p. 37
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"Outsiders are sometimes shocked when we burst into merriment over a
seemingly tragic experience out of the past. But why shouldn't we
laugh? We have recovered, and have been given the power to help others."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, The Family Afterward, pg. 132~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
"While alcoholics keep strictly away from drink, they react
to life much like other people. But the first drink sets
the terrible cycle in motion. Alcoholics usually have no
idea why they take the first drink. Some drinkers have
excuses with which they are satisfied, but in their hearts
they really do not know why they do it. The truth is that
at some point in their drinking they have passed into a
state where the most powerful desire to stop drinking is
of no avail." Am I satisfied that I have passed my tolerance point for alcohol?
Meditation for the Day
He who made the ordered world out of chaos and set the stars
in their courses and made each plant to know its season, He
can bring peace and order out of your private chaos if you
will let Him. God is watching over you, too, to bless you and
care for you. Out of the darkness He is leading you to light,
out of unrest to rest, out of disorder to order, out of
faults and failure to success. You belong to God and your
affairs are His affairs and can be ordered by Him if you are willing.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may be led out of disorder into order.
I pray that I may be led out of failure into success.