~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"When a drunk has a terrific hangover because he drank heavily yesterday, he cannot live well today. But there is another kind of hangover which we all experience whether we are drinking or not. That is the emotional hangover, the direct result of yesterday's and sometimes today's excesses of negative emotion - anger, fear, jealousy, and the like. If we would live serenely today and tomorrow, we certainly need to eliminate these hangovers."
©1952AAWS, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 88
Thought to Consider . . .
I'd rather be better than bitter.
A A = Altered Attitudes
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "Into Action":
"We don't use this [faith] as an excuse for shying away from the subject of God. When it will serve any good purpose, we are willing to announce our convictions with tact and common sense. The question of how to approach the man we hated will arise. It may be he has done us more harm than we have done him and, though we may have acquired a better attitude toward him, we are still not too keen about admitting our faults. Nevertheless, with a person we dislike, we take the bit in our teeth. It is harder to go to an enemy than to a friend, but we find it much more beneficial to us. We go to him in a helpful and forgiving spirit, confessing our former ill feeling and expressing our regret.
© 2001 AAWS, Inc., Fourth Edition; Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 77
REPAIRING THE DAMAGE
We attempt to sweep away the debris which has accumulated out of our effort to live on self-will and run the show ourselves. If we haven't the will to do this, we ask until it comes. Remember it was agreed at the beginning we would go to any lengths for victory over alcohol.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 76
Making a list of people I had harmed was not a particularly difficult thing to do. They had showed up in my Fourth Step inventory: people towards whom I had resentments, real or imagined, and whom I had hurt by acts of retaliation. For my recovery to be thorough, I believed it was not important for those who had legitimately harmed me to make amends to me. What is important in my relationship with God is that I stand before Him, knowing I have done what I can to repair the damage I have done.
©Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.©
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Humility for the Fellowship, Too
We of A.A. sometimes brag of the virtues of our Fellowship. Let us remember
that few of these are actually earned virtues. We were forced into them, to
begin with, by the cruel lash of alcoholism. We finally adopted them, not
because we wished to, but because we had to.
Then, as time confirmed the seeming rightness of our basic principles, we
began to conform because it was right to do so. Some of us, notably myself,
conformed even then with reluctance.
But at last we came to a point where we stood willing to conform gladly to
the principles which experience, under the grace of God, had taught us.
A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 224
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
Let no alcoholic say he cannot recover unless he has his family back. His
recovery is not dependent upon people. It is dependent upon his relationship
with God, however he may define him.
Alcoholics Anonymous p. 99,100
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A.A. Thought for the Day
"None of us like to think that we are bodily and mentally different from others. Our drinking careers have been characterized by countless vain attempts to prove that we could drink like other people. This delusion that we are like other people has to be smashed. It has been definitely proved
that no real alcoholic has ever recovered control. Over any considerable period we get worse, never better. There is no such thing as making a normal drinker out of an alcoholic." Am I convinced that I can never drink again normally?
Meditation for the Day
We should have life and have it more abundantly spiritual, mental, physical,
abundant life-joyous, powerful life. This we can have if we follow the right
way. Not all people will accept from God the gift of an abundant life, a gift
held out free to all. Not all people care to stretch out a hand and take it.
God's gift, the richest He has to offer, is the precious gift of abundant
life. People often turn away from it, reject it, and will have none of it. Do
not let this be true of you.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may hasten to accept the gift of abundant spiritual life.
I pray that I my live the good life to the best of my ability.