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"Many of us exclaimed, 'What an order! I can't go through with it.' Do not be discouraged.
No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles.
We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines.
The principles we have set down are guides to progress.
We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection."
1976AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 60
Thought to Consider . . .
Progress always involves risk.
You can't steal second base with your foot on first.
S T E P S = Solutions To Every Problem in Sobriety
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*--
Things We Dreamed
Tradition Six: An AA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the AA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
Here are some of the things we dreamed. Hospitals didn't like alcoholics, so we thought we'd build a hospital chain of our own. People needed to be told what alcoholism was, so we'd educate the public, even rewrite school and medical textbooks. We'd gather up derelicts from skid rows, sort out those who could get well, and make it possible for the rest to earn their livelihood in a kind of quarantined confinement. Maybe these places would make large sums of money to carry on our other good works. We seriously thought of rewriting the laws of the land, and having it declared that alcoholics are sick people. No more would they be jailed; judges would parole them in our custody. We'd spill AA into the dark regions of dope addiction and criminality. We'd form groups of depressive and paranoid folks; the deeper the neurosis, the better we'd like it. It stood to reason that if alcoholism could be licked, so could any problem.
1981, AAWS, Inc., Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pages 155-156
A FRAME OF REFERENCE
Referring to our list [inventory] again. Putting out of our minds the wrongs others had done, we resolutely looked for our own mistakes. Where had we been selfish, dishonest, self-seeking and frightened?
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 67
There is a wonderful freedom in not needing constant approval from colleagues at work or from the people I love. I wish I had known about this Step before, because once I developed a frame of reference, I felt able to do the next right thing, knowing that the action fit the situation and this it was the correct thing to do.
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Privileged to Communicate
Everyone must agree that we A.A.'s are unbelievably fortunate people;
fortunate that we have suffered so much; fortunate that we can know,
understand, and love each other so supremely well.
These attributes and virtues are scarcely of the earned variety. Indeed, most
of us are well aware that these are rare gifts which have their true origin
in our kinship born of a common suffering and a common deliverance by the grace of God.
Thereby we are privileged to communicate with each other to a degree and in a manner not very often surpassed among our nonalcoholic friends in the world around us.
"I used to be ashamed of my condition and so didn't talk about it. But
nowadays I freely confess I am a depressive, and this has attracted other
depressives to me. Working with them has helped a great deal."
1. GRAPEVINE, OCTOBER 1959 - 2. LETTER, 1954 - * Bill added that he had no
depression after 1955.
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"Perhaps there is a better way--we think so. For we are now on a
different basis; the basis of trusting and relying upon God. We
trust infinite God rather than our finite selves. We are in the
world to play the role He assigns. Just to the extent that we do as
we think He would have us, and humbly rely on Him, does He enable us to match calamity with serenity."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, pg. 68~
*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
"People of faith have a logical idea of what life is all about.
There is a wide variation in the way each one of us approaches and
conceives of the Power greater than ourselves. Whether we agree with
a particular approach or conception seems to make little difference.
There are questions for each of us to settle for ourselves. But in
each case the belief in a Higher Power has accomplished the
miraculous, the humanly impossible. There has come a revolutionary
change in their way of living and thinking." Has there been a
revolutionary change in me?
Meditation for the Day
Worship is consciousness of God's divine majesty. As you pause to
worship, God will help you to raise your humanity to His divinity.
The earth is a material temple to enclose God's divinity. God brings
to those who worship Him a divine power, a divine love, and a divine
healing. You only have to open your mind to Him and try to absorb
some of His divine spirit. Pausing quietly in the spirit of worship,
turn your inward thoughts upward and realize that His divine power
may be yours, that you can experience His love and healing.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may worship God by sensing the eternal Spirit.
I pray that I may experience a new power in my life.