~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"We believe and hope this book contains all you will need to begin. We know what you are thinking.
You are saying to yourself: 'I'm jittery and alone. I couldn't do that.' But you can.
You forget that you have just now tapped a source of power much greater than yourself.
To duplicate, with such backing, what we have accomplished is only a matter
of willingness, patience and labor."
1976AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 163
Thought to Consider . . .
It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
W H O M E ? = Willingness, Honesty, Open-mindedness, Must Exist
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "The Three Legacies of Alcoholics Anonymous":
"We were still arguing about the Twelve Steps. All this time I had refused to budge on these steps. I would not change a word of the original draft, in which I had consistently used the word 'God,' and in one place the expression 'on our knees' was used. Praying to God on one's knees was still a big affront to Henry. He was positive we would scare off alcoholics by the thousands when they read those Twelve Steps. Though at first I would have none of it, we finally began to talk about the possibility of compromise. Who first suggested the actual compromise words I do not know, but they are words well known throughout the length and breadth of A.A. today: In Step Two we decided to describe God as a 'Power greater than ourselves.' In Steps Three and Eleven we inserted the words 'God as we understood Him.' From Step Seven we deleted the expression 'on our knees.' And, as a lead-in sentence to all the steps we wrote these words: 'Here are the steps we took which are suggested as a Program of Recovery.' A.A.'s Twelve Steps were to be suggestions only."
2001 AAWS, Inc.; Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, pgs. 166-67
A RIDDLE THAT WORKS
It may be possible to find explanations of spiritual experiences
such as ours, but I have often tried to explain my own and have
succeeded only in giving the story of it. I know the feeling it
gave me and the results it has brought, but I realize I may never
fully understand its deeper why and how.
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 313
I had a profound spiritual experience during an open A. A. meeting,
which led me to blurt out. "I'm an alcoholic!" I have not had a
drink since that day. I can tell you the words I heard just prior
to my admission, and how those words affected me, but as to why it
happened, I do not know. I believe a power greater than myself
chose me to recover, yet I do not know why. I try not to worry or
wonder about what I do not yet know; instead, I trust that if I
continue to work the Steps, practice the A. A. principles in my
life, and share my story, I will be guided lovingly toward a deep
and mature spirituality in which more will be revealed to me. For
the time being, it is a gift for me to trust God, work the Steps
and help others.
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Perfection - Only the Objective
There can be no absolute humility for us humans. At best, we can merely
glimpse the meaning and splendor of such a perfect ideal. Only God himself
can manifest in the absolute; we human beings must live and grow in the domain of the relative.
So we seek progress in humility for today.
Few of us can quickly or easily become ready even to look at spiritual and
moral perfection; we want to settle for only as much development as may get
us by in life, according, of course, to our various and sundry ideas of what
will get us by. Mistakenly, we strive for a self-determined objective, rather
than for the perfect objective which is of God.
1. GRAPEVINE, JUNE 1961 - 2. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 68
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"If we are sorry for what we have done, and have the honest desire to
let God take us to better things, we believe we will be forgiven and
will have learned our lesson. If we are not sorry, and our conduct
continues to harm others, we are quite sure to drink. We are not
theorizing. These are facts out of our experience."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, pg. 70~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
AA Thought for the Day
"When we saw our faults, we listed them. We placed them before us in
black and white. We admitted our wrongs honestly and we were willing
to set these matters straight. We reviewed our fears thoroughly. We
asked God to remove our fears and we commenced to outgrow fear. Many
of us needed an overhauling in regard to sex. We came to believe that
sex powers were God-given and therefore good, if used properly. Sex
is never to be used lightly or selfishly, nor is it to be despised or
loathed. If sex is troublesome, we throw ourselves the harder into
helping others, and so take our minds off ourselves." Am I facing my
sex problems in the proper way?
Meditation for the Day
Cling to the belief that all things are possible with God. If this
belief is truly accepted, it is the ladder upon which a human soul
can climb from the lowest pit of despair to the sublime heights of
peace of mind. It is possible for God to change your way of living.
When you see the change in another person through the grace of God,
you cannot doubt that all things are possible in the lives of people
through the strength that comes from faith in Him who rules us all.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may live expectantly.
I pray that I may believe deeply that all things are possible with God