~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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Peace of Mind
"AA has taught me that I will have peace of mind in exact proportion to the peace of mind
I bring into the lives of other people, and it has taught me the true meaning of the admonition
'happy are ye who know these things and do them.' For the only problems I have now are those I create
when I break out in a rash of self-will."
1976AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 551
Thought to Consider . . .
I never imagined that the greatest achievement of my life
would be peace of mind.
P E A C E = Providing Experienced Attitude Changes Every day.
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
Agreed at the Beginning
From: "Into Action"
Now we need more action, without which we find that “Faith without works is dead.” Let's look at Steps Eight and Nine. We have a list of all persons we have harmed and to whom we are willing to make amends. We made it when we took our inventory. We subjected ourselves to a drastic self-appraisal. Now we go out to our fellows and repair the damage done in the past. 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.
2001, AAWS, Inc., Alcoholics Anonymous, page 76
THE GIFT OF BONDING
Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 63
Many times in my alcoholic state, I drank to establish a bond
between myself and others, but I succeeded only in establishing
the bondage of alcoholic loneliness. Through the A. A. way of
life, I have received the gift of bonding - with those who were
there before me, with those who are there now, and with those yet
to come. For this gracious gift from God, I am forever grateful.
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS
ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
No Orders Issued
Neither the A.A. General Service Conference, its Board of Trustees, nor the humblest group committee can issue a single directive to an A.A. member and make it stick, let alone mete out any punishment. We've tried this lots of times, but utter failure is always the result. Groups have sometimes tried to expel members, but the banished have come back to sit in the meeting place, saying, "This is life for us; you can't keep us out." Committees have instructed many an A.A. to stop working on a chronic backslider, only to be told: "How I do my Twelfth Step work is my business. Who are you to judge?" This doesn't mean that an A.A. won't take good advice or suggestions from more experienced members. He simply objects to taking orders.
TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 173
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"If we were to live, we had to be free
of anger. The grouch and the
brainstorm were not for us. They may be the dubious luxury of normal
men, but for alcoholics these things are poison."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, pg. 66~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
"Unless we discuss our defects with another person, we do not acquire
enough humility, fearlessness, and honesty to really get the program.
We must be entirely honest with somebody, if we expect to live
happily in this world. We must be hard on ourselves, but always
considerate of others. We pocket our pride and go to it, illuminating
every twist of character and every dark cranny of the past. Once we
have taken this step, withholding nothing, we are delighted. We can look the world in
the eyes." Have I discussed all my defects with another person?
Meditation for the Day
Never yield to weariness of the spirit. At times, the worlds cares
and distractions will intrude and the spirit will become weak. At
times like this, carry on and soon the spirit will become strong
again. God's spirit is always with you, to replenish and renew. None
ever sincerely sought God's help in vain. Physical weariness and
exhaustion make a time of rest and communion with God more necessary.
When you are overcome by temporary conditions that you cannot control,
keep quiet and wait for the power of the spirit to flow back.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may not speak or act in the midst of emotional upheaval.
I pray that I may wait until the tempest is past.