~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"Vision is, I think, the ability to make good estimates, both for the immediate and for the more distant future.
Some might feel this sort of striving to be a sort of heresy, because we AA's are constantly telling ourselves,
'One day at a time.' But that valuable principle really refers to our mental and emotional lives and means chiefly
that we are not foolishly to repine over the past nor wishfully to day-dream about the future. . .
Vision is therefore the very essence of prudence, an essential virtue if ever there was one."
Bill W., 1962
1962AAWS, Twelve Concepts for World Service, 26th Printing, p. 40
Thought to Consider . . .
The road to recovery is always under construction.
O D A A T = One Day At A Time
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
All I Could Think Of
From: "A Vision of Recovery"
While in a juvenile detention center about 500 miles from my home, I received word that my mother was dying of cancer. I was able to get a pass and return home to spend time with her. One evening my family asked me if I would stay home with my mother and give her the medicine she was required to take. I had already had a few drinks and was anxious to get out and party with my friends, but I reluctantly agreed to stay. Self-pity set in, and all I could think of was the good time I could have been having. I got very impatient with my mother, and when she refused to take her medicine, I almost forced it into her mouth; then I left to join my friends. The next morning I woke up in county jail, about 100 miles from home. I had attempted a break-and-enter, and was caught by the police.
That very evening, as I sat in jail, my mother died.
2001, AAWS, Inc., Alcoholics Anonymous, page 495-496
CENTERING OUR THOUGHTS
When World War II broke out, our A.A. dependence on a Higher Power had its first major test. A.A.'s entered the services and were scattered all over the world. Would they be able to take the discipline, stand up under fire, and endure . . . ?
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 200
I will center my thoughts on a Higher Power. I will surrender all to this power within me. I will become a soldier for this power, feeling the might
of the spiritual army as it exists in my life today. I will allow a wave of spiritual union to connect me through my gratitude, obedience and discipline to this Higher Power. Let me allow this power to lead me through the orders of the day. May the steps I take today strengthen my words and deeds, may I know that the message I carry is mine to share, given freely by this power greater than myself.
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC
.~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
and How to Give
Men who cry for money and shelter as a condition of their sobriety are on the wrong track. Yet we sometimes do provide a new prospect with these very things -- when it becomes clear that he is willing to place his recovery first. It is not whether we shall give that is the question, but when and how to give. Whenever we put our work on a material plane, the alcoholic commences to rely upon alms rather than upon a Higher Power and the AA group. He continues to insist that he cannot master alcohol until his material needs are cared for. Nonsense! Some of us have taken very hard knocks to learn this truth: that, job or no job, wife or no wife, we simply do not stop drinking so long as we place material dependence upon other people ahead of dependence on God.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 98
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
Men and women drink essentially because they like the effect
produced by alcohol. The sensation is so elusive that, while they
admit it is injurious, they cannot after a time differentiate the
true from the false. To them, their alcoholic life seems the only
normal one. They are restless, irritable and discontented, unless
they can again experience the sense of ease and comfort which comes
at once by taking a few drinks, drinks which they see others
taking with impunity."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, The Doctor's Opinion, pg. xxviii~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
"We must be willing to make amends to all the people we have harmed. We must do the best we can to repair the damage done in the past. When we make amends, when we say: 'I'm sorry,' the person is sure at least to be impressed by our sincere desire to set right the wrong. Sometimes people we are making amends to admit there own fault, so feuds of long standing melt away. Our most ruthless creditors will sometimes surprise us. In general, we must be willing to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences may be for us." Have I made a sincere effort to make amends to the people I have harmed?
Meditation for the Day
The grace of God cures disharmony and disorder in human relationships.
Directly you put your affairs, with their confusion and their difficulties,
into God's hands. He begins to effect a cure of all the disharmony and
disorder. You can believe that He will cause you no more pain in the doing of it
than a physician who knows
how to effect a cure would cause a patient.
You can have faith that God will do all that is necessary as painlessly as
possible. But you must be willing to submit to His treatment, even if you
cannot now see the meaning or purpose of it.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may willingly submit to whatever spiritual discipline is necessary.
I pray that I may accept whatever it takes to live a better Me.