~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"When, with God's help, we calmly accepted our lot, then we found we could live at peace with ourselves
and show others who still suffered the same fears that they could get over them, too.
We found that freedom from fear was more important than freedom from want."
1952AAWS, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 122
Thought to Consider . . .
Courage is the willingness to accept fear and act anyway.
F E A R = Face Everything And Recover
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "The Three Legacies of Alcoholics Anonymous":
"A group of laymen whose combined religious training and experience had been small indeed had produced a volume which described release from alcoholism by spiritual means. What would our Catholic friends think? We had not the slightest inkling.
the good news came. By messenger we had sent the book Alcoholics Anonymous
to the Catholic Committee on Publications in the
"The Committee, he said, had nothing but the best to say of our efforts. From their point of view the book was perfectly all right "
2001 AAWS, Inc.; Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, pgs. 168-69
THE ONLY REQUIREMENT. . .
"At one time. . .every A.A. group had many membership rules. Everybody was scared witless that something or somebody would capsize the boat. . .The total list was a mile long. If all those rules had been in effect everywhere, nobody could have possibly joined A.A. at all,. . ."
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 139-140
I'm grateful that the Third Tradition only requires of me a desire to stop
drinking. I had been breaking promises for years. In the Fellowship I
didn't have to make promises, I didn't have to concentrate. It only required
my attending one meeting, in a foggy condition, to know I was home. I
didn't have to pledge undying love. Here, strangers hugged me. "It gets
better," they said, and "One day at a time, you can do it." They were no
longer strangers, but caring friends. I ask God to help me to reach out to
people desiring sobriety, and to, please keep me grateful!
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Let Go Absolutely
After failure on my part to dry up any drunks, Dr. Silkworth reminded me of
Professor William James's observation that truly transforming spiritual
experiences are nearly always rounded on calamity and collapse. "Stop
preaching at them," Dr. Silkworth said, "and give them the hard medical facts first.
This may soften them up at depth so that they will be
willing to do
anything to get well. Then they may accept those spiritual ideas of yours,
and even a Higher Power."
We beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us
have tried to hold on to our old ideas, and the result was nil -- until we
let go absolutely.
1. A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 13 - 2. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 58
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"...I humbly offered myself to God, as I then I understood Him, to do
with me as He would. I placed myself unreservedly under His care and
direction. I admitted for the first time that of myself I was
nothing; that without Him I was lost. I ruthlessly faced my sins and
became willing to have my new-found Friend take them away, root and branch."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Bill's Story, pg. 13~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
"Practical experience shows that nothing will so much ensure immunity from drinking as extensive work
alcoholics. Carry the message to other alcoholics. You can help when no one
else can. You can secure their
confidence when others fail. Life will take on a new meaning for you. To
watch people recover, to see them help others in turn, to watch loneliness
vanish, to see a fellowship grow about you, to have a host of friends, this
is an experience you must not miss." Am I always ready and willing to help other alcoholics?
Meditation for the Day
One secret of abundant living is the art of giving. The paradox of life is
that the more you give, the more you have. If you lose your life in the
service of others, you will save it. You can give abundantly and so live
abundantly. You are rich in one respect-you have a spirit that is
inexhaustible. Let no mean or selfish thought keep you from sharing this
spirit. Of love, of help, of understanding, and of sympathy, give and keep
giving. Give your personal ease and comfort, your time, your money, and most of all, yourself. And you will be living abundantly.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may live to give.
I pray that I may learn this secret of abundant living