~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"We have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in understanding
and effectiveness. This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime.
Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear. When these crop up, we ask God at once to remove them. We discuss them with someone immediately and make amends quickly if we have harmed anyone. Then we resolutely turn our thoughts to someone we can help."
1976AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 84
Thought to Consider . . .
Within our wonderful new world,
we have found freedom from our fatal obsession.
F I T = Faith, Intuition, and Trust
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "He Had Been Listening":
"In thinking all this over, it finally became obvious to me that the God I thought had judged and damned me had done nothing of the sort. He had been listening, and in His own good time His answer came. His answer was threefold: the opportunity for a life of sobriety; Twelve Steps to practice, in order to attain and maintain that life of sobriety; fellowship within the program, ever ready to sustain and help me each twenty-four- hour day.
“ St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada"
1973 AAWS, Inc.; Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 11
A UNIQUE PROGRAM
"Alcoholics Anonymous will never have a professional class. We have gained some understanding of the ancient words "Freely ye have received, freely give." We have discovered that at the point of professionalism, money and spirituality do not mix.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 166
I believe that Alcoholics Anonymous stands alone in the treatment of alcoholism because it is based solely on the principle of one alcoholic sharing with another alcoholic. This is what makes the program unique. When I decided that I wanted to stay sober, I called a woman who I knew was a sober member of A.A., and she carried the message of Alcoholics Anonymous to me. She received no monetary compensation, but rather was paid by staying sober another day herself. Today I could ask for no payment other than another day free from alcohol, so in that respect, I am generously paid for my labor.
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Many newcomers, having experienced little but constant deflation, feel a
growing conviction that human will is of no value whatever. They have become persuaded, sometimes rightly so, that many problems besides alcohol will not yield to a headlong assault powered only by the individual's will. However, there are certain things which the individual alone can do. All by himself, and in the light of his own circumstances, he needs to develop the quality of willingness. When he acquires willingness, he is the only one who can then make the decision to exert himself along spiritual lines. Trying to do this is actually an act of his own will. It is a right use of this faculty. Indeed, all of A.A.'s Twelve Steps require our sustained and personal
exertion to conform to their principles and so, we trust, to God's will.
TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 40
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter
you from honestly asking yourself what they mean to you. At the
start, this was all we needed to commence spiritual growth, to
effect our first conscious relation with God as we understood Him.
Afterward, we found ourselves accepting many things which then
seemed entirely out of reach. That was growth, but if we wished to
grow we had to begin somewhere. So we used our own conception, however limited it was."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 47~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
"Call on new prospects while they are still jittery. They may be more
receptive when depressed. See them alone if possible. Tell them enough about your drinking habits and experiences to encourage them to speak of
themselves. if they wish to talk, let them do so. If they are not
communicative, talk about the troubles liquor has caused you, being careful
not to moralize or lecture. When they see you know all about the drinking
game, commence to describe yourself as an alcoholic and tell them how you
learned you were sick." Am I ready to talk about myself to new prospects?
Meditation for the Day
Try not to give way to criticism, blame, scorn, or judgment of others when
you are trying to help them. Effectiveness in helping others depends on
controlling yourself. You may be swept away by a temporary natural urge to
criticize or blame, unless you keep a tight rein on your emotions. You should
have a firm foundation of spiritual living which makes you truly humble, if
you are going to really help other people. Go easy on them and be hard on
yourself. That is the way you can be used most to uplift a despairing spirit.
And seek no personal recognition for what you are used by God to accomplish.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may try to avoid judgment and criticism.
I pray that I may always try to build up others instead of tearing them down.