~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~

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A New Notion

"The idea that religion and spirituality were not one and the same was a new notion.
My sponsor asked that I merely remain open-minded to the possibility that there was a Power greater than myself, one of my own understanding. He assured me that no person was going to impose
a belief system on me, that it was a personal matter. Reluctantly, I opened my mind to the fact that maybe,
just maybe, there was something to this spiritual lifestyle. Slowly, but surely, I realized there was indeed
a Power greater than myself, and I soon found myself with a full-time God in my life
and following a spiritual path that didn't conflict with my personal religious convictions."
c. 2001AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous,  p. 287

Thought to Consider . . .

God enters us through our wounds.

S W A T  =  Surrender, Willingness, Acceptance, Trust

*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*

We Can

From "A Vision for You:"


"Thus we grow. And so can you....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."


c. 2001, Alcoholics Anonymous, pages 162-163

*~*~*~*~*^Daily Reflections^*~*~*~*~*

has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of consciousness and being.

Many of us in A.A. puzzle over what is a spiritual awakening.  I tended to look for a miracle, something

dramatic and earth shattering.  But what usually happens is that a sense of well-being, a feeling of peace, transforms us into a new level of awareness.  That's what happened to me.  My insanity and inner turmoil disappeared and I entered into a new dimension of hope, love and peace.  I think the degree to which

I continue to experience this new dimension is in direct proportion to the sincerity, depth and devotion

with which I practice the Twelve Steps of A.A.

~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Random Quote - The Forgotten Mountain

When I was a child, I acquired some of the traits that had a lot to do with my insatiable craving for alcohol. I was brought up in a little town in Vermont, under the shadow of Mount Aeolus. An early recollection is that of looking up at this vast and mysterious mountain, wondering what it meant and whether I could ever climb that high. But I was presently distracted by my aunt who, as a fourth-birthday present, made me a plate of fudge. For the next thirty-five years I pursued the fudge of life and quite forgot about the mountain.
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When self-indulgence is less than ruinous, we have a milder word for it. We call it "taking our comfort."

*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"When we became alcoholics, crushed by a self-imposed crisis we could
not postpone or evade, we had to fearlessly face the proposition that
either God is everything or else He is nothing. God either is or He isn't."

Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 53
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day

In spite of all we have learned in A.A., our old way of thinking comes back on us, sometimes with overwhelming force, and occasionally some of us have slips. We forget or refuse to call on the Higher Power for help. We seem to deliberately make our minds a blank so far as A.A. training goes, and we take a drink. We eventually get drunk. We are temporarily right back where we started from. Those who have had slips say unanimously that they were no fun. They say A.A. had taken all the pleasure out of drinking. They knew they were doing the wrong thing. The old mental conflict was back in full force. They were disgusted with themselves. Am I convinced that I can never get anything more out of drinking?

Meditation for the Day

Give something to those who are having trouble, to those whose thoughts are confused, something of your sympathy, your prayers, your time, your love, your thought, your self. Then give of your own confidence, as you have had it given to you by the grace of God. Give of yourself and of your loving sympathy. Give your best to those who need it and win accept it. Give according to need, never according to deserts. Remember that the giving of advice can never take the place of giving of yourself.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that as I have received, so may I give.

I pray that I may have the right answer for those who are confused.