~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"So, here I am, sober. Successful. Serene. Just a few of the gifts of the program for surrendering,
suiting up, and showing up for life every day. Good days and bad days, reality is a wild ride,
and I wouldn't miss it for the world. I don't question how this program works.
I trust in my God, stay involved in AA service, go to lots of meetings, work with others,
and practice the principles of the Steps to the best of my willingness each day.
I don't know which of these keeps me sober, and I'm not about to try to find out.
It's worked for quite a few days now, so I think I'll try it again tomorrow."
c. 2001AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous (Fourth Edition), p. 337
Thought to Consider . . .
Serenity isn't freedom from the storm; it is peace within the storm.
K I S S = Keep It Simple; Surrender
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
"I think now that this thoroughly unsuccessful Twelfth Step effort (I pray H. may be in A.A. somewhere
by now) helped me. I’ve never since stopped being aware of the fact that as an alcoholic I had better
not set my sights on being just like everybody else, just as ordinary, just as unleavened. As a matter
of fact, I don’t really know anything about being ordinary, that is, nonalcoholic, so I ought not to set
up some phony idea in my mind about normal living."
� 1973 AAWS, Inc.; Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 117
True ambition is not what we thought is was. True ambition is the deep desire to live
usefully and walk humbly under the grace of God.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 124-125
During my drinking years, my one and only concern was to have my fellow man think highly of me. My ambition in everything I did was to have the power to be at the top. My inner self kept telling me something else but I couldn't accept it. I didn't even allow myself to realize that I wore a mask continually. Finally, when the mask came off and I cried out to the only God I could conceive, the Fellowship of A.A., my group and the Twelve Steps were there. I learned how to change resentments into acceptance, fear into hope and anger into love. I have learned also, through loving without undo expectations, through sharing my concerns and caring for my fellow man, that each day can be joyous and fruitful. I begin and end my day with thanks to God, who has so generously shed His grace on me.
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Random Quote - Daily Acceptance
"Too much of my life has been spent in dwelling upon the faults of others. This is a most subtle and perverse form of self-satisfaction, which permits us to remain comfortably unaware of our own defects. Too often we are heard to say, 'If it weren't for him (or her), how happy I'd be!'"
Our very first problem is to accept our present circumstances as they are, ourselves as we are, and the people about us as they are. This is to adopt a realistic humility without which no genuine advance can even begin. Again and again, we shall need to return to that unflattering point of departure. This is an exercise in acceptance that we can profitably practice every day of our lives. Provided we strenuously avoid turning these realistic surveys of the facts of life into unrealistic alibis for apathy or defeatism, they can be the sure foundation upon which increased emotional health and therefore spiritual progress can be built.
1. LETTER, 1966 - 2. GRAPEVINE, MARCH 1962
Copyright 1967 Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"We try not to indulge in cynicism over the state of the nations, nor
do we carry the world's troubles on our shoulders. When we see a man
sinking into the mire that is alcoholism, we give him first aid and
place what we have at his disposal."
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, The Family Afterward, pg. 132
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
When people come back to A.A. after having a slip, the temptation is strong to say nothing about it. No other A.A. member should force them to declare themselves. It is entirely up to them. If they are well grounded in A.A., they will realize that its up to them to speak up at the next meeting and tell about their slip. There is no possible evasion of this duty, if they are thoroughly honest and really desirous of living the A.A. way again. When they have done it, their old confidence returns. They are home again. Their slip should not be mentioned again by others. They are again a good member of A.A. Am I tolerant of other people's mistakes?
Meditation for the Day
It is in the union of a soul with God that strength, new life, and spiritual power come. Bread sustains the body but we cannot live by bread alone. To try to do the will of God is the meat and support of true living. We feed on that spiritual food. Soul starvation comes from failing to do so. The world talks about bodies that are undernourished. What of the souls that are undernourished? Strength and peace come from partaking of spiritual food.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may not try to live by bread alone.
I pray that my spirit may live by trying to do the will of God as I understand it.