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

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Carrying the Message

"Alcoholics simply will not listen to a paid twelfth-stepper. Almost from the beginning,
we have been positive that face-to-face work with the alcoholic who suffers could be based only
on the desire to help and be helped. When an AA talks for money, whether at a meeting or to a single newcomer, it can have a very bad effect on him, too. The money motive compromises him
and everything he says and does for his prospect. This has always been so obvious
that only a very few AA's have ever worked the Twelfth Step for a fee."
c. 1952AAWS, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 166

Thought to Consider . .

There is no materialism in AA -- just spirituality.
H E A R T =  Healing, Enjoying, And Recovering, Together

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

From "To Handle Sobriety":

"So when my liver had recovered after ten months, I resumed drinking. At first, just one drink, on occasion. Then drinks came more frequently but were carefully spaced out. Soon my drinking was as bad as ever all day long every day. But I was trying frantically to control it. And it had gone underground now, because everyone knew I shouldnt be drinking. Instead of drinking in fancy bars and clubs, I had to carry a bottle of vodka in my briefcase, duck into public toilets, and gulp from the bottle"

2001 AAWS, Inc., Fourth Edition; Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 556

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

The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution.  We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action.  This is the great news this book carries to those who suffer from alcoholism.

                                ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p.  17

The most far-reaching Twelfth Step work was the publication of our Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous.  Few can equal that book for carrying the message.  My idea is to get out of myself and simply do what I can.  Even if I haven't been asked to sponsor and my phone rarely rings, I am still able to do Twelfth Step work.  I get involved in "brotherly and harmonious action." At meetings I show up early to greet people and to help set up, and to share my experience, strength and hope.  I also do what I can with service work.  My Higher Power gives me exactly what He wants me to do at any given point in my recovery and, if I let Him, my willingness will bring Twelfth Step work automatically.


PS      On this date in 1937, Bill W. met with trustees of the Rockefeller
Foundation in an attempt to get money to support his "new idea to cure
drunks."  Our cofounders were not the only ones divinely guided.  John D.
RockefellerJr., sent a representative (Frank Amos) to
Akron to assess the new
movement.  Amos returned with a recommendation that $50,000 be granted

the as-yet-unnamed organization. 

But Rockefeller had the foresight to see that outside money would corrupt
this fledgling fellowship.  In February of '38, he offered only $5,000--
enough seed money to set up a small office and pay a secretary and postage to respond

 to mail queries.  One of the reasons the Big Book was written was as a money maker

 to offset this disappointment.

~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Random Quote - God-given Instincts

Creation gave us instincts for a purpose. Without them we wouldn't be complete human beings. If men and women didn't exert themselves to be secure in their persons, made no effort to harvest food or construct shelter, there would be no survival. If they didn't reproduce, the earth wouldn't be populated. If there were no social instinct, there would be no society.
Yet these instincts, so necessary for our existence, often far exceed their proper functions. Powerfully, blindly, many times subtly, they drive us, dominate us, and insist upon ruling our lives.
We tried to shape a sane ideal for our future sex life. We subjected each relation to this test: Was it selfish or not? We asked God to mold our ideals and help us to live up to them. We remembered always that our sex powers were God-given and therefore good, neither to be used lightly or selfishly nor to be despised and loathed.


*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"We do not like to pronounce any individual as alcoholic, but you can
quickly diagnose yourself, Step over to the nearest barroom and try
some controlled drinking. Try to drink and stop abruptly. Try it
more than once. It will not take long for you to decide, if you are
honest with yourself about it. It may be worth a bad case of jitters
if you get a full knowledge of your condition."

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, More About Alcoholism, pg. 31~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
AA Thought for the Day

The clergy speak of the spiritual fellowship of the church. This is much closer to the A.A. way than mere group therapy. Such a fellowship is based on a common belief in God and a common effort to live a spiritual life. We try to do this in A.A. We also try to get down to the real problems in each others lives. We try to open up to each other. We have a real desire to be of service to each other. We try to go deep down into the personal lives of our members. Do I appreciate the deep personal fellowship of A.A.?

Meditation for the Day

Love and fear cannot dwell together. By their very natures, they cannot exist side by side. Fear is a very strong force. And therefore a weak and vacillating love can soon be routed by fear. But a strong love, a love that trusts in God, is sure eventually to conquer fear. The only sure way to dispel fear is to have the love of God more and more in your heart and soul.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that love will drive out the fear in my life.

 I pray that my fear will flee before the power of the love of God.