~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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The great fact is just this, and nothing less: That we have had deep and effective spiritual
Experiences which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows, and toward
God's universe. The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has
entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous. He has commenced to accomplish
those things for us which we could never do by ourselves.
c. 2001AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 25
Thought to Consider . . .
I stood in the sunlight at last.
Y A N A = You Are Not Alone.
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "The Answer in the Mirror:"
"My spiritual awakening was electrically sudden
and absolutely convincing. At once I became a
part -- if only a tiny part -- of a cosmos that was
ruled by justice and love in the person of God.
No matter what had been the consequences of
my own willfulness and ignorance, or those of my
fellow travelers on earth, this was still the truth.
Such was the new and positive assurance, and
this has never left me."
c. 1967, As Bill Sees It, page 225
A "SANE AND HAPPY USEFULNESS"
We have come to believe He would like us to keep our heads in the clouds with Him, but that our feet ought to be firmly planted on earth. That is where our fellow travelers are, and that is where our work must be done. These are the realities for us. We have found nothing incompatible between a powerful spiritual experience and a life of sane and happy usefulness.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 130
All the prayer and meditation in the world will not help me unless they are accompanied by action. Practicing the principles in all my affairs shows me the care that God takes in all parts of my life. God appears in my world when I move aside, and allow Him to step into it.
1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.©
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Giving Without Demand
Watch any A.A. of six months working with a Twelfth Step prospect. If the newcomer says, "To the devil with you," the twelfth-stepper only smiles and finds another alcoholic to help. He doesn't feel frustrated or rejected. If his next drunk responds, and in turn starts to give love and attention to other sufferers, yet gives none back to him, the sponsor is happy about it anyway. He still doesn't feel rejected; instead he rejoices that his former prospect is sober and happy. And he well knows that his own life has been made richer, as an extra dividend of giving to another without any demand for a return.
GRAPEVINE, JANUARY 1958
Copyright®1967 Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"Now we go out to our fellows and repair the damage done in the
past. We attempt to sweep away the debris which has accumulated out
of our effort to live on self-will and run the show ourselves. If we
haven't the will to do this, we ask until it comes. Remember it was
agreed at the beginning we would go to any lengths for victory over alcohol."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, pg.76~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
We have been given a new life just because we happened to become alcoholics. We certainly don't deserve the new life that has been given us. There is little in our past to warrant the life we have now. Many people live good lives from their youth on, not getting into serious trouble, being well adjusted to life, and yet they have not found all that we drunks have found. We had the good fortune to find Alcoholics Anonymous and with it a new life. We are among the lucky few in the world who have learned a new way to live. Am I deeply grateful for the new life that I have learned in AA.?
Meditation for the Day
A deep gratitude to the Higher Power for all the blessings that we have and that we don't deserve has come to us. We thank God and mean it. Then comes service to other people, out of gratitude for what we have received. This entails some sacrifice of ourselves and our own affairs. But we are glad to do it. Gratitude, service, and then sacrifice are the steps that lead to good A.A. work. They open the door to a new life for us.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may gladly serve others out of deep gratitude for what I have received.
I pray that I may keep a deep sense of obligation