~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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In AA we slowly learned that something had to be done about our vengeful resentments, self-pity,
and unwarranted pride. We had to see that every time we played the big shot,
we turned people against us. We had to see that when we harbored grudges
and planned revenge for such defeats, we were really beating ourselves with
the club of anger we had intended to use on others. We learned that if we were seriously disturbed,
our first need was to quiet that disturbance, regardless of who or what we thought caused it.
c. 1952 AAWS, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 47
Thought to Consider . . .
Resentment is like acid,
eating away at the vessel it is stored in.
C A L M = Can Anger Leave Me?
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
Tradition Two: "For our group purpose
there is but one ultimate authority - a loving God as he may express Himself in
our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
"The group now has a so-called rotating Committee, very sharply limited in its authority. In no sense whatever can its members govern or direct the group. They are servants. Theirs is the sometimes thankless privilege of doing the group's chores."
(c) 1981, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 134
FILLING THE VOID
We needed to ask ourselves but one short question. "Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?" As soon as a man can say that he does believe, or is willing to believe, we emphatically assure him that he is on his way.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 47
I was always fascinated with the study of scientific principles. I was emotionally and physically distant from people while I pursued Absolute Knowledge. God and spirituality were meaningless academic exercises. I was a modern man of science, knowledge was my Higher Power. Given the right set of equations, life was merely another problem to solve. Yet my inner self was dying from my outer man's solution to life's problems and the solution was alcohol. In spite of my intelligence, alcohol became my Higher Power. It was through the unconditional love which emanated from A.A. people and meetings that I was able to discard alcohol as my Higher Power. The great void was filled. I was no longer lonely and apart from life. I had found a true power greater than myself, I had found God's love. There is only one equation which really matters to me now: God is in A.A.
©Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS
ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.©
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
We discover that we receive guidance for our lives to just about the extent that we stop
making demands upon God to give it to us on
order and on our terms.
In praying, we ask simply that throughout the day God place in us the best understanding of His
will that we can have for that day, and
that we be given the grace by which we may carry it out.
There is a direct linkage among self-examination, meditation, and prayer. Taken separately, these
practices can bring much relief and benefit. But when they are logically related and interwoven, the
result is an unshakable foundation for life.
TWELVE AND TWELVE - 1. p. 104 - 2. p. 102 - 3. p. 98
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"As each member of a resentful family begins to see his shortcomings
and admits them to the others, he lays a basis for helpful
discussion. These family talks will be constructive if they can be
carried on without heated argument, self-pity, self-justification or resentful criticism."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, The Family Afterward, pg. 127~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
By drinking, we escaped from boredom for a while. We almost forgot our troubles. But when we sobered up, out troubles were twice as bad. Drinking had only made them worse. In A.A. we really escape boredom. Nobody's bored at an A.A. meeting. We stick around after it's over and we hate to leave. Drinking gave us a temporary feeling of importance. When we're drinking, we kid ourselves into thinking we are somebody. We tell tall stories to build ourselves up. In A.A. we don't want that kind of self-importance. We have real self-respect and honesty and humility. Have I found something much better and more satisfactory than drinking?
Meditation for the Day
I believe that my faith and God's power can accomplish anything in human relationships. There is no limit to what these two things can do in this field. Only believe, and anything can happen.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may try to strengthen my faith day by day.
I pray that I may rely more and more on God's power