~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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Carry the Message
Taking advantage of technological advances, AA members with computers
can participate in meetings online, sharing with fellow alcoholics across the country
or around the world. Fundamentally, though, the difference
between an electronic meeting and the home group around the corner
is only one of format. In any meeting, anywhere, AA's share experience,
strength, and hope with each other, in order to stay sober and help other alcoholics.
Modem-to-modem or face-to-face, AA's speak the language of the heart
in all its power and simplicity.
c. 2001AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, Foreword to Fourth Edition, p. xxiv
Thought to Consider . . .
We in AA don't carry the alcoholic;
we carry the message.
H E A R T = Healing, Enjoying, And Recovering, Together.
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F A I T H = Finding Answers In The Heart
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "He Lived Only to Drink":
"The rewards of sobriety are bountiful and as progressive as the disease they counteract. Certainly among these rewards for me are release from the prison of uniqueness, and the realization that participation in the A.A. way of life is a blessing and privilege beyond estimate a blessing to live a life free from the pain and degradation of drinking and filled with the joy of useful, sober living, and a privilege to grow in sobriety one day at a time and bring the message of hope as it was brought to me."
� 2001 AAWS, Inc., Fourth Edition; Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 451
WE CAN'T THINK OUR WAY SOBER
To the intellectually self-sufficient man or woman, many A.A.'s can say, "Yes, we were like you -- far too smart for our own good . . . Secretly, we felt we could float above the rest of the folks on our brain power alone."
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 60
Even the most brilliant mind is no defense against the disease of alcoholism. I can't think my way sober. I try to remember that intelligence is a God-given attribute that I may use, a joy -- like having a talent for dancing or drawing or carpentry. It does not make me better than anyone else, and it is not a particularly reliable tool for recovery, for it is a power greater than myself who will restore me to sanity -- not a high IQ or a college degree.
�Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS
ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.�
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
"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 ^*~*~*~*~*
"Suppose we fall short of the chosen ideal and stumble? Does this
mean we are going to get drunk? Some people tell us so. But this is
only a half-truth. It depends on us and on our motives."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, Page 70~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
Sometimes we can't help thinking: Why can't we ever drink again? We know it's because we're alcoholics, but why did we have to get that way? The answer is that at some time in our drinking careers, we passed what is called our "tolerance point." When we passed this point, we passed from a condition in which we could tolerate alcohol to a condition in which we could not tolerate it at all. After that, if we took one drink, we would sooner or later end up drunk. When I think of liquor now, do I think of it as something that I can never tolerate again?
Meditation for the Day
In a race, it is when the goal is in sight that heart and nerves and muscles and courage are strained almost to the breaking point. So with us. The goal of the spiritual life is in sight. All we need is the final effort. The saddest records are made by people who ran well, with brave, stout hearts, until the sight of the goal and then some weakness or self indulgence held them back. They never knew how near the goal they were or how near they were to victory.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may press on until the goal is reached.
I pray that I may not give up in the final stretch