A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~

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Steps & Traditions
's Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life,
can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.
AA's Twelve Traditions apply to the life of the Fellowship itself. They outline the means by which

 AA maintains its unity and relates itself to the world about it, the way it lives and grows.
c. 1952 AAWS, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions,  p. 15

Thought to Consider . . .

The Steps protect me from myself;
the Traditions protect AA from me.


T R U S T  =  Teaching Recovery Using Steps and Traditions.


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

From "The Three Legacies of Alcoholics Anonymous":

"The year 1944 brought a vital development. In New York City a few literary and newsminded A.A.'s began to issue a monthly publication. ... They called their magazine the Grapevine. It was by no means the first local A.A. bulletin or magazine. The Cleveland Central Bulletin, the Los Angeles Eye-Opener, and several others had preceded it. But the Grapevine caught on nationally.

"After the first few months it encountered a strange kind of difficulty. It turned out that the FBI for a long time had published a [news]sheet called the Grapevine ... devoted to keeping FBI men up to date .... Things were finally ironed out when we began to call our monthly magazine the A.A. Grapevine. With this minor difficulty overcome, our Grapevine grew and grew."

(c) 2001 AAWS, Inc.; Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, pgs. 201-02

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

At once, I became a part -- if only a tiny part -- of a cosmos. . . .

AS BILL SEES IT, p.  225

When I first came to A.A., I decided that "they" were very nice people -- perhaps a little naive,

a little too friendly, but basically decent, earnest people (with whom I had nothing in common). 

I saw "them" at meetings-after all, that was where "they" existed.  I shook hands with "them" and,

when I went out the door, I forgot about "them."

Then one day my Higher Power, whom I did not then believe in, arranged to create a community project outside of A.A., but one which happened to involve many A.A. members.  We worked together, I got to know "them" as people.  I came to admire "them," even to like "them" and, in spite of myself, to enjoy "them."  "Their" practice of the program in their daily lives -- not just in talk at meetings -- attracted me and I wanted what they had.  Suddenly the "they" became "we." I have not had a drink since.


~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
To Guard Against a Slip

Suppose we fall short of our chosen ideals 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. If we are sorry for what we have done, and have the honest desire to let God take us to better things, we believe we will be forgiven and will have learned our lesson. If we are not sorry, and our conduct continues to harm others, we are quite sure to drink. These are facts out of our experience.

Copyright(R)1967 Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc

*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely,
or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take,
you are probably alcoholic. If that be the case, you may be
suffering from an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer."

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 44~
*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day

I go to the A.A. meetings because it helps me in my business of keeping sober. And I try to help other alcoholics when I can, because that's part of my business of keeping sober. I also have a partner in this business and that's God. I pray to Him every day to help me to keep sober. As long as I keep in mind that liquor can never be my friend again, but is now my deadly enemy, and as long as I remember that my main business is keeping sober and that it's the most important thing in my life. I believe, I'll be prepared for that crucial moment when the idea of having a drink pops into my mind. When that idea comes, will I be able to resist it and not take that drink.? 

Meditation for the Day

I will be more afraid of spirit-unrest, of soul-disturbance, of any ruffling of the mind, than of earthquake or fire. When I feel the calm of my spirit has been broken by emotional upset, then I must steal away alone with God, until my heart sings and all is strong and calm again. Uncalm times are the only times when evil can find an entrance. I will beware of unguarded spots of unrest. I will try to keep calm, no matter what turmoil surrounds me.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that no emotional upsets will hinder God's power in my life.

I pray that I may keep a calm spirit and a steady heart.