~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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He had lain awake all night. Down in the pit of his depression, new hope had suddenly been born.
The thought flashed through his mind, "If they can do it, I can do it!" Over and over he said this to himself.
Finally, out of his hope, there burst conviction. Now he was sure. Then came a great joy.
At length peace stole over him, and he slept.
c. 2001 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 189
Thought to Consider . . .
Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible,
and achieves the impossible.
H O P E = Heart Open; Please Enter
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "A Living Part of A.A.":
"God is a living part of A.A. I
feel His presence each time I look into the concerned eyes around me. His
greatest commandment is 'Love thy neighbor as thyself.' This seems to me to be
the entire purpose of A.A."
1973 AAWS, Inc., printed 2004; Came to Believe, pg. 89
Such is the paradox of A.A. regeneration: strength arising out of complete defeat and weakness,
the loss of one's old life as a condition
for finding a new one.
A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 46
What glorious mysteries paradoxes are! They do not compute, yet when recognized and accepted, they reaffirm something in the universe beyond human logic. When I face a fear, I am given courage; when I support a brother or sister, my capacity to love myself is increased; when I accept pain as part of the growing experience of life, I realize a greater happiness; when I look at my dark side, I am brought into new light; when I accept my vulnerabilities and surrender to a Higher Power, I am graced with unforeseen strength. I stumbled through the doors of A.A. in disgrace, expecting nothing from life, and I have been given hope and dignity. Miraculously, the only way to keep the gifts of the program is to pass them on.
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS
ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
To Deepen Our Insight
It is necessary that we extricate from an examination of our personal relations every bit of information about ourselves and our fundamental difficulties that we can. Since defective relations with other human beings have nearly always been the immediate cause of our woes, including our alcoholism, no field of investigation could yield more satisfying and valuable rewards than this one. Calm, thoughtful reflection upon personal relations can deepen our insight. We can go far beyond those things which were superficially wrong with us, to see those flaws which were basic, flaws which sometimes were responsible for the whole pattern of our lives. Thoroughness, we have found, will pay - and pay handsomely.
TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 80
Copyright 1967 Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"...we have ceased fighting anything or anyone even alcohol."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, pg. 84~
"The delusion that we are like
other people, or presently may be, has
to be smashed."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, More About Alcoholism, Page 30~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
Besides our jobs, our families, our friends, and our sobriety, we have something else that many of us found through A.A. That's faith in a Power greater than ourselves, to which we can turn for help: faith in that Divine Principle in the universe which we call God and which is on our side as long as we do the right thing. There have been many days in the past when, if we had taken an inventory, we'd have found ourselves very much in the red, without sobriety, and therefore without jobs, families, friends, or faith in God. We now have these things because we're sober. Do I make one resolution every day of my life to stay sober?
Meditation for the Day
Love the busy life. It is a joy filled life. Take your fill of joy in the spring. Live outdoors whenever possible. Sun and air are nature's great healing forces. That inward joy changes poisoned blood into a pure, healthy, life giving flow. But never forget that the real healing of the spirit comes from within, from the close, loving contact of your spirit with God's spirit. Keep in close communion with God's spirit day by day.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may learn to live the abundant life.
I pray that I may enjoy a close contact with God this day and be glad in it.