~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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A "spiritual experience" to me meant attending meetings, seeing a group of people,
all there for the purpose of helping each other; hearing the Twelve Steps
and the Twelve Traditions read at a meeting, and hearing the Lord's Prayer,
which in an AA meeting has such great meaning -- "Thy will be done, not mine."
A spiritual awakening soon came to mean trying each day to be a little more thoughtful,
more considerate, a little more courteous to those with whom I came in contact.
c. 1976, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 381
c. 2001, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 356
Thought to Consider . . .
The ankle-biters of everyday struggles will eat away at me
unless I go to meetings and share.
C A R E = Comforting And Reassuring Each other.
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
Step Three: Made a decision to turn our will and our
lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
"...Step Three is like the opening of a door which to all appearances is still closed and locked. All we need is a key,
and the decision to swing the door open. There is only one key, and it is called willingness. Once unlocked...the
door opens almost of itself, and looking through it, we shall see a pathway beside which is an inscription. It reads:
'This is the way to
a faith that works.'"
(c) 2005, AAWS, Inc.; Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pg. 34
WHAT? NO PRESIDENT?
When told that our Society has no president having authority to govern it, no treasurer who can compel the payment of any dues. . . . our friends gasp and exclaim, "This simply can't be . . ."
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 132
When I finally made my way to A.A., I could not believe that there was no treasurer to "compel the payment of dues." I could not imagine an organization that didn't require monetary contributions in return for a service. It was my first and, thus far, only experience with getting "something for nothing." Because I did not feel used or conned by those in A.A., I was able to approach the program free from bias and with an open mind. They wanted nothing from me. What could I lose? I thank God for the wisdom of the early founders who knew so well the alcoholic's disdain for being manipulated.
Â©Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS
ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.Â©
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Conviction and Compromise
One qualification for a useful life is give-and-take, the ability to compromise cheerfully. Compromise comes hard to us "all or nothing" drunks. Nevertheless, we must never lose sight of the fact that progress is nearly always characterized by a series of improving compromises. Of course, we cannot always compromise. There are circumstances in which it is necessary to stick flat-footed to one's convictions until the issue is resolved. Deciding when to compromise and when not to compromise always calls for the most careful discrimination.
TWELVE CONCEPTS, pp.
CopyrightÂ®1967 Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
3rd Step Prayer:
"God, I offer myself to Thee to build with me and to do with
me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better
do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may
bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy
Way of life. May I do Thy will always!"
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, pg. 63~
*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
Getting sober was a long and painful journey, but we can truthfully say it was worth it. We know now that all we've been through led us to A.A. and was part of our spiritual journey. We found in A.A. what we had been vainly seeking in the bottle. We've learned that our journey goes on as we continue to deal with our shortcomings and the human problems everybody must face. And when we reach a crossroads or a roadblock, we know that our Higher Power will come to our aid in making the right choices and surmounting all obstacles. Do I turn to my Higher Power to sustain me as I continue the spiritual journey that brought me to A.A.?
Meditation for the Day
As I continue on my spiritual journey, I will seek and follow Divine Guidance and know there is always a but my own pride and place with God. I need not strain or struggle to obtain that which God wants me to have. My only responsibility is to accept God's guidance and follow the highest principles in all my affairs.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I'll continue to seek guidance as my spiritual journey continues today.
I pray to trust that I am always doing the right thing and am in the right place when my Higher Power is leading me.