~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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The alcoholic at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink.
Except in a few rare cases, neither he nor any other human being
can provide such a defense. His defense must come from a Higher Power.
c. 1976, 2001 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous,  p. 43
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Thought to Consider
Alcohol ... cunning, baffling, powerful!


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S O B E R =  Spirituality Over Booze Equals Recovery

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

From "The Three Legacies of Alcoholics Anonymous":

"Let us now talk about money and A.A.'s attitude towards it. Wealth had ruined many men and nations. So would it ruin us? Especially in America, money was the symbol of prestige and power and comfort. Money can do a lot of good, yet there is practically no evil which it cannot arouse. Would A.A.'s brand of spirituality mix with any money at all? Or, on the other hand, should we have a *lot* of money, the better to do good works? This was the age-old dilemma and the temptation that faced us. . . . "After a while we awoke to the pleasant fact that A.A. as such was not going to require much money after all. When we got rid of our grandiose ideas about hospitals, research, rehabilitation, and education, not much of a bill was left to pay. Other enterprises needed large sums, but we did not. We could be spared that headache." (Written in 1959)

2001 AAWS, Inc.; Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, pg. 110

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

Only Step One, where we made the 100 percent admission we were powerless over alcohol,

can be practiced with absolute perfection.


Long before I was able to obtain sobriety in A.A., I knew without a doubt that alcohol was killing me, yet even with this knowledge, I was unable to stop drinking.  So, when faced with Step One, I found it easy to admit that I lacked the power to not drink.  But was my life unmanageable?  Never!  Five months after coming into A.A., I was drinking again and wondered why.

Later on, back in A.A. and smarting from my wounds, I learned that Step One is the only Step that can be taken 100%.  And that the only way to take it 100% is to take 100% of the Step.  That was many twenty-four hours ago and I haven't had to take Step One again.

~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Quantity or Quality

"About this slip business - I would not be too discouraged. I think you are suffering a great deal from a needless guilt. For some reason or other, the Lord has laid out tougher paths for some of us, and I guess you are treading one of them. God is not asking us to be successful. He is only asking us to try to be. That, you surely are doing, and have been doing. So I would not stay away from A.A. through any feeling of discouragement or shame. It's just the place you should be. Why don't you try just as a member? You don't have to carry the whole A.A. on your back, you know! "It is not always the quantity of good things that you do, it is also the quality that counts.
"Above all, take it one day at a time."

LETTER, 1958
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. Ask Him in your
morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still
sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in order. But
obviously you cannot transmit something you haven't got. See to it
that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come
to pass for you and countless others. This is the Great Fact for us."

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, A Vision For You, pg. 164~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day

When we were drinking, most of us never thought of helping others. We liked to buy drinks for people, because that made us feel like big shots. But we only used others for our own pleasure. To really go out and try to help somebody who needed help never occurred to us. To us, helping others looked like a sucker's game. But when we came into A.A., we began to try to help others. And we found out that helping others made us happy and also helped us to stay sober Have I learned that there is happiness in helping others?

Meditation for the Day

I will pray only for strength and that God's will be done. I will use God's unlimited store of strength for my needs. I will seek God's will for me. I will strive for consciousness of God's presence, for He is the light of the world. I have become a pilgrim, who needs only marching orders and strength and guidance for this day.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may seek God's guidance day by day.

I pray that I may strive to abide in God's presence