~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"In AA we have found that the actual
good results of prayer are beyond question.
They are matters of knowledge and experience.
All those who have persisted have found
strength not ordinarily their own.
They have found wisdom beyond their
And they have increasingly found a peace of mind
which can stand firm in the face of
Bill W., Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 104
As Bill Sees It, p. 127
Thought to Consider . . .
Trying to pray is praying.
Pray Until Something Happens
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "Total Acceptance":
"The double standard that held me captive as an active alcoholic also filled me with terror and confusion: 'If I don't get a drink I'm going to die,' competed with 'If I continue drinking it's going to kill me.' Both compulsive thoughts pushed me ever closer to the bottom. That bottom produced a total acceptance of my alcoholism â€“ with no reservations whatsoever â€“ and one that was absolutely essential for my recovery. It was a dilemma unlike anything I had ever faced, but as I found out later on, a necessary one if I was to succeed in this program."
Â© 1990 AAWS, Inc.; Daily Reflections, pg. 13
Who wishes to be
rigorously honest and tolerant? Who wants to confess his faults to another and make
restitution for harm done? Who cares anything about a Higher Power, let alone
meditation and prayer? Who wants to sacrifice time and energy in trying to
carry A.A.'s message to the next sufferer? No, the
average alcoholic, self-centered in the extreme, doesn't care for this prospect
--- unless he has to do these things in order to stay alive himself.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS p. 24
I am an alcoholic. If I drink I will die. My, what power, energy, and emotion this simple statement generates in me! But it's really all I need to know for today. Am I willing to stay alive today? Am I willing to stay sober today? Am I willing to ask for help and am I willing to be a help to another suffering alcoholic today? Have I discovered the fatal nature of my situation? What must I do, today, to stay sober?
Â©Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS
ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.Â©
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Courage and Prudence
When fear persisted, we knew it for what it was and we became able to handle it. We began to see each adversity as a God-given opportunity to develop the kind of courage which is born of humility, rather than of bravado.
Prudence is a workable middle ground, a channel of clear sailing between the obstacles of fear on the one side and of recklessness on the other. Prudence in practice creates a definite climate, the only climate in which harmony, effectiveness, and consistent spiritual progress can be achieved.
"Prudence is rational concern without worry."
1. GRAPEVINE, JANUARY 1962 - 2. TWELVE CONCEPTS, P. 65 - 3.TALK, 1966
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and
our personal adventure before and after make clear three pertinent ideas:
(a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives.
(b) That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism.
(c) That God could and
would if He were sought."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, Page 60~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
As we became alcoholics, the bad effects of drinking came more and more to outweigh the good effects. But the strange part of it is that, no matter what drinking did to us, loss of our health, our jobs, our money, and our homes, we still stuck to it and depended on it. Our dependence on drinking became an obsession. In A.A., we find a new outlook on life. We learn how to change from alcoholic thinking to sober thinking. And we find out that we can no longer depend on drinking for anything. We depend on a Higher Power instead. Have I entirely given up that dependence on drinking?
Meditation for the Day
I will try to keep my
life calm and unruffled. This is my great task, to find peace and acquire
serenity. I must not harbor disturbing thoughts. No matter what fears, worries,
and resentments I may have, I must try to think of constructive things, until
calmness comes. Only when I am calm can I act as a channel for God's spirit.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may build up instead of tearing down. I pray that I may be constructive and not destructive