~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~

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"I knew from that moment that I had an alcoholic mind. 
I saw that will power and self-knowledge
would not help in those strange mental blank spots.
I had never been able to understand people
who said that a problem had them hopelessly defeated.
I knew then.  It was a crushing blow."

1976AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 42

Thought to Consider . . .

Sobriety is a choice and a treasure.

S W A T  =  Surrender, Willingness, Acceptance, and Trust

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

From "Medicine Looks at Alcoholics Anonymous":

"The fact of hitting bottom to produce a surrender which cut the ego to size was evident fairly soon. In time two additional facts manifested themselves. The first was that a reduced ego has marvelous recuperative powers. The second was that surrender is an essential disciplinary function and experience.

"It is common knowledge that a return of the full-fledged ego can happen at any time. Years of sobriety are no insurance against its resurgence. No A.A., regardless of his veteran status, can ever relax his guard against the encroachments of a reviving ego. Recently one A.A., writing to another, reported that he was suffering, he feared, from 'halo-tosis,' a reference to the smugness and self-complacency which so easily can creep into the individual with years of sobriety behind him. Dr. Harry Tiebout, M.D."

2001 AAWS, Inc.; Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, pg. 249

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

Being still inexperienced and having just made conscious contact with God, it is not probable that we are going to be inspired at all times.

Some say that experience is the best teacher, but I believe that experience is the only teacher.  I have been able to learn of God's love for me only by the experience of my dependence on that love.  At first I could not be sure of His direction in my life, but now I see that if I am to be bold enough to ask for His guidance, I must act as if He has provided it.  I frequently ask God to help me remember that He has a path for me.

*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Meeting Adversity

"Our spiritual and emotional growth in A.A. does not depend so deeply upon success as it does upon our failures and setbacks. If you will bear this in mind, I think that your slip will have the effect of kicking you upstairs,
instead of down. "We A.A.'s have had no better teacher than Old Man Adversity, except in those cases where we refuse to let him teach us."
"Now and then all of us fall under heavy criticism. When we are angered and
hurt, it's difficult not to retaliate in kind. Yet we can restrain ourselves
and then probe ourselves, asking whether our critics were really right. If
so, we can admit our defects to them. This usually clears the air for mutual understanding.
"Suppose our critics are being unfair. Then we can try calm persuasion. If
they continue to rant, it is still possible for us--in our hearts--to forgive
them. Maybe a sense of humor can be our saving grace--thus we can both forgive and forget."

1. LETTER, 1958
2. LETTER, 1966

*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"Do not be discouraged if your prospect does not respond at once.
Search out another alcoholic and try again. You are sure to find
someone desperate enough to accept with eagerness what you offer. We
find it a waste of time to keep chasing a man who cannot or will not
work with you. If you leave such a person alone, he may soon become
convinced that he cannot recover by himself. To spend too much time
on any one situation is to deny some other alcoholic an opportunity to live and be happy."

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Working With Others, pg. 96~

*~*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day

In the beginning of Alcoholics Anonymous there were only two
persons. Now there are many groups and thousands of members.
True, the surface has only been scratched. There are probably
ten million or more persons in America alone who need our
help. More and more people are making a start in A.A. each
day. In the case of individual members, the beginning has
been accomplished when they admit they are powerless and turn
to a Power greater than them- selves, admitting that their
lives have become unmanageable. That Higher Power works for
good in all things and helps us to accomplish much in
individual growth and in the growth of A.A. groups. Am I
doing my part in helping AA. to grow?

Meditation for the Day

Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness,
for they shall be filled. Only in the fullness of faith can the
heart-sick and faint and weary be satisfied, healed, and rested.
Think of the wonderful spiritual revelations still to be found
by those who are trying to live the spiritual life. Much of life
is spiritually unexplored country. Only to the consecrated and
loving people who walk with God in spirit can these great
spiritual discoveries be revealed. Keep going forward and keep
growing in righteousness.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may not be held back by the material things of the world.

I pray that I may let God lead me forward.