~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"Unreasonable fear that our instincts will not be satisfied drives us to covet the possessions of others,
to lust for sex and power, to become angry when our instinctive demands are threatened, to be envious when the ambitions of others seem to be realized while ours are not. We eat, drink, and grab for more of everything than we need, fearing we shall never have enough. And with genuine alarm at the prospect of work,
we stay lazy. We loaf and procrastinate, or at best work grudgingly and under half steam.
These fears are the termites that ceaselessly devour the foundations of whatever sort of life we try to build."
1952AAWS, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 49
Thought to Consider . . .
Fear is a darkroom for developing negatives
F E A R = Forgetting Everything's All Right
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "This Spirit Touch":
"I believe completeness is waiting for
anyone who will take the time to make the effort, through quiet thinking,
honest prayer, chosen reading, and exercise. Those are the ingredients. It is
an adventure so worthwhile that all else fades in comparison, yet it makes all
1973 AAWS, Inc.; Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 66
But now the words "Of myself I am nothing, the Father doeth the works" began to carry bright promise and meaning.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 75
When I put the Seventh Step into action I must remember that there are no blanks to fill in. It doesn't say, "Humbly asked Him to (fill in the blank) remove our shortcomings." For years, I filled in the imaginary blank with "Help me!" "Give me the courage to," and "Give me the strength," etc. The Step says simply that God will remove my shortcomings. The only footwork I must do is "humbly ask," which for me means asking with the knowledge that of myself I am nothing, the Father within "doeth the works."
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Any number of alcoholics are bedeviled by the dire conviction that if ever they go near A.A. they will be pressured to conform to some particular brand of faith or theology. They just don't realize that faith is never an
imperative for A.A. membership; that sobriety can be achieved with an easily acceptable minimum of it, and that our concepts of a Higher Power and God - as we understand Him - afford everyone a nearly unlimited choice of spiritual belief and action.
In talking to a prospect, stress the spiritual feature freely. If the man be
agnostic or atheist, make it emphatic that he does not have to agree with
your conception of God. He can choose any conception he likes, provided it
makes sense to him. The main thing is that he be willing to believe in a
Power greater than himself and that he live by spiritual principles.
1. GRAPEVINE, APRIL 1961 - 2. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 93
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"When we retire at night, we constructively review our day. Were we
resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid? Do we owe an apology? Have
we kept something to ourselves which should be discussed with another
person at once? Were we kind and loving toward all? What could we
have done better? Were we thinking of ourselves most of the time? Or
were we thinking of what we could do for others, of what we could
pack into the stream of life? But we must be careful not to drift
into worry, remorse or morbid reflection, for that would diminish our
usefulness to others. After making our review we ask God's
forgiveness and inquire what corrective measures should be taken."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, pg. 86~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
We must be loyal to the group and to each member of it. We must never accuse members behind their backs or even to their faces. It's up to them to tell us themselves if anything is wrong. More than that, we must try not to think bad things about any members, because if we do, we're consciously or unconsciously hurting that person. We must be loyal to each other if A.A. is
going to be successful. While we're in this lifeboat, trying to save ourselves and each other from alcoholism, we must be truly and sincerely helpful to each other. Am I a loyal member of my group?
Meditation for the Day
Carry out God's guidance as best you can. Leave the results to Him. Do this
obediently and faithfully with no question that if the working out of the
guidance is left in God's hands, the results will be all right? Believe that
the guidance God gives you has already been worked out by God to produce the required results
according to your case and in your circumstances. So follow God's guidance according to your conscience.
God has knowledge of your individual life and character,
your capabilities and your weaknesses.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may live according to the dictates of my conscience.
I pray that I may leave the results to God.