~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"There are many short phrases and expressions in AA which make sound sense.
'First Things First': solving our immediate problems before we try to solve all the others . . .
'Easy Does it.' Relax a little. Try for inner contentment. No one individual
can carry all the burdens of the world. Everyone has problems. Getting drunk won't solve them.
'Twenty-four hours a day.' Today is the day. Doing our best, living each day to the fullest is the art of living.
Yesterday is gone, and we don't know whether we will be here tomorrow.
If we do a good job of living today, and if tomorrow comes for us,
then the chances are we will do a good job when it arrives - so why worry about it?"
1976AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 382
Thought to Ponder . . .
Every day is a gift.
That is why we call it the present.
S I T = Stay In Today
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
Step Six: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
"It is plain for everybody to see that each sober A.A. member has been granted a release from this very obstinate and potentially fatal obsession. So in a very complete and literal way, all A.A.'s have 'become entirely ready' to have God remove the mania for alcohol from their lives. And God has proceeded to do exactly that. "Having been granted a perfect release from alcoholism, why then shouldn't we be able to achieve by the same means a perfect release from every other difficulty or defect? This is a riddle of our existence, the full answer to which may be only in the mind of God."
1952, AAWS, Inc.; Printed 2005; Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pg. 64
ON A WING AND A PRAYER
. . . . we then look at Step Six. We have emphasized willingness
as being indispensable.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 76
Steps Four and Five were difficult, but worthwhile. Now I was stuck on Step Six and, in despair, I picked up the Big Book and
read this passage. I was outside, praying for willingness, when I raised my eyes and saw a huge bird rising in the sky. I
watched it suddenly give itself up to the powerful air currents of the mountains. Swept, along, swooping and soaring, the bird
did things seemingly impossible for mortal birds to do. It was an inspiring example of a fellow creature "letting go" to a power
greater than itself. I realized that the bird "took back his will" and tried to fly with less trust, on its power alone, it would
spoil its apparent free flight. That insight granted me the willingness to pray the Seventh Step prayer.
It's not easy to know God's will in each circumstance. I must search out and be ready for the currents, and that's where prayer and meditation help! Because I am, of myself, nothing, I ask God to grant me the knowledge of His will and the power and courage to carry it out -- today.
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Relapses--and the Group
An early fear was that of slips or relapses. At first nearly every alcoholic
we approached began to slip, it indeed he sobered up at all. Others would
stay dry six months or maybe a year and then take a skid. This was always a
genuine catastrophe. We would all look at each other and say, "Who next?"
Today, through slips are a very serious difficulty, as a group we take them
in stride. Fear has evaporated. Alcohol always threatens the individual, but
we know that it cannot destroy the common welfare.
"It does not seem to pay to argue with 'slippers' about the proper method of
getting dry. After all, why should people who are drinking tell people who
are dry how it should be done? "Just kid the boys along--ask them if they are having fun. If they are too
noisy or troublesome, amiably keep out of their way."
1. A.A. COMES OF AGE, P. 97
2. LETTER, 1942
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"Suppose we fall short of the chosen ideal and stumble? Does this
mean we are going to get drunk? Some people tell us so. But this is
only a half-truth. It depends on us and on our motives."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, Page 70~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
Some more things I do not miss since becoming dry: running all
over town to find a bar open to get that "pick-me-up"; meeting
my friends and trying to cover up that I feel awful; looking at
myself in a mirror and calling myself a damn fool; struggling
with myself to snap out of it for two or three days; wondering
what it is all about. I'm positive I don't miss these things, am I not?
Meditation for the Day
Love is the power that transforms your life. Try to love your
family and your friends and then try to love everybody that you
possibly can, even the "sinners and publicans" everybody. Love
for God is an even greater thing. it is the result of gratitude
to God and it is the acknowledgment of the blessing that God has sent you.
Love for God acknowledges His gifts and leaves the way open for God
to shower yet more blessings on your thankful heart.
Say "Thank you, God," until it becomes a habit.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may try to love God and all people.
I pray that I may continually thank God for all His