~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
( \ (AA)/
(_ /AA\ _)
Carry the Message
sit at AA meetings and listen, not only to receive something,
but to give
reassurance and support which our presence can bring.
If our turn comes to
speak at a meeting, we
again try to carry AA's message.
Whether our audience
is one or many, it
is still Twelfth Step work."
Bill W., Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 110
Thought to Consider....
light at the end of the tunnel may be you.
R U S T =Teaching Recovery Using Steps and Traditions
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
"The Three Legacies of Alcoholics Anonymous":
"As the [Big Book] chapters were
slowly roughed out I read them to the New York
group at its weekly meeting in our parlor at Clinton Street, and copies were sent to
Dr. Bob for checking and criticisms in Akron,
where we had nothing but the warmest support. But in the New York meeting the chapters got a real
mauling. I re-dictated them and Ruth retyped them over and over. In spite of
the heated arguments, the New York groupís criticisms did help a lot, and to
some extent the enthusiasm and confidence increased."
2001 AAWS, Inc.;
Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, pg. 159
"This is the Step that separates the men from the
boys.". . . the difference between "the
boys and the men" is the difference between striving for a self
determined objective and for the perfect objective which is of God. . . . It
is suggested that we ought to become entirely willing to aim toward
perfection. . . . The moment we say, "No, never!" our minds close
against the grace of God. . . . This is the exact point at which we abandon
limited objectives, and move toward God's will for us.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, pp. 63, 68, 69
I entirely ready to have God remove these defects of character? Do I
know at long last that I cannot save myself? I have come to believe
that I cannot. If I am unable, if my best intentions go wrong, if my
desires are selfishly motivated and if my knowledge and will are limited --
then I am ready to embrace God's will for my life.
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Suffering Transmuted, p. 35
is no success story in the ordinary sense of the word. It is a story
transmuted, under grace, into spiritual progress."
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For Dr. Bob, the
insatiable craving for alcohol was evidently a physical
bedeviled several of his first years in A.A., a time when
only days and nights
of carrying the message to other alcoholics could cause
him to forget about
drinking. Although his craving was hard to withstand, it
doubtless did account
for some part of the intense incentive that went into
forming Akron's Group
release did not come easily; it was to be painfully slow. It
always entailed the
hardest kind of work and the sharpest vigilance.
1. Letter, 1959
2. A.A. Comes Of Age,
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"We feel as though we had been placed in a position of
safe and protected. We
have not even sworn off. Instead, the problem
has been removed. It
does not exist for us. We are neither cocky nor
are we afraid. That is
our experience. That is how we react so long
as we keep in fit
Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, Page 85~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
We alcoholics are fortunate to be living in a day and age when
there is such a thing as Alcoholics Anonymous. Before A.A. came into being,
there was very little hope for the alcoholic. A.A. is a great rebuilder of
human wreckage. It takes men and women whose personality problem expresses
itself in alcoholism and offers them a program that, if they are willing to
accept it, allows them not only to get sober, but also to find a much better
way of living. Have I found a better way of living?
Meditation for the Day
Very quietly God speaks through your thoughts and feelings.
Heed the Divine voice of your conscience. Listen for this and you will never
be disappointed in the results in your life. Listen for this small, still
voice and your tired nerves will become rested. The Divine voice comes to you
as strength as well as tenderness, as power as well as restfulness. Your
moral strength derives its effectiveness from the power that comes when you
listen patiently for the still, small voice.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may listen for the still, small voice of God.
I pray that I may obey
the leading of my conscience.