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


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"Through AA, we can experience freedom from self.  After all, it was self ( you, me ) that stood in our own way,
that ran the show and ran ourselves into bankruptcy,  that hurt the ones we loved.
All Twelve Steps of AA are designed to kill the old self ( deflate the old ego ) and build a new, free self."

1976 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 459

Thought to Consider . . .

Within our wonderful new world,
we have found freedom from our fatal obsession.

F I N E = Free, Independent, New and Energetic

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


From "The Three Legacies of Alcoholics Anonymous":

"As the 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 group's criticisms did help a lot, and to some extent the enthusiasm and confidence increased."

2001 AAWS, Inc.; Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, pg. 159

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

Since most of us are born with an abundance of natural desires,
it isn't strange that we often let these far exceed their intended
purpose. When they drive us blindly, or we willfully demand that
they supply us with more satisfactions or pleasures than are
possible or due us, that is the point at which we depart from the
degree of perfection that God wishes for us here on earth. That
is the measure of our character defects, or, if you wish, of our sins.


This is where long-term hope is born and perspective is gained,
both of the nature of my illness and the path of my recovery. The
beauty of A.A. lies in knowing that my life, with God's help, will
improve. The A.A. journey becomes richer, the understanding becomes truth,
the dreams become realities--and today becomes forever.

As I step into the A.A. light, my heart fills with the presence of God.

~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Tolerance in Practice

"We found that the principals of tolerance and love had to be emphasized in
actual practice. We can never say (or insinuate) to anyone that he must agree to our formula or be excommunicated. The atheist may stand up in an A.A. meeting still denying the Deity, yet reporting how vastly he has been changed in attitude and outlook. Much experience tells us he will presently change his mind about God, but nobody tells him he must do so  "In such as
atmosphere the orthodox, the unorthodox, and the unbeliever mix happily and usefully together. An opportunity for spiritual growth is open to all."

LETTER, 1940

*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"Some day we hope that Alcoholics Anonymous will help the public to
a better realization of the gravity of the alcoholic problem, but we
shall be of little use if our attitude is one of bitterness or hostility.

 Drinkers will not stand for it.

After all, our problems were of our own making. Bottles were only a
symbol. Besides, we have stopped fighting anybody or anything. We have to!"

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Working With Others, pg. 103~


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

Alcoholism is a progressive illness. We go through the three stages of social drinking, trouble drinking, and merry-go-round drinking. We land in hospitals and jails. We eventually lose our homes, our families, and our self-respect.
Yes, alcoholism is a progressive illness and there are only three ends to
it-the insane asylum, the morgue, or total abstinence. Will I choose not to take the first drink?

Meditation for the Day

You not only can live a new life but you also can grow in grace
and power and beauty. Reach ever forward and upward after the
things of the spirit. In the animal world, the very form of an
animal changes to enable it to reach that upon which it delights
to feed. Your whole character changes as you reach upward for the things of
the spirit-for beauty, for love, for honesty, for purity,
and for unselfishness. Reaching after these things of the spirit,
your whole nature becomes changed so that you can best receive and delight in the wonders of the abundant life.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may reach forward and upward.

I pray that my character may be changed by this reaching upward for the things of the spirit.