A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~

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"Another exercise that I practice is to try for a full inventory of my blessings
and then for a right acceptance of the many gifts that are mine - both temporal and spiritual.
Here I try to achieve a state of joyful gratitude. When such a brand of gratitude is repeatedly affirmed
and pondered, it can finally displace the natural tendency to congratulate myself on whatever progress
I may have been enabled to make in some areas of living. I try hard to hold fast to the truth
that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits. When brimming with gratitude,
one's heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion that we can ever know."

Bill W., March 1962
1988AAGrapevine, The Language of the Heart, p. 271


Thought to Consider . . .

I have learned what a heart full of gratitude feels like.

T H I N K  =  The Happiness I Never Knew

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


From "We Agnostics":

"Its main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem. That means we have written a book which we believe to be spiritual as well as moral. And it means, of course, that we are going to talk about God. Here difficulty arises with agnostics. Many times we talk to a new man and watch his hope rise as we discuss his alcoholic problems and explain our fellowship. But his face falls when we speak of spiritual matters, especially when we mention God, for we have re-opened a subject which our man thought he had neatly evaded or entirely ignored.

"We know how he feels. We have shared his honest doubt and prejudice."

2001 AAWS, Inc., Fourth Edition; Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 44

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

. . . a spiritual life which does not include . . . family obligations may not be so perfect after all.


I can be doing great in the program -- applying it at meetings, at work, and in service activities -- and find that things have gone to pieces at home.  I expect my loved ones to understand, but they cannot.  I expect them to see and value my progress, but they don't -- unless I show them.  Do I neglect their needs and desires for my attention and concern?  When I'm around them, am I irritable or boring?  Are my "amends" a mumbled "Sorry," or do they take the form of patience and tolerance?  Do I preach to them, trying to reform or "fix" them?  Have I ever really cleaned house with them?  "The spiritual life is not a theory.  We have to live it"

(Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 83).

~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
"Let's Keep It simple"

"We need to distinguish sharply between spiritual simplicity and functional simplicity.
"When we say that A.A. advocates no theological proposition except God as we understand Him,

we greatly simplify A.A. life by avoiding conflict and exclusiveness.
"But when we get into questions of action by groups, by areas, and by A.A. as a whole, we find

that we must to some extent organize to carry the message--or else face chaos. And chaos is not simplicity."
I learned that the temporary or seeming good can often be the deadly enemy of the permanent best.

When it comes to survival for A.A., nothing short of our very best will be good enough.

1. LETTER, 1966
2. A.A. COMES OF AGE, P. 294

*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely,
or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take,
you are probably alcoholic. If that be the case, you may be
suffering from an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer."

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 44~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day

We alcoholics have to believe in some Power greater than
ourselves. Yes, we have to believe in God. Not to believe in
a Higher Power drives us to atheism. Atheism, it has been
said before, is blind faith in the strange proposition that
this universe originated in a cipher and aimlessly rushes
nowhere. That's practically impossible to believe. So we turn
to that Divine Principle in the universe that we call God.
Have I stopped trying to run my own life?

Meditation for the Day

"Lord, we thank Thee for the great gift of peace, that peace
which passeth all understanding, that peace which the world
can neither give nor take away." That is the peace that only
God can give in the midst of a restless world and surrounded
by trouble and difficulty. To know that peace is to have
received the stamp of the kingdom of God. When you have earned that

peace, you are fit to judge between true and false values, between the values of the

Kingdom of God and the values of all that the world has to offer.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that today I may have inner peace.

I pray that today I may be at peace with myself.