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

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"How many of us would presume to declare, 'Well, I'm sober and I'm happy.
What more can I want, or do?  I'm fine the way I am.'
We know that the price of such self-satisfaction is an inevitable backslide,
punctuated at some point by a very rude awakening. We have to grow or else deteriorate.
For us, the status quo can only be for today, never for tomorrow.
Change we must; we cannot stand still."

Bill W., Grapevine, February 1961
©1967AAWS, As Bill Sees It, p. 25


Thought to Consider . . .

There are only two things an alcoholic doesn't like -
the way things are, and change.

C H A N G E  =  Choosing Honesty Allows New Growth Every day

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


Step Six: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

"But when I became willing to clean house and then asked a Higher Power, God as I understood Him, to give me release, my obsession to drink vanished. It was lifted right out of me."

2005, AAWS, Inc.; Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pg. 63

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

"Years of living with an alcoholic is almost sure to make any
wife or child neurotic. The entire family is to some extent, ill."


It is important for me to realize that, as an alcoholic, I not
only hurt myself, but also those around me. Making amends to
my family, and to the families of alcoholics still suffering,
will always be important. Understanding the havoc I created
and trying to repair the destruction, will be a lifelong
endeavor. The example of my sobriety may give others hope,
and faith to help themselves.

*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
A Saving Principle

The practice of admitting one's defects to another person is, of course, very
ancient. It has been validated in every century, and it characterizes the
lives of all spiritually centered and truly religious people.
But today religion is by no means the sole advocate of this saving principle.
Psychiatrists and psychologists point out the deep need every human being has for practical insight

and knowledge of his own personality flaws and for a
discussion of them with an understanding and trustworthy person.
So far as alcoholics are concerned, A.A. would go even further. Most of us
would declare that without a fearless admission of our defects to another
human being, we could not stay sober. It seems plain that the grace of God
will not enter to expel our destructive obsessions until we are willing to try this.

*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"Putting out of our minds the wrongs others had done, we resolutely
looked for our own mistakes. Where had we been selfish, dishonest,
self-seeking and frightened? Though a situation had not been entirely
our fault, we tried to disregard the other person involved entirely.
Where were we to blame? The inventory was ours, not the other man's.
When we saw our faults we listed them. We placed them before us in
black and white. We admitted our wrongs honestly and were willing to
set these matters straight."

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, pg. 67~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day

In A.A. we have to reeducate our minds. We have to learn to
think differently. We have to take a long view of drinking
instead of a short view. We have to look through the glass
to what lies beyond it. We have to look through the night
before to the morning after. No matter how good liquor looks
from the short view, we must realize that in the long run it
is poison to us. Have I learned to look through the bottle
to the better life that lies ahead?

Meditation for the Day

If you are honestly trying to live the way you believe God
wants you to live, you can get guidance from God in times of
quiet communion with Him, provided your thoughts are directed
toward God's will and all good things. The attitude of
"Thy will, not mine, be done' leads to clear guidance. Act on
this guidance and you will be led to better things. Your
impulses seem to become less your own and more the leading of God's spirit
acting through your thoughts. Obeyed, they will
bring you the answers to your prayers.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may try to think God's thoughts after Him.

I pray that my thoughts may be guided by His thoughts.