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

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"The Twelve Traditions point straight at many of our individual defects.
By implication they ask each of us to lay aside pride and resentments.
They ask for personal as well as group sacrifice. They ask us never to use the AA name
in any quest for personal power or distinction or money. The Traditions guarantee the equality
of all members and the independence of all groups. They show how we may best relate

ourselves to each other and to the world outside."
Bill W.,
©1967AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, p. 96


Thought to Consider . . .

If you have the courage to begin,
you have the courage to succeed.

A A's - R - U S  =  Alcoholics Anonymous Recovery Unity Service


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


From ME an Alcoholic?:


After talking with him for a time, I heard myself saying, Doc, I think I'm an alcoholic.

Yes, he said, surprisingly, you are. Then why in God's name haven't you told me so during all these years?

Two reasons, he said.  First, I couldn't be sure. The line between a heavy drinker and an alcoholic is not always clear. It wasn't until just lately that, in your case, I could draw it. Second, you wouldn't have believed me even if I had told you.

© 2001 AAWS, Inc.; Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 385

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

It is a design for living that works in rough going.


When I came to A.A., I realized that A.A. worked wonderfully to help keep me sober. 

But could it work on real life problems, not concerned with drinking?  I had my doubts. 

After being sober for more than two years I got my answer.  I lost my job, developed physical problems,

my diabetic father lost a leg, and someone I loved left me for another -- and all of this
happened during a two-week period.  Reality crashed in, yet A.A. was there to support, comfort, and strengthen me. 

The principles I had learned during my early days of sobriety became a mainstay of my life for not only did I come through,

but I never stopped being able to help newcomers.  A.A. taught me not to be overwhelmed, but rather to accept and

understand my life as it unfolded. 

*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
"Success" in Twelfth-Stepping

"We now see that in twelfth-stepping the immediate results are not so
important. Some people start out working with others and have immediate
success. They are likely to get cocky. Those of us who are not so successful
at first get depressed. "As a matter of fact, the successful worker differs from the unsuccessful
only in being lucky about his prospects. He simply hits newcomers who are
ready and able to stop at once. Given the same prospects, the seemingly
unsuccessful person would have produced almost the same results. You have to work on a lot of

newcomers before the law of averages commences to assert itself."
All true communication must be founded on mutual need. We saw that each
sponsor would have to admit humbly his own needs as clearly as those of his prospect.

1. LETTER, 1942
2. A.A. TODAY, P. 10

*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"We found that God does not make too hard terms with those who seek
Him. To us, the Realm of Spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive; never
exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek. It is open, we
believe, to all men."

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, Page 46~

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

In A.A. we have to learn that drink is our greatest enemy.
Although we used to think that liquor was our friend, the time
came when it turned against us and became our enemy. We don't know just when this happened,

but we know that it did because we began to get into trouble - jails and hospitals. We realize now

that liquor is our enemy. Is it still my main business to keep sober?

Meditation for the Day

It is not your circumstances that need altering so much as
yourself. After you have changed, conditions will naturally
change. Spare no effort to become all that God would have you
become. Follow every good leading of your conscience. Take each day with no
backward look. Face the day's problems with God, and seek God's help and
guidance as to what you should do in every situation that may arise. Never
look back. Never leave until tomorrow the thing that you are guided to do today.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that God will help me to become all that He would have me be.

I pray that I may face today's problem as with good grace.