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

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The Light


"To what extent I was personally responsible for my drinking, I don't know. Yet I'm not one to take complete refuge in the idea that I was a sick man only. In earlier years, I certainly had some degree of free will. That free will I used badly, to the great misery of my mother and countless others. I am deeply ashamed. As one who knows me a little, you may have heard how, ten years ago, a friend, himself a liberated alcoholic, came to me bearing the light which finally led me out of the toils. There will come a day like that for you and yours--I'm so confident!"

Bill W., Letter to the Mother of an Alcoholic,
Dec.   Language of the Heart, p. 102

Thought to Consider . . .


It's impossible for me to love God and hate myself.


ISM    =   I, Self, Me


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


From "Stay Sober on Love":

"The things I thought I needed for so many years no longer seem important, now that I

have become aware of the spiritual resources God has given me. With these, I don't need alcohol to

 function. What a joy to stay sober on love on love instead of fear!" Toronto, Ontario/Canada

 1973 AAWS, Inc.; Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 35


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

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.


No matter how much one wishes to try, exactly how can one turn his own will and his own life over to the care of whatever God he thinks there is?  In my search for the answer to this question, I became aware of the wisdom with which it was written: that this is a two-part Step.

I could see many times where I should have died, or at least been injured, during my previous style of living, and it never happened.  Someone, or something, was looking after me.  I choose to believe my life has always been in God's care.  He alone controls the number of days I will be granted until physical death.

The matter of will (self-will or God's will) is the more difficult part of the Step for me.  It is only when I have experienced enough emotional pain, through failed attempts to fix myself, that I become willing to surrender to God's will for my life.  Surrender is like the calm after the storm.  When my will is in line with God's will for me, there is peace within.


~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Renew Your Effort

"Though I know how hurt and sorry you must be after this slip, please do not worry about a temporary loss of your inner peace. As calmly as you can, just renew your effort on the A.A. program, especially those parts of it which have to do with meditation and self-analysis. "Could I also suggest that you look at excessive guilt for what it is? Nothing but a sort of reverse pride. A decent regret for what has happened is fine. But guilt - no. "Indeed, the slip could well have been brought about by unreasonable feelings of guilt because of other moral failures, so called. Surely, you ought to look into this possibility. Even here you should not blame yourself for failure; you can be penalized only for refusing to try for better things."

LETTER, 1958
Copyright 1967 Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*

Now about health: A body badly burned by alcohol does not often recover overnight nor do

twisted thinking and depression vanish in a twinkling.

- Pg. 133 - The Family Afterward
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day

If we had absolute faith in the power of God to keep us from drinking and if we turned our drink problem entirely over to God without reservations, we wouldn't have to do anything more about it. We'd be free from drink once and for all. But since our faith is apt to be weak, we have to strengthen and build up this faith. We do this in several ways. One way is by going to meetings and listening to others tell how they have found all the strength they need to overcome drink. Is my faith being strengthened by this personal witness of other alcoholics?

Meditation for the Day

It is the quality of my life that determines its value. in order to judge the value of a person's life, we must set up a standard. The most valuable life is one of honesty, purity, unselfishness, and love. All people's lives ought to be judged by this standard in determining their value to the world. By this standard, most of the so-called heroes of history were not great men. "What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world, if he loseth his own soul?"

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may be honest, pure, unselfish, and loving.

 I pray that I may make the quality of my life good by these standards.