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

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"The attainment of greater humility is the foundation principle of each of AA's Twelve Steps.

For without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at all.

"Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 70

Thought to Consider . . .

As I thus get down to my right size and stature,
my self-concern and importance become amusing.

Bill W., Box 1980: The AA Grapevine, June 1961
As Bill Sees It, p. 106


False Expectations Appearing Real


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


From "In His Own Individual Right":

"When people look at you and wonder what's with you, the look in your eyes will answer them: 'Because I can cut it!'

"The singular thing that is spirituality cannot be given to a fellowman by word of mouth. If every man is to have it, then every man must earn it, in his own way, by his own hand, stamped by the seal of himself, in his own individual right.--New York, New York, USA"

(c) 1973 AAWS, Inc.; Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 6

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

He is the Father, and we are His children.  Most good ideas are simple, and this concept was the keystone of the new and triumphant arch through which we passed to freedom.


A keystone is the wedge-shaped piece at the highest part of an arch that locks the other pieces in place.  The "other pieces" are Steps One, Two, and Four through Twelve.  In one sense this sounds like Step Three is the most important Step, that the other eleven depend on the third for support.  In reality however, Step Three is just one of twelve.  It is the keystone, but without eleven other stones to build the base and arms, keystone or not, there will be no arch.  Through daily working of all Twelve Steps, I find that triumphant arch waiting for me to pass through to another day of freedom.


~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Two-Way Tolerance

"Your point of view was once mine. Fortunately, A.A. is constructed so that we need not debate the existence of God;

 but for best results, most of us must depend upon a Higher Power. You say the group is your Higher Power, and no

right-minded A.A. would challenge your privilege to believe precisely that way. We should all be glad that good recoveries

can be made even on this limited basis. "But turnabout is fair play. If you would expect tolerance for your point of view,

 I am sure you would be willing to reciprocate. I try to remember that, down through the centuries, lots of brighter people

 than I have been found on both sides of this debate about belief. For myself, of late years, I am finding it much easier to

believe that God made man, than that man made God."

LETTER, 1950
Copyright(R)1967 Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

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

"We alcoholics are sensitive people. It takes some of us a long time
to outgrow that serious handicap."

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, The Family Afterward, pg. 125~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day

Can I get well? If I mean, "Can I ever drink normally again?" the answer is no. But if I mean, "Can I stay sober?" the answer is definitely yes. I can get well by turning my drink problem over to a Power greater than myself, that Divine Principle in the universe which we call God, and by asking that Power each morning to give me the strength to stay sober for the next twenty-four hours. I know from the experience of thousands of people that if I honestly want to get well, I can get well. Am I faithfully following the AA program?

Meditation for the Day

Persevere in all that God's guidance moves you to do. The persistent carrying out of what seems right and good will bring you to that place where you would be. If you look back over God's guidance, you will see that His leading has been very gradual and that only as you have carried out His wishes, as far as you can understand them, has God been able to give you more clear and definite leading. You are led by God's touch on a quickened, responsive mind.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may persevere in doing what seems right.

I pray that I may carry out all of God's leading, as far as I can understand it