~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"The unity of Alcoholics Anonymous is the most cherished quality our Society has.
Our lives, the lives of all to come, depend squarely upon it. We stay whole, or AA dies.
Without unity, the heart of AA would cease to beat; our world arteries would no longer carry
the life-giving grace of God; His gift to us would be spent aimlessly. Back again in their caves,
alcoholics would reproach us and say, 'What a great thing AA might have been!'"
Bill W., Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 130
Thought to Consider . . .
I am responsible.
When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of AA always to be there.
And for that: I am responsible
Acceptance, Belief, Change
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "Fresh Snow":
"While some days may offer only a
modicum of frantic serenity, twenty-six years later I still know the same inner
tranquility that comes with forgiveness of self and the acceptance of God's
will. Each new morning, there is faith in sobriety--sobriety not as mere
abstinence from alcohol, but as progressive recovery in every facet of my
(c) 1973 AAWS, Inc.; Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 13
Our membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism. Hence we may refuse none who wish to recover. Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money or conformity. Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 565
Prior to A.A., I often felt that I didn't "fit in" with the people around me. Usually "they" had more/less money than I did, and my points of view didn't jibe with "theirs." The amount of prejudice I had experienced in society only proved to me just how phony some self-righteous people were. After joining A.A., I found the way of life I had been searching for. In A.A. no member is better than any other member; we're just alcoholics trying to recover from alcoholism.
(c)Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS
ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.(c)
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Keystone of the Arch
Faced with alcoholic destruction, we became open-minded on spiritual matters. In this respect
alcohol was great persuader. It finally beat
us into a state of reasonableness.
We had to quit playing God. It didn't work. We decided that hereafter, in this drama of life, God was going to be our Director. He would be the Principal; we, His agents. Most good ideas are simple, and this concept was the keystone of the new triumphal arch through which we passed to freedom.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS 1.P. 48 2. P. 62
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"We know that while the alcoholic keeps away from drink, as he may do
for months or years, he reacts much like other men. We are equally
positive that once he takes any alcohol whatever into his system,
something happens, both in the bodily and mental sense, which makes
it virtually impossible for him to stop. The experience of any
alcoholic will abundantly confirm this."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, There Is A Solution, pg. 22~
*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
When you come into an A.A. meeting, you're not just coming into a meeting, you're coming into a new life. I'm always impressed by the change I see in people after they've been in A.A. for a while. I sometimes take an inventory of myself, to see whether I have changed, and if so, in what way. Before I met A.A., I was very selfish. I wanted my own way in everything. I don't believe I ever grew up. When things went wrong, I sulked like a spoiled child and often went out and got drunk. Am I still all "get" and no "give"?
Meditation for the Day
There are two things that we must have if we are going to change our way of life. One is faith, the confidence in things unseen, the fundamental goodness and purpose in the universe. The other is obedience: that is, living according to our faith, living each day as we believe that God wants us to live, with gratitude, humility, honesty, purity, unselfishness, and love. Faith and obedience, these two, will give us all the strength we need to overcome sin and temptation and to live a new and more abundant life.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may have more faith and obedience.
I pray that I may live a more abundant life as a result of these things.