~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"A business which takes no regular inventory usually goes broke. Taking a commercial inventory is
a fact-finding and a fact-facing process. If the owner of the business is to be successful,
he cannot fool himself about values. We did exactly the same thing with our lives.
We took stock honestly. Being convinced that self, manifested in various ways,
was what had defeated us, we considered its common manifestations."
Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 64
Thought to Consider . . .
In order to recover we have to uncover.
Willingness, Honesty, Open-mindedness, Must Exist
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "To Handle Sobriety:"
"The more I drank, the more I fantasized everything....I lived in a dream world. A.A. led me gently from this fantasizing to embrace reality with open arms. And I found it beautiful! For, at last, I was at peace with myself. And with others. And with God."
© 2001, AAWS, Inc.; Alcoholics Anonymous, page 559
We must be entirely honest with somebody if we expect to live long or happily in this world.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 73-74
Honesty, like all virtues, is to be shared. It began after I shared ". . . [my] whole life's story with someone . . . " in order to find my place in the Fellowship. Later I shared my life in order to help the newcomer find his place with us. This sharing helps me to learn honesty in all my dealings and to know that God's plan for me comes true through honest openness and willingness.
1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.©
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Freedom to Choose
Looking back, we see that our freedom to choose badly was not, after all, a very real freedom.
When we choose because we "must," this was not a free choice, either. But it got us started in the right direction.
When we choose because we "ought to," we were really doing better. This time we were earning some freedom, making ourselves ready for more. But when, now and then, we could gladly make right choices without rebellion, hold-out, or conflict, then we had our first view of what perfect freedom under God's will could be like.
GRAPEVINE, MAY 1960
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"If we were to live, we had to be free of anger. The grouch and the
brainstorm were not for us. They may be the dubious luxury of normal
men, but for alcoholics these things are poison."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, pg. 66~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
When I was drinking, I always tried to build myself up. I used to tell tall stories about myself. I told them so often that I half believe some of them now, even though I know they aren't true. I used to hang around the lowbrow barrooms so I could feel superior to the other customers. The reason I always tried to build myself up was that I knew deep down in my heart that I really didn't amount to anything. It was a kind of defense against my feeling of inferiority. Do I still build myself up?
Meditation for the Day
God thought about the universe and brought it into being. His thought brought me into being. I must think God's thought after Him. I must often keep my mind occupied with thoughts about God and meditate on the way He wants me to live. I must train my mind constantly in quiet times of communion with God. It is the work of a lifetime to develop to full stature spiritually. This is what I am on earth for. it gives meaning to my life.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may think God's thoughts after Him.
I pray that I may live as lie wants me to live