~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"My conflicts went right on mounting because I was simply loaded with excuses and refusals.
When these troubles had finally exhausted me enough, there was yet another escape.
I would commence to wallow in the bog of guilt.  Here pride and rebellion would give way to depression.
My main theme always was, 'How god-awful I am.'  There was never a decent regret for the harms I had done,
nor was there any serious thought of making such restitution as I could.  The idea of asking God's forgiveness,
let alone any forgiveness of myself, never occurred to me.  My really big liability - spiritual pride and arrogance-
was not examined at all.  I had shut out the light by which I might have seen it."
Bill W., The Language of the Heart, p. 257-8


Thought to Consider . . .

Simply asking for help seems to be a help in itself.


Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness: that's how we do it

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


From "The Three Legacies of Alcoholics Anonymous":

"We know of course that the alcoholic is a sick person. That is a very simple phrase. It is today a phrase that is widely and generally accepted, and yet you and I know that it was not so long ago that the alcoholic was regarded as a nuisance, a pest, a person who could snap out of it if he really wanted to. He was regarded as a spoiled brat and a no-good. Today we know that he is an individual who is sick, and we know that he is sick in an area of which our understanding is perhaps the least of any area in medicine, namely, illness of the emotions. - Dr. W.W. Bauer, 1955"

(c) 2001 AAWS, Inc.; Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, pg. 239


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

It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness. . . . But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment is infinitely grave.


Know God;
Know peace. 
No God;
No peace.


*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
A.A.'s School of Life

Within A.A., I suppose, we shall always quarrel a good bit. Mostly, I think, about how to do the greatest

good for the greatest number of drunks. We shall have our childish spats and snits over small questions of

money management and who is going to run our groups for the next six months. Any bunch of growing children

 (and that is what we are ) would hardly be in character if they did less.

These are the growing pains of infancy, and we actually thrive on them. Surmounting such problems,

 in A.A.'s rather rugged school of life, is a healthy exercise.

A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 233
Copyright 1967 Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"Much to our relief, we discovered we did not need to consider
another's conception of God. Our own conception, however inadequate,
was sufficient to make the approach and to effect a contact with
Him. As soon as we admitted the possible existence of a Creative
Intelligence, a Spirit of the Universe underlying the totality of
things, we began to be possessed of a new sense of power and
direction, provided we took other simple steps."

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 46~

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

In A.A. we find a new strength and peace from the realization that there must be a Power greater than ourselves that is running the universe and that is on our side when we live a good life. So the A.A. program really never ends. You begin by overcoming drink and you go on from there to many new opportunities for happiness and usefulness. Am I really enjoying the full benefits of A.A.?

Meditation for the Day

"Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you." We should not seek material things first, but seek spiritual things first and material things will come to us, as we honestly work for them. Many people seek material things first and think they can then grow into knowledge of spiritual things. You cannot serve God and Mammon at the same time. The first requisites of an abundant life are the spiritual things: honesty, purity, unselfishness, and love. Until you have these qualities, quantities of material things are of little real use to YOU.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may put much effort into acquiring spiritual things.

I pray that I may not expect good things until I am right spiritually.