~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find
some person, place, thing, or situation - some fact of my life - unacceptable to me, and I can find
no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly
the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens
in God's world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober;
unless I accept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy.
I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world
as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes."
Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 417 4th Edition
Note: Dr. Paul O., author of these words, passed away 5.12.00.
Thought to Consider . . .
"My serenity is directly proportional to my level of acceptance."
Dr. Paul O., Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 417
Acceptance, Belief, Change
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "This Spirit Touch":
"At some time, perhaps in a more moderate way, nearly everyone has experienced this spirit touch of God--the fleeting feeling of insight, love, joy, and 'The world is right.' Once, I thought that only unusual circumstances made these moments possible. Actually, I now think, they are forecasts of what one can have if one is willing to take the time and make the effort. Peace, love, and joy can be sought through quiet thinking and honest prayer. The wholeness, the new awareness, that is produced affects one's relationship with God and man to a degree greater than would seem possible in ordinary life."
1973 AAWS, Inc.; Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 65
When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 64
It is very difficult for me to come to terms with my spiritual illness because of my great pride, disguised by my material successes and my intellectual power. Intelligence is not incompatible with humility, provided I place humility first. To seek prestige and wealth is the ultimate goal for many in the modern world. To be fashionable and to seem better than I really am is a spiritual illness.
To recognize and to admit my weaknesses is the beginning of good spiritual health. It is a sign of spiritual health to be able to ask God every day to enlighten me, to recognize His will, and to have the strength to execute it. My spiritual health is excellent when I realize that the better I get, the more I discover how much help I need from others.
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
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
A.A. COMES OF AGE, P. 233
~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"If we are planning to stop drinking, there must be no reservation of any kind, nor any lurking notion that someday we will be immune to alcohol."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, More About Alcoholism, pg. 33~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
The Twelfth Step of A.A., working with others, can be subdivided into five parts, five words beginning with the letter C; confidence, confession, conviction, conversion, and continuance. The first thing in trying to help other alcoholics is to get their confidence. We do this by telling them our own experiences with drinking, so that they see that we know what we're talking about. if we share our experiences frankly, they will know that we are sincerely trying to help them. They will realize that they're not alone and that others have had experiences as bad or worse than theirs. This gives them confidence that they can be helped. Do I care enough about other alcoholics to get their confidence?
Meditation for the Day
I fail not so much when tragedy happens as I did before the happening, by all the little things I might have done, but did not do. I must prepare for the future by doing the right thing at the right time now. If a thing should be done, I should deal with that thing today and get it righted with God before I allow myself to undertake any new duty. I should look upon myself as performing God's errands and then coming back to Him to tell Him in quiet communion that the message has been delivered or the task done.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may seek no credit for the results of what I do.
I pray that I may leave the outcome of my actions to God