~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead. We consider our plans for the day.
Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be
divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives."
Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 86
to Consider . . .
Faith dares the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see.
Carry Resentments Against People
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STEP FIVE: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
"Another great dividend we may expect from confiding our defects to another human being is humility--a word often misunderstood. To those who have made progress in A.A., it amounts to a clear recognition of what and who we really are, followed by a sincere attempt to become what we could be. Therefore, our first practical move toward humility must consist of recognizing our deficiencies."
1952, AAWS, Inc.; Printed 2005; Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pg. 58
NO MAUDLIN GUILT
Day by day, we try to move a little toward God's perfection. So we need not be consumed by maudlin guilt...
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 15
When I first discovered that there is not a single "don't" in the Twelve Steps of A.A., I was disturbed because this discovery swung open a giant portal. Only then was I able to realize what A.A. is for me:
A.A. is not a program of "don't"s, but of "do's.
A.A. is not martial law; it is freedom.
A.A. is not tears over defects, but sweat over fixing them.
A.A. is not penitence; it is salvation.
A.A. is not "Woe to me" for my sins, past and present.
A.A. is "Praise God" for the progress I am making today.
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD
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We can be grateful for every agency or method that tries to solve the problem of alcoholism--whether of medicine, religion, education, or research. We can be open-minded toward all such efforts and we can be sympathetic when the ill-advised ones fail.
We can remember that A.A. itself ran for years on "trial and error."
As individuals, we can and should work with those that promise success--even a little success.
Every one of the pioneers in the total field of alcoholism will generously say that had it not been for the living proof of recovery in A.A., they could not have gone on. A.A. was the lodestar of hope and help that kept them at it.
GRAPEVINE, MARCH 1958
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"'There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which
is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in
everlasting ignorance, that principle is contempt prior to investigation.'"
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Appendice II, Spiritual
Experience, pg. 568
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A.A. Thought for the Day
In twelfth-step work, the fifth thing is Continuance. Continuance means our staying with prospects after they have started on the new way of living. We must stick with them and not let them down. We must encourage them to go to meetings regularly for fellowship and help. They will learn that keeping sober is a lot easier in the fellowship of others who are trying to do the same thing. We must continue to help prospects by going to see them regularly or telephoning them or writing them so that they don't get out of touch with A.A. Continuance means good sponsorship. Do I care enough about other alcoholics to continue with them as long as necessary?
Meditation for the Day
Every strong and beautiful flower must have a strong root in the ground. It must send a root down so that it may be rooted and grounded while at the same time it sends a shoot up to be the flower that shall gladden the world. Both growths are necessary. Without a strong root, it would soon wither. The higher the growth upward, the deeper must be the rooting. My life cannot flower into success and helpfulness unless it is rooted in a strong faith, or unless it feels deeply secure in the goodness and purpose of the universe.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that my life may be deeply rooted in faith.
I pray that I may feel deeply secure