~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~

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"The great fact is just this, and nothing less: That we have had deep and effective
spiritual experiences which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life,
toward our fellows, and toward God's universe.  The central fact of our lives today
is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered our hearts and lives
in a way which is indeed miraculous. He has commenced to accomplish those things for us
which we could never do by ourselves."
Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 25

Thought to Consider . . .

Patience with others is Love,
Patience with self is Hope,
Patience with God is Faith.

Failure Expected And Received


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


From "He Lived Only to Drink":

"I was also able to realize that this bonfire of resentment and rage was beckoning me to pick up a drink and plunge in to my death. Then I realized that I had to separate my sobriety from everything else that was going on in my life. No matter what happened or didn't happen, I couldn't drink. In fact, none of these things that I was going through had anything to do with my sobriety; the tides of life flow endlessly for better or worse, both good and bad, and I cannot allow my sobriety to become dependent on these ups and downs of living. Sobriety must live a life of its own."

2001 AAWS, Inc., Fourth Edition; Alcoholics Anonymous, pgs. 450-51

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

At one time or another most A.A. groups go on rule making benders.  .  .  .  After a time fear and intolerance subside.  [and we realize] We do not wish to deny anyone his chance to recover from alcoholism.  We wish to be just as inclusive as we can, never exclusive.

A.A. TRADITION: HOW IT DEVELOPED," pp.  10, 11, 12

A.A. offered me complete freedom and accepted me into the Fellowship for myself.  Membership did not depend upon conformity, financial success or education and I am so grateful for that.  I often ask myself if I extend the same equality to others or if I deny them the freedom to be different.  Today I try to replace my fear and intolerance with faith, patience, love and acceptance.  I can bring these strengths to my A.A. group, my home and my office.  I make an effort to bring my positive attitude everywhere that I go.

I have neither the right, nor the responsibility, to judge others.  Depending on my attitude I can view newcomers to A.A., family members and friends as menaces or as teachers.  When I think of some of my past judgments, it is clear how my self-righteousness caused me spiritual harm.



~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
More than Comfort

When I am felling depressed, I repeat to myself statements such as these:  "Pain is the touchstone of progress."..."Fear no evil."..."This, too, will pass."..."This experience can be turned to benefit." These fragments of prayer bring far more than mere comfort. They keep me on the track of right acceptance; they break up my compulsive themes of guilt, depression, rebellion, and pride; and sometimes they endow me with the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"Despite all we can say, many who are real alcoholics are not going
to believe they are in that class. By every form of self-deception
and experimentation, they will try to prove themselves exceptions to
the rule, therefore nonalcoholic. If anyone who is showing inability
to control his drinking can do the right-about-face and drink like a
gentleman, our hats are off to him. Heaven knows, we have tried hard
enough and long enough to drink like other people!"

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, More About Alcoholism, pg. 31~

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

In A.A. we learn that since we are alcoholics we can be uniquely useful people. That is, we can help other alcoholics
when perhaps somebody who has not had our experience with drinking could not help them. That makes us uniquely useful.
The A.A.s are a unique group of people because they have taken their own greatest defeat and failure and sickness and used it
as a means of helping others. We who have been through the same thing are the ones who can best help other alcoholics. Do
I believe that I can be uniquely useful?

Meditation for the Day

I should try to practice the presence of God. I can feel that He is with me and near me, protecting and strengthening me
always. In spite of every difficulty, every trial, every failure, the presence of God suffices. just to believe that
He is near me brings strength and peace. I should try to live as though God were beside me. I cannot see Him because I was
not made with the ability to see Him else there were no room for faith. But I can feel His spirit with me.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may try to practice the presence of God.

I pray that by doing so I may never feel alone or helpless again.