~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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" 'Practically never have I heard a heated religious, political, or reform argument among AA members.
So long as we don't argue these matters privately, it's a cinch we never shall publicly.'
As by some deep instinct, we AA's have known from the very beginning that we must never,
no matter what the provocation, publicly take sides in any fight, even a worthy one. . .
. . . We do
not enter into public controversy, because we know that our Society will perish
if it does.
We conceive the survival and spread of Alcoholics Anonymous to be
something of far greater importance than the weight we could collectively
throw back of any other cause."
1952AAWS, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 176-77
Thought to Consider . . .
Attitudes are contagious.
Is yours worth catching?
Being Unconvinced Totally
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "Mathematical Miracle":
"Finally, he found
a basement bar on a quiet side street, practically deserted. He sat down on a
bar stool and ordered a double bourbon on the rocks. ... "Then the bartender
stopped in his tracks, took a long, hard look at the customer, leaned over the
bar, and said in a low tone, 'I was in Milwaukee about four months ago,
and one night I attended an open meeting. You were on the speaking platform,
and you gave one of the finest A.A. talks I ever heard.'... "For a few minutes,
the customer sat there--probably in a state of shock. Then he picked his money
off the bar with trembling hands and walked out, all desire for a drink drained
out of him. -
1973 AAWS, Inc.; Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 74
OUR PRIMARY PURPOSE
The more A.A. sticks to its primary purpose, the greater will be its helpful influence everywhere.
A.A. COMES OF AGE, p.109
It is with gratitude that I reflect on the early days of our Fellowship and those wise and loving "foresteppers" who proclaimed that we should not be diverted from our primary purpose, that of carrying the message to the alcoholic who still suffers. I desire to impart respect to those who labor in the field of alcoholism, being ever mindful that A.A. endorses no causes other than its own. I must remember that A.A. has no monopoly on miracle-making and I remain humbly grateful to a loving God who made A.A. possible.
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Meditation is something which can always be further developed. It has no boundaries, of width or height or depth. Aided by such instruction and example as we can find, it is essentially an individual adventure, something which each one of us works out in his own way. But its object is always the same: to improve our conscious contact with God, with His grace, wisdom, and love. And let's always remember that meditation is in reality intensely practical. One of its first fruits is emotional balance. With it we can broaden and deepen the channel between ourselves and God as we understand Him.
TWELVE AND TWELVE, PP. 101-102
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends, this is an experience you must not miss."
Alcoholics Anonymous, Working With Others, pg. 89
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
I am part of A.A., one among many, but I am one. I need the A.A. principles for the development of the buried life within me. A.A. may be human in its organization, but it is Divine in its purpose. The purpose is to point me toward God and a better life. Participating in the privilege of the movement, I shall share in the responsibilities, taking it upon myself to carry my fair share of the load, not grudgingly but joyfully. To the extent that I fail in my responsibilities, A.A. fails. To the extent that I succeed, A.A. succeeds. Do I accept this as my AA. credo?
Meditation for the Day
"Praise the Lord." What does praising God mean? It means being grateful for all the wonderful things in the universe and for all the blessings in your life. So, praise God by being grateful and humble. Praise of this kind has more power to vanquish evil than has mere resignation. The truly grateful and humble person, who is always praising God, is not tempted to do wrong. You will have a feeling of security because you know that fundamentally all is well. So look up to God and praise Him.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may be grateful for all my blessings.
I pray that I
may be humble because I know that I do not deserve them.