~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"Letting go of everything at once was both painful and terrifying.
I could never have accomplished this alone.
It took the help, understanding and wonderful companionship that was given so
freely to me by my 'ex-alkie'
friends. This and the program of recovery
embodied in the Twelve Steps . . .Whole new vistas were opened up for me,
new avenues of experience to be explored, and life began to take on color and interest."
c. 1976AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 311
Thought to Consider . . .
This is a great day to be sober, patient, tolerant, kindly and loving.
C A R E = Comforting And Reassuring Each other
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "The Three Legacies of Alcoholics Anonymous":
"By 1940 we had begun to see that the
A.A. book should belong to our society itself. Its shares should not be forever
scattered among forty-nine subscribers, Ruth Hock, Henry, and me [Bill W.]. If
the Foundation could acquire these outstanding shares, the book could be placed
in trust for A.A. as a whole. [T]hey
could no longer kick about the book’s income being used to run the A.A.
A. LeRoy Chipman conceived the idea of borrowing enough money from Mr. [John
D., Jr.] Rockefeller, two of his sons [including then-future
� 2001 AAWS, Inc.; Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, pg. 189
I CANNOT CHANGE THE WIND
It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels.
We are headed for trouble if we do, for
alcohol is a subtle foe.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 85
My first sponsor told me there were two things to say about prayer and meditation: first,
I had to start and second, I had to continue. When I came to A.A. my spiritual life was bankrupt;
if I considered God at all, He was to be called upon only when my self-will was incapable of
a task or when overwhelming fears had eroded
Today I am grateful for a new life, one in which my prayers are those of thanksgiving. My
prayer time is more for listening than for talking. I know today that if I cannot change the wind,
I can adjust my sail. I know the difference between superstition and spirituality. I know there is
a graceful way of being right, and many
ways to be wrong.
�Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.�
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
From the Taproot
The principle that we shall find no enduring strength until we first admit complete defeat is the main taproot from which our whole Society has sprung and flowered.
Every newcomer is told, and soon realizes for himself, that his humble admission of powerlessness over alcohol is his first step toward liberation from its paralyzing grip.
So it is that we first see humility as a necessity. But this is the barest beginning. To get completely away from our aversion to the idea of being humble, to gain a vision of humility as the avenue to true freedom of the human spirit, to be willing to work for humility as something to be desired for itself, takes most of us a long, long time. A whole lifetime geared to self-centeredness cannot be set in reverse all at once.
TWELVE AND TWELVE - 1. pp. 21-22 - 2. pp. 72-73
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely,
if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take,
you are probably alcoholic. If that be the case, you may be
suffering from an illness which only a spiritual experience will
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 44~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
I have hope. That magic thing that I had lost or misplaced. The future looks dark no more. I do not even look at it, except when necessary to make plans. I try to let the future take care of itself. The future will be made up of todays and todays, stretching out as short as now and as long as eternity. Hope is justified by many right nows, by the rightness of the present. Nothing can happen to me that God does not will for me. I can hope for the best, as long as I have what I have and it is good. Have I hope?
Meditation for the Day
Faith is the messenger that bears your prayers to God. Prayer can be like incense, rising ever higher and higher. The prayer of faith is the prayer of trust that feels the presence of God which it rises to meet. It can be sure of some response from God. We can say a prayer of thanks to God every day for His grace, which has kept us on the right way and allowed us to start living the good life. So we should pray to God with faith and trust and gratitude.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may feel sure of some response to my prayers.
I pray that I may be content with whatever form that response takes.