~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"Many oldsters who have put our AA 'booze cure' to severe but successful tests still find
they often lack emotional sobriety. To attain this, we must develop real maturity and balance
(which is to say humility) in our relations with ourselves, with our fellows, and with God."
Bill W., AA Grapevine, January 1958
c. 1967AAWS, As Bill Sees It, p. 244
Thought to Consider . . .
Newcomers are the lifeblood of the program,
but our oldtimers are the arteries.
C H A N G E = Choosing Honesty Allows New Growth Every day
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "In His Own Individual Right":
"Spirituality is an awakening - or is it all the loose ends woven together into a mellow fabric?
It’s understanding - or is it all the knowledge one need
ever know? It’s freedom - if you consider fear slavery. It’s confidence - or is it the belief that a higher power
will see you through any storm or gale? It’s adhering to the dictates of your
conscience - or is it a deep, genuine, living concern for the people and the
planet? It’s peace of mind in the face of adversity. It’s a keen and sharpened desire for
� 1973 AAWS, Inc.; Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 5
KEEPING OPTIMISM AFLOAT
The other Steps can keep most of us sober and somehow functioning. But Step Eleven can keep us growing, . . .
THE LANGUAGE OF THE HEART, p. 240
A sober alcoholic finds it much easier to be optimistic about life. Optimism is the natural result of my finding myself gradually able to make the best, rather than the worst, of each situation. As my physical sobriety continues, I come out of the fog, gain a clearer perspective and am better able to determine what courses of action to take. As vital as physical sobriety is, I can achieve a greater potential for myself by developing an ever-increasing willingness to avail myself of the guidance and direction of a Higher Power. My ability to do so comes from my learning -- and practicing -- the principles of the A.A. program. The melding of my physical and spiritual sobriety produces the substance of a more positive life.
�Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.�
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Is Happiness the Goal?
"I don't think happiness or unhappiness is the point. How do we meet the problems we face? How do we best learn from them and transmit what we have learned to others, if they would receive the knowledge?
"In my view, we of this world are pupils in a great school of life. It is intended that we try to grow, and that we try to help our fellow travelers to grow in the kind of love that makes no demands. In short, we try to move toward the image and likeness of God as we understand Him.
"When pain comes, we are expected to learn from it willingly, and help others to learn. When happiness comes, we accept it as a gift, and thank God for it."
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"Yes, there is a substitute and it is vastly more than that. It is a
fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. There you will find release from
care, boredom and worry. Your imagination will be fired. Life will
mean something at last. The most satisfactory years of your
existence lie ahead."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, A Vision For You, pg. 152~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
I have faith. That thing that makes the world seem right. That thing that makes sense at last. That awareness of the Divine Principle in the universe which holds it all together and gives it unity and purpose and goodness and meaning. Life is no longer ashes in my mouth or bitter to the taste. it is all one glorious whole, because God is holding it together. Faith - that leap into the unknown, the venture into what lies beyond our ken, that which brings untold rewards of peace and serenity. Have I faith?
Meditation for the Day
Keep yourself like an empty vessel for God to fill. Keep pouring yourself out to help others so
that God can keep filling you up with His spirit. The more you give, the more you will have for
yourself. God will see that you are kept filled as long as you are giving to others. But if you selfishly
try to keep all for yourself, you are soon blocked off from God, your source of supply, and you
will become stagnant. To be clear, a lake
must have an inflow and an outflow.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may keep pouring out what I receive.
I pray that I may keep the stream clear and flowing.