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

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"Most emphatically we wish to say that any alcoholic capable of honestly facing his problems
in the light of our experience can recover, provided he does not close his mind to spiritual concepts.
He can only be defeated by an attitude of intolerance or belligerent denial.
We find that no one need have difficulty with the spirituality of the program.
Willingness, honesty and open mindedness are the essentials of recovery.
But these are indispensable
c. 1976AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 570

Thought to Consider . . .

The spiritual life is not a theory.  We have to live it.

W H O =  Willingness, Honesty, Open-mindedness


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


From "Being grateful:"


"The thoughts we choose to spend time on in any given 24 hours can strongly influence the complexion of our feeling for that day -- bright and healthy, or murky and disheartened.


"It will come as a pleasant surprise to discover that it is not difficult to develop the habit of gratitude if we just make some effort....it soon comes easier, and can become a strong and comfortable force in our recovery.  Life was meant to be enjoyed, and we mean to enjoy it."


1998, AAWS, Inc., Living Sober, pages 47 & 48

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

There is a direct linkage among self-examination, meditation, and prayer.  Taken separately, these practices can bring much relief and benefit.


If I do my self-examination first, then surely, I'll have enough humility to pray and meditate -- because

I'll see and feel my need for them.  Some wish to begin and end with prayer, leaving the self-examination

and meditation to take place in between, whereas others start with meditation, listening for advice from

God about their still hidden or unacknowledged defects.  Still others engage in written and verbal work

on their defects, ending with a prayer of praise and thanksgiving.  These three -- self-examination,

meditation and prayer -- form a circle, without a beginning or an end.  No matter where, or how,

I start, I eventually arrive at my destination: a better life.
~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Circle and Triangle

Above us, at the International Convention at St. Louis in 1955, floated a banner on which was inscribed the then new symbol for A.A., a circle enclosing a triangle. The circle stands for the whole world of A.A., and the triangle stands for A.A.'s Three Legacies: Recovery, Unity, and Service. It is perhaps no accident that priests and seers of antiquity regarded this symbol as a means of warding off spirits of evil.


When, in 1955, we oldtimers turned over our Three Legacies to the whole movement, nostalgia for the old days blended with gratitude for the great day in which I was now living. No more would it be necessary for me to act for, decide for, or protect A.A. For a moment, I dreaded the coming change. But this mood quickly passed. The conscience of A.A. as moved by the guidance of God could be depended upon to insure A.A.'s future. Clearly my job henceforth was to let go and let God.

A.A. COMES OF AGE - 1. p. 139 - 2. pp. 46, 48
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"Actually we were fooling ourselves, for deep down in every man,
woman, and child, is the fundamental idea of God. It may be obscured
by calamity, by pomp, by worship of other things, but in some form
or other it is there. For faith in a Power greater than ourselves, and
miraculous demonstrations of that power in human lives, are facts as
old as man himself."

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 55~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day

I have charity, another word for love. That right kind of love which is not selfish passion but an unselfish, outgoing desire to help other people. To do what is best for the other person, to put what is best for him or her above my own desires. To put God first, the other person second, and myself last. Charity is gentle, kind, understanding, long-suffering, and full of desire to serve. A.A. has given me this. What I do for myself is lost; what I do for others may be written somewhere in eternity. Have I charity?

Meditation for the Day

"Ask what you will and it shall be done unto you." God has unlimited power. There is no limit to what His power can do in human hearts. But we must will to have God's power and we must ask God for it. God's power is blocked off from us by our indifference to it. We can go along our own selfish way without calling on God's help and we get no power. But when we trust in God, we can will to have the power we need. When we sincerely ask God for it, we get it abundantly.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may will to have God's power.

I pray that I may keep praying for the strength I need.