~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"We liked AA all right, and were quick to say that it had done miracles.
But we recoiled from meditation and prayer as obstinately as the scientist who refused to perform
a certain experiment lest it prove his pet theory wrong. Of course, we finally did experiment,
and when unexpected results followed, we felt different; in fact we knew different;
and so were sold on meditation and prayer. And that, we have found, can happen to anybody who tries.
It has been said that 'almost the only scoffers at prayer are those who never tried it enough.' "
c. 1952AAWS, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 97
Thought to Consider . . .
Meditation means trusting the silence around me for a while,
as if it were an answer I had long sought.
F A I T H = Finding Answers In The Heart
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "When A.A. Came of Age":
"Then Bill [D., A.A. #3] told us how, during the night, hope had dawned on him. If Bob and I [Bill W.] could do it, he could do it. Maybe we all could do together what we could not do separately. Two days later Bill suddenly said, 'Henrietta, fetch me my clothes, I'm going to get up and get out of here.' Bill walked out of that hospital a free man and he never took a drink again. The spark that was to flare into the first A.A. group had been struck."
© 2001 AAWS, Inc.; Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, pg. 72
A DAILY REPRIEVE
What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 85
Maintaining my spiritual condition is like working out every day, planning for the marathon, swimming laps, jogging. It's staying in good shape spiritually, and that requires prayer and meditation. The single most important way for me to improve my conscious contact with a Higher Power is to pray and meditate. I am as powerless over alcohol as I am to turn back the waves of the sea; no human force had the power to overcome my alcoholism. Now I am able to breathe the air of joy, happiness and wisdom. I have the power to love and react to events around me with the eyes of a faith in things that are not readily apparent. My daily reprieve means that, no matter how difficult or painful things appear today, I can draw on the power of the program to stay liberated from my cunning, baffling and powerful illness.
©Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.©
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Running the Whole Show
Most people try to live by self-propulsion. Each person is like an actor who wants to run the whole
show and is forever trying to arrange the lights, the scenery, and the rest of the players in his own way.
If his arrangements would only stay put, if only people would do as he wished, the show would be great.
What usually happens? The show doesn't
come off very well. Admitting he may be somewhat at fault, he is sure that
other people are more to blame. He becomes angry, indignant, self-pitying. Is
he not really a self-seeker even when trying to be useful? Is he not a victim
of the delusion that he can wrest satisfaction and happiness out of this world
if he only manages well?
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, pp. 60-61
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"We needed to ask ourselves but one short question. 'Do I now
believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power
greater than myself?' As soon as a man can say that he does believe,
or is willing to believe, we emphatically assure him that he is on
his way. It has been repeatedly proven among us that upon this
simple cornerstone a wonderfully effective spiritual structure can be built."
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 47
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
I have gotten rid of most of my inner conflicts. I was always at war with myself I was doing things that I did not want to do. I was waking up in strange places and wondering how I got there. I was full of recklessness when I was drunk and full of remorse when I was sober. My life didn't make sense. It was full of broken resolves and frustrated hopes and plans. I was getting nowhere fast. No wonder my nerves were all shot. I was bumping up against a blank wall and I was dizzy from it. A.A. taught me how to get organized and to stop fighting against myself. Have I gotten rid of inner conflicts?
Meditation for the Day
"When two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them." The spirit of God comes upon His followers when they are all together at one time, in one place, and with one accord. When two or three consecrated souls are together at a meeting place, the spirit of God is there to help and guide them. Where any sincere group of people are together, reverently seeking the help of God, His power and His spirit are there to inspire them.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may be in accord with the members of my group.
I pray that I may feel the strength of a consecrated group.