~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"As the alcoholic goes along with his process of prayer, he begins to add up the results.
If he persists, he will almost surely find more serenity, more tolerance, less fear, and less anger.
He will acquire a quiet courage, the kind that doesn't strain him. He can look at so-called failure and
Success for what they really are. Problems and calamity will begin to mean instruction, rather than
destruction. He will feel freer and saner. . . Wonderful and unaccountable things will start to happen.
Twisted relations with family and on
the outside will unaccountably improve."
Bill W., June 1958
c. 1988AAGrapevine, The Language of the Heart, p. 241
Thought to Consider . . .
Trying to pray is praying.
H O P E = Hang On; Pray Every day
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "Going with the Flow:"
"One way to keep the channel open
improve my conscious contact with God is
to maintain a grateful attitude. On the days
when I am grateful, good things seem to
happen in my life. The instant I start cursing
things in my life, however, the flow of good
stops. God did not interrupt the flow;
my own negativity did."
c. 1990, Daily Reflections, page 319
A SAFETY NET
Occasionally. . . We are seized with a rebellion so sickening that we simply won't pray. When these things happen we should not think too ill of ourselves. We should simply resume prayer as soon as we can, doing what we know to be good for us.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 105
Sometimes I scream, stomp my feet, and turn my back on my Higher Power. Then my disease tells me that I am a failure, and that if I stay angry I'll surely get drunk. In those moments of self-will it's as if I've slipped over a cliff and am hanging by one hand. The above passage is my safety net, in that it urges me to try some new behavior, such as being kind and patient with myself. It assures me that my Higher Power will wait until I am willing once again to risk letting go, to land in the net, and to pray.
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*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Easy Does It - but Do It
Procrastination is really sloth in five syllables.
"My observation is that some people can get by with a certain amount of postponement,
but few can live with outright rebellion."
"We have succeeded in confronting many a problem drinker with that awful alternative, "This we A.A.'s do, or we die." Once this much is firmly in his mind, more drinking only turns the coil tighter. "As many an alcoholic has said, "I came to the place where it was either into A.A. or out the window. So here I am!"
1. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 67 - 2. LETTER, 1952 - 3. LETTER, 1950
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"Now we go out to our fellows and repair the damage done in the
past. We attempt to sweep away the debris which has accumulated out
of our effort to live on self-will and run the show ourselves. If we
haven't the will to do this, we ask until it comes. Remember it was
agreed at the beginning we would go to any lengths for victory over
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, pg.76~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
I have gotten over my procrastination. I was always putting things off till tomorrow and as a result they never got done. "There is always another day" was my motto instead of "Do it now." Under the influence of alcohol, I had grandiose plans. When I was sober I was too busy getting over my drunk to start anything. "Someday I'll do that"-but I never did it. In A.A. I have teamed that it's better to make a mistake once in a while than to never do anything at all. We learn by trial and error. But we must act now and not put it off until tomorrow. Have I learned to do it now?
Meditation for the Day
"Do not hide your light under a bushel. Arise and shine, for the light has come and the glory of the Lord is risen in thee." The glory of the Lord shines in the beauty of your character. It is risen in you, even though you can realize it only in part. "Now you see as in a glass darkly, but later you will see face to face." The glory of the Lord is too dazzling for mortals to see fully on earth. But some of this glory is risen in you when you try to reflect that light in your life.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may try to be a reflection of the Divine Light.
I pray that some of its rays may shine in my life.