~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"I know the biggest word for me in AA is 'honesty.' I don't believe this program would work for me
if I didn't get honest with myself about everything. Honesty is the easiest word for me to understand
because it is the exact opposite of what I've been doing all my life. Therefore, it will be the hardest
to work on. But I will never be totally honest -- that would make me perfect, and none of us can claim
to be perfect. Only God is.
If I work on it every day, it will be
easier to be honest
Then getting and staying honest with other people will come automatically. I know I will be grateful
for a chance to make amends to
everybody I have hurt in the past."
c. 1976AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 482
Thought to Consider . . .
Honesty is the absence of the intent to deceive.
H O P E = Honest, Open, Positive, Environment
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "Into Action":
"We usually conclude the period of meditation with a prayer that we be shown all through the day what our next step is to be, that we be given whatever we need to take care of such problems. We ask especially for freedom from self-will, and are careful to make no request for ourselves only. We are careful to make no request for ourselves only. We may ask for ourselves, however, if others will be helped. We are careful never to pray for our own selfish ends. Many of us have wasted a lot of time doing that and it doesn't work."
© 2001 AAWS, Inc., Fourth Edition; Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 87
"THY WILL, NOT MINE"
. . when making specific requests, it will be well to add to each one of them this qualification. . . if it be Thy will.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 102
I ask simply that throughout the day God place in me the best understanding of His will that I can have for that day, and that I be given the grace by which I may carry it out. As the day goes on, I can pause when facing situations that must be met and decisions that must be made, and renew the simple request:
"Thy will, not mine, be done."
I must always keep in mind that in every situation I am responsible for the effort and God is responsible for the outcome. I can "Let Go and Let God" by humbly repeating: "Thy will, not mine, be done." Patience and persistence in seeking His will for me will free me from the pain of selfish expectations.
©Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS
ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.©
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Spirituality and Money
Some of us still ask, "Just what is this Third Legacy business anyhow? And just how much territory does 'service' take in?" Let's begin with my own sponsor, Ebby. When Ebby heard how serious my drinking was, he resolved to visit me. He was in
A.A. COMES OF AGE, pp. 140-141
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"Once more: The alcoholic at certain times has no effective mental
defense against the first drink. Except in a few rare cases, neither
he nor any other human being can provide such a defense. His defense
must come from a Higher Power."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, More About Alcoholism, pg. 43~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
I no longer try to escape life through alcoholism. Drinking built up an unreal world for me and I tried to live in it. But in the morning light the real life was back again and facing it was harder than ever, because I had less resources with which to meet it. Each attempt at escape weakened my personality by the very attempt. Everyone knows that alcohol, by relaxing inhibitions, permits a flight from reality. Alcohol deadens the brain cells that preside over our highest faculties and we are off to the unreal world of drunkenness. A.A. taught me not to run away, but to face reality. Have I given up trying to escape life?
Meditation for the Day
In these times of quiet meditation, try more and more to set your hopes on the grace of God. Know that whatever the future may hold, it will hold more and more of good. Do not set all your hopes and desires on material things. There is weariness in an abundance of things. Set your hopes on spiritual things so that you may grow spiritually. Learn to rely on God's power more and more and in that reliance you will have an insight into the greater value of the things of the spirit.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may not be overwhelmed by material things.
I pray that I may realize the higher value of spiritual things.