~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"Just like you, I have often thought myself the victim of what other people say and do.
Yet every time I confessed the sins of such people, especially those whose sins did not correspond
exactly with my own, I found that I only increased the total damage. . . Under very trying circumstances,
I have had, again and again, to forgive others -- also myself. Have you recently tried this?"
Bill W., Letter, 1946
c. 1967AAWS, As Bill Sees It, p. 268
Thought to Consider . . .
Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
F E E L = Feel, Experience, Express, Let go
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "Give Thanks:"
"Though I still find it difficult to accept today's pain and anxiety with any
great degree of serenity -- as those more advanced in the spiritual life seem able
to do -- I can give thanks for present pain nevertheless.
"I find the willingness to do this by contemplating the lessons learned from
past suffering -- lessons which have led to the blessings I now enjoy. I can remember
how the agonies of alcoholism, the pain of rebellion and thwarted pride, have often
led me to God's grace, and so to a new freedom."
c. 1967, As Bill Sees It, page 266
THE PERILS OF THE LIMELIGHT
In the beginning, the press could not understand our refusal of all personal publicity. They were genuinely baffled by our insistence upon anonymity. Then they got the point. Here was something rare in the world - a society which said it wished to publicize its principles and its work, but not its individual members. The press was delighted with this attitude. Ever since, these friends have reported A.A. with an enthusiasm which the most ardent members would find hard to match.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 182
It is essential for my personal survival and that of the Fellowship that I not use A.A. to put myself in the limelight. Anonymity is a way for me to work on my humility. Since pride is one of my most dangerous shortcomings, practicing humility is one of the best ways to overcome it. The Fellowship of A.A. gains worldwide recognition by its various methods of publicizing its principles and its work, not by its individual members advertising themselves. The attraction created by my changing attitudes and my altruism contributes much more to the welfare of A.A. than self-promotion.
©Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.©
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The Great Fact
We realize we know only a little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in order. But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven't got. See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others. This is the great fact for us.
To the Newcomer: Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the fellowship of the spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the road of happy destiny.
May God bless you and keep you - until then.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 164
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"Frothy emotional appeal seldom suffices. The message which can
interest and hold these alcoholic people must have depth and weight.
In nearly all cases, their ideals must be grounded in a power greater
than themselves, if they are to re-create their lives."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, The Doctor's Opinion, pg. xxviii~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
The way of A.A. is the way of sobriety, fellowship, service, and faith. Let us take up each one of these things and see if our feet are truly on the way. The first and greatest to us is sobriety. The others are built on sobriety as a foundation. We could not have the others if we did not have sobriety. We all come to A.A. to get sober, and we stay to help others get sober. We are looking for sobriety first, last, and all the time. We cannot build any decent kind of a life unless we stay sober. Am I on the A.A. way?
Meditation for the Day
To truly desire to do God's will, therein lies happiness for a human being. We start out wanting our own way. We want our wills to be satisfied. We take and we do not give. Gradually we find that we are not happy when we are selfish, so we begin to make allowances for other people's wills. But this again' does not give us full happiness, and we begin to see that the only way to be truly happy is to try to do God's will. In these times of meditation, we seek to get guidance so that we can find God's will for us.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may subordinate my will to the will of God.
I pray that I may be guided today to find His will for me