~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"We of AA are apt to brag of the virtues of our fellowship.
Let us remember that none of these are earned virtues.
We have been forced into them, to begin with,
by the cruel lash of John Barleycorn.
We have adopted these attitudes, these practices,
this structure, not at first because we wished to
but because we had to.
And then, as time confirmed the seeming rightness
of our basic principles,
we began to conform because it was right to do so."
c.1957AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, p. 224
Thought to Consider . . .
Life didn't end when I got sober -- it started
P R O G R A M = People Relying On God Relay A Message
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "When A.A. Came of Age":
"Dr. Jim S., the A.A. speaker, told of his life experience and the serious drinking that led to the crisis which had brought about his spiritual awakening. He re-enacted for us his struggle to start the very first group among Negroes, his own people. Aided by a tireless and eager wife, he had turned his home into a combined hospital and A.A. meeting place, free to all. As he told how early failure had finally been transformed under God's grace into amazing success, we who listened [at the 1955 Convention] realized that A.A. not only could cross seas and mountains and boundaries of language and nation but could surmount obstacles of race and creed as well."
© 2001 AAWS, Inc.; Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, pg. 37
For the wise have always known that no one can make much of his life until self-searching becomes a regular habit, until he is able to admit and accept what he finds, and until he patiently and persistently tries to correct what is wrong.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 88
I have more than enough to handle today, without dragging along yesterday's baggage too. I must balance today's books, if I am to have a chance tomorrow. So I ask myself if I have erred and how I can avoid repeating that particular behavior. Did I hurt anyone, did I help anyone, and why? Some of today is bound to spill over into tomorrow, but most of it need not if I make an honest daily inventory.
©Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.©
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Speak Up Without Fear
Few of us are anonymous so far as our daily contacts go. We have dropped anonymity at this level because we think our friends and associates ought to know about A.A. and what it has done for us. We also wish to lose the fear of admitting that we are alcoholics. Though we earnestly request reporters not to disclose our identities, we frequently speak before semipublic gatherings. We wish to convince audiences that our alcoholism is a sickness we no longer fear to discuss before anyone.
If, however, we venture beyond this limit, we shall surely lose the principle of anonymity forever. If every A.A. felt free to publish his own name, picture, and story, we would soon be launched upon a vast orgy of personal publicity.
"While the so-called public meeting is questioned by many A.A. members, I favor it myself providing only that anonymity is respected in press reports and that we ask nothing for ourselves except understanding."
1. GRAPEVINE, JANUARY 1946 - 2. LETTER, 1949
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"Most alcoholics owe money. We do not dodge our creditors. Telling
them what we are trying to do, we make no bones about our drinking;
they usually know it anyway, whether we think so or not. Nor are we
afraid of disclosing our alcoholism on the theory it may cause
financial harm. Approached in this way, the most ruthless creditor
will sometimes surprise us. Arranging the best deal we can we let
these people know we are sorry. Our drinking has made us slow to
We must lose our fear of creditors no matter how far we have to go,
for we are liable to drink if we are afraid to face them."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, pg. 78~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought For The Day
Do I have any hard feelings about other group members or for any
other A.A. group? Am I critical of the way a group member thinks or
acts? Do I feel that another group is operating in the wrong way and
do I broadcast it? Or do I realize that all A.A. members, no matter
what their limitations, have something to offer, some good, however
little, that they can do for A.A. in spite of their handicaps? Do I
believe that there is a place for all kinds of groups in A.A., provided
they are following A.A. traditions, and that they can be effective even
if I do not agree with their procedure? Am I tolerant of people and
Meditation For The Day
"The Lord shall preserve Thy going out and Thy coming in, from this
time forth and even forever more." All your movements, your goings
and comings can be guided by the Unseen Spirit. Every visit to help
another, every unselfish effort to assist, can be blessed by that Unseen
Spirit. There can be a blessing on all you do, on every interview with
one who is suffering. Every meeting of a need may not be a chance
meeting, but it may have been planned by the Unseen Spirit. Led by
the Spirit of the Lord, you can be tolerant, sympathetic, and
understanding of others and so accomplish much.
Prayer For The Day
I pray that I may be led by the spirit of God. I pray that the Lord
will preserve my goings and my comings.