~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"Another exercise that I practice is to try for a
full inventory of my blessings and then
for a right acceptance of the many gifts that are mine --
both temporal and spiritual. . .
I try to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart
cannot entertain great conceits.
When brimming with gratitude,
one's heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love,
the finest emotion that we can ever know."
Bill. W., March 1962
c.1988AAGrapevine, The Language of the Heart, p. 271
Thought to Consider . . .
I have learned what a heart full of gratitude feels like.
H J F = Happy, Joyous, and Free
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "Using the 24-hour plan:"
"Today is always here. Life IS daily; today is all
we have; and anybody can go one day
without drinking."First, we try living in the now just in order to stay sober -- and it works. Once the idea has become a part of our thinking, we find that living life in 24-hour segments is an effective and satisfying way to handle many other matters as well."
c. 1998, Living Sober, pages 6-7
Continued to take personal inventory . . .
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 88
The spiritual axiom referred to in the Tenth Step -- "every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us" -- also tells me that there are no exceptions to it. No matter how unreasonable others may seem, I am responsible for not reacting negatively. Regardless of what is happening around me I will always have the prerogative, and the responsibility, of choosing what happens within me. I am the creator of my own reality.
When I take my daily inventory, I know that I must stop judging others. If I judge others, I am probably judging myself. Whoever is upsetting me most is my best teacher. I have much to learn from him or her, and in my heart, I should thank that person.
©Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.©
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Assuming we are spiritually fit, we can do all sorts of things alcoholics are not supposed to do. People have said we must not go where liquor is served; we must not have it in our homes; we must shun friends who drink; we must avoid moving pictures which show drinking scenes; we must not go into bars; our friends must hide their bottles if we go to their houses; we mustn't think or be reminded about alcohol at all. Our experience shows that this is not necessarily so.
We meet these conditions every day. An alcoholic who cannot meet them still has an alcoholic mind; there is something the matter with his spiritual status. His only chance for sobriety would be some place like the
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, pp. 100-101
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"Follow the dictates of a Higher Power and you will presently live in
a new and wonderful world, no matter what your present circumstances!"
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Working With Others, pg. 100
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought For The Day
Do I put too much reliance on any one member of the group? That
is, do I make a tin god out of some one person? Do I set that
person on a pedestal? If I do, I am building my house on sand.
A.A. members have "clay feet." They are all only one drink away
from a drunk, no matter how long they have been in A.A. This has
been proved to be true more than once. It's not fair to any member
to be singled out as a leader in A A. and to always quote that
member on the A.A. program. If that person should fail, where
would I be?
Meditation For The Day
You must always remember that you are weak but that God is strong.
God knows all about your weakness. He hears every cry for mercy,
every sign of weakness, every plea for help, every sorrow over
failure, every weakness felt and expressed. We only fail when we
trust too much to our own strength. Do not feel bad about your
weakness. When you are weak, that is when God is strong to help
you. Trust God enough, and your weakness will not matter. God
is always strong to save.
Prayer For The Day
I pray that I may learn to lean on God's strength. I pray that I
may know that my weakness is God's opportunity.