~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~

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"And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today.
When I am disturbed,
it is because I find some person, place, thing, situation --
some fact of my life -- unacceptable to me,
and I can find no serenity until I accept
that person, place, thing, or situation
as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.
Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God's world by mistake.
Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober;
unless I accept life completely on life's terms,
I cannot be happy.
I need to concentrate not so much
on what needs to be changed in the world
as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes."

Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition p. 417
Copyright  1976 A.A.W.S. Inc.

Thought to Consider . . .

Acceptance is not submission;
it is acknowledgment of the facts of a situation,
then deciding what you're going to do about it.

A B C = Acceptance, Belief, Change


*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*


 From "The Opening to the Spiritual World":

"With the guidance of the program and the encouragement and examples within the Fellowship, I could begin to find out about myself and be prepared to accept what I found. I learned in the Fellowship that if others could accept me and love me as I was, then I should love myself as I was – not for what I was, but for what I could become. So I have learned a little about my mind and about my will and about my emotions and passions." El Cerrito, California

 1973 AAWS, Inc.; Came to Believe, pg. 3

 *~*~*~*~*^Daily Reflections^*~*~*~*~*

Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and
fear. When these crop up, we ask God at once to remove them. We
discuss them with someone immediately and make amends quickly if
we have harmed anyone. Then we resolutely turn our thoughts to
someone we can help.

The immediate admission of wrong thoughts or actions is a tough
task for most human beings, but for recovering alcoholics like me
it is difficult because of my propensity toward ego, fear and
pride. The freedom the A.A. program offers me becomes more
abundant when, through unremitting inventories of myself, I
admit, acknowledge and accept responsibility for my wrong-doing.
It is possible then for me to grow into a deeper and better
understanding of humility. My willingness to admit when the
fault is mine facilitates the progression of my growth and
helps me to become more understanding and helpful to others.

~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
Mastering Resentments

We began to see that the world and its people had really dominated us. Under that unhappy condition, the wrongdoing of others, fancied or real, had power to actually kill us, because we could be driven back to drink through resentment. We saw that these resentments must be mastered, but how? We could not wish them away. This was our course: We realized that the people who wronged us were perhaps spiritually sick. So we asked God to help us show them the same tolerance, pity, and patience that we would cheerfully grant a sick friend. Today, we avoid retaliation or argument. We cannot treat sick people that way. If we do, we destroy our chance of being helpful. We cannot be helpful to all people, but at least God will show us how to take a kindly and tolerant view of each and every one.



*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*

"...we have ceased fighting anything or anyone even alcohol."

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, pg. 84~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought For The Day

Am I still on a "free ride" in A.A.?  Am I all get and no give? 
Do I go to meetings and always sit in the back row and let others
do all the work?  Do I think it's enough just because I'm sober and
can rest on my laurels?  If so, I haven't gone very far in the
program, nor am I getting nearly enough of what it has to offer. 
I will be a weak member until I get in there and help carry the load. 
I must eventually get off the bench and get into the game. I'm not
just a spectator; I'm supposed to be one of the team. Do I go in
there and carry the ball?

Meditation For The Day

Try to be thankful for whatever vision you have. Try to perform, in
the little things, faithful service to God and others.  Do your small
part every day in a spirit of service to God.  Be a doer of God's
word, not a hearer only. In your daily life try to keep faith with
Every day brings a new opportunity to be of some use. Even when

you are tempted to rest or let things go or to evade the issue, make
it a habit to meet the issue squarely as a challenge and not to hold back.

Prayer For The Day

I pray that I may perform each task faithfully. I pray that I may meet each issue of life squarely and not hold back.