~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"The tremendous fact for every one of us
is that we have discovered a common solution.
We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree,
and upon which we can join in brotherly
and harmonious action.
This is the great news this book carries
to those who suffer from alcoholism."
c.1976AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 17
Thought to Consider . . .
The joy is in the journey, so enjoy the ride.
S T E P S = Solutions To Every Problem in Sobriety
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "When A.A. Came of Age":
"There came next to the lectern [at the 1955 Convention] a figure that not many A.A.'s had seen before, the Episcopal clergyman Sam Shoemaker. It was from him that Dr. Bob and I [Bill W.] in the beginning had absorbed most of the principles that were afterward embodied in the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, steps that express the heart of A.A.'s way of life. Dr. Silkworth gave us the needed knowledge of our illness, but Sam Shoemaker had given us the concrete knowledge of what we could do about it. One showed us the mysteries of the lock that held us in prison; the other passed on the spiritual keys by which we were liberated."
© 2001 AAWS, Inc.; Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, pgs. 38-39
A.A.'s "MAIN TAPROOT"
The principle that we shall find no enduring strength until we first admit complete defeat is the main taproot from which our whole Society has sprung and flowered.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, pp. 21-22
Defeated, and knowing it, I arrived at the doors of A.A., alone and afraid of the unknown. A power outside of myself had picked me up off my bed, guided me to the phone book, then to the bus stop, and through the doors of Alcoholics Anonymous. Once inside A.A. I experienced a sense of being loved and accepted, something I had not felt since early childhood. May I never lose the sense of wonder I experienced on that first evening with A.A., the greatest event of my entire life.
©Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS
ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.©
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
When the distortion of family life through alcohol has been great, a long period of patient striving may be necessary. After the husband joins A.A., the wife may become discontented, even highly resentful that A.A. has done the very thing that all her years of devotion had failed to do. Her husband may become so wrapped up in A.A. and his new friends that he is inconsiderately away from home more than when he drank. Each then blames the other.
But eventually the alcoholic, now fully understanding how much he did to hurt his wife and children, nearly always takes up his marriage responsibilities with a willingness to repair what he can and accept what he can't. He persistently tries all of A.A.'s Twelve Steps in his home, often with fine results. He firmly but lovingly commences to behave like a partner instead of like a bad boy.
TWELVE AND TWELVE, pp. 118-119
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"We have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to
grow in understanding and effectiveness. This is not an overnight
matter. It should continue for our lifetime."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, pg. 84~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
Do I realize that I do not know how much time I have left? It may
be later than I think. Am I going to do the things that I know I
should do before my time runs out? By the way, what is my purpose
for the rest of my life? Do I realize all I have to make up for
in my past wasted life? Do I know that I am living on borrowed
time and that I would not have even this much time left without
A.A. and the grace of God? Am I going to make what time I have
left count for A.A.?
Meditation for the Day
We can believe that somehow the cry of the human soul is never
unheard by God. It may be that God hears the cry, even if we fail
to notice God's response to it. The human cry for help must
always evoke a response of some sort from God. it may be that
our failure to discern properly keeps us unaware of the response.
But one thing we can believe is that the grace of God is always
available for every human being who sincerely calls for help.
Many changed lives are living proofs of this fact.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may trust God to answer my prayer as He sees fit. I pray that
I may be content with whatever form that answer may take.