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Daily Thought 01.17.18

January 17th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 17, 2018 No Reservation We have seen the truth demonstrated again and again: "Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic." Commencing to drink after a period of sobriety, we are in a short time as bad as ever. If we are planning to stop drinking, there must be no reservation of any kind, nor any lurking notion that someday we will be immune to alcohol. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 33 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.16.18

January 16th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 16, 2018 Possible Existence As soon as we admitted the possible existence of a Creative Intelligence, a Spirit of the Universe underlying the totality of things, we began to be possessed of a new sense of power and direction, provided we took other simple steps. We found that God does not make too hard terms with those who seek Him. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 46 Thought to Ponder God seldom becomes a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.15.18

January 15th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 15, 2018 Miraculous The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous. He has commenced to accomplish those things for us which we could never do by ourselves. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 25 Thought to Ponder Don't give up before the miracle happens. AA-related 'Alconym' B I G B O O K = Believing In God Be ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.14.18

January 14th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 14, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Willingness Once we have placed the key of willingness in the lock and have the door ever so slightly open, we find that we can always open it some more. Though self-will may slam it shut again, as it frequently does, it will always respond the moment we again pick up the key of willingness. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 35 Thought to Ponder Take a walk w ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.13.18

January 13th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 13, 2018 Absolutely Unable But the actual or potential alcoholic, with hardly an exception, will be absolutely unable to stop drinking on the basis of self-knowledge. This is a point we wish to emphasize and re-emphasize, to smash home upon our alcoholic readers as it has been revealed to us out of bitter experience. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 39 Thought to Ponder Pride in my intelligence blinded me to h ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.12.18

January 12th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 12, 2018 Helpful We avoid retaliation or argument. We wouldn’t 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 67 Thought to Ponder Today I pray over the things that I used to drink over. AA-related 'Alconym' P U T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.11.18

January 11th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 11, 2018 Not Cured It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God’s will into all of our activities. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.10.18

January 10th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 10, 2018 Happy, Joyous, and Free We are sure God wants us to be happy, joyous, and free. We cannot subscribe to the belief that this life is a vale of tears, though it once was just that for many of us. But it is clear that we made our own misery. God didn't do it. Avoid then, the deliberate manufacture of misery, but if trouble comes, cheerfully capitalize it as an opportunity to demonstrate His omnipotence. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.09.18

January 9th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 9, 2018 The Solution 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 17 Thought to Ponder The solution is simple. The solution is spiritual. AA-rela ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.08.18

January 8th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 8, 2018 Experience PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 89 Thought to Ponder "Service made me feel useful. Twelfth Step work taught me to accept my past." AA-related 'Alconym' G I F T S = Getting It From The Steps. Thanks to all of you for shar ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.07.18

January 7th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 7, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Promises We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves. Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 84 Thought to Ponder Sobriety is not a destination, but an everlasting journey. AA-re ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.06.18

January 6th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 6, 2018 Dear Reader, I am sorry for the lateness of your Daily Thought today. Apparently there was a small glitch and it did not send out at the time it was suppose to. An Open Mind Most emphatically we wish to say that any alcoholic capable of honestly facing his problems in the light of our experience can recover, provided he does not close his mind to all spiritual concepts. He can only be defeated by ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.05.18

January 5th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 5, 2018 Our Work This dream world has been replaced by a great sense of purpose, accompanied by a growing consciousness of the power of God in our lives. We have come to believe He would like us to keep our heads in the clouds with Him, but that our feet ought to be firmly planted on earth. That is where our fellow travelers are, and that is where our work must be done. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 130 Tho ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.04.18

January 4th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 4, 2018 Recovered He accepted the plan outlined in this book. One year later he called to see me, and I experienced a very strange sensation. I knew the man by name, and partly recognized his features, but there all resemblance ended. From a trembling, despairing, nervous wreck, had emerged a man brimming over with self-reliance and contentment. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xxxi Thought to Ponder It's n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.03.18

January 3rd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 3, 2018 Paradox Such is the paradox of AA regeneration: strength arising out of complete defeat and weakness, the loss of one's old life as a condition for finding a new one. But we of AA do not have to understand this paradox, we have only to be grateful for it. - Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, p. 46 Thought to Ponder I have learned how a heart full of gratitude feels. AA-related 'Alconym' T H I N ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought Message 01.02.18

January 2nd 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 2, 2018 Lost Faith "The here and now was good enough for us. The will to win would carry us through. But then alcohol began to have its way with us. Finally, when all our score cards read 'zero,' and we saw that one more strike would put us out of the game forever, we had to look for our lost faith. It was in A.A, that we rediscovered it. And so can you.” - 12 Steps & 12 Traditions, p. 29 Thought to Ponder Fai ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.01.18

January 1st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 1, 2018 An Answer Upon therapy for the alcoholic himself, we surely have no monopoly. Yet it is our great hope that all those who have as yet found no answer may begin to find one in the pages of this book and will presently join us on the high road to a new freedom. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xxi Thought to Ponder Joy is in knowing there is an answer. AA-related 'Alconym' A A = Answer Available. Thank ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.31.17

December 31st 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 31, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Action We alcoholics are undisciplined. So we let God discipline us in the simple way we have just outlined. But this is not all. There is action and more action. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 88 Thought to Ponder The Three A's .. Awareness, Acceptance, Action. AA-related 'Alconym' A C T I O N = Any Change To Improve Our Nature. A Member Shares: Chris Alcoholic. I ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.30.17

December 30th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 30, 2017 Uniquely Useful Ministers and doctors are competent and you can learn much from them if you wish, but it happens that because of your own drinking experience you can be uniquely useful to other alcoholics. So cooperate; never criticize. To be helpful is our only aim. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 89 Thought to Ponder "Service made me feel useful. Twelfth Step work taught me to accept my past.&qu ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.29.17

December 29th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 29, 2017 Lost Faith "The here and now was good enough for us. The will to win would carry us through. But then alcohol began to have its way with us. Finally, when all our score cards read 'zero,' and we saw that one more strike would put us out of the game forever, we had to look for our lost faith. It was in A.A, that we rediscovered it. And so can you.” - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 29 Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought Message

December 28th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 28, 2017 Humility To those who have made progress in A.A., it amounts to a clear recognition of what and who we really are, followed by a sincere attempt to become what we could be. Therefore, our first practical move toward humility must consist of recognizing our deficiencies. No defect can be corrected unless we clearly see what it is. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 58 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.27.17

December 27th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 27, 2017 Excuses Some drinkers have excuses with which they are satisfied part of the time. But in their hearts they really do not know why they do it. Once this malady has a real hold, they are a baffled lot. There is the obsession that somehow, someday, they will beat the game. But they often suspect they are down for the count. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 23 Thought to Ponder Alcohol — cunning, baffling, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.26.17

December 26th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 26, 2017 Abnormal Condition Cessation of drinking is but the first step away from a highly strained, abnormal condition. A doctor said to us, “Years of living with an alcoholic is almost sure to make any wife or child neurotic. The entire family is, to some extent, ill.” Let families realize, as they start their journey, that all will not be fair weather. Each in his turn may be footsore and may straggle. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.25.17

December 25th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 25, 2017 Good Will Most of us feel we need look no further for Utopia. We have it with us right here and now. Each day my friend’s simple talk in our kitchen multiplies itself in a widening circle of peace on earth and good will to men. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 16 Thought to Ponder Sobriety is not a destination, but an everlasting journey. AA-related 'Alconym' A A = Answer Available. Thanks to all o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.24.17

December 24th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 24, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Our Review When we retire at night, we constructively review our day. Were we resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid? Do we owe an apology? . . . . What could we have done better? . . . After making our review we ask God’s forgiveness and inquire what corrective measures should be taken. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 86 Thought to Ponder I want the gift of an untroubled m ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.23.17

December 23rd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 23, 2017 Our Plans On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead. We consider our plans for the day. Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 86 Thought to Ponder Life is fragile, handle with prayer. AA-related 'Alconym' P R A Y E R = Praying Regularly Allows Your Ev ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.22.17

December 22nd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 22, 2017 Emotional Stability When we developed still more, we discovered the best possible source of emotional stability to be God Himself. We found that dependence upon His perfect justice, forgiveness, and love was healthy, and that it would work where nothing else would. If we really depended upon God, we couldn’t very well play God to our fellows nor would we feel the urge wholly to rely on human protec ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.21.17

December 21st 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 21, 2017 Spiritual Progress Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 60 Thought to Ponder Spiritual pro ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.20.17

December 20th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 20, 2017 Fellowship of the Spirit 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. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.19.17

December 19th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 19, 2017 Our Will We could wish to be moral, we could wish to be philosophically comforted, in fact, we could will these things with all our might, but the needed power wasn’t there. Our human resources, as marshalled by the will, were not sufficient; they failed utterly. Lack of power, that was our dilemma. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 45 Thought to Ponder Take a walk with God. He will meet you at the Steps ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.18.17

December 18th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 18, 2017 Conditions People have said we must not go where liquor is served. . . . . . 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 100 - 101 Thought to Ponder Gr ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.17.17

December 17th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 17, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Steps Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it—then you are ready to take certain steps. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 58 Thought to Ponder Sobriety without action is fantasy. AA-related 'Alconym' S T E P S = Solut ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought12.16.17

December 16th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 16, 2017 This Book Upon therapy for the alcoholic himself, we surely have no monopoly. Yet it is our great hope that all those who have as yet found no answer may begin to find one in the pages of this book and will presently join us on the highroad to a new freedom. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xxi Thought to Ponder Joy is in knowing there is an answer. AA-related 'Alconym' B I G B O O K = Believing In ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.15.17

December 15th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 15, 2017 Tradition Five “Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry the message to the alcoholic who still suffers.” “SHOEMAKER, stick to thy last!”... better do one thing supremely well than many badly. That is the central theme of this Tradition. Around it our Society gathers in unity. The very life of our Fellowship requires the preservation of this principle. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 1 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.14.17

December 14th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 14, 2017 Poison If we were to live, we had to be free of anger. The grouch and the brainstorm were not for us. They maybe the dubious luxury of normal men, but for alcoholics these things are poison. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 66 Thought to Ponder Anger is the wind that blows out the light of reason. AA-related 'Alconym' A N G E R = Any New Grudge Endangers Recovery. Thanks to all of you for sharing s ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.13.17

December 13th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 13, 2017 Honest and Willing RARELY HAVE we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not, completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 58 Thought to Ponder Willingness, honesty and open-mindedness are the essentials ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.12.17

December 12th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 12, 2017 Earnestness There is, however, a vast amount of fun about it all. I suppose some would be shocked at our seeming worldliness and levity. But just underneath there is deadly earnestness. Faith has to work twenty-four hours a day in and through us, or we perish. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 16 Thought to Ponder It is when you act on faith that you actually have it. AA-related 'Alconym' F A I T H = ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.11.17

December 11th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 8, 2017 The Channel The persistent use of meditation and prayer, we found, did open the channel so that where there had been a trickle, there now was a river which led to sure power and safe guidance from God as we were increasingly better able to understand Him. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 109 Thought to Ponder Prayer asks the question. Meditation listens for the answer. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.10.17

December 10th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 10, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Work For if an alcoholic failed to perfect and enlarge his spiritual life through work and self-sacrifice for others, he could not survive the certain trials and low spots ahead. If he did not work, he would surely drink again, and if he drank, he would surely die. Then faith would be dead indeed. With us it is just like that. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 14 - 15 Thou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.09.17

December 9th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 9, 2017 Something Happens We know that while the alcoholic keeps away from drink, as he may do for months or years, he reacts much like other men. We are equally positive that once he takes any alcohol whatever into his system, something happens, both in the bodily and mental sense, which makes it virtually impossible for him to stop. The experience of any alcoholic will abundantly confirm this. - Alcoholic ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.08.17

December 8th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 8, 2017 This Phenomenon All these, and many others, have one symptom in common: they cannot start drinking without developing the phenomenon of craving. . . . . .It has never been, by any treatment with which we are familiar, permanently eradicated. The only relief we have to suggest is entire abstinence. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. XXX Thought to Ponder If we want to quit drinking, we are going to have to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.07.17

December 7th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 7, 2017 Our Inventory If we have been thorough about our personal inventory, we have written down a lot. We have listed and analyzed our resentments. We have begun to comprehend their futility and their fatality. We have commenced to see their terrible destructiveness. We have begun to learn tolerance, patience and good will toward all men, even our enemies, for we look on them as sick people. - Alcoholi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.06.17

December 6th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 6, 2017 Infinitely Grave It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness. To the precise extent that we permit these, do we squander the hours that might have been worth while. But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment is infinitely grave. We found that it is fatal. - Alcoholics Anonym ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.05.17

December 5th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 5, 2017 Spiritual Principles "Quite as important was the discovery that spiritual principles would solve all my problems. I have since been brought into a way of living infinitely more satisfying and, I hope, more useful than the life I lived before. My old manner of life was by no means a bad one, but I would not exchange its best moments for the worst I have now. I would not go back to it even if I coul ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.04.17

December 4th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 4, 2017 Faith Actually we were fooling ourselves, for deep down in every man, woman, and child, is the fundamental idea of God. It may be obscured by calamity, by pomp, by worship of other things, but in some form or other it is there. For faith in a Power greater than ourselves, and miraculous demonstrations of that power in human lives, are facts as old as man himself. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 55 Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.03.17

December 3rd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 3, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ A Design for Living But I soon found that when all other measures failed, work with another alcoholic would save the day. Many times I have gone to my old hospital in despair. On talking to a man there, I would be amazingly lifted up and set on my feet. It is a design for living that works in rough going. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 15 Thought to Ponder The Twelve S ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.02.17

December 2nd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 2, 2017 The Turning Point Remember that we deal with alcohol—cunning, baffling, powerful! Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all power—that One is God. May you find Him now! Half-measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His care and protection with complete abandon. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 58 - 59 Thought to Ponder Take a walk with God. He will meet ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.01.17

December 1st 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 1, 2017 Progressive Illness All of us felt at times that we were regaining control, but such intervals—usually brief—were inevitably followed by still less control, which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization. We are convinced to a man that alcoholics of our type are in the grip of a progressive illness. Over any considerable period we get worse, never better. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.30.17

November 30th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 30, 2017 One More Attempt But not so with us in those last days of heavy drinking. The old pleasures were gone. They were but memories. Never could we recapture the great moments of the past. There was an insistent yearning to enjoy life as we once did and a heartbreaking obsession that some new miracle of control would enable us to do it. There was always one more attempt—and one more failure. - Alcoholics ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.29.17

November 29th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 29, 2017 Turmoil The alcoholic is like a tornado roaring his way through the lives of others. Hearts are broken. Sweet relationships are dead. Affections have been uprooted. Selfish and inconsiderate habits have kept the home in turmoil. We feel a man is unthinking when he says that sobriety is enough. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 82 Thought to Ponder The Three A's .. Awareness, Acceptance, Action. AA-re ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.28.17

November 28th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 28, 2017 Insanity He had much knowledge about himself as an alcoholic. Yet all reasons for not not drinking were easily pushed aside in favor of the foolish idea that he could take whiskey if only he mixed it with milk! Whatever the precise definition of the word may be, we call this plain insanity. How can such a lack of proportion, of the ability to think straight, be called anything else? - Alcoholics ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.27.17

November 27th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 27, 2017 Character Defects If I drew a line between active alcoholism on one side and life as God wants me to live and has equipped me to on the other, then I'm somewhere in the middle, striving toward the ideal. If I allow my character defects to rule my life again and forget the AA program, forget where the power to change for the better comes from, I will, in the long run, inevitably drink again. - The Best ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.26.17

November 26th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 26, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Prayer Step Eleven suggests prayer and meditation. We shouldn’t be shy on this matter of prayer. Better men than we are using it constantly. It works, if we have the proper attitude and work at it. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 85 - 86 Thought to Ponder The Three "P's" -- Pause, Pray, Proceed. AA-related 'Alconym' T G I F = Thanking God Is Freedom. A Memb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.25.17

November 25th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 25, 2017 A New Employer We had a new Employer. Being all powerful, He provided what we needed, if we kept close to Him and performed His work well. Established on such a footing we became less and less interested in ourselves, our little plans and designs. More and more we became interested in seeing what we could contribute to life. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 63 Thought to Ponder Through adversity, we ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.24.17

November 24th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 24, 2017 Morals and Philosophy If a mere code of morals or a better philosophy of life were sufficient to overcome alcoholism, many of us would have recovered long ago. But we found that such codes and philosophies did not save us, no matter how much we tried. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 44 - 45 Thought to Ponder Faith makes the impossible possible. AA-related 'Alconym' F E A R = Face Everything And Recov ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.23.17

November 23rd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 23, 2017 Blessings Having so considered our day, not omitting to take due note of things well done, and having searched our hearts with neither fear nor favor, we can truly thank God for the blessings we have received and sleep in good conscience. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 95 Thought to Ponder Gratitude is a most effective painkiller for the alcoholic. AA-related 'Alconym' P R A Y E R = P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.22.17

November 22nd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 22, 2017 Spiritual Growth At the start, this was all we needed to commence spiritual growth, to effect our first conscious relation with God as we understood Him. . . .if we wished to grow we had to begin somewhere. So we used our own conception, however limited it was. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 47 Thought to Ponder Spiritual progress isn't what gets us sober, it's what keeps us sober. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.21.17

November 21st 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 21, 2017 Consequences In some circumstances we have gone out deliberately to get drunk, feeling ourselves justified by nervousness, anger, worry, depression, jealousy or the like. But even in this type of beginning we are obliged to admit that our justification for a spree was insanely insufficient in the light of what always happened. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 37 Thought to Ponder When I choose the behav ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.20.17

November 20th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 20, 2017 Higher Power On one proposition, however, these men and women are strikingly agreed. Every one of them has gained access to, and believes in, a Power greater than himself. This Power has in each case accomplished the miraculous, the humanly impossible. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 50 Thought to Ponder Willpower ... our will-ingness to use a Higher Power. AA-related 'Alconym' B I G B O O K = B ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.19.17

November 19th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 19, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Blessings of Sobriety We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness... Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 83 -84 Thought to Ponder Sobriety is the adven ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.18.17

November 18th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 18, 2017 Real Alcoholics Despite all we can say, many who are real alcoholics are not going to believe they are in that class. By every form of self-deception and experimentation, they will try to prove themselves exceptions to the rule, therefore nonalcoholic. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 31 Thought to Ponder I would rather go through life sober, believing I am an alcoholic, than go through life drunk, trying to convince mys ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.17.17

November 17th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 17, 2017 Insane Idea But there was always the curious mental phenomenon that parallel with our sound reasoning there inevitably ran some insanely trivial excuse for taking the first drink. Our sound reasoning failed to hold us in check. The insane idea won out. Next day we would ask ourselves, in all earnestness and sincerity, how it could have happened. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 37 Thought to Ponder The ult ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.16.17

November 16th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 16, 2017 Choice At a certain point in the drinking of every alcoholic, he passes into a state where the most powerful desire to stop drinking is of absolutely no avail. This tragic situation has already arrived in practically every case long before it is suspected. The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 24 Thought to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.15.17

November 15th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 15, 2017 Directions If we have carefully followed directions, we have begun to sense the flow of His Spirit into us. To some extent we have become God-conscious. We have begun to develop this vital sixth sense. But we must go further and that means more action. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 85 Thought to Ponder Faith is mighty. Action with faith is mightier. AA-related 'Alconym' A A = Accountable Actions. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.14.17

November 14th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 14, 2017 Carry the Message "AA is more than a set of principles; it is a Society of alcoholics in action. We must carry the message, else we ourselves can wither and those who haven't been given the truth will die." - The Language of the Heart, "What Is the Third Legacy?" Thought to Ponder In AA we carry the message ... not the mess. AA-related 'Alconym' P R O G R A M = People Relying ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.13.17

November 13th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 13, 2017 Tradition Eleven "Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films." To us, however, it represents far more than a sound public relations policy. It is more than a denial of self-seeking. This Tradition is a constant and practical reminder that personal ambition has no place in A.A. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.12.17

November 12th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 12, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ The Main Purpose WE, OF Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book. For them, we hope these pages will prove so convincing that no further authentication will be necessary. - Alcoholics Anonymous, Fo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.11.17

November 11th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November, 11, 2017 Self-Centered Never once in my life have I had a headache, which fact leads me to believe that I was an alcoholic almost from the start. My whole life seemed to be centered around doing what I wanted to do, without regard for the rights, wishes, or privileges of anyone else; a state of mind which became more and more predominant as the years passed. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 172 Thought to Ponde ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.10.17

November 10th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 10, 2017 Providence It is truly awful to admit, glass in hand, we have warped our minds into such an obsession for destructive drinking that only an act of Providence can remove it from us. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 21 Thought to Ponder Avoidance is not the key; surrender opens the door. AA-related 'Alconym' N E W = Nothing Else Worked. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of you ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.09.17

November 9th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 9, 2017 Spiritually Sick Resentment is the "number one" offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 64 Thought to Ponder Resentments are like ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.08.17

November 8th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 8, 2017 Helpfulness Your job now is to be at the place where you may be of maximum helpfulness to others, so never hesitate to go anywhere if you can be helpful. You should not hesitate to visit the most sordid spot on earth on such an errand. Keep on the firing line of life with these motives and God will keep you unharmed. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 102 Thought to Ponder . . . Trust God. Clean house. Help others. A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.07.17

November 7th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 7, 2017 Open Minded Faced with alcoholic destruction, we soon became as open minded on spiritual matters as we had tried to be on other questions. In this respect alcohol was a great persuader. It finally beat us into a state of reasonableness. Sometimes this was a tedious process; we hope no one else will be prejudiced for as long as some of us were. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 48 Thought to Ponder Spir ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.06.17

November 6th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 6, 2017 Step Two "Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity." Even so has God restored us all to our right minds. To this man, the revelation was sudden. Some of us grow into it more slowly. But He has come to all who have honestly sought Him. When we drew near to Him He disclosed Himself to us! - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 57 Thought to Ponder I came; I came t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.05.17

November 5th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 5, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Spiritual Experience Most of our experiences are what the psychologist William James calls the "educational variety" because they develop slowly over a period of time. Quite often friends of the newcomer are aware of the difference long before he is himself. He finally realizes that he has undergone a profound alteration in his reaction to life; that such a chan ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.04.17

November 4th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 4, 2017 The Great Fact 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 164 Thought to Ponder Trust God. Clean house. Help others. AA-related 'Alconym' F R O G = Fu ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.03.17

November 3rd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 3, 2017 Faith There is only one key, and it is called willingness. Once unlocked by willingness, the door opens almost of itself, and looking through it, we shall see a pathway beside which is an inscription. It reads: "This is the way to a faith that works." - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 34 Thought to Ponder What have I been given today? Am I willing to reach out and grasp it? AA-rel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.02.17

November 2nd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 2, 2017 Amends Nevertheless, with a person we dislike, we take the bit in our teeth. It is harder to go to an enemy than to a friend, but we find it much more beneficial to us. We go to him in a helpful and forgiving spirit, confessing our former ill feeling and expressing our regret. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 77 Thought to Ponder Don't mess up an amend with an excuse. AA-related 'Alconym' F E A R = F ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.01.17

November 1st 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 1, 2017 Thy Will As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day "Thy will be done." We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 87 - 88 Thought ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.31.17

October 31st 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 31, 2017 Beyond Human Aid The alcoholic may say to himself in the most casual way, "It won’t burn me this time, so here’s how!" Or perhaps he doesn’t think at all... ...When this sort of thinking is fully established in an individual with alcoholic tendencies, he has probably placed himself beyond human aid, and unless locked up, may die or go permanently insane. These stark and ugly facts have bee ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.30.17

October 30th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 30, 2017 Isolation What are we likely to receive from Step Five? For one thing, we shall get rid of that terrible sense of isolation we've always had. Almost without exception, alcoholics are tortured by loneliness. Even before our drinking got bad and people began to cut us off, nearly all of us suffered the feeling that we didn't quite belong. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 57 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.29.17

October 29th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 29, 2017 Spiritual Growth The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 60 Thought to Ponder Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional, growing spiritually is up to me. AA-related 'Alconym' K I S S = Keeping It Simple, Spiritually. T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.28.17

October 28th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 28, 2017 Third Step We were now at Step Three. Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him: "God, I offer myself to Thee—to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!&quo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.27.17

October 27th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 27, 2017 Promises If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 83 - 84 Thought to Ponder Serenity is not the absence of conflict but the abilit ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.26.17

October 26th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 26, 2017 New Attitudes If we really depended upon God, we couldn't very well play God to our fellows nor would we feel the urge wholly to rely on human protection and care. These were the new attitudes that finally brought many of us an inner strength and peace that could not be deeply shaken by the shortcomings of others or by any calamity not of our own making. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 1 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.25.17

October 25th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 25, 2017 Probably Alcoholic If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably alcoholic. If that be the case, you may be suffering from an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 44 Thought to Ponder Hope leads to faith if you let it. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.24.17

October 24th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 24, 2017 An Unshakable Foundation There is a direct linkage among self-examination, meditation, and prayer. Taken separately, these practices can bring much relief and benefit. But when they are logically related and interwoven, the result is an unshakable foundation for life. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 98 Thought to Ponder Today I pray over the things that I used to drink over. AA-related 'A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.23.17

October 23rd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 23, 2017 Combating Alcoholism In our belief any scheme of combating alcoholism which proposes to shield the sick man from temptation is doomed to failure. If the alcoholic tries to shield himself he may succeed for a time, but he usually winds up with a bigger explosion than ever. We have tried these methods. These attempts to do the impossible have always failed. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 101 Thought t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.22.17

October 22nd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 22, 2017 Willingness to Believe Let us make haste to reassure you. We found that as soon as we were able to lay aside prejudice and express even a willingness to believe in a Power greater than ourselves, we commenced to get results, even though it was impossible for any of us to fully define or comprehend that Power, which is God. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 46 Thought to Ponder God seldom becomes a real ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.21.17

October 21st 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 21, 2017 Fellowship The fellowship in AA is unique. Ties are made overnight that it would take years to develop elsewhere. No one needs a false front. All barriers are down. Some who have felt outcasts all their lives now know they really belong. From feeling as if they were dragging anchor through life, they suddenly sail free before the wind. For now they can be of tremendous and peculiar use to others havin ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.20.17

October 20th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 20, 2017 Usefulness Most of us sense that real tolerance of other people’s shortcomings and viewpoints and a respect for their opinions are attitudes which make us more useful to others. Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers, depend upon our constant thought of others and how we may help meet their needs. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 19 - 20 Thought to Ponder Love and tolerance of others is our code. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.19.17

October 19th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 19, 2017 The Key Showing others who suffer how we were given help is the very thing which makes life seem so worth while to us now. Cling to the thought that, in God’s hands, the dark past is the greatest possession you have—the key to life and happiness for others. With it you can avert death and misery for them. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 124 Thought to Ponder We will not regret the past nor wish to s ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.18.17

October 18th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 18, 2017 A Meeting In addition to these casual get-togethers, it became customary to set apart one night a week for a meeting to be attended by anyone or everyone interested in a spiritual way of life. Aside from fellowship and sociability, the prime object was to provide a time and place where new people might bring their problems. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 160 Thought to Ponder Trust God. Clean house ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.17.17

October 17th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 17, 2017 Pyschic Change After they have succumbed to the desire again, as so many do, and the phenomenon of craving develops, they pass through the well-known stages of a spree, emerging remorseful, with a firm resolution not to drink again. This is repeated over and over, and unless this person can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope of his recovery. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xxi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.16.17

October 16th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 16, 2017 The Root Selfishness—self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles. Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate. Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, but we invariably find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on self which later placed us in a positio ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought Message

October 15th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 15, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Action It works—it really does. We alcoholics are undisciplined. So we let God discipline us in the simple way we have just outlined. But this is not all. There is action and more action. "Faith without works is dead." - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 88 Thought to Ponder Sobriety without action is fantasy. AA-related 'Alconym' S T E P S = Solutions Through Each ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.14.17

October 14th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 14, 2017 One Drink If hundreds of experiences have shown him that one drink means another debacle with all its attendant suffering and humiliation, why is it he takes that one drink? Why can't he stay on the water wagon? What has become of the common sense and will power that he still sometimes displays with respect to other matters? - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 22 Thought to Ponder The first drink has th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.13.17

October 13th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 13, 2017 Delay and Rebellion At the very least, we shall have to come to grips with some of our worst character defects and take action toward their removal as quickly as we can. The moment we say, “No, never!” our minds close against the grace of God. Delay is dangerous, and rebellion may be fatal. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 69 Thought to Ponder Delay is the deadliest form of denial. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.12.17

October 12th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 12, 2017 Spiritual Growth At the start, this was all we needed to commence spiritual growth, to effect our first conscious relation with God as we understood Him. . . .if we wished to grow we had to begin somewhere. So we used our own conception, however limited it was. - Alcoholics Anonymous pp. 47 Thought to Ponder Spiritual progress isn't what gets us sober, it's what keeps us sober. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.11.17

October 11th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 11, 2017 Step Five “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs." Hence it was most evident that a solitary self-appraisal, and the admission of our defects based upon that alone, wouldn't be nearly enough. We'd have to have outside help if we were surely to know and admit the truth about ourselves—the help of God and another human being. Only by discussin ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.10.17

October 10th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 10, 2017 The Alcoholic He is often perfectly sensible and well balanced concerning everything except liquor, but in that respect he is incredibly dishonest and selfish. He often possesses special abilities, skills, and aptitudes, and has a promising career ahead of him. He uses his gifts to build up a bright outlook for his family and himself, and then pulls the structure down on his head by a senseless ser ...Continue Reading
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