Daily Thought 06.28.20

From: "Daily Thought" <dailythought@aa-alive.org>
Subject: Daily Thought 06.28.20
Date: June 28th 2020

AA Thought for the Day
(courtesy AA-Alive.net)

June 28, 2020

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Baffling Feature
Whether such a person can quit upon a nonspiritual basis depends upon
the extent to which he has already lost the power to choose whether he will
drink or not. Many of us felt that we had plenty of character. There was a
tremendous urge to cease forever. Yet we found it impossible. This is the
baffling feature of alcoholism as we know it—this utter inability to leave it
alone, no matter how great the necessity or the wish.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 34 

Thought to Ponder
Alcohol — cunning, baffling, powerful!

AA-related 'Alconym'
H O P E  =  Hold On, Pain Ends.

A Member Shares:
My name is Mark, very grateful, very alcoholic, recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. Seemingly indeed, thank God. I love to share from the chapter More about alcoholism. It might be called: More TRUTH about alcoholism so I believe. Like most I share, I stole that one, but it works for me. If having plenty of character means I believed things not true at all, acting arrogant and like I had 10 lives instead of one, that's true for me. Playing God is not the same as having character though. I did. And I didn't know I did. Or believe or want to believe. But what hits me most here, is what it says about willpower and, We are beyond the point of no return already if we find out we are. It's the same when it comes to death, might sound harsh, but ain't it true? It hit me recently how often the book tells me things like: 'This might be an extreme example to you...' But if I start asking myself questions. Is this my experience? Is this true for me? And I repeat that process, the book even goes easy on me at times. It is indeed loving to tell the truth if someone needs it like I did and do. Might not sound nice, but it is more loving than anything else could be. I lost the power of choice, and I truly hope someone will tell me some truth if I ever say something like: "I decided not to drink today." I cannot do that. I didn't need to be in AA if I could pull that off. I do know today 'stop' means: To not start again. I pray it will always remain that way. Because when I do something with the truth I have seen, and stop doing the things I cannot manage to do myself; that being most of the things I do, I experience the solution. There is one. Alcoholism is mental, progressive and fatal, I have it. But today I am free of it. So amazingly grateful. Thank You [God], principles and you all. I need and want this spiritual solution.

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Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength and hope in carrying the AA message.
Grateful to serve,
peyton h

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