Daily Thought 06.26.22

 
From: "Daily Thought" <dailythought@aa-alive.org>
Subject: Daily Thought 06.26.22
Date: June 26th 2022

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

June 26, 2022
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Self-Will
We usually conclude the period of meditation with a prayer that we be
shown all through the day what our next step is to be, that we be given
whatever we need to take care of such problems. We ask especially for
freedom from self-will, and are careful to make no request for ourselves
only. We may ask for ourselves, however, if others will be helped. We
are careful never to pray for our own selfish ends.

- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 87 

Thought to Ponder
Thy Will, not mine, be done.
 

AA-related 'Alconym'
P R O G R E S S  =  Prayers Release Our Grievances, Resentments, Envy, Selfishness, Self-Centeredness.

A Member Shares:
Hi everyone! Danielle - blessed alcoholic & grateful part of this room! I did not realize just how much anxiety and fear I was carrying around with me, at all times Until I started step work, and learned the 3rd step prayer while working my 3rd step. My sponsor made me memorize it, in fact. Now for someone who is a people pleaser, wants to be the director of all situations, perfectionist, pride-centric, gal like myself... yes a bunch of those came to light when discussing my defects... turning my life over wasn't the easiest thing. But once I was able to see what God, whom I call my Higher Power, was doing for me (which we all know I cannot do for myself), I started to feel the weight lift. Now, 16 + months later, I say the 3rd step prayer when I wake up in the morning, literally before I open my eyes to remind myself, that it is MY will that gets me in trouble, and HIS/THY will, that keeps me sober. And not only sober from picking up a physical drink, but sober from fear, sober from anxiety, sober from the impending doom that they talk about in the BB. When I do start to feel anxiety creeping in... there is ALWAYS a common theme. I am trying to direct the darn show again. At least today, I am able to recognize and adjust my thinking when I get to this point. Without turning my life over, each day - sometimes multiple times a day! - I would not be experiencing the amazing freedom I feel today. It's truly a blessing, and I must continue to ask for freedom of self-will, but also remember what it was like prior to my belief that it just might work for me. Very grateful & blessed to be with y'all!

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