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Daily Thought 04.25.18

April 25th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 25, 2018 Prospect When you discover a prospect for Alcoholics Anonymous, find out all you can about him. If he does not want to stop drinking, don’t waste time trying to persuade him. You may spoil a later opportunity. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 90 Thought to Ponder AA is not for people who need it, it's for people who want it. AA-related 'Alconym' H O L D = Helping Others Live Daily. Thanks to all of ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.24.18

April 24th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 24, 2018 Permanent Recovery This seemed to prove that one alcoholic could affect another as no nonalcoholic could. It also indicated that strenuous work, one alcoholic with another, was vital to permanent recovery. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. pgs. xvi - xvii Thought to Ponder To keep it, you have to give it away. AA-related 'Alconym' A L C O H O L I C S = A Life Consisting Of Helping Others Lived In Constant ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.23.18

April 23rd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 23, 2018 Rarely 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 Honesty is the absence of the intent to deceive. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.22.18

April 22nd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 22, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Powerless But upon entering A.A. we soon take quite another view of this absolute humiliation. We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps toward liberation and strength. Our admissions of personal powerlessness finally turn out to be firm bedrock upon which happy and purposeful lives may be built.. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.21.18

April 21st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 21, 2018 Character 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, p. 34 Thought to Ponder Alcohol — cunning, baffling, powerful! AA-related 'Alconym' K I S S = Keep ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.20.18

April 20th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 20, 2018 Fortunate We who are alcoholics can consider ourselves fortunate indeed. Each of us has had his own near-fatal encounter with the juggernaut of self-will, and has suffered enough under its weight to look for something better. So it is by circumstance rather than any virtue that we have been driven to AA, have admitted defeat, have acquired the rudiments of faith, and now want to make a decision to tur ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.19.18

April 19th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 19, 2018 Restored 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 From darkness comes light. AA-related 'Alconym' A R T = Always Remain Teachable. Thanks to all of you f ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.18.18

April 18th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 18, 2018 Children of a Creator We have no desire to convince anyone that there is only one way by which faith can be acquired. If what we have learned and felt and seen means anything at all, it means that all of us, whatever our race, creed, or color are the children of a living Creator with whom we may form a relationship upon simple and understandable terms as soon as we are willing and honest enough to try. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.17.18

April 17th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 17, 2018 Profound Change 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 change could hardly have been brought about by himself alone. What often takes place in a few months could seldom have been accomplished by years of self-discipline. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 567 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.16.18

April 16th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 16, 2018 Tradition Four With respect to its own affairs, each A.A. group should be responsible to no other authority than its own conscience. But when its plans concern the welfare of neighboring groups also, those groups ought to be consulted. And no group, regional committee, or individual should ever take any action that might greatly affect A.A. as a whole without conferring with the trustees of the Genera ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.15.18

April 15th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 15, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ A Higher Power We needed to ask ourselves but one short question. "Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?" As soon as a man can say that he does believe, or is willing to believe, we emphatically assure him that he is on his way. It has been repeatedly proven among us that upon this simple cornerstone a wonderf ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.14.18

April 14th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 14, 2018 Amends Although these reparations take innumerable forms, there are some general principles which we find guiding. Reminding ourselves that we have decided to go to any lengths to find a spiritual experience, we ask that we be given strength and direction to do the right thing, no matter what the personal consequences may be. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 79 Thought to Ponder It is the highest form of s ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.13.18

April 13th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 13, 2018 Fellowship There you will find release from care, boredom and worry. Your imagination will be fired. Life will mean something at last. The most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead. Thus we find the fellowship, and so will you. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 152 Thought to Ponder Alcoholics Anonymous is the only place in the world where you can walk into a room full of total strangers and reminisc ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.12.18

April 12th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 12, 2018 Selfishness So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn’t think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kills us! God makes that possible. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 62 Thought to Ponder The smallest package in the world is ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.11.18

April 11th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 11, 2018 Step Five "Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs." We pocket our pride and go to it, illuminating every twist of character, every dark cranny of the past. Once we have taken this step, withholding nothing, we are delighted. We can look the world in the eye. We can be alone at perfect peace and ease. Our fears fall from us. We begin to feel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.10.18

April 10th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 10, 2018 Diagnosis We do not like to pronounce any individual as alcoholic, but you can quickly diagnose yourself. Step over to the nearest barroom and try some controlled drinking. Try to drink and stop abruptly. Try it more than once. It will not take long for you to decide, if you are honest with yourself about it. It may be worth a bad case of jitters if you get a full knowledge of your condition. - Alcoho ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.09.18

April 9th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 9, 2018 Design for Living We, in our turn, sought the same escape with all the desperation of drowning men. What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of God. A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, "a design for living" that really works. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 28 Thought to Ponder The Twelve Steps — a manuscript for rational living. AA-related ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.08.18

April 8th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 8, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Step Six If we can answer to our satisfaction, we then look at Step Six. We have emphasized willingness as being indispensable. Are we now ready to let God remove from us all the things which we have admitted are objectionable? Can He now take them all—every one? If we still cling to something we will not let go, we ask God to help us be willing. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.07.18

April 7th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 7, 2018 Self-Centered Admitting he may be somewhat at fault, he is sure that other people are more to blame. He becomes angry, indignant, self-pitying. What is his basic trouble? Is he not really a self-seeker even when trying to be kind? Is he not a victim of the delusion that he can wrest satisfaction and happiness out of this world if he only manages well? - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 61 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.06.18

April 6th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 6, 2018 Four Horsemen Some of us sought out sordid places, hoping to find understanding companionship and approval. Momentarily we did—then would come oblivion and the awful awakening to face the hideous Four Horsemen—Terror, Bewilderment, Frustration, Despair. Unhappy drinkers who read this page will understand! - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 151 Thought to Ponder From darkness comes light. AA-related 'Al ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.05.18

April 5th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 5, 2018 True Motives But in other instances only the closest scrutiny will reveal what our true motives were. There are cases where our ancient enemy, rationalization, has stepped in and has justified conduct which was really wrong. The temptation here is to imagine that we had good motives and reasons when we really didn't. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 94 Thought to Ponder Don't believe ever ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.04.18

April 4th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 4, 2018 Immunity 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 Into service out of self. AA-related 'Alconym' S P O N S O R = Sober Person Offering Newcomers Suggestions On Recovery. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experienc ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.03.18

April 3rd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 3, 2018 Help Many of us had moral and philosophical convictions galore, but we could not live up to them even though we would have liked to. Neither could we reduce our self-centeredness much by wishing or trying on our own power. We had to have God’s help. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 62 Thought to Ponder Faith makes the impossible possible. AA-related 'Alconym' B I G B O O K = Believing In God Beats Ou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.02.18

April 2nd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 2, 2018 Inventory By discovering what our emotional deformities are, we can move toward their correction. Without a willing and persistent effort to do this, there can be little sobriety or contentment for us. Without a searching and fearless moral inventory, most of us have found that the faith which really works in daily living is still out of reach. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 43 Thought to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.01.18

April 1st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 1, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Humility Indeed, the attainment of greater humility is the foundation principle of each of A.A.'s Twelve Steps. For without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at all. Nearly all A.A.'s have found, too, that unless they develop much more of this precious quality than may be required just for sobriety, they still haven't much chance of becoming truly happy. - ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.31.18

March 31st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 31, 2018 Inspiration Being still inexperienced and having just made conscious contact with God, it is not probable that we are going to be inspired at all times. We might pay for this presumption in all sorts of absurd actions and ideas. Nevertheless, we find that our thinking will, as time passes, be more and more on the plane of inspiration. We come to rely upon it. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 87 Thought t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.30.18

March 30th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 30, 2018 Inventory Though a situation had not been entirely our fault, we tried to disregard the other person involved entirely. Where were we to blame? The inventory was ours, not the other man’s. When we saw our faults we listed them. We placed them before us in black and white. We admitted our wrongs honestly and were willing to set these matters straight. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 67 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.29.18

March 29th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 29, 2018 Bedrock But upon entering A.A. we soon take quite another view of this absolute humiliation. We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps toward liberation and strength. Our admissions of personal powerlessness finally turn out to be firm bedrock upon which happy and purposeful lives may be built. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 21 Thought to Ponder Avo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.28.18

March 28th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 28, 2018 Continue This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime. 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. Love and tolerance of others is our code. - Al ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.27.18

March 27th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 27, 2018 Reliance When we saw others solve their problems by a simple reliance upon the Spirit of the Universe, we had to stop doubting the power of God. Our ideas did not work. But the God idea did. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 52 Thought to Ponder Reliance on God enables me to match calamity with serenity. AA-related 'Alconym' F R O G = Fully Rely On God. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of yo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.26.18

March 26th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 26, 2018 Acceptance We know that little good can come to any alcoholic who joins A.A. unless he has first accepted his devastating weakness and all its consequences. Until he so humbles himself, his sobriety—if any—will be precarious. Of real happiness he will find none at all. Proved beyond doubt by an immense experience, this is one of the facts of A.A. life. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 21 Thou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.25.18

March 24th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 25, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Resentment 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. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.24.18

March 24th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 24, 2018 Trust Some of us have taken very hard knocks to learn this truth: Job or no job—wife or no wife—we simply do not stop drinking so long as we place dependence upon other people ahead of dependence on God. Burn the idea into the consciousness of every man that he can get well regardless of anyone. The only condition is that he trust in God and clean house. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 98 Thought to Po ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.23.18

March 23rd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 23, 2018 To Grow We vigorously commenced this way of living as we cleaned up the past. 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, p. 84 Thought to Ponder Get it - Give it - Grow in it. AA-related 'Alconym' A R T = Always Remain Teachable. Thanks to a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.22.18

March 22nd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 22, 2018 Fear This short word somehow touches about every aspect of our lives. It was an evil and corroding thread; the fabric of our existence was shot through with it. It set in motion trains of circumstances which brought us misfortune we felt we didn’t deserve. But did not we, ourselves, set the ball rolling? Sometimes we think fear ought to be classed with stealing. It seems to cause more trouble. - Alcoh ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.21.18

March 21st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 21, 2018 An Illness An illness of this sort—and we have come to believe it an illness—involves those about us in a way no other human sickness can. If a person has cancer all are sorry for him and no one is angry or hurt. But not so with the alcoholic illness, for with it there goes annihilation of all the things worth while in life. It engulfs all whose lives touch the sufferer’s. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 1 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.20.18

March 20th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 20, 2018 Intelligence and Willpower We are certain that our intelligence, backed by willpower, can rightly control our inner lives and guarantee us success in the world we live in. This brave philosophy, wherein each man plays God, sounds good in the speaking, but it still has to meet the acid test: how well does it actually work? One good look in the mirror ought to be answer enough for any alcoholic. - Tw ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.19.18

March 19th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 19, 2018 Fear More and more we became interested in seeing what we could contribute to life. As we felt new power flow in, as we enjoyed peace of mind, as we became conscious of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter. We were reborn. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 63 Thought to Ponder The power within me is far greater than any fear before me. AA-related 'Alconym' F A I ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.18.18

March 18th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 18, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Worse, Never Better 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. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.17.18

March 17th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 17, 2018 Control The tragic truth is that if the man be a real alcoholic, the happy day may not arrive. He has lost control. 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.16.18

March 16th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 16, 2018 Humility Then, in A.A., we looked and listened. Everywhere we saw failure and misery transformed by humility into priceless assets. We heard story after story of how humility had brought strength out of weakness. In every case, pain had been the price of admission into a new life. But this admission price had purchased more than we expected. It brought a measure of humility, which we soon discovered to b ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.15.18

March 15th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 15, 2018 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' F ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.14.18

March 14th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 14, 2018 Solution Many doctors and psychiatrists agree with our conclusions. . . "Though not a religious person, I have profound respect for the spiritual approach in such cases as yours. For most cases, there is virtually no other solution.’’ - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 43 Thought to Ponder The solution is simple. The solution is spiritual. AA-related 'Alconym' S T E P S = Solutions Through Each Powerfu ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.13.18

March 13th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 13, 2018 Maximum Service At the moment we are trying to put our lives in order. But this is not an end in itself. Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God and the people about us. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 77 Thought to Ponder Service puts feet on my prayers. AA-related 'Alconym' A L C O H O L I C S = A Life Centered On Helping Others Live In Complete Sobriety. Thanks to a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.12.18

March 12th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 12, 2018 A Good Beginning In this book you read again and again that faith did for us what we could not do for ourselves. We hope you are convinced now that God can remove whatever self-will has blocked you off from Him. If you have already made a decision, and an inventory of your grosser handicaps, you have made a good beginning. That being so you have swallowed and digested some big chunks of truth about yours ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.11.18

March 11th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 11, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Serenity In all times of emotional disturbance or indecision, we can pause, ask for quiet, and in the stillness simply say: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Thy will, not mine, be done.” - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, pp. 40 - 41 Thought to Ponder Serenity isn ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.10.18

March 10th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 10, 2018 Realm of Spirit 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. To us, the Realm of Spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive; never exclusive or ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.09.18

March 9th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 9, 2018 Happiness In Giving These men had found something brand new in life. Though they knew they must help other alcoholics if they would remain sober, that motive became secondary. It was transcended by the happiness they found in giving themselves for others. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 159 Thought to Ponder In AA, we discover that it is impossible to give without receiving, or receive without giving. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.08.18

March 8th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 8, 2018 Liabilities Nearly every serious emotional problem can be seen as a case of misdirected instinct. When that happens, our great natural assets, the instincts, have turned into physical and mental liabilities. Step Four is our vigorous and painstaking effort to discover what these liabilities in each of us have been, and are. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 42 Thought to Ponder The Three A's ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.07.18

March 7th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 7, 2018 Simple Belief in the power of God, plus enough willingness, honesty and humility to establish and maintain the new order of things, were the essential requirements. Simple, but not easy; a price had to be paid. It meant destruction of self-centeredness. I must turn in all things to the Father of Light who presides over us all. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 13 - 14 Thought to Ponder New ideals and ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.06.18

March 6th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 6, 2018 Children of a Creator We have no desire to convince anyone that there is only one way by which faith can be acquired. If what we have learned and felt and seen means anything at all, it means that all of us, whatever our race, creed, or color are the children of a living Creator with whom we may form a relationship upon simple and understandable terms as soon as we are willing and honest enough to try. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.05.18

March 5th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 5, 2018 Spiritual Principles If the man be agnostic or atheist, make it emphatic that he does not have to agree with your conception of God. He can choose any conception he likes, provided it makes sense to him. The main thing is that he be willing to believe in a Power greater than himself and that he live by spiritual principles. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 93 Thought to Ponder I came; I came to; I came t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.04.18

March 4th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 4, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Sponsors But as he calmed down, he began to listen while I tried to show him that humility was the main key to sobriety. Finally, he saw that I wasn't attempting to change his religious views, that I wanted him to find the grace in his own religion that would aid his recovery. From there on we got along fine. . . Years later, this tough Irish customer liked to say, “My sponsor ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.03.18

March 3rd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 3, 2018 In Any Meeting In any meeting, anywhere, A.A.’s share experience, strength, and hope with each other, in order to stay sober and help other alcoholics. Modem-to-modem or face-to-face, A.A.’s speak the language of the heart in all its power and simplicity. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xxiv Thought to Ponder Within our wonderful new world, we have found freedom from our fatal obsession. AA-related ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.02.18

March 2nd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 2, 2018 Tradition Three "Our membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism. Hence we may refuse none who wish to recover. Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money or conformity. Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation." At last experience taught us that to take away any a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.01.18

March 1st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 1, 2018 Step Three “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” This is the how and why of it. First of all, we had to quit playing God. It didn’t work. Next, we decided that hereafter in this drama of life, God was going to be our Director. He is the Principal; we are His agents. He is the Father, and we are His children. Most good ideas are simple, and this ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.28.18

February 28th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 28, 2018 Defense Once more: The alcoholic at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink. Except in a few cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense. His defense must come from a Higher Power. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 43 Thought to Ponder I can't, He can, I'll let Him. AA-related 'Alconym' F R O G = Fully Rely On God. Thanks to all of you for ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.27.18

February 27th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 27, 2018 Virtually Impossible 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. - Alcoh ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.26.18

February 26th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 26, 2018 The Main Problem These observations would be academic and pointless if our friend never took the first drink, thereby setting the terrible cycle in motion. Therefore, the main problem of the alcoholic centers in his mind, rather than in his body. If you ask him why he started on that last bender, the chances are he will offer you any one of a hundred alibis. Sometimes these excuses have a certain ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.25.18

February 25th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 25, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Show Other Alcoholics 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 Anonymo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.24.18

February 24th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 24, 2018 Abnormally Fearful But now we see ourselves as chips off the same old block. At heart we had all been abnormally fearful. It mattered little whether we had sat on the shore of life drinking ourselves into forgetfulness or had plunged in recklessly and willfully beyond our depth and ability. The result was the same—all of us had nearly perished in a sea of alcohol. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditio ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.23.18

February 23rd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 23, 2018 Prayer Those of us who have come to make regular use of prayer would no more do without it than we would refuse air, food, or sunshine. And for the same reason. When we refuse air, light, or food, the body suffers. And when we turn away from meditation and prayer, we likewise deprive our minds, our emotions, and our intuitions of vitally needed support. As the body can fail its purpose for lack of ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.22.18

February 22nd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 22, 2018 Laughter So we think cheerfulness and laughter make for usefulness. Outsiders are sometimes shocked when we burst into merriment over a seemingly tragic experience out of the past. But why shouldn’t we laugh? We have recovered, and have been given the power to help others. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 132 Thought to Ponder Laughter is medicine for the sober spirit. AA-related 'Alconym' H J F = H ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.21.18

February 21st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 21, 2018 A Psychic Change On the other hand—and strange as this may seem to those who do not understand—once a psychic change has occurred, the very same person who seemed doomed, who had so many problems he despaired of ever solving them, suddenly finds himself easily able to control his desire for alcohol, the only effort necessary being that required to follow a few simple rules. - Alcoholics Anonymous, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.20.18

February 20th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 20, 2018 Amends Now we go out to our fellows and repair the damage done in the past. We attempt to sweep away the debris which has accumulated out of our effort to live on self-will and run the show ourselves. If we haven’t the will to do this, we ask until it comes. Remember it was agreed at the beginning we would go to any lengths for victory over alcohol. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 76 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.19.18

February 19th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 19, 2018 We Asked 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 protection and care with complete abandon. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 59 Thought to Ponder When we surrender to our Higher Power, the journey begins. AA-related 'Alconym' G O D = Gift Of Desperation. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.18.18

February 18th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 18, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Faith In God We finally saw that faith in some kind of God was a part of our make-up, just as much as the feeling we have for a friend. Sometimes we had to search fearlessly, but He was there. He was as much a fact as we were. We found the Great Reality deep down within us. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 55 Thought to Ponder I saw, I felt, I believed. AA-related 'Alcony ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.17.18

February 17th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 17, 2018 There is a Solution There is a solution. Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process requires for its successful consummation. But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been living it. When, therefore, we were approached by those in whom the pro ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.16.18

February 16th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 16, 2018 Sensitive People A man may criticize or laugh at himself and it will affect others favorably, but criticism or ridicule coming from another often produces the contrary effect. Members of a family should watch such matters carefully, for one careless, inconsiderate remark has been known to raise the very devil. We alcoholics are sensitive people. It takes some of us a long time to outgrow that serio ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.15.18

February 15th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 15, 2018 Utter Inability 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, p. 34 Thought to Ponder Alcohol — cunning, baffling, powerful! AA-related 'Alconym' W ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.14.18

February 14th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 14, 2018 The Tyrant The tyrant alcohol wielded a double-edged sword over us: first we were smitten by an insane urge that condemned us to go on drinking, and then by an allergy of the body that insured we would ultimately destroy ourselves in the process. Few indeed were those who, so assailed, had ever won through in singlehanded combat. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 22 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.13.18

February 13th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 13, 2018 Obsession, Illusion, Delusion The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death. We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery. The delusion that we are ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.12.18

February 12th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 12, 2018 Two Alternatives If you are as seriously alcoholic as we were, we believe there is no middle-of-the-road solution. We were in a position where life was becoming impossible, and if we had passed into the region from which there is no return through human aid, we had but two alternatives: One was to go on to the bitter end, blotting out the consciousness of our intolerable situation as best we could; ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.11.18

February 11th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 11, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ How We Recovered Further on, clear-cut directions are given showing how we recovered. These are followed by forty-two personal experiences. . . Our hope is that many alcoholic men and women, desperately in need, will see these pages, and we believe that it is only by fully disclosing ourselves and our problems that they will be persuaded to say, “Yes, I am one of them too; ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.10.18

February 10th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 10, 2018 Helping Others Your candidate may give reasons why he need not follow all of the program. He may rebel at the thought of a drastic housecleaning which requires discussion with other people. Do not contradict such views. Tell him you once felt as he does, but you doubt whether you would have made much progress had you not taken action. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 94 Thought to Ponder Trust God ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.09.18

February 9th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 9, 2018 Loneliness The less people tolerated us, the more we withdrew from society, from life itself. As we became subjects of King Alcohol, shivering denizens of his mad realm, the chilling vapor that is loneliness settled down. It thickened, ever becoming blacker. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 151 Thought to Ponder Alcoholic drinking's three stages: impulsive, compulsive, repulsive. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.08.18

February 8th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 8, 2018 A Solution But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been living it. When, therefore, we were approached by those in whom the problem had been solved, there was nothing left for us but to pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 25 Thought to Ponder The solution is simple ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.07.18

February 7th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 7, 2018 Recovery Begins In spite of the great increase in the size and the span of this Fellowship, at its core it remains simple and personal. Each day, somewhere in the world, recovery begins when one alcoholic talks with another alcoholic, sharing experience, strength, and hope. - Alcoholics Anonymous, Foreword to Third Edition, p. xxii Thought to Ponder Every recovery from alcoholism began with one sob ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.06.18

February 6th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 6, 2018 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. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 116 Thought to Ponder No God, no peace — know God, know peace. AA-related 'Alconym' F A I T H = For A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.05.18

February 5th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 5, 2018 Malady It was then discovered that when one alcoholic had planted in the mind of another the true nature of his malady, that person could never be the same again. Following every spree, he would say to himself, "Maybe those A.A.'s were right . . ." - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 23 Thought to Ponder The gritty pain of alcoholism is the traction of recovery. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.04.18

February 4th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 4, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Sponsor The unique ability of each A.A. to identify himself with, and bring recovery to, the newcomer in no way depends upon his learning, eloquence, or on any special individual skills. The only thing that matters is that he is an alcoholic who has found a key to sobriety. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, pp. 150 - 151 Thought to Ponder A recovering alcoholic w ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.03.18

February 3rd 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 3, 2018 Change We thought "conditions" drove us to drink, and when we tried to correct these conditions and found that we couldn't to our entire satisfaction, our drinking went out of hand and we became alcoholics. It never occurred to us that we needed to change ourselves to meet conditions, whatever they were. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 47 Thought to Ponder If you want to change who you are, c ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.02.18

February 2nd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 2, 2018 Promises 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. 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 Reliance on G ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.01.18

February 1st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 1, 2018 Inventory Putting out of our minds the wrongs others had done, we resolutely looked for our own mistakes. Where had we been selfish, dishonest, self-seeking and frightened? Though a situation had not been entirely our fault, we tried to disregard the other person involved entirely. Where were we to blame? The inventory was ours, not the other man’s. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 67 Thought to Ponde ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.31.18

January 31st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 31, 2018 Choice When we became alcoholics, crushed by a self-imposed crisis we could not postpone or evade, we had to fearlessly face the proposition that either God is everything or else He is nothing. God either is, or He isn’t. What was our choice to be? - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 53 Thought to Ponder God seldom becomes a reality until God becomes a necessity. AA-related 'Alconym' G I F T = God Is ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.30.18

January 30th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 30, 2018 Every Imaginable Remedy We have tried every imaginable remedy. In some instances there has been brief recovery, followed always by a still worse relapse. Physicians who are familiar with alcoholism agree there is no such thing as making a normal drinker out of an alcoholic. Science may one day accomplish this, but it hasn’t done so yet. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 31 Thought to Ponder When we try to co ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.29.18

January 29th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 29, 2018 Humility It was only by repeated humiliations that we were forced to learn something about humility. It was only at the end of a long road, marked by successive defeats and humiliations, and the final crushing of our self-sufficiency, that we began to feel humility as something more than a condition of groveling despair. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 72 Thought to Ponder Humility is ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.28.18

January 28th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 28, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Faith Without Works Faith without works was dead, he said. And how appallingly true for the alcoholic! 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. - Alcoh ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.27.18

January 27th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 27, 2018 Inner Resource What often takes place in a few months could seldom have been accomplished by years of self-discipline. With few exceptions our members find that they have tapped an unsuspected inner resource which they presently identify with their own conception of a Power greater than themselves. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 567 - 568 Thought to Ponder Trust God. Clean house. Help others. AA-r ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.26.18

January 26th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 26, 2018 Three Pertinent Ideas Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas: (a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives. (b) That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism. (c) That God could and would if He were sought. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 60 Thought to Ponder I can't, God ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.25.18

January 25th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 25, 2018 Self-appraisal In actual practice, we usually find a solitary self-appraisal insufficient. Many of us thought it necessary to go much further. We will be more reconciled to discussing ourselves with another person when we see good reasons why we should do so. The best reason first: If we skip this vital step, we may not overcome drinking. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 72 Thought to Ponder I cann ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.24.18

January 24th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 24, 2018 Step Twelve Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. "If the day comes that I do drink again, it will not be because I had no alternative. It will be because I had an alternative, provided by a loving God, but was unwilling to use it." - AA Grapevine, October 1994, & ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.23.18

January 23rd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 23, 2018 The First Milestone When we have finally admitted without reservation that we are powerless over alcohol, we are apt to breathe a great sigh of relief, saying, “Well, thank God that's over! I'll never have to go through that again!” Then we learn, often to our consternation, that this is only the first milestone on the new road we are walking. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 73 Thought to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.22.18

January 22nd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 22, 2018 Alcoholic Mind They had said that though I did raise a defense, it would one day give way before some trivial reason for having a drink. Well, just that did happen and more, for what I had learned of alcoholism did not occur to me at all. I knew from that moment that I had an alcoholic mind. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 42 Thought to Ponder The ultimate defense against the first drink is a spiritu ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.21.18

January 21st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 21, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ This Solution But the ex-problem drinker who has found this solution, who is properly armed with facts about himself, can generally win the entire confidence of another alcoholic in a few hours. Until such an understanding is reached, little or nothing can be accomplished. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 18 Thought to Ponder Together we can do what we could never do alone. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.20.18

January 20th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 20, 2018 Laughter So we think cheerfulness and laughter make for usefulness. Outsiders are sometimes shocked when we bust into merriment over a seemingly tragic experience out of the past. But why shouldn’t we laugh? We have recovered, and have been given the power to help others. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 132 Thought to Ponder Laughter is the sound of recovery. AA-related 'Alconym' H J F = Happy, J ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.19.18

January 19th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 19, 2018 Consciousness Leaving aside the drink question, they tell why living was so unsatisfactory. They show how the change came over them. When many hundreds of people are able to say that the consciousness of the Presence of God is today the most important fact of their lives, they present a powerful reason why one should have faith. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 51 Thought to Ponder Hope leads to fa ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.18.18

January 18th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 18, 2018 Blind For a brief moment, I had needed and wanted God. There had been a humble willingness to have Him with me—and He came. But soon the sense of His presence had been blotted out by worldly clamors, mostly those within myself. And so it had been ever since. How blind I had been. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 12 - 13 Thought to Ponder Today, my brain has cleared with the grace of clarity. AA-rela ...Continue Reading

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

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