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Daily Thought 02.20.20

February 20th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 20, 2020* *Fit Spiritual Condition* We are not fighting it, neither are we avoiding temptation. We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality—safe and protected. We have not even sworn off. Instead, the problem has been removed. It does not exist for us. We are neither cocky nor are we afraid. That is our experience. That is how we react so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 85 Thought to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.19.20

February 19th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 19, 2020* *Resentments* To conclude that others were wrong was as far as most of us ever got. The usual outcome was that people continued to wrong us and we stayed sore. Sometimes it was remorse and then we were sore at ourselves. But the more we fought and tried to have our own way, the worse matters got. As in war, the victor only seemed to win. Our moments of triumph were short-lived. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 66 Thought to Ponder Resentme ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.18.20

February 18th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 18, 2020* *Most Profound Result* During this process of learning more about humility, the most profound result of all was the change in our attitude toward God. And this was true whether we had been believers or unbelievers. We began to get over the idea that the Higher Power was a sort of bush-league pinch hitter, to be called upon only in an emergency. The notion that we would still live our own lives, God helping a little now and then, began to evaporate. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.17.20

February 17th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 17, 2020* *Meditation* Aided by such instruction and example as we can find, it is essentially an individual adventure, something which each one of us works out in his own way. But its object is always the same: to improve our conscious contact with God, with His grace, wisdom, and love. And let's always remember that meditation is in reality intensely practical. One of its first fruits is emotional balance. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.16.20

February 16th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 16, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Complete Defeat* Proved beyond doubt by an immense experience, this is one of the facts of A.A. life. The principle that we shall find no enduring strength until we first admit complete defeat is the main taproot from which our whole Society has sprung and flowered.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) pp. 21 - 22  Thought to Ponder No God, no peace -- know God, know peace.  AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.15.20

February 15th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 15, 2020* *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, (There Is A Solution,) p. 28 Thought to Ponder The Twelve Steps—a manuscript for rational living. AA-related 'Alconym' *F A I T H*  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.14.20

February 14th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 14, 2020* By the Grace of God Now that we're in A.A. and sober, and winning back the esteem of our friends and business associates, we find that we still need to exercise special vigilance. As an insurance against “big-shot-ism” we can often check ourselves by remembering that we are today sober only by the grace of God and that any success we may be having is far more His success than ours. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 92 Thought to P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.13.20

February 13th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 13, 2020* *Hit Bottom* Why all this insistence that every A.A. must hit bottom first? The answer is that few people will sincerely try to practice the A.A. program unless they have hit bottom. For practicing A.A.'s remaining eleven Steps means the adoption of attitudes and actions that almost no alcoholic who is still drinking can dream of taking. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) p. 24 Thought to Ponder Sobriety without action is fantasy. AA ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.12.20

February 12th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 12, 2020* *A Priceless Gift* We enjoy moments in which there is something like real peace of mind. To those of us who have hitherto known only excitement, depression, or anxiety—in other words, to all of us—this newfound peace is a priceless gift. Something new indeed has been added. Where humility had formerly stood for a forced feeding on humble pie, it now begins to mean the nourishing ingredient which can give us serenity. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Tradit ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.11.20

February 11th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 11, 2020* *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 change could hardly have been brought about by himself alone. - Alcoholics Anony ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.10.20

February 10th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 10, 2020* *Take the Lead* Yes, there is a long period of reconstruction ahead. We must take the lead. A remorseful mumbling that we are sorry won’t fill the bill at all. We ought to sit down with the family and frankly analyze the past as we now see it, being very careful not to criticize them. Their defects may be glaring, but the chances are that our own actions are partly responsible. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 83 Thought to Ponder The spiri ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.09.20

February 9th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 9, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Thoroughly Followed* 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, (How It Works) p. 58  Thought to Ponder The Three A's .. Awareness, Acceptance, Action.  AA-re ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.08.20

February 8th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 8, 2020* *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, (Into Action) p. 87 Thought to Ponder Today, my brain has cleared ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.07.20

February 7th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 7, 2020* *Strangely Insane* However intelligent we may have been in other respects, where alcohol has been involved, we have been strangely insane. It’s strong language—but isn’t it true? - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 38 Thought to Ponder Insanity: doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results. AA-related 'Alconym' *F E A R*  =  *F*ighting *E*go *A*gainst *R*eality. Thanks to all of you for sharing so ge ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.06.20

February 6th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 6, 2020* *Dependence on God* He clamors for this or that, claiming he cannot master alcohol until his material needs are cared for. Nonsense. 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 98 Thought to Ponder In AA we don't carry the alcoholic; we carry the mes ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.05.20

February 5th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 5, 2020* *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, (We Agnostics) p. 48 Thought to Ponder Minds are like parachutes -- they won't wo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.04.20

February 4th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 4, 2020* *This Kind of Giving* And then he discovers that by the divine paradox of this kind of giving he has found his own reward, whether his brother has yet received anything or not. His own character may still be gravely defective, but he somehow knows that God has enabled him to make a mighty beginning, and he senses that he stands at the edge of new mysteries, joys, and experiences of which he had never even dreamed. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.03.20

February 3rd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 3, 2020* *Suffering From an Illness* 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, (We Agnostics) p. 44 Thought to Ponder The ultimate defense against the first drink is a spiritual one. AA-related 'Alconym' *A B ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.02.20

February 2nd 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 2, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *The Great Fact* Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. 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, (A Vision For You) p. 164  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.01.20

February 1st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 1, 2020* *Gossip* In a perverse way we can actually take satisfaction from the fact that many people annoy us, for it brings a comfortable feeling of superiority. Gossip barbed with our anger, a polite form of murder by character assassination, has its satisfactions for us, too. Here we are not trying to help those we criticize; we are trying to proclaim our own righteousness. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Six) p. 67 Thought to Ponder One of th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.31.20

January 31st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 31, 2020* *Simple Kit* 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.  We have found much of heaven and we have been rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence of which we had not even dreamed. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 25 Thought to Ponder The solution is simple. The solution is spiritual AA-relat ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.30.20

January 30th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 30, 2020* *Self-Searching* 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 25 Thought to Ponder We need to uncover to recover. AA-related 'A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.29.20

January 29th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 29, 2020* *Soul Sickness* Alcoholics especially should be able to see that instinct run wild in themselves is the underlying cause of their destructive drinking. We have drunk to drown feelings of fear, frustration, and depression. We have drunk to escape the guilt of passions, and then have drunk again to make more passions possible. We have drunk for vainglory—that we might the more enjoy foolish dreams of pomp and power. This perverse soul-sickness is not p ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.28.20

January 28th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 28, 2020* *Comforted and Assured* Now and then we may be granted a glimpse of that ultimate reality which is God's kingdom. And we will be comforted and assured that our own destiny in that realm will be secure for so long as we try, however falteringly, to find and do the will of our own Creator. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 98 Thought to Ponder The will of God will never take me where the grace of God will not protect me. AA-relat ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.27.20

January 27th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 27, 2020* *Tolerance and Respect* 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, (There is a Solution) pp. 19 - 20 Thought to Ponder What if I were caring rather than judgmental? AA-related 'Alcony ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.26.20

January 26th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 26, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Quit Playing God* 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 concept was the keystone of the new and triumphant arch through which we passed to freedom.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 62&nb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.25.20

January 25th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 25, 2020* *What We Have Done* Doubtless you are curious to discover how and why, in the face of expert opinion to the contrary, we have recovered from a hopeless condition of mind and body. If you are an alcoholic who wants to get over it, you may already be asking—"What do I have to do?" It is the purpose of this book to answer such questions specifically. We shall tell you what we have done. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 20 Thou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.24.20

January 24th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 24, 2020* *But a Symptom* Next we launched out on a course of vigorous action, the first step of which is a personal housecleaning, which many of us had never attempted. Though our decision was a vital and crucial step, it could have little permanent effect unless at once followed by a strenuous effort to face, and to be rid of, the things in ourselves which had been blocking us. Our liquor was but a symptom. So we had to get down to causes and conditions. - A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.23.20

January 23rd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 23, 2020* *Describe Yourself* When he sees you know all about the drinking game, commence to describe yourself as an alcoholic. Tell him how baffled you were, how you finally learned that you were sick. Give him an account of the struggles you made to stop. Show him the mental twist which leads to the first drink of a spree. We suggest you do this as we have done it in the chapter on alcoholism. If he is alcoholic, he will understand you at once. - Alcoholics ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.22.20

January 22nd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 22, 2020* *No Control* 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 reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) pp. 23 - 24 Thought to P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.21.20

January 21st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 21, 2020* *Soundness of Mind* "Sanity" is defined as "soundness of mind." Yet no alcoholic, soberly analyzing his destructive behavior, whether the destruction fell on the dining-room furniture or his own moral fiber, can claim "soundness of mind" for himself. Therefore, Step Two is the rallying point for all of us. Whether agnostic, atheist, or former believer, we can stand together on this Step. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Tradit ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.20.20

January 20th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 20, 2020* *Daily Inventory* In most cases our motives won't be hard to see and understand. When prideful, angry, jealous, anxious, or fearful, we acted accordingly, and that was that. Here we need only recognize that we did act or think badly, try to visualize how we might have done better, and resolve with God's help to carry these lessons over into tomorrow, making, of course, any amends still neglected. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 94 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.19.20

January 19th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 19, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Try Prayer* Finally, and I shall never know how much later it was, one clear thought came to me: Try prayer. You can't lose, and maybe God will help you—just maybe, mind you. Having no one else to turn to, I was willing to give Him a chance, although with considerable doubt. I got down on my knees for the first time in thirty years.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Man Who Mastered Fear) p. 251  Thought to Ponder No Go ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.18.20

January 18th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 18, 2020* *The Only Condition* 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, (Working With Others) p. 98 Thought to Ponder Sobriety without action is fantasy. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A*chieve *A*nything. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength and hope in carrying the AA mes ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.17.20

January 17th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) Dear Readers, My deepest apologies for the misquoted source of yesterday's Daily Thought.  The Thought is actually from Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. *January 17, 2020* *An Opportunity* We find it a waste of time to keep chasing a man who cannot or will not work with you. If you leave such a person alone, he may soon become convinced that he cannot recover by himself. To spend too much time on any one situation is to deny some other alcoholic an o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.16.20

January 16th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 16, 2020* *Steps Eight and Nine* Steps Eight and Nine are concerned with personal relationships. First, we take a look backward and try to discover where we have been at fault; next we make a vigorous attempt to repair the damage we have done; and third, having thus cleaned away the debris of the past, we consider how, with our newfound knowledge of ourselves, we may develop the best possible relations with every human being we know. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (S ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.15.20

January 15th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 15, 2020* *Intolerance* We are careful never to show intolerance or hatred of drinking as an institution. Experience shows that such an attitude is not helpful to anyone. Every new alcoholic looks for this spirit among us and is immensely relieved when he finds we are not witch-burners. A spirit of intolerance might repel alcoholics whose lives could have been saved, had it not been for such stupidity. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 103 Tho ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.14.20

January 14th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 14, 2020* *Another Excuse* We also clutch at another wonderful excuse for avoiding an inventory. Our present anxieties and troubles, we cry, are caused by the behavior of other people—people who really need a moral inventory. We firmly believe that if only they'd treat us better, we'd be all right. Therefore we think our indignation is justified and reasonable—that our resentments are the "right kind." We aren't the guilty ones. They are! - Twel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.13.20

January 13th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 13, 2020* *Defiance* "When we encountered A.A., the fallacy of our defiance was revealed. At no time had we asked what God's will was for us; instead we had been telling Him what it ought to be. No man, we saw, could believe in God and defy Him, too. Belief meant reliance, not defiance." - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Two) p. 31 Thought to Ponder Faith dares the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see. AA-related 'Alconym' *E G O*  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.12.19

January 12th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 12, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *The Great Obsession* Therefore, it is not surprising that our drinking careers have been characterized by countless vain attempts to prove we could drink like other people. 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.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.11.20

January 11th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 11, 2020* *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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.10.20

January 10th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 10, 2020* *Faith* 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 28 Thought t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.09.20

January 9th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 9, 2020* *The Real Alcoholic* But what about the real alcoholic? He may start off as a moderate drinker; he may or may not become a continuous hard drinker; but at some stage of his drinking career he begins to lose all control of his liquor consumption, once he starts to drink. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 21 Thought to Ponder When we try to control our drinking, we have already lost control. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A*n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.08.19

January 8th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 8, 2020* *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 and Twelve Traditions, (Step Three) pp. 40 - 41 Thought to Ponder Reliance on God enables me to match calamity with serenity. AA-related ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.07.20

January 7th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 7, 2020* *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!" We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.06.20

January 6th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 6, 2020* *Gift of Faith* We saw that we had to reconsider or die. We found many in A.A, who once thought as we did. They helped us to get down to our right size. By their example they showed us that humility and intellect could be compatible, provided we placed humility first. When we began to do that, we received the gift of faith, a faith which works. This faith is for you, too. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Two) p. 30 Thought to Ponder Faith ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.05.20

January 5th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 5, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Not a Glum Lot!* We have been speaking to you of serious, sometimes tragic things. We have been dealing with alcohol in its worst aspect. But we aren't a glum lot. If newcomers could see no joy or fun in our existence, they wouldn't want it. We absolutely insist on enjoying life.   - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 132  Thought to Ponder Laughter is the sound of recovery.  AA-related 'Alconym' * ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.04.20

January 4th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 4, 2020* *The Great Fact* Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. 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, (A Vision For You) p. 164 Thought to Ponder Trust God. Clea ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.03.20

January 3rd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 3, 2020* *Simple and Personal* 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 the Third Edition) p. xxii Thought to Ponder Times change, alcoholism doesn't. AA-related 'Alconym' *H O P E*  =  *H*old *O*n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.02.20

January 2nd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 2, 2020* *Change Has Occurred* 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, (The Doctor's Opinion) p. xxix Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.01.20

January 1st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 1, 2020* *Talked My Language* He gave me information about the subject of alcoholism which was undoubtedly helpful. Of far more importance was the fact that he was the first living human with whom I had ever talked, who knew what he was talking about in regard to alcoholism from actual experience. In other words, he talked my language. He knew all the answers, and certainly not because he had picked them up in his reading. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Doctor Bob's ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.31.19

December 31st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 31, 2019* *Road Of Happy Destiny* 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, (A Vision For You) p. 164. Thought to Ponder Sobriety is ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.30.19

December 30th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 30, 2019* *Vital Spiritual Experiences* "Here and there, once in a while, alcoholics have had what are called vital spiritual experiences. To me these occurrences are phenomena. They appear to be in the nature of huge emotional displacements and rearrangements. Ideas, emotions, and attitudes which were once the guiding forces of the lives of these men are suddenly cast to one side, and a completely new set of conceptions and motives begin to dominate the ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.29.19

December 29th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 29, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Resentments and Forgiveness* The quick inventory is aimed at our daily ups and downs, especially those where people or new events throw us off balance and tempt us to make mistakes. In all these situations we need self-restraint, honest analysis of what is involved, a willingness to admit when the fault is ours, and an equal willingness to forgive when the fault is elsewhere.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.28.19

December 28th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 28, 2019* *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 and Twelve Traditions, (Tradition Five) p. 150. Thou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.27.19

December 27th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 27, 2019* *Tradition One* "Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity." The unity of Alcoholics Anonymous is the most cherished quality our Society has. Our lives, the lives of all to come, depend squarely upon it. We stay whole, or A.A. dies. Without unity, the heart of A.A. would cease to beat; our world arteries would no longer carry the life-giving grace of God; His gift to us would be spent aimlessly. - Twe ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.26.19

December 26th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 26, 2019* *Joy of Living* The joy of living is the theme of A.A.'s Twelfth Step, and action is its key word. Here we turn outward toward our fellow alcoholics who are still in distress. Here we experience the kind of giving that asks no rewards.  Here we begin to practice all Twelve Steps of the program in our daily lives so that we and those about us may find emotional sobriety. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 106. Thought to Pon ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.25.19

December 25th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 25, 2019* *A Christmas Greeting* Dear Friends: Gratitude is just about the finest attribute we can have, and how deeply we of AA realize this at Christmastime. We know that our very lives, our miraculous new chance to live, to learn, to grow and to serve, is the supreme gift of Grace which has come to us from Him who presides over us all. May we joyfully meditate upon these precious blessings as never before. -- Bill W. - AA Grapevine, The December 1963 magaz ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.24.19

December 24th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 24, 2019* *Our Twelfth Suggestion* Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. This is our twelfth suggestion: Carry this message to other alcoholics! You can help when no one else can. You can secure their confidence when others fail. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 89 Thought to Ponder Get it - Give it - Grow in it. AA-rela ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.23.19

December 23rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 23, 2019* *Step Eleven* 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, (Into Action) pp. 85 - 86 Thought to Ponder Life is fragile, handle with prayer. AA-related 'Alconym' *P A U S E*  =  *P*ay *A*ttention, *U*se *S*tep *E*leven. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of y ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.22.19

December 22nd 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 22, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Miracle of Healing* What is this but a miracle of healing? Yet its elements are simple. Circumstances made him willing to believe. He humbly offered himself to his Maker—then he knew. Even so has God restored us all to our right minds. To this man, the revelation was sudden. Some of us grow  more slowly. But He has come to all who have honestly sought Him.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 57  Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.21.19

December 21st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 21, 2019* *Step Ten* This thought brings us to Step Ten, which suggests we continue to take personal inventory and continue to set right any new mistakes as we go along. 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, (Into Action) p. 84 Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.20.19

December 20th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 20, 2019* *Step Nine* We are there to sweep off our side of the street, realizing that nothing worth while can be accomplished until we do so, never trying to tell him what he should do. His faults are not discussed. We stick to our own. If our manner is calm, frank, and open, we will be gratified with the result. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) pp. 77 - 78 Thought to Ponder Wisdom is knowing the right path to take; integrity is taking it. AA-related ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.19.19

December 19th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 19, 2019* *Steps Eight and Nine* Now we need more action, without which we find that "Faith without works is dead." Let's look at Steps Eight and Nine. We have a list of all persons we have harmed and to whom we are willing to make amends. We made it when we took inventory. We subjected ourselves to a drastic self-appraisal. Now we go out to our fellows and repair the damage done in the past.. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 76 Thought to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.18.19

December 18th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 18, 2019* *Ready* When ready, we say something like this: "My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen."   We have then completed Step Seven. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 76 Thought to Ponder Humility ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.17.19

December 17th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 17, 2019* *Are We Ready?* 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, (Into Action) p. 76 Thought to Ponder Habits are like cork or lead -- th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.16.19

December 16th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 16, 2019* *We Are Delighted (Step Five)* 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 the nearness of our Creator. We may have had certain spiritual beliefs, but now we begin to have a spiritual experience. - Alcoholi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.15.19

December 15th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 15, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Our Dilemma* Lack of power, that was our dilemma. we had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. Obviously. But where and how were we to find this Power? Well, that‘s exactly what this book is about. Its main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 45  Thought to Ponder Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.14.19

December 14th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 14, 2019* *Deep 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 66 Thought to Ponder Resen ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.13.19

December 13th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 13, 2019* *We Must* 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. And there often seems no way of entirely getting rid of self without His aid. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 62 Thought to Ponde ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.12.19

December 12th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 12, 2019* *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, (Into Action) p. 85 Thought to Ponder I can't, God can, I'll ask Him to. AA-rela ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.11.19

December 11th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 11, 2019* *True Tolerance* We begin to see that all people, including ourselves, are to some extent emotionally ill as well as frequently wrong, and then we approach true tolerance and see what real love for our fellows actually means. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 92 Thought to Ponder Let us always love the best in others, and never fear their worst. AA-related 'Alconym' *P U T*  =  *P*ractice *U*sing *T*olerance. Thanks t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.10.19

December 10th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 10, 2019* *From Bridge to Shore* The barriers he had built through the years were swept away. He stood in the Presence of Infinite Power and Love. He had stepped from bridge to shore. For the first time, he lived in conscious companionship with his Creator. Thus was our friend’s cornerstone fixed in place. No later vicissitude has shaken it. His alcoholic problem was taken away. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 56 Thought to Ponder No God, no peace ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.09.19

December 9th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 9, 2019* *Value of Experience* Henry Ford once made a wise remark to the effect that experience is the thing of supreme value in life. That is true only if one is willing to turn the past to good account. We grow by our willingness to face and rectify errors and convert them into assets. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 124 Thought to Ponder If you want to change who you are, change what you do. AA-related 'Alconym' *H O W*  =  * ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.08.19

December 8th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 8, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Calamity With Serenity* Perhaps there is a better way—we think so. For we are now on a different basis; the basis of trusting and relying upon God. We trust infinite God rather than our finite selves. We are in the world to play the role He assigns. Just to the extent that we do as we think He would have us, and humbly rely on Him, does He enable us to match calamity with serenity.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.07.19

December 7th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 7, 2019* *A Double-Edged Sword* 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 and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) p. 22 Thought to Ponder The solution is simple. The solutio ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.06.19

December 6th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 6, 2019* *Spiritual Growth First* We have learned that the satisfaction of instincts cannot be the sole end and aim of our lives. If we place instincts first, we have got the cart before the horse; we shall be pulled backward into disillusionment. But when we are willing to place spiritual growth first—then and only then do we have a real chance. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 114 Thought to Ponder Growing old is inevitable, growing ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.05.19

December 5th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 5, 2019* *Watches Over Us* The moment we catch even a glimpse of God's will, the moment we begin to see truth, justice, and love as the real and eternal things in life, we are no longer deeply disturbed by all the seeming evidence to the contrary that surrounds us in purely human affairs. We know that God lovingly watches over us. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 105 Thought to Ponder Reliance on God enables me to match calamity with s ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.04.19

December 4th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 4, 2019* *A Long Way* Sometimes we hear an alcoholic say that the only thing he needs to do is to keep sober. Certainly he must keep sober, for there will be no home if he doesn’t. But he is yet a long way from making good to the wife or parents whom for years he has so shockingly treated. - Alcoholics Anonymous (Into Action) p. 82 Thought to Ponder It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them. AA-related 'Alconym' * ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.03.19

December 3rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 3, 2019* *Our Point of View* Is not our age characterized by the ease with which we discard old ideas for new, by the complete readiness with which we throw away the theory or gadget which does not work for something new which does? We had to ask ourselves why we shouldn’t apply to our human problems this same readiness to change our point of view. - Alcoholics Anonymous (We Agnostics) p. 52 Thought to Ponder Times change, alcoholism doesn't. AA-related 'A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.02.19

December 2nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 2, 2019* *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 protection and care with complete abandon. - Alcoholics Anonymous (How It Works) pp. 58 - 59 Thought to Ponder When we surrender to our Higher Power, the journey begins. AA-relate ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.01.19

December 1st 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 1, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Our Own Mistakes* 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, (How It Works) p. 67  Thought to P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.30.19

November 30th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 30, 2019* *Anger* If we were to live, we had to be free of anger. The grouch and the brainstorm were not for us. They may be the dubious luxury of normal men, but for alcoholics these things are poison. - Alcoholics Anonymous (How It Works) p. 66 Thought to Ponder Anger is just one letter short of danger. AA-related 'Alconym' *C A L M*  =  *C*ause *A*nger *L*eft *M*e. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.29.19

November 29th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 29, 2019* *A Sufficient Substitute* We have shown how we got out from under. You say, "Yes, I’m willing. But am I to be consigned to a life where I shall be stupid, boring and glum, like some righteous people I see? I know I must get along without liquor, but how can I? Have you a sufficient substitute?" Yes, there is a substitute and it is vastly more than that. It is a fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. - Alcoholics Anonymous (A Vision For You) ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.28.19

November 28th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 28, 2019* *Genuine Gratitude* Learning daily to spot, admit, and correct these flaws is the essence of character-building and good living. An honest regret for harms done, a genuine gratitude for blessings received, and a willingness to try for better things tomorrow will be the permanent assets we shall seek. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 95 Thought to Ponder Gratitude is a tool, a form of perspective, reminding me to appreciate the ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.27.19

November 27th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 27, 2019* *Pride* Pride lures us into making demands upon ourselves or upon others which cannot be met without perverting or misusing our God-given instincts. When the satisfaction of our instincts for sex, security, and society becomes the sole object of our lives, then pride steps in to justify our excesses. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) p. 49 Thought to Ponder Swallowing my pride will not get me drunk. AA-related 'Alconym' *P R I D E ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.26.19

November 26th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 26, 2019* *Humble Admission* Every newcomer in Alcoholics Anonymous is told, and soon realizes for himself, that his humble admission of powerlessness over alcohol is his first step toward liberation from its paralyzing grip. So it is that we first see humility as a necessity. But this is the barest beginning. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) pp. 72 - 73 Thought to Ponder The difference between pride and humility: Pride is who is right. Hu ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.25.19

November 25th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 25, 2019* *Thoughtful Reflection* Calm, thoughtful reflection upon personal relations can deepen our insight.  We can go far beyond those things which were superficially wrong with us, to see those flaws which were basic, flaws which sometimes were responsible for the whole pattern of our lives. Thoroughness, we have found, will pay—and pay handsomely. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eight) p. 80 Thought to Ponder I need to u ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.24.19

November 24th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 24, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Over and Over* 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, (The Doctor's Opinion) ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.23.19

November 23rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 23, 2019* *Willing to Grow* Many of us exclaimed, “What an order! I can’t go through with it." 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 60 Thought to Ponder Spiritual progress isn't what gets us sober, it's what keeps us sober. AA-related 'Alconym' *S ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.22.19

November 22nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 22, 2019* *Essential Requirements* 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, (Bill's Story) pp. 13 - 14 Thought to Ponder While it isn't always easy, if I ke ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.21.19

November 21st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 21, 2019* *Reborn* 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 discovered we could face life successfully, as we became conscious of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter. We were reborn. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 63 Thought to Ponder The power within me is far greater than any fear before me. AA-related ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.20.19

November 20th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 20, 2019* *Searching and Fearless* Beginning with Step Four, we commenced to search out the things in ourselves which had brought us to physical, moral, and spiritual bankruptcy. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 107 Thought to Ponder In order to recover, we have to uncover. AA-related 'Alconym' *S T E P S*  =  *S*olutions *T*hrough *E*ach *P*owerful *S*tep. Thanks to all of you for sharin ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.19.19

November 19th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 19, 2019* *Depending On God* 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, (Step Twelve) p. 116 Thought to Ponder Life will ta ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.18.19

November 18th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 18, 2019* *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. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 116 Thought to Ponder The will of God will never take me where the grace of God will not protect me. AA-related 'Alconym' *G I ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.17.19

November 17th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 17, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Acceptance* 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 like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed. We alcoholics are men and women who have lost the ability to control our drinking. We know that no real alcoholic ever recovers control.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 30   Tho ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.16.19

November 16th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 16, 2019* *Carry This Message* Now, what about the rest of the Twelfth Step? The wonderful energy it releases and the eager action by which it carries our message to the next suffering alcoholic and which finally translates the Twelve Steps into action upon all our affairs is the payoff, the magnificent reality, of Alcoholics Anonymous. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 109 Thought to Ponder Sobriety is not a destination, but an everlas ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.15.19

November 15th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 15, 2019* *A Time and Place* 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, (A Vision For You) pp. 159 - 160 Thought to Ponder AA is not something we join; it's a way o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.14.19

November 14th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 14, 2019* *Welcomed Cordially* No one is too discredited or has sunk too low to be welcomed cordially—if he means business. Social distinctions, petty rivalries and jealousies—these are laughed out of countenance. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision For You) p. 161 Thought to Ponder AA is not for people who need it, it's for people who want it. AA-related 'Alconym' *P R O G R A M*  =  *P*eople *R*elying *O*n *G*od *R*elaying *A* *M*essage. Thanks ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.13.19

November 13th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 13, 2019* *A Fearless Admission* So far as alcoholics are concerned, A.A. would go even further. Most of us would declare that without a fearless admission of our defects to another human being we could not stay sober. It seems plain that the grace of God will not enter to expel our destructive obsessions until we are willing to try this. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Five) pp. 56 - 57 Thought to Ponder The first step in overcoming mistakes is ...Continue Reading

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