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Daily Thought 06.04.20

June 4th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 4, 2020* *Blessings* Having so considered our day, not omitting to take due note of things well done, and having searched our hearts with neither fear nor favor, we can truly thank God for the blessings we have received and sleep in good conscience. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 95 Thought to Ponder Gratitude is a most effective painkiller for the alcoholic. AA-related 'Alconym' *B E S T*  =  *B*een *E*njoying *S*obriety *T*oday? ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.03.20

June 3rd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 3, 2020* *Step Seven - Humility* The whole emphasis of Step Seven is on humility.  It is really saying to us that we now ought to be willing to try humility in seeking the removal of our other shortcomings just as we did when we admitted that we were powerless over alcohol, and came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 76 Thought to Ponder Humilit ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.02.20

June 2nd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 2, 2020* *One Symptom* All these, and many others, have one symptom in common: they cannot start drinking without developing the phenomenon of craving. This phenomenon, as we have suggested, may be the manifestation of an allergy which differentiates these people, and sets them apart as a distinct entity. It has never been, by any treatment with which we are familiar, permanently eradicated.  The only relief we have to suggest is entire abstinence. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.01.20

June 1st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 1, 2020* *Prayer* In A.A. we have found that the actual good results of prayer are beyond question. They are matters of knowledge and experience. All those who have persisted have found strength not ordinarily their own. They have found wisdom beyond their usual capability. And they have increasingly found a peace of mind which can stand firm in the face of difficult circumstances. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 104 Thought to Ponder Toda ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.31.20

May 31st 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 31, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Old Ideas* At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 58  Thought to Ponder In order to recover we have to uncover.  A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.30.20

May 30th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 30, 2020* *Continuous Action* More sobriety brought about by the admission of alcoholism and by attendance at a few meetings is very good indeed, but it is bound to be a far cry from permanent sobriety and a contented, useful life. That is just where the remaining Steps of the A.A. program come in. Nothing short of continuous action upon these as a way of life can bring the much-desired result. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Three) pp. 39 - 40 Though ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.29.20

May 29th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 29, 2020* *Direct Contact* In Step Eleven we saw that if a Higher Power had restored us to sanity and had enabled us to live with some peace of mind in a sorely troubled world, then such a Higher Power was worth knowing better, by as direct contact as possible. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) pp. 108 - 109 Thought to Ponder Prayer asks the question. Meditation listens for the answer. AA-related 'Alconym' *P R A Y E R*  =  *P*raying ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.28.20

May 28th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 28, 2020* *Step Five* 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, (Into Action) p. 72 Thought to Ponder We need to share our problems to find our solutions. AA- ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.27.20

May 27th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 27, 2020* *Trust and Reliance* 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) p. 68 Thought to Ponder Serenity isn ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.26.20

May 26th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 26, 2020* *Emotional Stability* When we developed still more, we discovered the best possible source of emotional stability to be God Himself. We found that dependence upon His perfect justice, forgiveness, and love was healthy, and that it would work where nothing else would. If we really depended upon God, we couldn’t very well play God to our fellows nor would we feel the urge wholly to rely on human protection and care. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, ( ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.25.20

May 25th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 25, 2020* *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 but a mask for fear. AA-related 'Alconym' *A N G E R*  =  *A*ny *N*ew *G*rudge *E*ndangers *R*ecovery. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.24.20

May 24th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 24, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *A Way of Life* A.A.'s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Foreward) p. 15  Thought to Ponder AA is not something we join; it's a way of life.  AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A*mazing *A*dventure.   ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.23.20

May 23rd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 23, 2020* *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. It will become more and more evident as we go forward that it is pointless to become angry, or to get hurt by people who, like us, are suffering from the pains of growing up. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 92 T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.22.20

May 22nd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 22, 2020* *Truth Demonstrated* 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, (More About Alcoholism) p. 33 Thought to Ponder When we try to control our ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.21.20

May 21st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 21, 2020* *Defects and Humility* All of us saw, for example, that we lacked honesty and tolerance, that we were beset at times by attacks of self-pity or delusions of personal grandeur. But while this was a humiliating experience, it didn't necessarily mean that we had yet acquired much actual humility. Though now recognized, our defects were still there. Something had to be done about them. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Five) p. 58 Thought to Ponde ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.20.20

May 20th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 20, 2020* *Exceptions to the Rule* Despite all we can say, many who are real alcoholics are not going to believe they are in that class. By every form of self-deception and experimentation, they will try to prove themselves exceptions to the rule, therefore nonalcoholic. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 31 Thought to Ponder I would rather go through life sober, believing I am an alcoholic; than go through life drunk, trying to convince myself th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.19.20

May 19th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 19, 2020* *Granted a Gift* When a man or a woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important meaning of it is that he has now become able to do, feel, and believe that which he could not do before on his unaided strength and resources alone. He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of consciousness and being. He has been set on a path which tells him he is really going somewhere, that life is not a dead end, not something to be endured or mastered ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.18.20

May 18th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 18, 2020* *Conditions* 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 and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) p. 47 Thought to Ponder If you want to change who you are, change what you do.. AA-r ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.17.20

May 17th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 17, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Firm Bedrock* 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, (Step One) p. 21  Thought to Ponder If I have the courage to begin, I have the courage to succeed.  AA-related 'Alconym' *A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.16.20

May 16th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 16, 2020* *Unshakable Foundation* There is a direct linkage among self-examination, meditation, and prayer. Taken separately, these practices can bring much relief and benefit. But when they are logically related and interwoven, the result is an unshakable foundation for life. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 98 Thought to Ponder Today I pray over the things that I used to drink over. AA-related 'Alconym' *P U S H*  =  *P*ray *U*n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.15.20

May 15th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 15, 2020* *Avoidance* Time after time newcomers have tried to keep to themselves certain facts about their lives. Trying to avoid this humbling experience, they have turned to easier methods. Almost invariably they got drunk. Having persevered with the rest of the program, they wondered why they fell. We think the reason is that they never completed their housecleaning. They took inventory all right, but hung on to some of the worst items in stock. - Alcoholics An ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.14.20

May 14th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 14, 2020* *Power of Choice* The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink. Our so-called willpower becomes practically nonexistent. We are unable, at certain times, to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago. We are without defense against the first drink. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 24 Thought to Ponder The ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.13.20

May 13th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 13, 2020* *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 Ponder AA is n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.12.20

May 12th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 12, 2020* *Our Big Book* 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; I must have this thing." - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 29 Thought to Ponder Walk softly and carry a Big Book. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A*nswer *A*vailable. Thanks ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.11.20

May 11th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 11, 2020* *True Ambition* True ambition is not what we thought it was. True ambition is the deep desire to live usefully and walk humbly under the grace of God. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions,  pp. 124 - 125 Thought to Ponder The Twelve Steps; a manuscript for rational living. AA-related 'Alconym' *B E S T*  =  *B*een *E*njoying *S*obriety *T*oday? Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength and hope in carry ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.10.20

May 10th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 10, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *A New Life* Is sobriety all that we are to expect of a spiritual awakening? No, sobriety is only a bare beginning; it is only the first gift of the first awakening. If more gifts are to be received, our awakening has to go on. As it does go on, we find that bit by bit we can discard the old life -- the one that did not work -- for a new life that can and does work under any conditions whatever.  - As Bill Sees It, p. 8  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.09.20

May 9th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 9, 2020* *Cheerfulness* 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, (The Family Afterward) p. 132 Thought to Ponder Laughter is the sound of recovery. AA-related 'Alconym' *H J F*  =  *H*appy, *J*oyous, *F*ree. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.08.20

May 8th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 8, 2020* *Fearless and Thorough* If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it—then you are ready to take certain steps. At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 58 Thought to Ponder Sobriety without action is fantasy. AA-rel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.07.20

May 7th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 7, 2020* *Causes and Conditions* 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. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.06.20

May 6th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 6, 2020* *Emotional Insecurity* The most common symptoms of emotional insecurity are worry, anger, self-pity, and depression. These stem from causes which sometimes seem to be within us, and at other times to come from without. To take inventory in this respect we ought to consider carefully all personal relationships which bring continuous or recurring trouble. It should be remembered that this kind of insecurity may arise in any area where instincts are threaten ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.05.20

May 5th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 5, 2020* *Now Willing* 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 If I want God to rem ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.04.20

May 4th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 4, 2020* *Natural Desires* We want to find exactly how, when, and where our natural desires have warped us. We wish to look squarely at the unhappiness this has caused others and ourselves. 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. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) pp. 42 - 43 Thought to Ponder In or ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.03.20

May 3rd 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 3, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *The Main Purpose* We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book. For them, we hope these pages will prove so convincing that no further authentication will be necessary.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Foreward to the First Edition) p.xiii  Thought ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.02.20

May 2nd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 2, 2020* *Spiritually Sick* Resentment is the "number one" offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 64 Thought to Ponder We are prisoners of our own resentments. Forgiveness unlocks the ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.01.20

May 1st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 1, 2020* *Isolation* Isolation sneaks up on us. We can mask it with familiar props that are not in themselves bad. We can isolate ourselves in an attempt to clean up our apartments (and then not do the cleaning); we can isolate ourselves in churches or in sleep; we can use family, sweethearts, compulsive working, television. The list is long. The nicest way to end it is the way you and I do: together. Reach out -- people can't read your mind. Say ouch! Someone hea ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.30.20

April 30th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 30, 2020* *Give Freely* 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 Trust God. Clean House. H ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.29.20

April 29th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 29, 2020* *Tradition One* Our A.A. experience has taught us that: Each member of Alcoholics Anonymous is but a small part of a great whole. A.A. must continue to live or most of us will surely die. Hence our common welfare comes first. But individual welfare follows close afterward. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Appendix I) p. 563 Thought to Ponder United we stand, divided we fall. AA-related 'Alconym' *U S*  =  *U*nited *S*pirits. Thanks to all of you f ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.28.20

April 28th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 28, 2020* *Foolish Idea* He had much knowledge about himself as an alcoholic. Yet all reasons for not drinking were easily pushed aside in favor of the foolish idea that he could take whiskey if only he mixed it with milk! Whatever the precise definition of the word may be, we call this plain insanity. How can such a lack of proportion, of the ability to think straight, be called anything else? - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) pp. 36 - 37 Thought ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.27.20

April 27th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 27, 2020* *Humility* To those who have made progress in A.A., it amounts to a clear recognition of what and who we really are, followed by a sincere attempt to become what we could be. Therefore, our first practical move toward humility must consist of recognizing our deficiencies. No defect can be corrected unless we clearly see what it is. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Five) p. 58 Thought to Ponder Learning is the very essence of humility; the t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.26.20

April 26th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 26, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *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, (How It Works) p. 58  Thought to Ponder Meeting makers make meetings. Step takers recover.  AA-related 'Alcon ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.25.20

April 25th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 25, 2020* *Save The Day* I was not too well at the time, and was plagued by waves of self-pity and resentment.This sometimes nearly drove me back to drink, but I soon found that when all other measures failed, work with another alcoholic would save the day. Many times I have gone to my old hospital in despair. On talking to a man there, I would be amazingly lifted up and set on my feet. It is a design for living that works in rough going. - Alcoholics Anonymous, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.24.20

April 24th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 24, 2020* *Accept Direction* Hence it was most evident that a solitary self-appraisal, and the admission of our defects based upon that alone, wouldn't be nearly enough. We'd have to have outside help if we were surely to know and admit the truth about ourselves—the help of God and another human being. Only by discussing ourselves, holding back nothing, only by being willing to take advice and accept direction could we set foot on the road to straight thinking, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.23.20

April 23rd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 23, 2020* *Fellowship* We are people who normally would not mix. But there exists among us a fellowship, a friendliness, and an understanding which is indescribably wonderful. We are like the passengers of a great liner the moment after rescue from shipwreck when camaraderie, joyousness and democracy pervade the vessel from steerage to Captain’s table. Unlike the feelings of the ship’s passengers, however, our joy in escape from disaster does not subside as we g ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.22.20

April 22nd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 22, 2020* *Serenity Prayer* 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 Serenity isn't freedom from the storm; it is peace within the sto ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.21.20

April 21st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 21, 2020* *Solve Your Problem* 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 Willpower ... our will-ingness to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.20.20

April 20th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 20, 2020* *Burned Up* In dealing with resentments, we set them on paper. We listed people, institutions or principles with whom we were angry. We asked ourselves why we were angry. In most cases it was found that our self-esteem, our pocketbooks, our ambitions, our personal relationships (including sex) were hurt or threatened. So we were sore. We were "burned up." - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) pp. 64 - 65 Thought to Ponder Resentment is like ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.19.20

April 19th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 19, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Prayer* We usually conclude the period of meditation with a prayer that we be shown all through the day what our next step is to be, that we be given whatever we need to take care of such problems.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 87  Thought to Ponder Trying to pray is praying.  AA-related 'Alconym' *P R A Y E R*  =  *P*raying *R*egularly *A*llows *Y*our *E*veryday *R*ecovery.  A Member ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.18.20

April 18th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 18, 2020* *The Needed Power* If a mere code of morals or a better philosophy of life were sufficient to overcome alcoholism, many of us would have recovered long ago. But we found that such codes and philosophies did not save us, no matter how much we tried. We could wish to be moral, we could wish to be philosophically comforted, in fact, we could will these things with all our might, but the needed power wasn’t there. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) pp. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.17.20

April 17th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 17, 2020* *Transformed* In a very real sense he has been transformed, because he has laid hold of a source of strength which, in one way or another, he had hitherto denied himself. He finds himself in possession of a degree of honesty, tolerance, unselfishness, peace of mind, and love of which he had thought himself quite incapable. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 107 Thought to Ponder We're not living just to be sober; we are living to l ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.16.20

April 16th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 16, 2020* *Character and Comfort* But whenever we had to choose between character and comfort, the character-building was lost in the dust of our chase after what we thought was happiness. Seldom did we look at character-building as something desirable in itself, something we would like to strive for whether our instinctual needs were met or not. We never thought of making honesty, tolerance, and true love of man and God the daily basis of living. - Twelve Steps ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.16.20

April 15th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 16, 2020* *Character and Comfort* But whenever we had to choose between character and comfort, the character-building was lost in the dust of our chase after what we thought was happiness. Seldom did we look at character-building as something desirable in itself, something we would like to strive for whether our instinctual needs were met or not. We never thought of making honesty, tolerance, and true love of man and God the daily basis of living. - Twelve Steps ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.15.20

April 15th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 15, 2020* *Absolute Certainty* The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous. He has commenced to accomplish those things for us which we could never do by ourselves. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 25 Thought to Ponder Don't give up before the miracle happens. AA-related 'Alconym' *F R O G*  =  *F*ully *R*ely *O*n *G*od. Thank ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.14.20

April 14th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 14, 2020* *The Hopeless Feature* If you are satisfied that he is a real alcoholic, begin to dwell on the hopeless feature of the malady. Show him, from your own experience, how the queer mental condition surrounding that first drink prevents normal functioning of the will power. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 92 Thought to Ponder Trust God. Clean house. Help others. AA-related 'Alconym' *A L C O H O L I C S*  =  *A* *L*ife *C*entere ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.13.20

April 13th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 13, 2020* *Consequences* The almost certain consequences that follow taking even a glass of beer do not crowd into the mind to deter us. If these thoughts occur, they are hazy and readily supplanted with the old threadbare idea that this time we shall handle ourselves like other people. There is a complete failure of the kind of defense that keeps one from putting his hand on a hot stove. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 24 Thought to Ponder The ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.12.20

April 12th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 12, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Root Of Our Troubles* Selfishness—self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles. Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate. Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, but we invariably find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on self which later placed us in a position to be hurt. So our ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.11.20

April 11th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 11, 2020* *A Useful Program* Many could recover if they had the opportunity we have enjoyed. How then shall we present that which has been so freely given us? We have concluded to publish an anonymous volume setting forth the problem as we see it. We shall bring to the task our combined experience and knowledge. This should suggest a useful program for anyone concerned with a drinking problem. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 19 Thought to Ponde ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.10.20

April 10th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 10, 2020* *But You Can* Thus we grow. And so can you, though you be but one man with this book in your hand. We believe and hope it contains all you will need to begin. We know what you are thinking. You are saying to yourself: "I'm jittery and alone. I couldn’t do that." But you can. You forget that you have just now tapped a source of power much greater than yourself. To duplicate, with such backing, what we have accomplished is only a matter of will ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.09.20

April 9th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 9, 2020* *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; and the other, to accept spiritual help. - Alcoholics ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.08.20

April 8th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 8, 2020* *Good Living* 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 simple thing ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.07.20

April 7th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 7, 2020* *Extravagant 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, (Into Action) p. 84 Thought to Ponder Sobriety is not a destination, but an ever ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.06.20

April 6th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 6, 2020* *Harmed Other People* We might next ask ourselves what we mean when we say that we have "harmed" other people. What kinds of "harm" do people do one another, anyway? To define the word "harm" in a practical way, we might call it the result of instincts in collision, which cause physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual damage to people. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eight) p. 80 Thought to Ponder I want the g ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.05.20

April 5th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 5, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Review Our Day* When we retire at night, we constructively review our day. Were we resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid? Do we owe an apology? Have we kept something to ourselves which should be discussed with another person at once? Were we kind and loving toward all? What could we have done better? . . . After making our review we ask God’s forgiveness and inquire what corrective measures should be taken.  - Alcoholics ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.04.20

April 4th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 4, 2020* *Amends* Nevertheless, with a person we dislike, we take the bit in our teeth. It is harder to go to an enemy than to a friend, but we find it much more beneficial to us. We go to him in a helpful and forgiving spirit, confessing our former ill feeling and expressing our regret. Under no condition do we criticize such a person or argue. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 77 Thought to Ponder Don't mess up an amend with an excuse. AA-related 'Alc ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.03.20

April 3rd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 3, 2020* *Willing* 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, (More About Alcoholism) p. 30 Thought to Ponder The task ahead of us is never as ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.02.20

April 2nd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 2, 2020* *Fully Concede* 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 Thought to Ponder When we try to control ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.01.20

April 1st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 1, 2020* *Unworkable Relations* Our demand for emotional security, for our own way, had constantly thrown us into unworkable relations with other people. Though we were sometimes quite unconscious of this, the result always had been the same. Either we had tried to play God and dominate those about us, or we had insisted on being overdependent upon them. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 115 Thought to Ponder One of the many differences bet ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.31.20

March 31st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 31 2020* *Freedom From Fear* When, with God’s help, we calmly accepted our lot, then we found we could live at peace with ourselves and show others who still suffered the same fears that they could get over them, too. We found that freedom from fear was more important than freedom from want. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 122 Thought to Ponder Situations I fear are rarely as bad as the fear itself. AA-related 'Alconym' *F E A R*  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.30.20

March 30th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 30, 2020* *Complacency* It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 85 Thought to Ponder The alcoholic is in no greater peril than when he takes sobriety for granted. AA-related 'Alconym' *S ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.29.20

March 29th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 29, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Willing to Believe* 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 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, (We Agnostics) p. 57  Thought to Ponder Hold ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.28.20

March 28th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 28, 2020* *Sick Too* Though we did not like their symptoms and the way these disturbed us, they, like ourselves, were sick too. We asked God to help us show them the same tolerance, pity, and patience that we would cheerfully grant a sick friend. When a person offended we said to ourselves, "This is a sick man. How can I be helpful to him? God save me from being angry. Thy will be done." - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 67 Thought to Ponder T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.27.20

March 27th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 27, 2020* *First Major Test* When World War II broke out, this spiritual principle had its first major test. A.A.'s entered the services and were scattered all over the world. Would they be able to take discipline, stand up under fire, and endure the monotony and misery of war? Would the kind of dependence they had learned in A.A. carry them through? Well, it did. They had even fewer alcoholic lapses or emotional binges than A.A.'s safe at home did. - Twelve Ste ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.26.20

March 26th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 26, 2020* *Direct Our Thinking* On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead. We consider our plans for the day. Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives. Under these conditions we can employ our mental faculties with assurance, for after all God gave us brains to use. Our thought-life will be placed on a much higher plane when our thinking is cleare ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.25.20

March 25th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 25, 2020* *Moment of Stress* If at these points our emotional disturbance happens to be great, we will more surely keep our balance, provided we remember, and repeat to ourselves, a particular prayer or phrase that has appealed to us in our reading or meditation. Just saying it over and over will often enable us to clear a channel choked up with anger, fear, frustration, or misunderstanding, and permit us to return to the surest help of all—our search for God's ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.24.20

March 24th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 24, 2020* *Outgrow Fear* The verdict of the ages is that faith means courage. All men of faith have courage. They trust their God. We never apologize for God. Instead we let Him demonstrate, through us, what He can do. We ask Him to remove our fear and direct our attention to what He would have us be. At once, we commence to outgrow fear. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 68 Thought to Ponder Fear is not an admission of weakness; fear is an opportunity ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.23.20

March 23rd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 23, 2020* *Daily Inventory* 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 84 Thought to Ponder Sobriety is not a destination, but an everlasting journey. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.22.20

March 22nd 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 22, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *The Steps* A.A.'s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in   their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Foreward) p. 15  Thought to Ponder The Three A's .. Awareness, Acceptance, Action.  AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A*nswer *A*vailable.&nbs ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.21.20

March 21st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 21, 2020* *Language of the Heart* Taking advantage of technological advances, for example, A.A. members with computers can participate in meetings online, sharing with fellow alcoholics across the country or around the world. 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. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.20.20

March 20th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 20, 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 Love and tolerance of others is our code. AA-related 'Alconym' *P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.19.20

March 19th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 19, 2020* *Progressive Illness* All of us felt at times that we were regaining control, but such intervals—usually brief—were inevitably followed by still less control, which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization. We are convinced to a man that alcoholics of our type are in the grip of a progressive illness. Over any considerable period we get worse, never better. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 30 Thought to Ponder When ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.18.20

March 18th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 18, 2020* *Utopia* Most of us feel we need look no further for Utopia. We have it with us right here and now. Each day my friend’s simple talk in our kitchen multiplies itself in a widening circle of peace on earth and good will to men. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill's Story) p. 16 Thought to Ponder I had to get sober to be amazed. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A*mazing *A*dventure. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.17.20

March 17th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 17, 2020* *Spiritual Malady* Resentment is the “number one’’ offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 64 Thought to Ponder We are prisoners of our own resentments. Forgiveness unlocks the door ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.16.20

March 16th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 16, 2020* *A Question* Our friend’s gorge rose as he bitterly cried out: "If there is a God, He certainly hasn’t done anything for me!" But later, alone in his room, he asked himself this question: "Is it possible that all the religious people I have known are wrong?" While pondering the answer he felt as though he lived in hell. Then, like a thunderbolt, a great thought came. It crowded out all else: "Who are you to say there is no God? ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.15.20

March 15th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 15, 2020* *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-related ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.14.20

March 14th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 14, 2020* *Sense of Relief* Once we have a complete willingness to take inventory, and exert ourselves to do the job thoroughly, a wonderful light falls upon this foggy scene. As we persist, a brand-new kind of confidence is born, and the sense of relief at finally facing ourselves is indescribable. These are the first fruits of Step Four. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) pp. 49 - 50 Thought to Ponder Clear vision for tomorrow comes only after ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.13.20

March 13th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 13, 2020* *Fortunate Indeed* Therefore, 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 turn our will and our lives over to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.12.20

March 12th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 12, 2020* *Fooling Ourselvess* Actually we were fooling ourselves, for deep down in every man, woman, and child, is the fundamental idea of God. It may be obscured by calamity, by pomp, by worship of other things, but in some form or other it is there. For faith in a Power greater than ourselves, and miraculous demonstrations of that power in human lives, are facts as old as man himself. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 55 Thought to Ponder Take a walk ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.11.20

March 11th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 11, 2020* *Basic Principles* The basic principles of A.A., as they are known today, were borrowed mainly from the fields of religion and medicine, though some ideas upon which success finally depended were the result of noting the behavior and needs of the Fellowship itself. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Foreword) p. 16 Thought to Ponder Hope leads to faith if you let it. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A*mazing *A*dventure. Thanks to all o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.10.20

March 10th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 10, 2020* *A New Foundation* By now the newcomer has probably arrived at the following conclusions: that his character defects, representing instincts gone astray, have been the primary cause of his drinking and his failure at life; that unless he is now willing to work hard at the elimination of the worst of these defects, both sobriety and peace of mind will still elude him; that all the faulty foundation of his life will have to be torn out and built anew on ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.09.20

March 9th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 9, 2020* *Temptation* In our belief any scheme of combating alcoholism which proposes to shield the sick man from temptation is doomed to failure. If the alcoholic tries to shield himself he may succeed for a time, but he usually winds up with a bigger explosion than ever. We have tried these methods. These attempts to do the impossible have always failed. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 101 Thought to Ponder The Three A's .. Awareness, Accepta ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.08.20

March 8th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 8, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *High Hurdles* First of all, we had to admit that we had many of these defects, even though such disclosures were painful and humiliating. Where other people were concerned, we had to drop the word “blame” from our speech and thought. This required great willingness even to begin. But once over the first two or three high hurdles, the course ahead began to look easier.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) pp. 47 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.07.20

March 7th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 7, 2020* *A Genuine Reliance* We could actually have earnest religious beliefs which remained barren because we were still trying to play God ourselves. As long as we placed self-reliance first, a genuine reliance upon a Higher Power was out of the question. That basic ingredient of all humility, a desire to seek and do God's will, was missing. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 72 Thought to Ponder Action without prayer is self-reliance. Pra ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.06.20

March 6th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 6, 2020* *We Ask* We usually conclude the period of meditation with a prayer that we be shown all through the day what our next step is to be, that we be given whatever we need to take care of such problems. We ask especially for freedom from self-will, and are careful to make no request for ourselves only. We may ask for ourselves, however, if others will be helped. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 87 Thought to Ponder Life is fragile, handle with pray ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.05.20

March 5th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 5, 2020* *Sanity Returned* And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone—even alcohol. For by this time sanity will have returned. We will seldom be interested in liquor. If tempted, we recoil from it as from a hot flame. We react sanely and normally, and we will find that this has happened automatically. We will see that our new attitude toward liquor has been given us without any thought or effort on our part. It just comes! That is the miracle of it. - Alcoh ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.04.20

March 4th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 4, 2020* *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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) pp. 70 - 71 Thought to Ponder If I have the courage to begin, I have the courage to succee ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.03.20

March 3rd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 3, 2020* *Self-Restraint* 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 Ten) p. 91 Thought to Ponder Nothing pays off ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.02.20

March 2nd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 2, 2020* *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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There is a Solution) pp. 22 - 23 Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.01.20

March 1st 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 1, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Common Solution* The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution. We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action. This is the great news this book carries to those who suffer from alcoholism.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 17  Thought to Ponder The solution is simple. The solution is spiritual.&nbs ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.29.20

February 29th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 29, 2020* *Phenomenon of Craving* They took a drink a day or so prior to the date, and then the phenomenon of craving at once became paramount to all other interests so that the important appointment was not met. These men were not drinking to escape; they were drinking to overcome a craving beyond their mental control. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Doctor's Opinion) pp. xxix - xxx Thought to Ponder It's the first drink that gets you drunk. AA-related 'Alcon ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.28.20

February 28th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 28, 2020* *Spirituality* I finally began to separate the religious aspects of my life from A.A.’s spiritual program. Now the big difference to me is that religion is the ritual, and we all differ there, and spirituality is the way we feel about what we do. It’s about my personal contact with my personal Higher Power, as I understand Him. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Drunk, Like You) p. 406 Thought to Ponder A spiritual awakening is our greatest gift. AA-relat ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.27.20

February 27th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 27, 2020* *Persistent Effort* We want to find exactly how, when, and where our natural desires have warped us. We wish to look squarely at the unhappiness this has caused others and ourselves. 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. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) p. 43 Thought to Ponder In ...Continue Reading

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