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Daily Thought 08.15.18

August 15th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 15, 2018 Character Flaws Still goaded by sheer necessity, we reluctantly come to grips with those serious character flaws that made problem drinkers of us in the first place, flaws which must be dealt with to prevent a retreat into alcoholism once again. We will want to be rid of some of these defects, but in some instances this will appear to be an impossible job from which we recoil. And we cling with a pas ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.14.18

August 14th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 14, 2018 Our Health God has abundantly supplied this world with fine doctors, psychologists, and practitioners of various kinds. Do not hesitate to take your health problems to such persons. Most of them give freely of themselves, that their fellows may enjoy sound minds and bodies. Try to remember that though God has wrought miracles among us, we should never belittle a good doctor or psychiatrist. - A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.13.18

August 13th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 13, 2018 First Fruits 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, pp. 49 - 50 Thought to Ponder L ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.12.18

August 12th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 12, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Fear We reviewed our fears thoroughly. We put them on paper, even though we had no resentment in connection with them. We asked ourselves why we had them. Wasn't it because self-reliance failed us? Self-reliance was good as far as it went, but it didn’t go far enough. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 68 Thought to Ponder Turn fear into faith. AA-related 'Alconym' F E A R ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.11.18

August 11th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 11, 2018 Tradition One 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, p. 563 Thought to Ponder There is no strength without unity. AA-related 'Alconym' A A's - R - U S = Alcoholics Anonymous Recovery Unity Service. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.10.18

August 10th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 10, 2018 Purpose and Power Those of us who have spent much time in the world of spiritual make-believe have eventually seen the childishness of it. This dream world has been replaced by a great sense of purpose, accompanied by a growing consciousness of the power of God in our lives. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 130 Thought to Ponder A spiritual awakening is our greatest gift. AA-related 'Alconym' S O B E R = ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.09.18

August 9th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 9, 2018 Answers Here again we are presented with the temptation to overmanage things, and sometimes this results in rebuffs and other consequences which are hard to take. But in the longer run we clearly realize that these are only the pains of growing up, and nothing but good can come from them if we turn more and more to the entire Twelve Steps for the answers. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 111 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.08.18

August 8th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 8, 2018 The Little Things Like most people, we have found that we can take our big lumps as they come. But also like others, we often discover a greater challenge in the lesser and more continuous problems of life. Our answer is in still more spiritual development. Only by this means can we improve our chances for really happy and useful living. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 114 Thought to Ponder Lif ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.07.18

August 7th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 7, 2018 Essentials of Recovery Most emphatically we wish to say that any alcoholic capable of honestly facing his problems in the light of our experience can recover, provided he does not close his mind to all spiritual concepts. He can only be defeated by an attitude of intolerance or belligerent denial. We find that no one need have difficulty with the spirituality of the program. Willingness, honesty and o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.06.18

August 6th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 6, 2018 Prayer and Meditation But we recoiled from meditation and prayer as obstinately as the scientist who refused to perform a certain experiment lest it prove his pet theory wrong. Of course we finally did experiment, and when unexpected results followed, we felt different; in fact we knew different; and so we were sold on meditation and prayer. And that, we have found, can happen to anybody who tries. It ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.05.18

August 5th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 5, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Daily Practice 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. - T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.04.18

August 4th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 4, 2018 Self-Confidence When first challenged to admit defeat, most of us revolted. We had approached A.A. expecting to be taught self-confidence. Then we had been told that so far as alcohol is concerned, self-confidence was no good whatever; in fact, it was a total liability. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 22 Thought to Ponder Take a walk with God. He will meet you at the Steps. AA-related 'Alco ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.03.18

August 3rd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 3, 2018 Step Eight “Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.” What real harm, therefore, had we done? No more, surely, than we could easily mend with a few casual apologies. This attitude, of course, is the end result of purposeful forgetting. It is an attitude which can only be changed by a deep and honest search of our motives and actions. - Twelve Steps and Twe ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.02.18

August 2nd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 2, 2018 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 h ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.01.18

August 1st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 1, 2018 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, p. 49 Thought to Ponder The difference between pride and humility ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.31.18

July 31st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 31, 2018 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, p. 101 Thought to Ponder Fait ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.30.18

July 30th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 30, 2018 Attitudes 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 witchburners. A spirit of intolerance might repel alcoholics whose lives could have been saved, had it not been for such stupidity. - Alcoholics Anonymo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.29.18

July 29th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 29, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Daily Inventory Our next function is to grow in understanding and effectiveness. This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime. Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear. When these crop up, we ask God at once to remove them. We discuss them with someone immediately and make amends quickly if we have harmed anyone. Then we r ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.28.18

July 28th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 28, 2018 Give and Receive To watch the eyes of men and women open with wonder as they move from darkness into light, to see their lives quickly fill with new purpose and meaning, to see whole families reassembled, to see the alcoholic outcast received back into his community in full citizenship, and above all to watch these people awaken to the presence of a loving God in their lives—these things are the substa ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.27.18

July 27th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 27, 2018 Step Five "Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs." Somehow, being alone with God doesn't seem as embarrassing as facing up to another person. Until we actually sit down and talk aloud about what we have so long hidden, our willingness to clean house is still largely theoretical. When we are honest with another person, it confirms that we have b ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.26.18

July 26th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 26, 2018 Making Amends Rarely do we fail to make satisfactory progress. Our former enemies sometimes praise what we are doing and wish us well. Occasionally, they will offer assistance. It should not matter, however, if someone does throw us out of his office. We have made our demonstration, done our part. It’s water over the dam. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 78 Thought to Ponder It is the highest form of self-resp ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.25.18

July 25th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 25, 2018 Faith and Courage 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, p. 68 Thought to Ponder Courage is faith that ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.24.18

July 24th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 24, 2018 Nothing and Nowhere? We read wordy books and indulge in windy arguments, thinking we believe this universe needs no God to explain it. Were our contentions true, it would follow that life originated out of nothing, means nothing, and proceeds nowhere. Instead of regarding ourselves as intelligent agents, spearheads of God’s ever advancing Creation, we agnostics and atheists chose to believe that our hu ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.23.18

July 23rd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 23, 2018 Humility and Hope 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. If that degree of humility could enable us to find the grace b ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.22.18

July 22nd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 22, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Direction 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.21.18

July 21st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 21, 2018 Sanity “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 Twelv ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.20.18

July 20th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 20, 2018 The Message Frothy emotional appeal seldom suffices. The message which can interest and hold these alcoholic people must have depth and weight. In nearly all cases, their ideals must be grounded in a power greater than themselves, if they are to re-create their lives. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xxviii Thought to Ponder The Twelve Steps -- a manuscript for rational living. AA-related 'Alconym' A B ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.19.18

July 19th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 19, 2018 The Big Book Well, we did quarrel violently over the preparation and distribution of that AA Book. In fact, it took five years for the clamor to die down. Should any AA's dream that the old-timers who put the Book together went about in serene meditation and white robes, then they had best forget it. The inspiration that readers now say they find in the volume must have got there by the grace of God only! ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.18.18

July 18th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 18, 2018 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, p. 31 Thought to Ponder Today, my brain has cleared with the grace of clarity. AA- ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.17.18

July 17th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 17, 2018 Control and Manipulation When we habitually try to manipulate others to our own willful desires, they revolt, and resist us heavily. Then we develop hurt feelings, a sense of persecution, and a desire to retaliate. As we redouble our efforts at control, and continue to fail, our suffering becomes acute and constant. We have not once sought to be one in a family, to be a friend among friends, to be a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.16.18

July 16th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 16, 2018 The Fifth Step When we decide who is to hear our story, we waste no time. We have a written inventory and we are prepared for a long talk. We explain to our partner what we are about to do and why we have to do it. He should realize that we are engaged upon a life-and-death errand. Most people approached in this way will be glad to help; they will be honored by our confidence. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 7 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.15.18

July 15th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 15, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Rest On Our Laurels 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. Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God’s will into all of our act ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.14.18

July 14th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 14, 2018 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.13.18

July 13th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 13, 2018 Going It Alone The second difficulty is this: what comes to us alone may be garbled by our own rationalization and wishful thinking. The benefit of talking to another person is that we can get his direct comment and counsel on our situation, and there can be no doubt in our minds what that advice is. Going it alone in spiritual matters is dangerous. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 60 Thoug ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.12.18

July 12th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 12, 2018 Self-Examination Must A.A.'s spend most of their waking hours drearily rehashing their sins of omission or commission? Well, hardly. The emphasis on inventory is heavy only because a great many of us have never really acquired the habit of accurate self-appraisal. Once this healthy practice has become grooved, it will be so interesting and profitable that the time it takes won't be missed. For these ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.11.18

July 11th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 11, 2018 Sincere Attempt Another great dividend we may expect from confiding our defects to another human being is humility—a word often misunderstood. 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. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 58 Thought to Ponder Is the life I'm living the life that w ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.10.18

July 10th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 10, 2018 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, p. 77 Thought to Ponder Don't mess up an amend ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.09.18

July 9th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 9, 2018 Transformed Our eyes begin to open to the immense values which have come straight out of painful ego-puncturing. Until now, our lives have been largely devoted to running from pain and problems. We fled from them as from a plague. We never wanted to deal with the fact of suffering. Escape via the bottle was always our solution. Character-building through suffering might be all right for saints, but it c ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.08.18

July 8th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 8, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Carry This Message The unique ability of each A.A. to identify himself with, and bring recovery to, the newcomer in no way depends upon his learning, eloquence, or on any special individual skills. The only thing that matters is that he is an alcoholic who has found a key to sobriety. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 150 - 151 Thought to Ponder In AA we don't carr ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.07.18

July 7th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 7, 2018 Permanent Assets 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, p. 95 Thought to Ponder Gratitude is a tool, a form of perspective, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.06.18

July 6th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 6, 2018 Spiritual Infancy He will perceive that his spiritual growth is lopsided, that for an average man like himself, a spiritual life which does not include his family obligations may not be so perfect after all. If the family will appreciate that dad’s current behavior is but a phase of his development, all will be well. In the midst of an understanding and sympathetic family, these vagaries of dad’s spirit ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.05.18

July 5th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 5, 2018 Failed All went well for a time, but he failed to enlarge his spiritual life. To his consternation, he found himself drunk half a dozen times in rapid succession. On each of these occasions we worked with him, reviewing carefully what had happened. He agreed he was a real alcoholic and in a serious condition. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 35 Thought to Ponder The ultimate defense against the first drink is a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.04.18

July 4th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 4, 2018 True Freedom To get completely away from our aversion to the idea of being humble, to gain a vision of humility as the avenue to true freedom of the human spirit, to be willing to work for humility as something to be desired for itself, takes most of us a long, long time. A whole lifetime geared to self-centeredness cannot be set in reverse all at once. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 73 Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.03.18

July 3rd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 3, 2018 A Fair Hearing Instead, we looked at the human defects of these people, and sometimes used their shortcomings as a basis of wholesale condemnation. We talked of intolerance, while we were intolerant ourselves. We missed the reality and the beauty of the forest because we were diverted by the ugliness of some of its trees. We never gave the spiritual side of life a fair hearing. - Alcoholics Anonymous ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.02.18

July 2nd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 2, 2018 Tradition Ten “Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.” We conceive the survival and spread of Alcoholics Anonymous to be something of far greater importance than the weight we could collectively throw back of any other cause. Since recovery from alcoholism is life itself to us, it is imperative that we preserve in full st ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.01.18

July 1st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 1, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 133 Thought to Ponder Happiness and peace of mind are always here, open and free to anyone. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.30.18

June 30th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 30, 2018 Family 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. So we clean house with the family, asking each morning in meditation that our Creator show us the way of patience, tolerance, kindliness and love. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.29.18

June 29th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 29, 2018 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, pp. 56 - 57 Thought to Ponder A f ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.28.18

June 28th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 28, 2018 Rationalizing We alcoholics are the biggest rationalizers in the world. Fortified with the excuse that we are doing great things for A.A., we can, through broken anonymity, resume our old and disastrous pursuit of personal power and prestige, public honors, and money -- the same implacable urges that, when frustrated, once caused us to drink. - As Bill Sees It, p. 160 Thought to Ponder The difference bet ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.27.18

June 27th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 27, 2018 Your Belief We can only clear the ground a bit. If our testimony helps sweep away prejudice, enables you to think honestly, encourages you to search diligently within yourself, then, if you wish, you can join us on the Broad Highway. With this attitude you cannot fail. The consciousness of your belief is sure to come to you. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 55 Thought to Ponder Keep an open mind. AA- ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.26.18

June 26th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 26, 2018 Miracles It may seem incredible that these men are to become happy, respected, and useful once more. How can they rise out of such misery, bad repute and hopelessness? The practical answer is that since these things have happened among us, they can happen with you. Should you wish them above all else, and be willing to make use of our experience, we are sure they will come. The age of miracles is st ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.25.18

June 25th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 25, 2018 A 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 Anony ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.24.18

June 24th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 24, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Daily Reprieve We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God’s will into all of our activities. “How can I best serve Thee—Thy will (not mine) be done.’’ - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 85 Thought to Ponder AA is not something we join; it's a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.23.18

June 23rd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 23, 2018 Defects We who have escaped these extremes are apt to congratulate ourselves. Yet can we? After all, hasn't it been self-interest, pure and simple, that has enabled most of us to escape? Not much spiritual effort is involved in avoiding excesses which will bring us punishment anyway. But when we face up to the less violent aspects of these very same defects, then where do we stand? - Twelve Steps an ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.22.18

June 22nd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 22, 2018 Pain Someone who knew what he was talking about once remarked that pain was the touchstone of all spiritual progress. How heartily we A.A.'s can agree with him, for we know that the pains of drinking had to come before sobriety, and emotional turmoil before serenity. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 93 - 94 Thought to Ponder The gritty pain of alcoholism is the traction of recovery. AA-related ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.21.18

June 21st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 21, 2018 Ready Under the lash of alcoholism, we are driven to A.A., and there we discover the fatal nature of our situation. Then, and only then, do we become as open-minded to conviction and as willing to listen as the dying can be. We stand ready to do anything which will lift the merciless obsession from us. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 24 Thought to Ponder Today, my brain has cleared with the grac ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.20.18

June 20th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 20, 2018 Readiness Are we now ready to let God remove from us all the things which we have admitted are objectionable? Can He now take them all—every one? If we still cling to something we will not let go, we ask God to help us be willing. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 76 Thought to Ponder The Three "P's" -- Pause, Pray, Proceed. AA-related 'Alconym' K I S S = Keep It Simple, Surrender. Thanks to a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.19.18

June 19th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 19, 2018 Inventory But all who are in the least reasonable will agree upon one point: that there is plenty wrong with us alcoholics about which plenty will have to be done if we are to expect sobriety, progress, and any real ability to cope with life. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 48 Thought to Ponder I need to uncover in order to recover. AA-related 'Alconym' F A I T H = Facing An Inner Truth Heal ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.18.18

June 18th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 18, 2018 New Life Regardless of worldly success or failure, regardless of pain or joy, regardless of sickness or health or even of death itself, a new life of endless possibilities can be lived if we are willing to continue our awakening, through the practice of A.A.'s Twelve Steps. - As Bill Sees It, p. 8 Thought to Ponder The AA way of life is meant to be bread for daily use, not cake for special occasions. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.17.18

June 17th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 17, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Prayer and Meditation 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. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.16.18

June 16th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 16, 2018 Progress "Day by day, we try to move a little toward God's perfection. So we need not be consumed by maudlin guilt for failure to achieve His likeness and image by Thursday next. Progress is our aim, and His perfection is the beacon, light-years away, that draws us on." - As Bill Sees It, p. 15 Thought to Ponder Spiritual progress isn't what gets us sober, it's what keeps us sober. AA-related ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.15.18

June 15th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 15, 2018 Harmony Courtesy, kindness, justice, and love are the keynotes by which we may come into harmony with practically anybody. When in doubt we can always pause, saying, “Not my will, but Thine, be done.” And we can often ask ourselves, “Am I doing to others as I would have them do to me—today?” - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 93 Thought to Ponder The Three "C's" -- Concern, Compassion, Co ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.14.18

June 14th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 14, 2018 Self-pity "Self-pity is one of the most unhappy and consuming defects that we know. It is a bar to all spiritual progress and can cut off all effective communication with our fellows because of its inordinate demands for attention and sympathy. It is a maudlin form of martyrdom, which we can ill afford." - As Bill Sees It, p. 238 Thought to Ponder The smallest package in the world is an alcohol ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.13.18

June 13th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 13, 2018 An Approach He should not be pushed or prodded by you, his wife, or his friends. If he is to find God, the desire must come from within. If he thinks he can do the job in some other way, or prefers some other spiritual approach, encourage him to follow his own conscience. We have no monopoly on God; we merely have an approach that worked with us. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 95 Thought to Ponder T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.12.18

June 12th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 12, 2018 Without a Defense 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 A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.11.18

June 11th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 11, 2018 Complete Willingness Upon a foundation of complete willingness I might build what I saw in my friend. Would I have it? Of course I would! Thus was I convinced that God is concerned with us humans when we want Him enough. At long last I saw, I felt, I believed. Scales of pride and prejudice fell from my eyes. A new world came into view. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 12 Thought to Ponder I came. I came to. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.10.18

June 10th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 10, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Honesty We went back through our lives. Nothing counted but thoroughness and honesty. When we were finished we considered it carefully. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 65 Thought to Ponder Willingness, honesty and open-mindedness are the essentials of recovery. AA-related 'Alconym' C H A N G E = Choosing Honesty Allows New Growth Everyday. A Member Shares: Hi everyone. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.09.18

June 9th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 9, 2018 Spiritual Terms When, therefore, we speak to you of God, we mean your own conception of God. This applies, too, to other spiritual expressions which you find in this book. Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter you from honestly asking yourself what they mean to you. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 47 Thought to Ponder God grant that AA may ever stay simple. AA-related 'A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.08.18

June 8th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 8, 2018 Our Problems After all, our problems were of our own making. Bottles were only a symbol. Besides, we have stopped fighting anybody or anything. We have to! - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 103 Thought to Ponder We need to share our problems to find our solutions. AA-related 'Alconym' A A = Altered Attitudes Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength and hope in carrying ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.07.18

June 7th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 7, 2018 Our Big Book 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 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 greater than yourself. To duplicate, with such backing, what we have a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.06.18

June 6th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 6, 2018 Peace If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 83 - 84 Thought to Ponder We cannot find peace by avoiding life. AA-related 'Alcony ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.05.18

June 5th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 5, 2018 The Jumping-off Place Inwardly he would give anything to take half a dozen drinks and get away with them. He will presently try the old game again, for he isn’t happy about his sobriety. He cannot picture life without alcohol. Some day he will be unable to imagine life either with alcohol or without it. Then he will know loneliness such as few do. He will be at the jumping-off place. He will wish for the end. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.04.18

June 4th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 4, 2018 Resentments Few people have been more victimized by resentments than have we alcoholics. It mattered little whether our resentments were justified or not. A burst of temper could spoil a day, and a well-nursed grudge could make us miserably ineffective. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 90 Thought to Ponder Resentment is like acid, eating away at the vessel it is stored in. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.03.18

June 3rd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 3, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Principles For it is only by accepting and solving our problems that we can begin to get right with ourselves and with the world about us, and with Him who presides over us all. Understanding is the key to right principles and attitudes, and right action is the key to good living; therefore the joy of good living is the theme of A.A.'s Twelfth Step. - Twelve Steps and Twelve T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.02.18

June 2nd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 2, 2018 Transformed Until now, our lives have been largely devoted to running from pain and problems. We fled from them as from a plague. We never wanted to deal with the fact of suffering. Escape via the bottle was always our solution. Character-building through suffering might be all right for saints, but it certainly didn't appeal to us. Then, in A.A., we looked and listened. Everywhere we saw failure and mi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.01.18

June 1st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 1, 2018 The Actor More than most people, the alcoholic leads a double life. He is very much the actor. To the outer world he presents his stage character. This is the one he wants his fellows to see. He wants to enjoy a certain reputation, but knows in his heart he doesn't deserve it. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 73 Thought to Ponder Character is what I am; reputation is what people think I am. AA-related 'A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.31.18

May 31st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 31, 2018 Disturbances But in A.A. we slowly learned that something had to be done about our vengeful resentments, self-pity, and unwarranted pride. We had to see that every time we played the big shot, we turned people against us. We had to see that when we harbored grudges and planned revenge for such defeats, we were really beating ourselves with the club of anger we had intended to use on others. We learned t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.30.18

May 30th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 30, 2018 Debris Now we go out to our fellows and repair the damage done in the past. We attempt to sweep away the debris which has accumulated out of our effort to live on self-will and run the show ourselves. If we haven’t the will to do this, we ask until it comes. Remember it was agreed at the beginning we would go to any lengths for victory over alcohol. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 76 Thought to Ponder Don't ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.29.18

May 29th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 29, 2018 Our Will It is when we try to make our will conform with God's that we begin to use it rightly. To all of us, this was a most wonderful revelation. Our whole trouble had been the misuse of willpower. We had tried to bombard our problems with it instead of attempting to bring it into agreement with God's intention for us. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 40 Thought to Ponder I can't do His wi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.28.18

May 28th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 28, 2018 Guidance We discover that we do receive guidance for our lives to just about the extent that we stop making demands upon God to give it to us on order and on our terms. Almost any experienced A.A. will tell how his affairs have taken remarkable and unexpected turns for the better as he tried to improve his conscious contact with God. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 104 Thought to Ponder The Three ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.27.18

May 27th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 27, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Alcoholic Mind They had said that though I did raise a defense, it would one day give way before some trivial reason for having a drink. Well, just that did happen and more, for what I had learned of alcoholism did not occur to me at all. I knew from that moment that I had an alcoholic mind. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 42 Thought to Ponder I want the gift of an untroubled ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.26.18

May 26th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 26, 2018 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. - 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, p. 58 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.25.18

May 25th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 25, 2018 A Prospect 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 opportunity to live and be happy. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 96 Thought to Ponder A.A. is not for people who need it, it's for people ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.24.18

May 24th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 24, 2018 Growing 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 & Twelve Traditions, p. 114 Thought to Ponder A spiritual ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.23.18

May 23rd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 23, 2018 Our Defects At the very least, we shall have to come to grips with some of our worst character defects and take action toward their removal as quickly as we can. The moment we say, “No, never!” our minds close against the grace of God. Delay is dangerous, and rebellion may be fatal. This is the exact point at which we abandon limited objectives, and move toward God's will for us. - Twelve Steps and T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.22.18

May 22nd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 21, 2018 Causes and Conditions 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 64 Thought to Ponder Delay is the deadliest form of denial. A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.21.18

May 21st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 21, 2018 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, p. 21 Thought to Ponder When we try to control our drinking, we have already lost control. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.20.18

May 20th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 20, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Step Five This is perhaps difficult—especially discussing our defects with another person. We think we have done well enough in admitting these things to ourselves. There is doubt about that. In actual practice, we usually find a solitary self-appraisal insufficient. Many of us thought it necessary to go much further. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 72 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.19.18

May 19th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 19, 2018 Certain Steps Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 58 Thought to Ponder Sobriety without action is fantasy. AA-related 'Alconym' F E A R = Face Everything And Recover. Thank ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.18.18

May 18th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 18, 2018 Troubles Our basic troubles are the same as everyone else's, but when an honest effort is made “to practice these principles in all our affairs,” well-grounded A.A.'s seem to have the ability, by God's grace, to take these troubles in stride and turn them into demonstrations of faith. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 114 Thought to Ponder Reliance on God enables me to match calamity with s ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.17.18

May 17th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 17, 2018 New Meaning Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends—this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it. Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 89 Thought to Ponder G ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.16.18

May 16th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 16, 2018 Basic Principles The basic principles of the A.A. program, it appears, hold good for individuals with many different lifestyles, just as the program has brought recovery to those of many different nationalities. The Twelve Steps that summarize the program may be called los Doce Pasos in one country, les Douze Etapes in another, but they trace exactly the same path to recovery that was blazed by the e ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.15.18

May 15th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 15, 2018 Obsession 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, p. 30 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.14.18

May 14th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 14, 2018 A Power 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, p. 45 Thought to Ponder Willpowe ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.13.18

May 13th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 13, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Three Pertinent Ideas Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas: (a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives. (b) That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism. (c) That God could and would if He were sought. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 60 Thought ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.12.18

May 12th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 12, 2018 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, p. 122 Thought to Ponder Situations I fear are rarely as bad as the fear itself. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.11.18

May 11th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 11, 2018 A Simpler Level When people presented us with spiritual approaches, how frequently did we all say, "I wish I had what that man has. I’m sure it would work if I could only believe as he believes. But I cannot accept as surely true the many articles of faith which are so plain to him." So it was comforting to learn that we could commence at a simpler level. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 47 Thou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.10.18

May 10th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 10, 2018 Faith There is, however, a vast amount of fun about it all. I suppose some would be shocked at our seeming worldliness and levity. But just underneath there is deadly earnestness. Faith has to work twenty-four hours a day in and through us, or we perish. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 16 Thought to Ponder It is when you act on faith that you actually have it. AA-related 'Alconym' F A I T H = Facing All ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.09.18

May 9th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 9, 2018 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, p. 64 Thought to Ponder Resentments are like submarines. They run re ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.08.18

May 8th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 8, 2018 Psychic Change 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, p. xxix ...Continue Reading

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