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Daily Thought 09.24.18

September 24th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 24, 2018* *Self-Justification* For most of us, self-justification was the maker of excuses; excuses, of course, for drinking, and for all kinds of crazy and damaging conduct. We had made the invention of alibis a fine art. We had to drink because times were hard or times were good. We had to drink because at home we were smothered with love or got none at all . . . . . . And so it went, ad infinitum. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 46 - 47 Though ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.23.18

September 23rd 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 23, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Denial* Fred would not believe himself an alcoholic, much less accept a spiritual remedy for his problem. We told him what we knew about alcoholism. He was interested and conceded that he had some of the symptoms, but he was a long way from admitting that he could do nothing about it himself.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 39 - 40 Thought to Ponder Don't believe everything you think. AA-related 'Alconym' *Y E T*  =&n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.22.18

September 22nd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 22, 2018* *Insecurity* Our egomania digs two disastrous pitfalls. Either we insist upon dominating the people we know, or we depend upon them far too much.  If we lean too heavily on people, they will sooner or later fail us, for they  are human, too, and cannot possibly meet our incessant demands.  In this way our insecurity grows and festers. /- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions,/ p. 53 *Thought to Ponder . . .* No God, no peace --- know ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.21.18

September 21st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 21, 2018* *Serenity* "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, p. 41 Thought to Ponder Serenity isn't freedom from the storm; it is peace within the storm.   AA-related 'Alconym' *K I S S*  =  *K*eep *I*t *S*erenely *S*imple. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generousl ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.20.18

September 20th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 20, 2018* *Helping Others* Never talk down to an alcoholic from any moral or spiritual hilltop; simply lay out the kit of spiritual tools for his inspection. Show him how they worked with you. Offer him friendship and fellowship. Tell him that if he wants to get well you will do anything to help. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 95 Thought to Ponder Sobriety is the adventure of a lifetime. And it begins the moment we ask AA for help.  AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.19.18

September 19th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 19, 2018* *First Attempt* Faith, to be sure, is necessary, but faith alone can avail nothing. We can have faith, yet keep God out of our lives. Therefore our problem now becomes just how and by what specific means shall we be able to let Him in? Step Three represents our first attempt to do this. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 34 Thought to Ponder Take a walk with God. He will meet you at the Steps.  AA-related 'Alconym' *H O P E*  =&n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.18.18

September 18th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 18, 2018* *Ugly Facts* "For God’s sake, how did I ever get started again?"’ Only to have that thought supplanted by "Well, I’ll stop with the sixth drink." Or "What’s the use anyhow?" When this sort of thinking is fully established in an individual with alcoholic tendencies, he has probably placed himself beyond human aid, and unless locked up, may die or go permanently insane. These stark and ugly facts have been confirmed by l ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.17.18

September 17th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 17, 2018* *Rationalization* "Maybe I can postpone dealing with some of my problems indefinitely." Of course, this won't do. Such a bluffing of oneself will have to go the way of many another pleasant rationalization. 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. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 69 Thought to Ponder Rationalizing is a de ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.16.18

September 16th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 16, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Step Five* We have admitted certain defects; we have ascertained in a rough way what the trouble is; we have put our finger on the weak items in our personal inventory. Now these are about to be cast out. This requires action on our part, which, when completed, will mean that we have admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our defects.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 72 Thought to Pon ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.15.18

September 15th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 15, 2018* *Change* Change is the characteristic of all growth. From drinking to sobriety, from dishonesty to honesty, from conflict to serenity, from hate to love, from childish dependence to adult responsibility -- all this and infinitely more represent change for the better. . . Only God is unchanging; only He has all the truth there is. - As Bill Sees It, p. 76 Thought to Ponder If I don't change, my sobriety date will.  AA-related 'Alconym' *C H ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.14.18

September 14th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 14, 2018* *Lost Faith* Sometimes A.A, comes harder to those who have lost or rejected faith than to those who never had any faith at all, for they think they have tried faith and found it wanting. They have tried the way of faith and the way of no faith. Since both ways have proved bitterly disappointing, they have concluded there is no place whatever for them to go. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 28 Thought to Ponder Hope leads to faith if you l ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.13.18

September 13th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 13, 2018* *A Spiritual Experience* On the third day the lawyer gave his life to the care and direction of his Creator, and said he was perfectly willing to do anything necessary. His wife came, scarcely daring to be hopeful, though she thought she saw something different about her husband already. He had begun to have a spiritual experience. That afternoon he put on his clothes and walked from the hospital a free man. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 158 Thought ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.12.18

September 12th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 12, 2018* *Prayer* All of us, without exception, pass through times when we can pray only with the greatest exertion of will. Occasionally we go even further than this. We are seized with a rebellion so sickening that we simply won't pray. When these things happen we should not think too ill of ourselves. We should simply resume prayer as soon as we can, doing what we know to be good for us. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 105 Thought to Ponder Tr ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.11.18

September 11th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 11, 2018* *Step Three* All we need is a key, and the decision to swing the door open. There is only one key, and it is called willingness. Once unlocked by willingness, the door opens almost of itself, and looking through it, we shall see a pathway beside which is an inscription. It reads: “This is the way to a faith that works.” - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 34 Thought to Ponder Faith makes the impossible possible.  AA-related 'Alconym' * ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.10.18

September 10th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 10, 2018* *Obsession*Never could we recapture the great moments of the past. There was an insistent yearning to enjoy life as we once did and a heartbreaking obsession that some new miracle of control would enable us to do it. There was always one more attempt—and one more failure. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 151 Thought to PonderWithin our wonderful new world, we have found freedom from our fatal obsession.  AA-related 'Alconym'*H O P E*  =  *H* ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.09.18

September 9th 2018

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 9, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Fellowship*Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. - Preamble, The AA Grapevine, Inc. Thought to PonderIn AA, we discover that it is impossible to give without receiving, or receive without giving. AA-related 'Alconym'*F E L L O W S H I P*  =  *F*aith, *E*m ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.08.18

September 8th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 8, 2018* *Bankruptcy*Beginning with Step Four, we commenced to search out the things in ourselves which had brought us to physical, moral, and spiritual bankruptcy. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 107 Thought to PonderCourage is not the absence of fear, but taking the action in spite of the fear.  AA-related 'Alconym'*F E A R*  =  *F*ace *E*verything *A*nd *R*ecover. Thanks to all of you ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.07.18

September 7th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 7, 2018* *Consequences*But even in this type of beginning we are obliged to admit that our justification for a spree was insanely insufficient in the light of what always happened. We now see that when we began to drink deliberately, instead of casually, there was little serious or effective thought during the period of premeditation of what the terrific consequences might be.- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 37 Thought to PonderWhen I choose the behavior, I choose t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.06.18

September 6th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 6, 2018* *Excuses*Therefore, the main problem of the alcoholic centers in his mind, rather than in his body. If you ask him why he started on that last bender, the chances are he will offer you any one of a hundred alibis. Sometimes these excuses have a certain plausibility, but none of them really makes sense in the light of the havoc an alcoholic’s drinking bout creates.- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 23 Thought to PonderInsanity is doing the same thing over and ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.05.18

September 5th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 5, 2018* *Entire Abstinence*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.- Alcohol ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.04.18

September 4th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 4, 2018* *Our Traditions*We alcoholics see that we must work together and hang together, else most of us will finally die alone. The "12 Traditions" of Alcoholics Anonymous are, we A.A.’s believe, the best answers that our experience has yet given to those ever-urgent questions, "How can A.A. best function?" and, "How can A.A. best stay whole and so survive?"- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 561 Thought to PonderThe Steps help me live wi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.03.18

September 3rd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 3, 2018* *Revolutionized*The great fact is just this, and nothing less: That we have had deep and effective spiritual experiences* which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows and toward God’s universe. 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.- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 25 (*Fully explained—Appendix II.) Thought to Pond ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.02.18

September 2nd 2018

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 2, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Willing and Honest*If what we have learned and felt and seen means anything at all, it means that all of us, whatever our race, creed, or color are the children of a living Creator with whom we may form a relationship upon simple and understandable terms as soon as we are willing and honest enough to try. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 28 Thought to PonderHonesty is the absence of the intent to deceive. AA-related 'Alconym'*H O ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.01.18

September 1st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 1, 2018* *Reliance*The notion that we would still live our own lives, God helping a little now and then, began to evaporate. Many of us who had thought ourselves religious  awoke to the limitations of this attitude.  Refusing to place God first, we had  deprived ourselves of His help. But now the words “Of myself I am nothing,  the Father doeth the works” began to carry bright promise and meaning.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 75 T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.31.18

August 31st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 31, 2018* *Spiritual Things*Besides a seeming inability to accept much on faith, we often found ourselves handicapped by obstinacy, sensitiveness, and unreasoning prejudice. Many of us have been so touchy that even casual reference to spiritual things made us bristle with antagonism. This sort of thinking had to be abandoned. Though some of us resisted, we found no great difficulty in casting aside such feelings.- Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 47 - 48 Thought to Ponde ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.30.18

August 30th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 30, 2018* *Turmoil*The alcoholic is like a tornado roaring his way through the lives of others. Hearts are broken. Sweet relationships are dead. Affections have been uprooted. Selfish and inconsiderate habits have kept the home in turmoil. We feel a man is unthinking when he says that sobriety is enough.- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 164 Thought to PonderSobriety without action is fantasy.  AA-related 'Alconym'*N U T S*  =  *N*ot *U*sing *T*he *S*teps. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.29.18

August 29th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 29, 2018* *Answers*We realize we know only a little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in order.- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 164 Thought to PonderThe Three "P's" -- Pause, Pray, Proceed.  AA-related 'Alconym'*P R A Y E R*  =  *P*raying *R*egularly *A*llows *Y*our *E*veryday *R*ecovery. Thank ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.28.18

August 28th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 28, 2018* *Third Step Prayer*"God, I offer myself to Thee—to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!"- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 63 Thought to PonderSimply asking for help seems to be a help in itself.  AA-related 'Alconym ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.27.18

August 27th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 27, 2018* *Self-Searching*As we have seen, self-searching is the means by which we bring new vision, action, and grace to bear upon the dark and negative side of our natures. It is a step in the development of that kind of humility that makes it possible for us to receive God's help. Yet it is only a step. We will want to go further.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 98 Thought to PonderFrom darkness comes light.  AA-related 'Alconym'*G O D*  =&nbs ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.26.18

August 26th 2018

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 26, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Open-Minded*Faced with alcoholic destruction, we soon became as open minded on spiritual matters as we had tried to be on other questions. In this respect alcohol was a great persuader. It finally beat us into a state of reasonableness. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 48 Thought to PonderI want the gift of an untroubled mind. AA-related 'Alconym'*H O W*  =  *H*onest, *O*pen-minded, *W*illing.   A Member Shares:Bernie ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.25.18

August 25th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 25, 2018* *Disturbances*Anger, that occasional luxury of more balanced people, could keep us on an emotional jag indefinitely. These emotional “dry benders” often led straight to the bottle. Other kinds of disturbances—jealousy, envy, self-pity, or hurt pride—did the same thing. A spot-check inventory taken in the midst of such disturbances can be of very great help in quieting stormy emotions.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 90 Thought to PonderAm I doing ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.24.18

August 24th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 24, 2018* *Our Instincts*Even then the best of us will discover to our dismay that there is always a sticking point, a point at which we say, "No, I can't give this up yet." And we shall often tread on even more dangerous ground when we cry, "This I will never give up!" Such is the power of our instincts to overreach themselves. No matter how far we have progressed, desires will always be found which oppose the grace of God.- Twelve Steps and T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.23.18

August 23rd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 23, 2018* *All Power*Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.  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!- Alcoholics Anonymous,  pp. 58 - 59 Thought to PonderTake a walk with God. He will meet you at the Steps. AA-related 'Alconym'*W I L L I N G*&n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.22.18

August 22nd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 22, 2018* *Investigation*While the purpose of making restitution to others is paramount, it is equally necessary that we extricate from an examination of our personal relations every bit of information   about ourselves and our fundamental difficulties that we can.  Since defective relations with other human beings have nearly always been the  immediate cause of our woes, including our alcoholism, no field of investigation   could yield mo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.21.18

August 21st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 21, 2018* *Our Example*As soon as we begin to feel confident in our new way of life and ave begun, by our behavior and example, to convince those about us that we are indeed changing for the better, it is usually safe to talk in complete frankness with those who have been seriously affected, even those who may be only a little or not at all aware of what we have done to them.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 85 Thought to PonderRight actions for the future ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.20.18

August 20th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 20, 2018* *Avoidance and Excuses*We also clutch at another wonderful excuse for avoiding an inventory. Our present anxieties and troubles, we cry, are caused by the behavior of other people—people who really need a moral inventory. We firmly believe that if only they'd treat us better, we'd be all right. Therefore we think our indignation is justified and reasonable—that our resentments are the “right kind.” We aren't the guilty ones. They are!- Twelve Steps and T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.19.18

August 19th 2018

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 19, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Amends*Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 84 Thought to PonderAre these extravagant promises? We think not. AA-related 'Alconym'*A C T I O N*  =  *A*ny *C*h ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.18.18

August 18th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 18, 2018* *Step Ten *“Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.” In most cases our motives won't be hard to see and understand. When prideful, angry, jealous, anxious, or fearful, we acted accordingly, and that was that. Here we need only recognize that we did act or think badly, try to visualize how we might have done better, and resolve with God's help to carry these lessons over into tomorrow, making, of course, any amend ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.17.18

August 17th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 17, 2018* *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, p. 92 Thought to Pond ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.16.18

August 16th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 16, 2018* *Convinced*From this doctor, the broker had learned the grave nature of alcoholism. Though he could not accept all the tenets of the Oxford Groups, he was convinced of the need for moral inventory, confession of personality defects, restitution to those harmed, helpfulness to others, and the necessity of belief in and dependence upon God.- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xvi Thought to PonderAA is not something we join; it's a way of life.  AA-related 'Alc ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.15.18

August 15th 2018

*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 passionate persistence to others which are just as distur ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.14.18

August 14th 2018

*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.- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 133 Thought to PonderI can’t fix some ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.13.18

August 13th 2018

*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 PonderLife is an ongoing miracle.  AA-related 'Alconym'*A B C*&nb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.12.18

August 12th 2018

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 PonderTurn fear into faith. AA-related 'Alconym'*F E A R*  =  *F*alse *E*vidence *A*ppearing *R*eal   A M ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.11.18

August 11th 2018

*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 PonderThere is no strength without unity.  AA-related 'Alconym'*A A's - R - U S*  =  *A*lcoholics *A*nonymous *R*ecovery Unity Service. Thanks to all of you for sharing ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.10.18

August 10th 2018

*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 PonderA spiritual awakening is our greatest gift. AA-related 'Alconym'*S O B E R*  =  *S*piritually *O*n *B*eam; *E*verything's *R ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.09.18

August 9th 2018

*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 Thought to PonderPain is the touchstone of all spiritual ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.08.18

August 8th 2018

*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 PonderLife is a steady drizzle of small things -- carry an umbr ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.07.18

August 7th 2018

*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 open mindedness are the essentials of recovery. But thes ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.06.18

August 6th 2018

*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 has been well said that  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.05.18

August 5th 2018

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. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 106 Thought to Pond ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.04.18

August 4th 2018

*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 PonderTake a walk with God.  He will meet you at the Steps. AA-related 'Alconym'*W O W  =  W*illingness&nb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.03.18

August 3rd 2018

*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 Twelve Traditions, p. 79 Thought to PonderA fear f ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.02.18

August 2nd 2018

*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 his life will have to be torn out and built anew on bedroc ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.01.18

August 1st 2018

*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 PonderThe difference between pride and humility: Pride is who is right. Humility is wh ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.31.18

July 31st 2018

*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 PonderFaith makes the impossible possible. AA-related 'Alconym'* ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.30.18

July 30th 2018

*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 Anonymous, p. 103 Thought to PonderLove and tolera ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.29.18

July 29th 2018

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 resolutely turn our thoughts to someone we can help. - Alc ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.28.18

July 28th 2018

*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 substance of what we receive as we carry A.A.'s message to t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.27.18

July 27th 2018

*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 been honest with ourselves and with God. - Twelv ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.26.18

July 26th 2018

*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 PonderIt is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for the ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.25.18

July 25th 2018

*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 PonderCourage is faith that has said its prayers. AA-related 'Alconym'*F A I T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.24.18

July 24th 2018

*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 human intelligence was the ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.23.18

July 23rd 2018

*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 by which such a deadly obsession could be banished, the ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.22.18

July 22nd 2018

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 will be placed on a much higher plane when our thinking is ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.21.18

July 21st 2018

*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 Twelve Traditions, p. 33 Thought to PonderIt's never too ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.20.18

July 20th 2018

*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 PonderThe Twelve Steps -- a manuscript for rational living. AA-related 'Alconym'*A B C*  =  *A*cceptance, *B*elief, *C*hange. Than ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.19.18

July 19th 2018

*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! - The Language of the Heart, p. 133 Thought t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.18.18

July 18th 2018

*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 PonderToday, my brain has cleared with the grace of clarity. AA-related 'Alconym'*F R O G*  =  *F*ully *R* ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.17.18

July 17th 2018

*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 worker among workers, to be a useful member of society.& ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.16.18

July 16th 2018

*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. 75 Thought to PonderThe gritty pain of alcoholi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.15.18

July 15th 2018

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 activities.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 85 Thought to Pon ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.14.18

July 14th 2018

*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 Traditions, pp. 39 - 40 Thought to PonderS ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.13.18

July 13th 2018

*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 Thought to PonderSimply asking for help seems to be a help ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.12.18

July 12th 2018

*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 minutes and sometimes hours spent in self-examination ar ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.11.18

July 11th 2018

*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 PonderIs the life I'm living the life that wants to live in me? AA-related 'Alconym'*S O B R ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.10.18

July 10th 2018

*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 PonderDon't mess up an amend with an excuse. AA-related 'Alconym'*F E A R* & ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.09.18

July 9th 2018

*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 certainly didn't appeal to us. Then, in A.A., we looked ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.08.18

July 8th 2018

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 PonderIn AA we don't carry the alcoholic; we carry the message. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.07.18

July 7th 2018

*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 PonderGratitude is a tool, a form of perspective, reminding me to appreciate the simple things. AA-re ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.06.18

July 6th 2018

*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 spiritual infancy will quickly disappear. - Alcoholics ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.05.18

July 5th 2018

*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 PonderThe ultimate defense against the first drink is a spiritual one. AA-related 'Alconym'*I S M* &nbs ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.04.18

July 4th 2018

*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 Thought to PonderHumility begins with 'please' and 'tha ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.03.18

July 3rd 2018

*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, p. 50 Thought to PonderSpirituality is not based o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.02.18

July 2nd 2018

*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 strength our means of survival. - Twelve Steps and Twe ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.01.18

July 1st 2018

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 PonderHappiness and peace of mind are always here, open and free to anyone. AA-related 'Alconym'*F R E E*  =  *F*ortunately, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.30.18

June 30th 2018

*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. 83 Thought to PonderRight actions for the future are ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.29.18

June 29th 2018

*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 PonderA fear faced is a fear erased. AA-related 'Alconym'*F E A R* ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.28.18

June 28th 2018

*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 PonderThe difference between pride and humility: Pride is who is right. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.27.18

June 27th 2018

*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 PonderKeep an open mind. AA-related 'Alconym'*H O W*  =  *H*onesty, *O*pen-m ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.26.18

June 26th 2018

*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 still with us. Our own recovery proves that! - Alcohol ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.25.18

June 25th 2018

*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 Anonymous, p. 152 Thought to PonderSobriety is the adv ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.24.18

June 24th 2018

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 PonderAA is not something we join; it's a way of life. AA-related 'Alconym'*A B C*  =  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.23.18

June 23rd 2018

*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 and Twelve Traditions, p. 66 Thought to PonderA " ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.22.18

June 22nd 2018

*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 PonderThe gritty pain of alcoholism is the traction of recovery. AA-related 'Alconym'*H O P E*  =  *H*old *O*n, *P* ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.21.18

June 21st 2018

*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 PonderToday, my brain has cleared with the grace of clarity. AA-related 'Alconym'*H O W   ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.20.18

June 20th 2018

*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 PonderThe Three "P's" -- Pause, Pray, Proceed. AA-related 'Alconym'*K I S S*  =  *K*eep *I*t *S*imple, *S*urrender. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.19.18

June 19th 2018

*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 PonderI need to uncover in order to recover. AA-related 'Alconym'*F A I T H*  =  *F*acing *A*n *I*nner *T*ruth *H*eals. Thanks to all of you for s ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.18.18

June 18th 2018

*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 PonderThe AA way of life is meant to be bread for daily use, not cake for special occasions. AA-related 'Alconym'*A R T*  =  *A*lways ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.17.18

June 17th 2018

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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 87 Thought to PonderPrayer is n ...Continue Reading

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