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Daily Thought 01.18.19

January 18th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 18, 2019* *Defense* Once more: The alcoholic at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink. Except in a few cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense. His defense must come from a Higher Power.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "More About Alcoholism," p. 43 Thought to Ponder I can't, He can, I'll let Him. AA-related 'Alconym' *F R O G*  =  *F*ully *R*ely *O*n *G*od. Thanks to all of yo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.17.19

January 17th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 17, 2019* *Phenomenon of Craving* They took a drink a day or so prior to the date, and then the phenomenon of craving at once became paramount to all other interests so that the important appointment was not met. These men were not drinking to escape; they were drinking to overcome a craving beyond their mental control.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "The Doctor's Opinion,"pp. xxix - xxx Thought to Ponder Within our wonderful new world, we have found ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.16.19

January 16th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 16, 2019* *Plain Insanity* He had much knowledge about himself as an alcoholic. Yet all reasons for not drinking were easily pushed aside in favor of the foolish idea that he could take whiskey if only he mixed it with milk! Whatever the precise definition of the word may be, we call this plain insanity. How can such a lack of proportion, of the ability to think straight, be called anything else?  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "More About Alcoholism," ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.15.19

January 15th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 15, 2019* *Prayer* Pray. Whether you believe it or not, pray to a higher power. If we were able to stay sober on our own power, we wouldn't be here tonight. It takes a power greater than ourselves, and prayer is how we contact that higher power. You can use a religious one or one of your own choosing. If the God word bothers you, pray to an anonymous higher power or even "to whom it may concern." In the morning, ask this Higher Power to keep you sobe ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.14.19

January 14th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 14, 2019* *The Bottom* Since Step One requires an admission that our lives have become unmanageable, how could people such as these take this Step? It was obviously necessary to raise the bottom the rest of us had hit to the point where it would hit them. By going back in our own drinking histories, we could show that years before we realized it we were out of control, that our drinking even then was no mere habit, that it was indeed the beginning of a fatal p ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.13.19

January 13th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 13, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Gratitude* "Gratitude should go forward, rather than backward. In other words, if you carry the message to still others, you will be making the best possible repayment for the help given to you."  - As Bill Sees It, p. 29  Thought to Ponder Grateful is a feeling. Gratitude is an action.  AA-related 'Alconym' *H U G S*  =  *H*ope, *U*nity, *G*ratitude, *S*erenity.  A Member Shares: I a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.12.19

January 12th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 12, 2019* *Merciless Obsession* 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, "Step One," p. 24 Thought to Ponder The gritty pain of alcoholism is the tracti ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.11.19

January 11th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 11, 2019* *Absolutely Unable* But the actual or potential alcoholic, with hardly an exception, will be absolutely unable to stop drinking on the basis of self-knowledge. This is a point we wish to emphasize and re-emphasize, to smash home upon our alcoholic readers as it has been revealed to us out of bitter experience.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "More About Alcoholism," p. 39 Thought to Ponder Faith makes the impossible possible. AA-related 'Al ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.10.19

January 10th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 10, 2019* *Spiritual Tools* There is a solution. Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process requires for its successful consummation. But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been living it. When, therefore, we were approached by those in whom the problem had been solved, there was nothing left for us but ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.09.19

January 9th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 9, 2019* *The Truth* We have seen the truth demonstrated again and again: "Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic." Commencing to drink after a period of sobriety, we are in a short time as bad as ever. If we are planning to stop drinking, there must be no reservation of any kind, nor any lurking notion that someday we will be immune to alcohol.   - Alcoholics Anonymous, "More About Alcoholism," p. 33 Thought to Ponder If we want to q ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.08.19

January 8th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 8, 2019* *Two Alternatives* If you are as seriously alcoholic as we were, we believe there is no middle-of-the-road solution. We were in a position where life was becoming impossible, and if we had passed into the region from which there is no return through human aid, we had but two alternatives: One was to go on to the bitter end, blotting out the consciousness of our intolerable situation as best we could; and the other, to accept spiritual help.  - Al ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.07.19

January 7th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 7, 2019* *Conditions* We thought "conditions" drove us to drink, and when we tried to correct these conditions and found that we couldn't to our entire satisfaction, our drinking went out of hand and we became alcoholics. It never occurred to us that we needed to change ourselves to meet conditions, whatever they were.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, "Step Four," p. 47 Thought to Ponder Learn to change, change to learn. AA-rel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.06.19

January 6th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 6, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Talk About God* 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. That means we have written a book which we believe to be spiritual as well as ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.05.19

January 5th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 5, 2019* *Underlying Cause* Alcoholics especially should be able to see that instinct run wild in themselves is the underlying cause of their destructive drinking. We have drunk to drown feelings of fear, frustration, and depression. We have drunk to escape the guilt of passions, and then have drunk again to make more passions possible. We have drunk for vainglory—that we might the more enjoy foolish dreams of pomp and power. This perverse soul-sickness is not ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.04.19

January 4th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 4, 2019* *Freedom from Fear* When, with God’s help, we calmly accepted our lot, then we found we could live at peace with ourselves and show others who still suffered the same fears that they could get over them, too. We found that freedom from fear was more important than freedom from want.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, "Step Twelve," p. 122 Thought to Ponder Situations I fear are rarely as bad as the fear itself. AA-related 'Alconym ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.03.19

January 3rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 3, 2019* *Self-Will* The first requirement is that we be convinced that any life run on self-will can hardly be a success. On that basis we are almost always in collision with something or somebody, even though our motives are good.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "How It Works," p. 60 Thought to Ponder The smallest package in the world is an alcoholic all wrapped up in himself. AA-related 'Alconym' *H O W *  =   *H*onest, *O*pen-minde ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.02.19

January 2nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 2, 2019* *Emotional Stability* When we developed still more, we discovered the best possible source of emotional stability to be God Himself. We found that dependence upon His perfect justice, forgiveness, and love was healthy, and that it would work where nothing else would.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, "Step Twelve" p. 116 Thought to Ponder The will of God will never take me where the grace of God will not protect me. AA-related 'A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.01.19

January 1st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 1, 2019* *Key of Willingness* Once we have placed the key of willingness in the lock and have the door ever so slightly open, we find that we can always open it some more. Though self-will may slam it shut again, as it frequently does, it will always respond the moment we again pick up the key of willingness.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, "Step Three" p. 35 Thought to Ponder Take a walk with God. He will meet you at the Steps. AA-rela ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.31.18

December 31st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 31, 2018* *Fellowship of the Spirit* Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny. May God bless you and keep you—until then.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "A Vision For You" p. 164 Thought to P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.30.18

December 30th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 30, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Spiritual Experience* We begin to feel the nearness of our Creator. We may have had certain spiritual beliefs, but now we begin to have a spiritual experience. The feeling that the drink problem has disappeared will often come strongly. We feel we are on the Broad Highway, walking hand in hand with the Spirit of the Universe.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "Into Action," p. 75 Thought to Ponder The ultimate defense ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.29.18

December 29th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 29, 2018* *Belief* The minute I stopped arguing, I could begin to see and feel. Right there, Step Two gently and very gradually began to infiltrate my life. I can't say upon what occasion or upon what day I came to believe in a Power greater than myself, but I certainly have that belief now. To acquire it, I had only to stop fighting and practice the rest of A.A.'s program as enthusiastically as I could.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, "Step ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.28.18

December 28th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 28, 2018* *Twelfth Step Work* We sit in A.A. meetings and listen, not only to receive something ourselves, but to give the reassurance and support which our presence can bring. If our turn comes to speak at a meeting, we again try to carry A.A.'s message. Whether our audience is one or many, it is still Twelfth Step work.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, "Step Twelve" p. 110 Thought to Ponder Service is spirituality in action. AA-relate ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.27.18

December 27th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 27, 2018* *Fellowship* High and low, rich and poor, these are future fellows of Alcoholics Anonymous. Among them, you will make lifelong friends. You will be bound to them with new and wonderful ties, for you will escape disaster together and you will commence shoulder to shoulder your common journey. Then you will know what it means to give of yourself that others may survive and rediscover life. You will learn the full meaning of "Love thy neighbor as ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.26.18

December 26th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 26, 2018* *Anger* If we were to live, we had to be free of anger. The grouch and the brainstorm were not for us. They maybe the dubious luxury of normal men, but for alcoholics these things are poison.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "How It Works," p. 66 Thought to Ponder Anger is the wind that blows out the light of reason. AA-related 'Alconym' *A N G E R*  =  *A*ny *N*ew *G*rudge *E*ndangers *R*ecovery. Thanks to all of you for sharing ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.25.18

December 25th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 25, 2018* *Peace on Earth* Most of us feel we need look no further for Utopia. We have it with us right here and now. Each day my friend’s simple talk in our kitchen multiplies itself in a widening circle of peace on earth and good will to men  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "Bill's Story," p. 16 Thought to Ponder The Three "P's" -- Perseverance, Patience, Peace. AA-related 'Alconym' *H O P E*  =  *H*ang *O*n! *P*eace *E*xists. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.24.18

December 24th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 24, 2018* *Usefulness* Most of us sense that real tolerance of other people’s shortcomings and viewpoints and a respect for their opinions are attitudes which make us more useful to others. Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers, depend upon our constant thought of others and how we may help meet their needs.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "There is a Solution," pp. 19 - 20 Thought to Ponder Love and tolerance of others is our code. AA-related 'Alc ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.23.18

December 23rd 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 23, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Freedom* 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, "Into Action," pp. 83 - 84 Thought to Ponder AA is not something we join; it's a way of life ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.22.18

December 22nd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 22, 2018* *Prayer* Those of us who have come to make regular use of prayer would no more do without it than we would refuse air, food, or sunshine. And for the same reason. When we refuse air, light, or food, the body suffers. And when we turn away from meditation and prayer, we likewise deprive our minds, our emotions, and our intuitions of vitally needed support. As the body can fail its purpose for lack of nourishment, so can the soul.  - Twelve Steps ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.21.18

December 21st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 21, 2018* *Spiritual Principles* "Quite as important was the discovery that spiritual principles would solve all my problems. I have since been brought into a way of living infinitely more satisfying and, I hope, more useful than the life I lived before. My old manner of life was by no means a bad one, but I would not exchange its best moments for the worst I have now. I would not go back to it even if I could."  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "M ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.20.18

December 20th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 20, 2018* *Recovery Begins* In spite of the great increase in the size and the span of this Fellowship, at its core it remains simple and personal. Each day, somewhere in the world, recovery begins when one alcoholic talks with another alcoholic, sharing experience, strength, and hope.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "Foreword to Third Edition," p. xxii Thought to Ponder Every recovery from alcoholism began with one sober hour. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.19.18

December 19th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 19, 2018* *Tradition Twelve* And finally, we of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that the principle of anonymity has an immense spiritual significance. It reminds us that we are to place principles before personalities; that we are actually to practice a genuine humility. This to the end that our great blessings may never spoil us; that we shall forever live in thankful contemplation of Him who presides over us all.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "Appendix On ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.18.18

December 18th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 18, 2018* *Great 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, "More About Alcoholism," p. 30 T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.17.18

December 17th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 17, 2018* *Solution* But the ex-problem drinker who has found this solution, who is properly armed with facts about himself, can generally win the entire confidence of another alcoholic in a few hours. Until such an understanding is reached, little or nothing can be accomplished.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "There Is A Solution" p. 18 Thought to Ponder Faith is our greatest gift; its sharing with others our greatest responsibility. AA-related 'A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.16.18

December 16th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 16, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Facts* Actually we were fooling ourselves, for deep down in every man, woman, and child, is the fundamental idea of God. It may be obscured by calamity, by pomp, by worship of other things, but in some form or other it is there. For faith in a Power greater than ourselves, and miraculous demonstrations of that power in human lives, are facts as old as man himself.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "We Agnostics," p. 55 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.15.18

December 15th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 15, 2018* *Sponsoring* I spend a great deal of time passing on what I learned to others who want and need it badly. I do it for four reasons: 1. Sense of duty.   2. It is a pleasure. 3. Because in so doing I am paying my debt to the man who took time to pass it on to me. 4. Because every time I do it I take out a little more insurance for myself against a possible slip.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "Doctor Bob's Nightmare" pp. 180 - 181 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.14.18

December 14th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 14, 2018* *Choice* When we became alcoholics, crushed by a self-imposed crisis we could not postpone or evade, we had to fearlessly face the proposition that either God is everything or else He is nothing. God either is, or He isn’t. What was our choice to be?  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "We Agnostics," p. 53 Thought to Ponder God seldom becomes a reality until God becomes a necessity. AA-related 'Alconym' *G I F T*  =  *G*od *I*s *F*o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.13.18

December 13th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 13, 2018* *Our Review* When we retire at night, we constructively review our day. Were we resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid? Do we owe an apology? . . . . What could we have done better? . . . After making our review we ask God’s forgiveness and inquire what corrective measures should be taken.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "Into Action," p. 86 Thought to Ponder I want the gift of an untroubled mind. AA-related 'Alconym' *T G I F*  = &n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.12.18

December 12th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 12, 2018* *Good Reasons* In actual practice, we usually find a solitary self-appraisal insufficient. Many of us thought it necessary to go much further. We will be more reconciled to discussing ourselves with another person when we see good reasons why we should do so. The best reason first: If we skip this vital step, we may not overcome drinking.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "Into Action," p. 72 Thought to Ponder I cannot mend if I bend the trut ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.11.18

December 11th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 11, 2018* *New Attitudes* If we really depended upon God, we couldn't very well play God to our fellows nor would we feel the urge wholly to rely on human protection and care. These were the new attitudes that finally brought many of us an inner strength and peace that could not be deeply shaken by the shortcomings of others or by any calamity not of our own making.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, "Step Twelve," p. 116 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.10.18

December 10th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 10, 2018* *Attitudes and Actions* Why all this insistence that every A.A. must hit bottom first? The answer is that few people will sincerely try to practice the A.A. program unless they have hit bottom. For practicing A.A.'s remaining eleven Steps means the adoption of attitudes and actions that almost no alcoholic who is still drinking can dream of taking.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, "Step One," p. 24 Thought to Ponder Sobriety wi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.09.18

December 9th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 9, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *New Power* More and more we became interested in seeing what we could contribute to life. As we felt new power flow in, as we enjoyed peace of mind, as we discovered we could face life successfully, as we became conscious of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter. We were reborn.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "How It Works," p. 63 Thought to Ponder The power within me is far grea ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.08.18

December 8th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 8, 2018* *Thoroughly Followed* RARELY HAVE we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not, completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "How It Works," p. 58 Thought to Ponder Honesty is the absence of the intent to deceive. AA-related 'Alconym' *W I L ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.07.18

December 7th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 7, 2018* *Work* For if an alcoholic failed to perfect and enlarge his spiritual life through work and self-sacrifice for others, he could not survive the certain trials and low spots ahead. If he did not work, he would surely drink again, and if he drank, he would surely die. Then faith would be dead indeed. With us it is just like that. - Alcoholics Anonymous, "Bill's Story," pp. 14 - 15 Thought to Ponder While it isn't always easy, if I keep it s ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.06.18

December 6th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 6, 2018* *Design for Living* We, in our turn, sought the same escape with all the desperation of drowning men. What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of God. A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, "a design for living" that really works. - Alcoholics Anonymous, "There Is A Solution" p. 28 Thought to Ponder The Twelve Steps — a manuscript for rational living. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*&n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.05.18

December 5th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 5, 2018* *Amends* Above all, we should try to be absolutely sure that we are not delaying because we are afraid. For the readiness to take the full consequences of our past acts, and to take responsibility for the well-being of others at the same time, is the very spirit of Step Nine. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, "Step Nine" p. 87 Thought to Ponder It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them. AA-re ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.04.18

December 4th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 4, 2018* *Spiritual Progress First* The head of the house ought to remember that he is mainly to blame for what befell his home. He can scarcely square the account in his lifetime. But he must see the danger of over-concentration on financial success. Although financial recovery is on the way for many of us, we found we could not place money first. For us, material well-being always followed spiritual progress; it never preceded. - Alcoholics Anonymous, "Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.03.18

December 3rd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 3, 2018* *A Real Chance* We have learned that the satisfaction of instincts cannot be the sole end and aim of our lives. If we place instincts first, we have got the cart before the horse; we shall be pulled backward into disillusionment. But when we are willing to place spiritual growth first—then and only then do we have a real chance. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, "Step Twelve" p. 114 Thought to Ponder Growing old is inevitable, growing ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.02.18

December 2nd 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 2, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Forgiveness* This vital Step was also the means by which we began to get the feeling that we could be forgiven, no matter what we had thought or done. Often it was while working on this Step with our sponsors or spiritual advisers that we first felt truly able to forgive others, no matter how deeply we felt they had wronged us.  - Twelve Steps andTwelve Traditions, "Step Five," pp. 57 - 58 Thought to Ponder To b ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.01.18

December 1st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 1, 2018* *Humility* To those of us who have hitherto known only excitement, depression, or anxiety—in other words, to all of us—this newfound peace is a priceless gift. Something new indeed has been added. Where humility had formerly stood for a forced feeding on humble pie, it now begins to mean the nourishing ingredient which can give us serenity. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, "Step Seven" p. 74 Thought to Ponder Humility is not thinking ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.30.18

November 30th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 30, 2018* *Willingness* But now it appears that there are certain things which only the individual can do. All by himself, and in the light of his own circumstances, he needs to develop the quality of willingness. When he acquires willingness, he is the only one who can make the decision to exert himself. Trying to do this is an act of his own will. All of the Twelve Steps require sustained and personal exertion to conform to their principles and so, we trust ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.29.18

November 29th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 29, 2018* *Sold on the Ideas* His alcoholic problem was so complex, and his depression so great, that we felt his only hope would be through what we then called "moral psychology," and we doubted if even that would have any effect. However, he did become "sold" on the ideas contained in this book. He has not had a drink for a great many years. I see him now and then and he is as fine a specimen of manhood as one could wish to meet. - Alco ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.28.18

November 28th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 28, 2018* *A Genuine Reliance* We could actually have earnest religious beliefs which remained barren because we were still trying to play God ourselves. As long as we placed self-reliance first, a genuine reliance upon a Higher Power was out of the question. That basic ingredient of all humility, a desire to seek and do God's will, was missing. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 72 Thought to Ponder Action without prayer is self-reliance. Prayer with ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.27.18

November 27th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 27, 2018* *Faith* In this book you read again and again that faith did for us what we could not do for ourselves. We hope you are convinced now that God can remove whatever self-will has blocked you off from Him. If you have already made a decision, and an inventory of your grosser handicaps, you have made a good beginning. That being so you have swallowed and digested some big chunks of truth about yourself. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 70 - 71 Thought to P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.26.18

November 26th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 26, 2018* *A Few Simple Rules* On the other hand—and strange as this may seem to those who do not understand—once a psychic change has occurred, the very same person who seemed doomed, who had so many problems he despaired of ever solving them, suddenly finds himself easily able to control his desire for alcohol, the only effort necessary being that required to follow a few simple rules. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xxix Thought to Ponder A spiritual awakenin ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.25.18

November 25th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 25, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Spiritual Malady* Resentment is the "number one" offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 64 Thought to Ponder Resentment is like acid, eating away at ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.24.18

November 24th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 24, 2018* *Fear* The chief activator of our defects has been self-centered fear—primarily fear that we would lose something we already possessed or would fail to get something we demanded. Living upon a basis of unsatisfied demands, we were in a state of continual disturbance and frustration. Therefore, no peace was to be had unless we could find a means of reducing these demands. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 76 Thought to Ponder All I have feare ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.23.18

November 23rd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 23, 2018* *Errors to Assets* Henry Ford once made a wise remark to the effect that experience is the thing of supreme value in life. That is true only if one is willing to turn the past to good account. We grow by our willingness to face and rectify errors and convert them into assets. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 124 Thought to Ponder The first step in overcoming mistakes is to admit them. AA-related 'Alconym' *F A I T H*  =  *F*acing *A*ll, *I*ntu ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.22.18

November 22nd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 22, 2018* *Blessings Received* Having so considered our day, not omitting to take due note of things well done, and having searched our hearts with neither fear nor favor, we can truly thank God for the blessings we have received and sleep in good conscience. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 95 Thought to Ponder Gratitude is a most effective painkiller for the alcoholic. AA-related 'Alconym' *B E S T*  =  *B*een *E*njoying *S*obriety *T*od ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.21.18

November 21st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 21, 2018* *Mental State* What sort of thinking dominates an alcoholic who repeats time after time the desperate experiment of the first drink? Friends who have reasoned with him after a spree which has brought him to the point of divorce or bankruptcy are mystified when he walks directly into a saloon. Why does he? Of what is he thinking? - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 35 Thought to Ponder Alcohol—cunning, baffling, powerful! AA-related 'Alconym' *I S M*  =& ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.20.18

November 20th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 20, 2018* *Reliance, Not Defiance* "Belief meant reliance, not defiance. In A.A, we saw the fruits of this belief: men and women spared from alcohol's final catastrophe. We saw them meet and transcend their other pains and trials. We saw them calmly accept impossible situations, seeking neither to run nor to recriminate. This was not only faith; it was faith that worked under all conditions. We soon concluded that whatever price in humility we must ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.19.18

November 19th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 19, 2018* *Fearless Admission* Psychiatrists and psychologists point out the deep need every human being has for practical insight and knowledge of his own personality flaws and for a discussion of them with an understanding and trustworthy person. 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 grac ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.18.18

November 18th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 18, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Vigorous Action* Next we launched out on a course of vigorous action, the first step of which is a personal housecleaning, which many of us had never attempted. Though our decision was a vital and crucial step, it could have little permanent effect unless at once followed by a strenuous effort to face, and to be rid of, the things in ourselves which had been blocking us. Our liquor was but a symptom. So we had to get down to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.17.18

November 17th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 17, 2018* *A Gift* When a man or a woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important meaning of it is that he has now become able to do, feel, and believe that which he could not do before on his unaided strength and resources alone. He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of consciousness and being. He has been set on a path which tells him he is really going somewhere, that life is not a dead end, not something to be endured or mastered. - ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.16.18

November 16th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 16, 2018* *Personal Relationships* Steps Eight and Nine are concerned with personal relationships. First, we take a look backward and try to discover where we have been at fault; next we make a vigorous attempt to repair the damage we have done; and third, having thus cleaned away the debris of the past, we consider how, with our newfound knowledge of ourselves, we may develop the best possible relations with every human being we know. - Twelve Steps and Twel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.15.18

November 15th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 15, 2018* *Fellowship* Still you may say: "But I will not have the benefit of contact with you who write this book." We cannot be sure. God will determine that, so you must remember that your real reliance is always upon Him. He will show you how to create the fellowship you crave. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 164 Thought to Ponder God grant that AA may ever stay simple. AA-related 'Alconym' *F E L L O W S H I P*  =  *F*aith, *E*mpathy, *L ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.14.18

November 14th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 14, 2018* *Powerful Reason* Leaving aside the drink question, they tell why living was so unsatisfactory. They show how the change came over them. When many hundreds of people are able to say that the consciousness of the Presence of God is today the most important fact of their lives, they present a powerful reason why one should have faith. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 51 Thought to Ponder Hope leads to faith if you let it. AA-related 'Alconym' *F A I T H*& ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.13.18

November 13th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 13, 2018* *Prayer* Prayer, as commonly understood, is a petition to God. Having opened our channel as best we can, we try to ask for those right things of which we and others are in the greatest need. And we think that the whole range of our needs is well defined by that part of Step Eleven which says: ". . . knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out." A request for this fits in any part of our day. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Tradi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.12.18

November 12th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 12, 2018* *Perspective* Where other people were concerned, we had to drop the word “blame” from our speech and thought. This required great willingness even to begin. But once over the first two or three high hurdles, the course ahead began to look easier. For we had started to get perspective on ourselves, which is another way of saying that we were gaining in humility. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 47 - 48 Thought to Ponder Learning is the ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.11.18

November 11th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 11, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Straighten out the Past* Under no condition do we criticize such a person or argue. Simply we tell him that we will never get over drinking until we have done our utmost to straighten out the past. We are there to sweep off our side of the street, realizing that nothing worth while can be accomplished until we do so, never trying to tell him what he should do. His faults are not discussed. We stick to our own.  - Alcohol ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.10.18

November 10th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 10. 2018* *Opportunity to Recover* Many could recover if they had the opportunity we have enjoyed. How then shall we present that which has been so freely given us? We have concluded to publish an anonymous volume setting forth the problem as we see it. We shall bring to the task our combined experience and knowledge. This should suggest a useful program for anyone concerned with a drinking problem. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 19 Thought to Ponder When all el ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.09.18

November 9th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 9. 2018* *Results of Prayer* In A.A. we have found that the actual good results of prayer are beyond question. They are matters of knowledge and experience. All those who have persisted have found strength not ordinarily their own. They have found wisdom beyond their usual capability. And they have increasingly found a peace of mind which can stand firm in the face of difficult circumstances. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 104 Thought to Ponder Try ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.08.18

November 8th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 8. 2018* *Willingness to Believe* Let us make haste to reassure you. We found that as soon as we were able to lay aside prejudice and express even a willingness to believe in a Power greater than ourselves, we commenced to get results, even though it was impossible for any of us to fully define or comprehend that Power, which is God. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 46 Thought to Ponder God seldom becomes a reality until God becomes a necessity. AA-related 'Alcon ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.07.18

November 7th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 7. 2018* *Our First Attempt* 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. In fact, the effectiveness of the whole A.A. program will rest upon how well and earnestly we have tried to come to “a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 34 - 35 Thought to Ponder Avoid ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.06.18

November 6th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 6. 2018* *Astonished* To be gravely affected, one does not necessarily have to drink a long time nor take the quantities some of us have. This is particularly true of women. Potential female alcoholics often turn into the real thing and are gone beyond recall in a few years. Certain drinkers, who would be greatly insulted if called alcoholics, are astonished at their inability to stop. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 33 Thought to Ponder When we try to control ou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.05.18

November 5th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 5. 2018* *Indecision* In thinking about our day we may face indecision. We may not be able to determine which course to take. Here we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision. We relax and take it easy. We don’t struggle. We are often surprised how the right answers come after we have tried this for a while. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 86 Thought to Ponder With God's help, intuition and inspiration are possible. AA-related 'Alconym' *F A I ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.04.18

November 4th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 4, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Change in Attitude* During this process of learning more about humility, the most profound result of all was the change in our attitude toward God. And this was true whether we had been believers or unbelievers. We began to get over the idea that the Higher Power was a sort of bush-league pinch hitter, to be called upon only in an emergency. The notion that we would still live our own lives, God helping a little now and then, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.03.18

November 3rd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 3. 2018* *Listed and Analyzed* If we have been thorough about our personal inventory, we have written down a lot. We have listed and analyzed our resentments. We have begun to comprehend their futility and their fatality. We have commenced to see their terrible destructiveness. We have begun to learn tolerance, patience and good will toward all men, even our enemies, for we look on them as sick people. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 70 Thought to Ponder We are p ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.02.18

November 2nd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 2, 2018* *Misdirected Instincts* Nearly every serious emotional problem can be seen as a case of misdirected instinct. When that happens, our great natural assets, the instincts, have turned into physical and mental liabilities. Step Four is our vigorous and painstaking effort to discover what these liabilities in each of us have been, and are. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions p. 42 Thought to Ponder Uncover to Recover. AA-related 'Alconym' *G I F T S*& ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.01.18

November 1st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 1, 2018* *My Master* No words can tell of the loneliness and despair I found in that bitter morass of self-pity. Quicksand stretched around me in all directions. I had met my match. I had been overwhelmed. Alcohol was my master - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 8 Thought to Ponder The gritty pain of alcoholism is the traction of recovery. AA-related 'Alconym' *H O P E*  =  *H*old *O*n, *P*ain *E*nds. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of you ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.31.18

October 31st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 31, 2018* *Rocketed* But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been living it. When, therefore, we were approached by those in whom the problem had been solved, there was nothing left for us but to pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet. We have found much of heaven and we have been rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence of which we had not even dreamed. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.30.18

October 30th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 30, 2018* *Ageless Truth* When we refuse air, light, or food, the body suffers. And when we turn away from meditation and prayer, we likewise deprive our minds, our emotions, and our intuitions of vitally needed support. As the body can fail its purpose for lack of nourishment, so can the soul. We all need the light of God's reality, the nourishment of His strength, and the atmosphere of His grace. To an amazing extent the facts of A.A. Life confirm this agele ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.29.18

October 29th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 29, 2018* *Unshakable Foundation* There is a direct linkage among self-examination, meditation, and prayer. Taken separately, these practices can bring much relief and benefit. But when they are logically related and interwoven, the result is an unshakable foundation for life. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 98 Thought to Ponder Today I pray over the things that I used to drink over. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A*ttitude *A*djustment. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.28.18

October 28th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 28, 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 to Ponder I can't, God can, I'll a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.27.18

October 27th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 27, 2018* *Self-Destruction* When men and women pour so much alcohol into themselves that they destroy their lives, they commit a most unnatural act. Defying their instinctive desire for self-preservation, they seem bent upon self-destruction. They work against their own deepest instinct. As they are humbled by the terrific beating administered by alcohol, the grace of God can enter them and expel their obsession. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 64 T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.26.18

October 26th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 26, 2018* *Resentments* But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment is infinitely grave. We found that it is fatal. For when harboring such feelings we shut ourselves off from the sunlight of the Spirit. The insanity of alcohol returns and we drink again. And with us, to drink is to die. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 66 Thought to Ponder Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.25.18

October 25th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 25, 2018* *A Good Beginning* In this book you read again and again that faith did for us what we could not do for ourselves. We hope you are convinced now that God can remove whatever self-will has blocked you off from Him. If you have already made a decision, and an inventory of your grosser handicaps, you have made a good beginning. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 70 - 71 Thought to Ponder Faith is like a muscle, the more we use it, the more it grows. AA-relat ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.24.18

October 24th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 24, 2018* *The Power* The unselfishness of these men as we have come to know them, the entire absence of profit motive, and their community spirit, is indeed inspiring to one who has labored long and wearily in this alcoholic field. They believe in themselves, and still more in the Power which pulls chronic alcoholics back from the gates of death. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xxvii Thought to Ponder The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.23.18

October 23rd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 23, 2018* *Soul-Sickness* This perverse soul-sickness is not pleasant to look upon. Instincts on rampage balk at investigation. The minute we make a serious attempt to probe them, we are liable to suffer severe reactions. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 44 - 45 Thought to Ponder We need to uncover in order to recover. AA-related 'Alconym' *S O L U T I O N S*  =  *S*aving *O*ur *L*ives *U*sing *T*he *I*nventory *O*f *N*eeded *S*teps. Thanks ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.22.18

October 22nd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 22, 2018* *Step Twelve* "Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs." Outline the program of action, explaining how you made a self-appraisal, how you straightened out your past and why you are now endeavoring to be helpful to him. It is important for him to realize that your attempt to pass this on to him plays a vital part in your ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.21.18

October 21st 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 21, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Great Fact* The answers will come, if your own house is in order. But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven’t got. See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others. This is the Great Fact for us.   - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 164 Thought to Ponder Life didn't end when I got sober -- it started. AA-related 'Alconym' *F E A R*  =  *F*ew ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.20.18

October 20th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 20, 2018* *Our Big Book* In it alcoholism was described from the alcoholic's view, the spiritual idea of the Society was codified for the first time in the Twelve Steps, and the application of these Steps to the alcoholic's dilemma was made clear. The remainder of the book was devoted to thirty stories or case histories in which the alcoholics described their drinking experiences and recoveries. This established identification with alcoholic readers and proved ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.19.18

October 19th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 19, 2018* *Meditation* Perhaps the real trouble was our almost total inability to point imagination toward the right objectives. There's nothing the matter with constructive imagination; all sound achievement rests upon it. After all, no man can build a house until he first envisions a plan for it. Well, meditation is like that, too; it helps to envision our spiritual objective before we try to move toward it. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 100 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.18.18

October 18th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 18, 2018* *It Matters* We could cheerfully perform humble labor without worrying about tomorrow. If our circumstances happened to be good, we no longer dreaded a change for the worse, for we had learned that these troubles could be turned into great values. It did not matter too much what our material condition was, but it did matter what our spiritual condition was. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 121 - 122 Thought to Ponder Spirituality is not base ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.17.18

October 17th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 17, 2018* *Step Five* “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” ALL OF A.A.'s Twelve Steps ask us to go contrary to our natural desires . . . they all deflate our egos. When it comes to ego deflation, few Steps are harder to take than Five. But scarcely any Step is more necessary to longtime sobriety and peace of mind than this one. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 55 Thought to Ponder Guilt is in the ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.16.18

October 16th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 16, 2018* *Children of Chaos* Over the years, every conceivable deviation from our Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions has been tried. That was sure to be, since we are so largely a band of ego-driven individuals. Children of chaos, we have defiantly played with every brand of fire, only to emerge unharmed and, we think, wiser. These very deviations created a vast process of trial and error, which under the grace of God, has brought us to where we stand today. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.15.18

October 15th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 15, 2018* *Forgiveness* We've repeatedly strained the patience of our best friends to a snapping point, and have brought out the very worst in those who didn't think much of us to begin with. In many instances we are really dealing with fellow sufferers, people whose woes we have increased. If we are now about to ask forgiveness for ourselves, why shouldn't we start out by forgiving them, one and all? - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 78 Thought to Pon ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.14.18

October 14th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 14, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ My apologies for the late delivery of your Daily Thought today.  It seems we had a glitch on our server and the scheduler did not send when it should have. *Affirmative Action* Like all the remaining Steps, Step Three calls for affirmative action, for it is only by action that we can cut away the self-will which has always blocked the entry of God—or, if you like, a Higher Power—into our lives. Faith, to be sure, is neces ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.13.18

October 13th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 13, 2018* *The Miracle* And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone—even alcohol. For by this time sanity will have returned. We will seldom be interested in liquor. If tempted, we recoil from it as from a hot flame. We react sanely and normally, and we will find that this has happened automatically. We will see that our new attitude toward liquor has been given us without any thought or effort on our part. It just comes! That is the miracle of it. - Alcoh ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.12.18

October 12th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 12, 2018* *Step Eleven* Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 59 Thought to Ponder Prayer asks the question. Meditation listens for the answer. AA-related 'Alconym' *A S A P*  =  *A*lways *S*ay *A* *P*rayer. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.11.18

October 11th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 11, 2018* *Vital Faith* But he will be curious to learn why his own convictions have not worked and why yours seem to work so well. He may be an example of the truth that faith alone is insufficient. To be vital, faith must be accompanied by self sacrifice and unselfish, constructive action. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 93 Thought to Ponder If faith without works is dead; then willingness without action is fantasy. AA-related 'Alconym' *H O W*  =  *H* ...Continue Reading

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