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Daily Thought 12.12.17

December 12th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 12, 2017 Earnestness There is, however, a vast amount of fun about it all. I suppose some would be shocked at our seeming worldliness and levity. But just underneath there is deadly earnestness. Faith has to work twenty-four hours a day in and through us, or we perish. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 16 Thought to Ponder It is when you act on faith that you actually have it. AA-related 'Alconym' F A I T H = ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.11.17

December 11th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 8, 2017 The Channel The persistent use of meditation and prayer, we found, did open the channel so that where there had been a trickle, there now was a river which led to sure power and safe guidance from God as we were increasingly better able to understand Him. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 109 Thought to Ponder Prayer asks the question. Meditation listens for the answer. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.10.17

December 10th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 10, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ 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, pp. 14 - 15 Thou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.09.17

December 9th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 9, 2017 Something Happens We know that while the alcoholic keeps away from drink, as he may do for months or years, he reacts much like other men. We are equally positive that once he takes any alcohol whatever into his system, something happens, both in the bodily and mental sense, which makes it virtually impossible for him to stop. The experience of any alcoholic will abundantly confirm this. - Alcoholic ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.08.17

December 8th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 8, 2017 This Phenomenon All these, and many others, have one symptom in common: they cannot start drinking without developing the phenomenon of craving. . . . . .It has never been, by any treatment with which we are familiar, permanently eradicated. The only relief we have to suggest is entire abstinence. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. XXX Thought to Ponder If we want to quit drinking, we are going to have to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.07.17

December 7th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 7, 2017 Our Inventory 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. - Alcoholi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.06.17

December 6th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 6, 2017 Infinitely Grave It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness. To the precise extent that we permit these, do we squander the hours that might have been worth while. But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment is infinitely grave. We found that it is fatal. - Alcoholics Anonym ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.05.17

December 5th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 5, 2017 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 coul ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.04.17

December 4th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 4, 2017 Faith 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, p. 55 Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.03.17

December 3rd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 3, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ A Design for Living But I soon found that when all other measures failed, work with another alcoholic would save the day. Many times I have gone to my old hospital in despair. On talking to a man there, I would be amazingly lifted up and set on my feet. It is a design for living that works in rough going. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 15 Thought to Ponder The Twelve S ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.02.17

December 2nd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 2, 2017 The Turning Point Remember that we deal with alcohol—cunning, baffling, powerful! Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all power—that One is God. May you find Him now! Half-measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His care and protection with complete abandon. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 58 - 59 Thought to Ponder Take a walk with God. He will meet ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.01.17

December 1st 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 1, 2017 Progressive Illness All of us felt at times that we were regaining control, but such intervals—usually brief—were inevitably followed by still less control, which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization. We are convinced to a man that alcoholics of our type are in the grip of a progressive illness. Over any considerable period we get worse, never better. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.30.17

November 30th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 30, 2017 One More Attempt But not so with us in those last days of heavy drinking. The old pleasures were gone. They were but memories. 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.29.17

November 29th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 29, 2017 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. 82 Thought to Ponder The Three A's .. Awareness, Acceptance, Action. AA-re ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.28.17

November 28th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 28, 2017 Insanity He had much knowledge about himself as an alcoholic. Yet all reasons for not 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.27.17

November 27th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 27, 2017 Character Defects If I drew a line between active alcoholism on one side and life as God wants me to live and has equipped me to on the other, then I'm somewhere in the middle, striving toward the ideal. If I allow my character defects to rule my life again and forget the AA program, forget where the power to change for the better comes from, I will, in the long run, inevitably drink again. - The Best ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.26.17

November 26th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 26, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Prayer Step Eleven suggests prayer and meditation. We shouldn’t be shy on this matter of prayer. Better men than we are using it constantly. It works, if we have the proper attitude and work at it. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 85 - 86 Thought to Ponder The Three "P's" -- Pause, Pray, Proceed. AA-related 'Alconym' T G I F = Thanking God Is Freedom. A Memb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.25.17

November 25th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 25, 2017 A New Employer We had a new Employer. Being all powerful, He provided what we needed, if we kept close to Him and performed His work well. Established on such a footing we became less and less interested in ourselves, our little plans and designs. More and more we became interested in seeing what we could contribute to life. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 63 Thought to Ponder Through adversity, we ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.24.17

November 24th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 24, 2017 Morals and Philosophy If a mere code of morals or a better philosophy of life were sufficient to overcome alcoholism, many of us would have recovered long ago. But we found that such codes and philosophies did not save us, no matter how much we tried. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 44 - 45 Thought to Ponder Faith makes the impossible possible. AA-related 'Alconym' F E A R = Face Everything And Recov ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.23.17

November 23rd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 23, 2017 Blessings Having so considered our day, not omitting to take due note of things well done, and having searched our hearts with neither fear nor favor, we can truly thank God for the blessings we have received and sleep in good conscience. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 95 Thought to Ponder Gratitude is a most effective painkiller for the alcoholic. AA-related 'Alconym' P R A Y E R = P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.22.17

November 22nd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 22, 2017 Spiritual Growth At the start, this was all we needed to commence spiritual growth, to effect our first conscious relation with God as we understood Him. . . .if we wished to grow we had to begin somewhere. So we used our own conception, however limited it was. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 47 Thought to Ponder Spiritual progress isn't what gets us sober, it's what keeps us sober. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.21.17

November 21st 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 21, 2017 Consequences In some circumstances we have gone out deliberately to get drunk, feeling ourselves justified by nervousness, anger, worry, depression, jealousy or the like. 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 37 Thought to Ponder When I choose the behav ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.20.17

November 20th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 20, 2017 Higher Power On one proposition, however, these men and women are strikingly agreed. Every one of them has gained access to, and believes in, a Power greater than himself. This Power has in each case accomplished the miraculous, the humanly impossible. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 50 Thought to Ponder Willpower ... our will-ingness to use a Higher Power. AA-related 'Alconym' B I G B O O K = B ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.19.17

November 19th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 19, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Blessings of Sobriety We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness... Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. 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, pp. 83 -84 Thought to Ponder Sobriety is the adven ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.18.17

November 18th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 18, 2017 Real Alcoholics Despite all we can say, many who are real alcoholics are not going to believe they are in that class. By every form of self-deception and experimentation, they will try to prove themselves exceptions to the rule, therefore nonalcoholic. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 31 Thought to Ponder I would rather go through life sober, believing I am an alcoholic, than go through life drunk, trying to convince mys ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.17.17

November 17th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 17, 2017 Insane Idea But there was always the curious mental phenomenon that parallel with our sound reasoning there inevitably ran some insanely trivial excuse for taking the first drink. Our sound reasoning failed to hold us in check. The insane idea won out. Next day we would ask ourselves, in all earnestness and sincerity, how it could have happened. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 37 Thought to Ponder The ult ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.16.17

November 16th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 16, 2017 Choice At a certain point in the drinking of every alcoholic, he passes into a state where the most powerful desire to stop drinking is of absolutely no avail. This tragic situation has already arrived in practically every case long before it is suspected. The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 24 Thought to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.15.17

November 15th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 15, 2017 Directions If we have carefully followed directions, we have begun to sense the flow of His Spirit into us. To some extent we have become God-conscious. We have begun to develop this vital sixth sense. But we must go further and that means more action. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 85 Thought to Ponder Faith is mighty. Action with faith is mightier. AA-related 'Alconym' A A = Accountable Actions. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.14.17

November 14th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 14, 2017 Carry the Message "AA is more than a set of principles; it is a Society of alcoholics in action. We must carry the message, else we ourselves can wither and those who haven't been given the truth will die." - The Language of the Heart, "What Is the Third Legacy?" Thought to Ponder In AA we carry the message ... not the mess. AA-related 'Alconym' P R O G R A M = People Relying ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.13.17

November 13th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 13, 2017 Tradition Eleven "Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films." To us, however, it represents far more than a sound public relations policy. It is more than a denial of self-seeking. This Tradition is a constant and practical reminder that personal ambition has no place in A.A. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.12.17

November 12th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 12, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ The Main Purpose WE, OF Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book. For them, we hope these pages will prove so convincing that no further authentication will be necessary. - Alcoholics Anonymous, Fo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.11.17

November 11th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November, 11, 2017 Self-Centered Never once in my life have I had a headache, which fact leads me to believe that I was an alcoholic almost from the start. My whole life seemed to be centered around doing what I wanted to do, without regard for the rights, wishes, or privileges of anyone else; a state of mind which became more and more predominant as the years passed. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 172 Thought to Ponde ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.10.17

November 10th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 10, 2017 Providence It is truly awful to admit, glass in hand, we have warped our minds into such an obsession for destructive drinking that only an act of Providence can remove it from us. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 21 Thought to Ponder Avoidance is not the key; surrender opens the door. AA-related 'Alconym' N E W = Nothing Else Worked. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of you ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.09.17

November 9th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 9, 2017 Spiritually Sick Resentment is the "number one" offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 64 Thought to Ponder Resentments are like ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.08.17

November 8th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 8, 2017 Helpfulness Your job now is to be at the place where you may be of maximum helpfulness to others, so never hesitate to go anywhere if you can be helpful. You should not hesitate to visit the most sordid spot on earth on such an errand. Keep on the firing line of life with these motives and God will keep you unharmed. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 102 Thought to Ponder . . . Trust God. Clean house. Help others. A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.07.17

November 7th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 7, 2017 Open Minded Faced with alcoholic destruction, we soon became as open minded on spiritual matters as we had tried to be on other questions. In this respect alcohol was a great persuader. It finally beat us into a state of reasonableness. Sometimes this was a tedious process; we hope no one else will be prejudiced for as long as some of us were. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 48 Thought to Ponder Spir ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.06.17

November 6th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 6, 2017 Step Two "Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity." Even so has God restored us all to our right minds. To this man, the revelation was sudden. Some of us grow into it more slowly. But He has come to all who have honestly sought Him. When we drew near to Him He disclosed Himself to us! - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 57 Thought to Ponder I came; I came t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.05.17

November 5th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 5, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Spiritual Experience Most of our experiences are what the psychologist William James calls the "educational variety" because they develop slowly over a period of time. Quite often friends of the newcomer are aware of the difference long before he is himself. He finally realizes that he has undergone a profound alteration in his reaction to life; that such a chan ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.04.17

November 4th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 4, 2017 The 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 Trust God. Clean house. Help others. AA-related 'Alconym' F R O G = Fu ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.03.17

November 3rd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 3, 2017 Faith 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 What have I been given today? Am I willing to reach out and grasp it? AA-rel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.02.17

November 2nd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 2, 2017 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 77 Thought to Ponder Don't mess up an amend with an excuse. AA-related 'Alconym' F E A R = F ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.01.17

November 1st 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 1, 2017 Thy Will As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day "Thy will be done." We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 87 - 88 Thought ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.31.17

October 31st 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 31, 2017 Beyond Human Aid The alcoholic may say to himself in the most casual way, "It won’t burn me this time, so here’s how!" Or perhaps he doesn’t think at all... ...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 bee ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.30.17

October 30th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 30, 2017 Isolation What are we likely to receive from Step Five? For one thing, we shall get rid of that terrible sense of isolation we've always had. Almost without exception, alcoholics are tortured by loneliness. Even before our drinking got bad and people began to cut us off, nearly all of us suffered the feeling that we didn't quite belong. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 57 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.29.17

October 29th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 29, 2017 Spiritual Growth The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 60 Thought to Ponder Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional, growing spiritually is up to me. AA-related 'Alconym' K I S S = Keeping It Simple, Spiritually. T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.28.17

October 28th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 28, 2017 Third Step We were now at Step Three. Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him: "God, I offer myself to Thee—to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!&quo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.27.17

October 27th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 27, 2017 Promises If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 83 - 84 Thought to Ponder Serenity is not the absence of conflict but the abilit ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.26.17

October 26th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 26, 2017 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, p. 1 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.25.17

October 25th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 25, 2017 Probably Alcoholic If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably alcoholic. If that be the case, you may be suffering from an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 44 Thought to Ponder Hope leads to faith if you let it. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.24.17

October 24th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 24, 2017 An 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 'A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.23.17

October 23rd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 23, 2017 Combating Alcoholism 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 t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.22.17

October 22nd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 22, 2017 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 real ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.21.17

October 21st 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 21, 2017 Fellowship The fellowship in AA is unique. Ties are made overnight that it would take years to develop elsewhere. No one needs a false front. All barriers are down. Some who have felt outcasts all their lives now know they really belong. From feeling as if they were dragging anchor through life, they suddenly sail free before the wind. For now they can be of tremendous and peculiar use to others havin ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.20.17

October 20th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 20, 2017 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, pp. 19 - 20 Thought to Ponder Love and tolerance of others is our code. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.19.17

October 19th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 19, 2017 The Key Showing others who suffer how we were given help is the very thing which makes life seem so worth while to us now. Cling to the thought that, in God’s hands, the dark past is the greatest possession you have—the key to life and happiness for others. With it you can avert death and misery for them. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 124 Thought to Ponder We will not regret the past nor wish to s ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.18.17

October 18th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 18, 2017 A Meeting In addition to these casual get-togethers, it became customary to set apart one night a week for a meeting to be attended by anyone or everyone interested in a spiritual way of life. Aside from fellowship and sociability, the prime object was to provide a time and place where new people might bring their problems. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 160 Thought to Ponder Trust God. Clean house ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.17.17

October 17th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 17, 2017 Pyschic Change After they have succumbed to the desire again, as so many do, and the phenomenon of craving develops, they pass through the well-known stages of a spree, emerging remorseful, with a firm resolution not to drink again. This is repeated over and over, and unless this person can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope of his recovery. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xxi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.16.17

October 16th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 16, 2017 The Root Selfishness—self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles. Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate. Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, but we invariably find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on self which later placed us in a positio ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought Message

October 15th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 15, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Action It works—it really does. We alcoholics are undisciplined. So we let God discipline us in the simple way we have just outlined. But this is not all. There is action and more action. "Faith without works is dead." - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 88 Thought to Ponder Sobriety without action is fantasy. AA-related 'Alconym' S T E P S = Solutions Through Each ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.14.17

October 14th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 14, 2017 One Drink If hundreds of experiences have shown him that one drink means another debacle with all its attendant suffering and humiliation, why is it he takes that one drink? Why can't he stay on the water wagon? What has become of the common sense and will power that he still sometimes displays with respect to other matters? - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 22 Thought to Ponder The first drink has th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.13.17

October 13th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 13, 2017 Delay and Rebellion At the very least, we shall have to come to grips with some of our worst character defects and take action toward their removal as quickly as we can. The moment we say, “No, never!” our minds close against the grace of God. Delay is dangerous, and rebellion may be fatal. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 69 Thought to Ponder Delay is the deadliest form of denial. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.12.17

October 12th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 12, 2017 Spiritual Growth At the start, this was all we needed to commence spiritual growth, to effect our first conscious relation with God as we understood Him. . . .if we wished to grow we had to begin somewhere. So we used our own conception, however limited it was. - Alcoholics Anonymous pp. 47 Thought to Ponder Spiritual progress isn't what gets us sober, it's what keeps us sober. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.11.17

October 11th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 11, 2017 Step Five “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs." Hence it was most evident that a solitary self-appraisal, and the admission of our defects based upon that alone, wouldn't be nearly enough. We'd have to have outside help if we were surely to know and admit the truth about ourselves—the help of God and another human being. Only by discussin ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.10.17

October 10th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 10, 2017 The Alcoholic He is often perfectly sensible and well balanced concerning everything except liquor, but in that respect he is incredibly dishonest and selfish. He often possesses special abilities, skills, and aptitudes, and has a promising career ahead of him. He uses his gifts to build up a bright outlook for his family and himself, and then pulls the structure down on his head by a senseless ser ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.09.17

October 9th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 9, 2017 Reliance When we saw others solve their problems by a simple reliance upon the Spirit of the Universe, we had to stop doubting the power of God. Our ideas did not work. But the God idea did. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 52 Thought to Ponder Reliance on God enables me to match calamity with serenity. AA-related 'Alconym' F R O G = Fully Rely On God. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.08.17

October 8th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 8, 2017 A Price Simple, but not easy; a price had to be paid. It meant destruction of self-centeredness. I must turn in all things to the Father of Light who presides over us all. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 14 Thought to Ponder Willingness, honesty and open-mindedness are the essentials of recovery. AA-related 'Alconym' W I L L I N G = When I Live Life, I Need God Thanks to all of you for sharing s ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.07.17

October 7th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 7, 2017 Real Alcoholic But what about the real alcoholic? He may start off as a moderate drinker; he may or may not become a continuous hard drinker; but at some stage of his drinking career he begins to lose all control of his liquor consumption, once he starts to drink. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 21 Thought to Ponder If you think you are an alcoholic, chances are you are. AA-related 'Alconym' T H ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.06.17

October 6th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 6, 2017 Reborn More and more we became interested in seeing what we could contribute to life. As we felt new power flow in, as we enjoyed peace of mind, as we discovered we could face life successfully, as we became conscious of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter. We were reborn. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 63 Thought to Ponder Faith makes the impossible possible. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.05.17

October 5th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 5, 2017 Meetings In any meeting, anywhere, A.A.'s share experience, strength, and hope with each other, in order to stay sober and help other alcoholics. Modem-to-modem or face-to-face, A.A.'s speak the language of the heart in all its power and simplicity. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xxiv Thought to Ponder Meetings: a check-up from the neck up. AA-related 'Alconym' E S H = Experience, Strength and H ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.04.17

October 4th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 4, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ "Real" Sobriety We feel a man is unthinking when he says that sobriety is enough. He is like the farmer who came up out of his cyclone cellar to find his home ruined. To his wife, he remarked, “Don’t see anything the matter here, Ma. Ain’t it grand the wind stopped blowin’?” - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 82 Thought to Ponder Sobriety without action is fantasy. A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.03.17

October 3rd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 3, 2017 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 n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.02.17

October 2nd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 2, 2017 Higher Power When we look back, we realize that the things which came to us when we put ourselves in God’s hands were better than anything we could have planned. Follow the dictates of a Higher Power and you will presently live in a new and wonderful world, no matter what your present circumstances! - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 100 Thought to Ponder The Twelve Steps — a manuscript for rational living ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.01.17

October 1st 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 1, 2017 Instincts 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. - 12 Steps & 12 Traditions, p. 114 Thought to Ponder Growing old is inevitable, growing up ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.30.17

September 30th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 30, 2017 Hit Bottom It was then discovered that when one alcoholic had planted in the mind of another the true nature of his malady, that person could never be the same again. Following every spree, he would say to himself, “Maybe those A.A.'s were right . . .” After a few such experiences, often years before the onset of extreme difficulties, he would return to us convinced. He had hit bottom as truly as an ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.29.17

September 29th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 29, 2017 Emotional Hangovers When a drunk has a terrific hangover because he drank heavily yesterday, he cannot live well today. But there is another kind of hangover which we all experience whether we are drinking or not. That is the emotional hangover, the direct result of yesterday's and sometimes today's excesses of negative emotion—anger, fear, jealousy, and the like. If we would live serenely today and ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.28.17

September 28th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 28, 2017 Daily Reprieve 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 T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.27.17

September 27th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 27, 2017 Gravely Affected 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 An ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.26.17

September 26th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 26, 2017 Diagnosis We do not like to pronounce any individual as alcoholic, but you can quickly diagnose yourself. Step over to the nearest barroom and try some controlled drinking. Try to drink and stop abruptly. Try it more than once. It will not take long for you to decide, if you are honest with yourself about it. It may be worth a bad case of jitters if you get a full knowledge of your condition. - A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.25.17

September 25th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 25, 2017 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. - 12 Steps & ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.24.17

September 24th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 24, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Acceptance We admitted we couldn't lick alcohol with our own remaining resources, and so we accepted the further fact that dependence upon a Higher Power (if only our A.A. group) could do this hitherto impossible job. The moment we were able to accept these facts fully, our release from the alcohol compulsion had begun. - As Bill Sees It, p. 109 Thought to Ponder The Three A's .. A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.23.17

September 23rd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 23, 2017 Control We alcoholics are men and women who have lost the ability to control our drinking. We know that no real alcoholic ever recovers control. All of us felt at times that we were regaining control, but such intervals—usually brief—were inevitably followed by still less control, which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 30 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.22.17

September 22nd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 22, 2017 Our Home Since the home has suffered more than anything else, it is well that a man exert himself there. He is not likely to get far in any direction if he fails to show unselfishness and love under his own roof. We know there are difficult wives and families, but the man who is getting over alcoholism must remember he did much to make them so. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 127 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.21.17

September 21st 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 21, 2017 Essential Requirements My friend promised when these things were done I would enter upon a new relationship with my Creator; that I would have the elements of a way of living which answered all my problems. Belief in the power of God, plus enough willingness, honesty and humility to establish and maintain the new order of things, were the essential requirements. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 13 - 1 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.20.17

September 20th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 20, 2017 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 attemp ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.19.17

September 19th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 19, 2017 Inventory When AA suggests a fearless moral inventory, it must seem to every newcomer that more is being asked of him than he can do. Both his pride and his fear beat him back every time he tries to look inside himself. Pride says, "You need not pass this way," and Fear says, "You dare not look!" But the testimony of AA's who have really tried a moral inventory is that pride and fear of this sor ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.18.17

September 18th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 18, 2017 Reliance Being still inexperienced and having just made conscious contact with God, it is not probable that we are going to be inspired at all times. We might pay for this presumption in all sorts of absurd actions and ideas. Nevertheless, we find that our thinking will, as time passes, be more and more on the plane of inspiration. We come to rely upon it. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 87 Thought ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.17.17

September 17th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 17, 2017 The Actor More than most people, the alcoholic leads a double life. He is very much the actor. To the outer world he presents his stage character. This is the one he likes his fellows to see. He wants to enjoy a certain reputation, but knows in his heart he doesn't deserve it. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 73 Thought to Ponder Character is what I am; reputation is what people think I am. AA-relate ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.16.17

September 16th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 16, 2017 Singleness of Purpose “Singleness of purpose" is essential to the effective treatment of alcoholism. The reason for such exaggerated focus is to overcome denial. The denial associated with alcoholism is cunning, baffling, and powerful and affects the patient, helper, and the community. Unless alcoholism is kept relentlessly in the foreground, other issues will usurp everybody’s attention. - ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.15.17

September 15th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 15, 2017 Insanity 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 Anonmy, p. 35 Thought to Ponder Alcohol—cunning, bafflin ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.14.17

September 14th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 14, 2017 Emotional Security The most common symptoms of emotional insecurity are worry, anger, self-pity, and depression. These stem from causes which sometimes seem to be within us, and at other times to come from without. To take inventory in this respect we ought to consider carefully all personal relationships which bring continuous or recurring trouble. It should be remembered that this kind of insec ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.13.17

September 13th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 13, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Service Nor is this the only kind of 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. - 12 Steps & 12 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.12.17

September 12th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 12, 2017 An Illness An illness of this sort—and we have come to believe it an illness—involves those about us in a way no other human sickness can. If a person has cancer all are sorry for him and no one is angry or hurt. But not so with the alcoholic illness, for with it there goes annihilation of all the things worth while in life. It engulfs all whose lives touch the sufferer’s. - Alcoholics Anonymous, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.11.17

September 11th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 11, 2017 Humility Then, in A.A., we looked and listened. Everywhere we saw failure and misery transformed by humility into priceless assets. We heard story after story of how humility had brought strength out of weakness. In every case, pain had been the price of admission into a new life. But this admission price had purchased more than we expected. It brought a measure of humility, which we soon discovered ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.10.17

September 10th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 10, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Step Eight “Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.” Every A.A. has found that he can make little headway in this new adventure of living until he first backtracks and really makes an accurate and unsparing survey of the human wreckage he has left in his wake. To a degree, he has already done this when taking moral inventory ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.09.17

September 9th 2017

AA Thought of the Day AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 9, 2017 Revelation Even so has God restored us all to our right minds. To this man, the revelation was sudden. Some of us grow into it more slowly. But He has come to all who have honestly sought Him. When we drew near to Him He disclosed Himself to us! - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 57 Thought to Ponder From darkness comes light. AA-related 'Alconym' A R T = Always Remain Teachable Thanks to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.08.17

September 8th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 8, 2017 Simple Ideas Next, we decided that hereafter in this drama of life, God was going to be our Director. He is the Principal; we are His agents. He is the Father, and we are His children. Most good ideas are simple, and this concept was the keystone of the new and triumphant arch through which we passed to freedom. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 62 Thought to Ponder God grant that AA may ever stay simpl ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.07.17

September 7th 2017

AA Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 7, 2017 Motives This odd trait of mind and emotion, this perverse wish to hide a bad motive underneath a good one, permeates human affairs from top to bottom. This subtle and elusive kind of self-righteousness can underlie the smallest act or thought. Learning daily to spot, admit, and correct these flaws is the essence of character-building and good living. - 12 Steps & 12 Traditions, pp. 94 - 95 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.06.17

September 6th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 6, 2017 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." - Alcoholi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.05.17

September 5th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 5, 2017 Self-Deceived We had not even prayed rightly. We had always said, “Grant me my wishes” instead of “Thy will be done.” The love of God and man we understood not at all. Therefore we remained self-deceived, and so incapable of receiving enough grace to restore us to sanity. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 32 Thought to Ponder . . . Prayer asks the question. Meditation listens for the answer. AA-related 'Alc ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.04.17

September 4th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 4, 2017 Avoidance 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. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 45 Thought to Ponder . . . Delay is the deadliest form of denial. AA-related 'Alconym' . . . ...Continue Reading

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