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Daily Thought 06.23.18

June 23rd 2018

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

Daily Thought 06.22.18

June 22nd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 22, 2018 Dear Readers, I apologise for the lateness of the Daily Thought today. There was a problem with the server time and the send time syncing. Hopefully this is sorted now. Pain Someone who knew what he was talking about once remarked that pain was the touchstone of all spiritual progress. How heartily we A.A.'s can agree with him, for we know that the pains of drinking had to come before sobriety, and emoti ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.22.18

June 22nd 2018

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

Daily Thought 06.21.18

June 21st 2018

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

Daily Thought 06.20.18

June 20th 2018

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

Daily Thought 06.19.18

June 19th 2018

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

Daily Thought 06.18.18

June 18th 2018

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

Daily Thought 06.17.18

June 17th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 17, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Prayer and Meditation We usually conclude the period of meditation with a prayer that we be shown all through the day what our next step is to be, that we be given whatever we need to take care of such problems. We ask especially for freedom from self-will, and are careful to make no request for ourselves only. We may ask for ourselves, however, if others will be helped. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.16.18

June 16th 2018

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

Daily Thought 06.15.18

June 15th 2018

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

Daily Thought 06.14.18

June 14th 2018

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

Daily Thought 06.13.18

June 13th 2018

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

Daily Thought 06.12.18

June 12th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 12, 2018 Without a Defense The almost certain consequences that follow taking even a glass of beer do not crowd into the mind to deter us. If these thoughts occur, they are hazy and readily supplanted with the old threadbare idea that this time we shall handle ourselves like other people. There is a complete failure of the kind of defense that keeps one from putting his hand on a hot stove. - Alcoholics A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.11.18

June 11th 2018

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

Daily Thought 06.10.18

June 10th 2018

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

Daily Thought 06.09.18

June 9th 2018

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

Daily Thought 06.08.18

June 8th 2018

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

Daily Thought 06.07.18

June 7th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 7, 2018 Our Big Book Thus we grow. And so can you, though you be but one man with this book in your hand. We believe and hope it contains all you need to begin. We know what you are thinking. You are saying to yourself: "I'm jittery and alone. I couldn't do that." But you can. You forget that you have just now tapped a source of power greater than yourself. To duplicate, with such backing, what we have a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.06.18

June 6th 2018

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

Daily Thought 06.05.18

June 5th 2018

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

Daily Thought 06.04.18

June 4th 2018

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

Daily Thought 06.03.18

June 3rd 2018

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

Daily Thought 06.02.18

June 2nd 2018

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

Daily Thought 06.01.18

June 1st 2018

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

Daily Thought 05.31.18

May 31st 2018

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

Daily Thought 05.30.18

May 30th 2018

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

Daily Thought 05.29.18

May 29th 2018

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

Daily Thought 05.28.18

May 28th 2018

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

Daily Thought 05.27.18

May 27th 2018

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

Daily Thought 05.26.18

May 26th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 26, 2018 Humility All of us saw, for example, that we lacked honesty and tolerance, that we were beset at times by attacks of self-pity or delusions of personal grandeur. But while this was a humiliating experience, it didn't necessarily mean that we had yet acquired much actual humility. Though now recognized, our defects were still there. Something had to be done about them. - 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, p. 58 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.25.18

May 25th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 25, 2018 A Prospect We find it a waste of time to keep chasing a man who cannot or will not work with you. If you leave such a person alone, he may soon become convinced that he cannot recover by himself. To spend too much time on any one situation is to deny some other alcoholic an opportunity to live and be happy. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 96 Thought to Ponder A.A. is not for people who need it, it's for people ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.24.18

May 24th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 24, 2018 Growing We have learned that the satisfaction of instincts cannot be the sole end and aim of our lives. If we place instincts first, we have got the cart before the horse; we shall be pulled backward into disillusionment. But when we are willing to place spiritual growth first—then and only then do we have a real chance. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 114 Thought to Ponder A spiritual ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.23.18

May 23rd 2018

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

Daily Thought 05.22.18

May 22nd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 21, 2018 Causes and Conditions Though our decision was a vital and crucial step, it could have little permanent effect unless at once followed by a strenuous effort to face, and to be rid of, the things in ourselves which had been blocking us. Our liquor was but a symptom. So we had to get down to causes and conditions. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 64 Thought to Ponder Delay is the deadliest form of denial. A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.21.18

May 21st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 21, 2018 Real Alcoholic But what about the real alcoholic? He may start off as a moderate drinker; he may or may not become a continuous hard drinker; but at some stage of his drinking career he begins to lose all control of his liquor consumption, once he starts to drink. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 21 Thought to Ponder When we try to control our drinking, we have already lost control. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.20.18

May 20th 2018

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

Daily Thought 05.19.18

May 19th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 19, 2018 Certain Steps Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it—then you are ready to take certain steps. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 58 Thought to Ponder Sobriety without action is fantasy. AA-related 'Alconym' F E A R = Face Everything And Recover. Thank ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.18.18

May 18th 2018

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

Daily Thought 05.17.18

May 17th 2018

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

Daily Thought 05.16.18

May 16th 2018

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

Daily Thought 05.15.18

May 15th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 15, 2018 Obsession It is not surprising that our drinking careers have been characterized by countless vain attempts to prove we could drink like other people. The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 30 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.14.18

May 14th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 14, 2018 A Power Lack of power, that was our dilemma. We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. Obviously. But where and how were we to find this Power? Well, that’s exactly what this book is about. Its main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 45 Thought to Ponder Willpowe ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.13.18

May 13th 2018

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

Daily Thought 05.12.18

May 12th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 12, 2018 Freedom from Fear When, with God’s help, we calmly accepted our lot, then we found we could live at peace with ourselves and show others who still suffered the same fears that they could get over them, too. We found that freedom from fear was more important than freedom from want. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 122 Thought to Ponder Situations I fear are rarely as bad as the fear itself. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.11.18

May 11th 2018

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

Daily Thought 05.10.18

May 10th 2018

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

Daily Thought 05.09.18

May 9th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 9, 2018 Spiritually Sick Resentment is the "number one" offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 64 Thought to Ponder Resentments are like submarines. They run re ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.08.18

May 8th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 8, 2018 Psychic Change After they have succumbed to the desire again, as so many do, and the phenomenon of craving develops, they pass through the well-known stages of a spree, emerging remorseful, with a firm resolution not to drink again. This is repeated over and over, and unless this person can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope of his recovery. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xxix ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.07.18

May 7th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 7, 2018 Step Ten The quick inventory is aimed at our daily ups and downs, especially those where people or new events throw us off balance and tempt us to make mistakes. In all these situations we need self-restraint, honest analysis of what is involved, a willingness to admit when the fault is ours, and an equal willingness to forgive when the fault is elsewhere. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 91 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.06.18

May 6th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 6, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Fearless and Thorough At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 58 Thought to Ponder The ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.05.18

May 5th 2018

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

Daily Thought 05.04.18

May 4th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 4, 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, p. 164 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.03.18

May 3rd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 3, 2018 Language of the Heart 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, Foreward to the 4th edition, p. XIII Thought to Ponder Seven days without an AA meeting makes one weak. AA-related 'Alcon ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.02.18

May 2nd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 2, 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, pp. XVI - XVII Thought to Ponder Only in giv ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.01.18

May 1st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 1, 2018 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!’’ We thought well before taking this ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.30.18

April 30th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 30, 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, p. 66 Thought to Ponder Anger is just one letter short of danger. AA-related 'Alconym' A N G E R = Any New Grudge Endangers Recovery. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.29.18

April 29th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 29, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Bankruptcy No other kind of bankruptcy is like this one. Alcohol, now become the rapacious creditor, bleeds us of all self-sufficiency and all will to resist its demands. Once this stark fact is accepted, our bankruptcy as going human concerns is complete. But upon entering AA we soon take quite another view of this absolute humiliation. We perceive that only through utter ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.28.18

April 28th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 28, 2018 Safe and Protected We are not fighting it, neither are we avoiding temptation. We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality—safe and protected. We have not even sworn off. Instead, the problem has been removed. It does not exist for us. We are neither cocky nor are we afraid. That is our experience. That is how we react so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition. - Alcoholics ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.27.18

April 27th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 27, 2018 Overcome Misery I have seen men come out of asylums and resume a vital place in the lives of their families and communities. Business and professional men have regained their standing. There is scarcely any form of trouble and misery which has not been overcome among us. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 15 Thought to Ponder Faith makes the impossible possible. AA-related 'Alconym' A C T I O N = Any ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.26.18

April 26th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 26, 2018 We Have Recovered You may already have asked yourself why it is that all of us became so very ill from drinking. Doubtless you are curious to discover how and why, in the face of expert opinion to the contrary, we have recovered from a hopeless condition of mind and body. If you are an alcoholic who wants to get over it, you may already be asking—"What do I have to do?" It is the purpose of thi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.25.18

April 25th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 25, 2018 Prospect When you discover a prospect for Alcoholics Anonymous, find out all you can about him. If he does not want to stop drinking, don’t waste time trying to persuade him. You may spoil a later opportunity. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 90 Thought to Ponder AA is not for people who need it, it's for people who want it. AA-related 'Alconym' H O L D = Helping Others Live Daily. Thanks to all of ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.24.18

April 24th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 24, 2018 Permanent Recovery This seemed to prove that one alcoholic could affect another as no nonalcoholic could. It also indicated that strenuous work, one alcoholic with another, was vital to permanent recovery. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. pgs. xvi - xvii Thought to Ponder To keep it, you have to give it away. AA-related 'Alconym' A L C O H O L I C S = A Life Consisting Of Helping Others Lived In Constant ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.23.18

April 23rd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 23, 2018 Rarely RARELY HAVE we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not, completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 58 Thought to Ponder Honesty is the absence of the intent to deceive. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.22.18

April 22nd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 22, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Powerless But upon entering A.A. we soon take quite another view of this absolute humiliation. We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps toward liberation and strength. Our admissions of personal powerlessness finally turn out to be firm bedrock upon which happy and purposeful lives may be built.. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.21.18

April 21st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 21, 2018 Character Many of us felt that we had plenty of character. There was a tremendous urge to cease forever. Yet we found it impossible. This is the baffling feature of alcoholism as we know it—this utter inability to leave it alone, no matter how great the necessity or the wish. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 34 Thought to Ponder Alcohol — cunning, baffling, powerful! AA-related 'Alconym' K I S S = Keep ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.20.18

April 20th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 20, 2018 Fortunate We who are alcoholics can consider ourselves fortunate indeed. Each of us has had his own near-fatal encounter with the juggernaut of self-will, and has suffered enough under its weight to look for something better. So it is by circumstance rather than any virtue that we have been driven to AA, have admitted defeat, have acquired the rudiments of faith, and now want to make a decision to tur ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.19.18

April 19th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 19, 2018 Restored 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 all of you f ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.18.18

April 18th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 18, 2018 Children of a Creator We have no desire to convince anyone that there is only one way by which faith can be acquired. If what we have learned and felt and seen means anything at all, it means that all of us, whatever our race, creed, or color are the children of a living Creator with whom we may form a relationship upon simple and understandable terms as soon as we are willing and honest enough to try. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.17.18

April 17th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 17, 2018 Profound Change 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 change could hardly have been brought about by himself alone. What often takes place in a few months could seldom have been accomplished by years of self-discipline. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 567 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.16.18

April 16th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 16, 2018 Tradition Four With respect to its own affairs, each A.A. group should be responsible to no other authority than its own conscience. But when its plans concern the welfare of neighboring groups also, those groups ought to be consulted. And no group, regional committee, or individual should ever take any action that might greatly affect A.A. as a whole without conferring with the trustees of the Genera ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.15.18

April 15th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 15, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ A Higher Power We needed to ask ourselves but one short question. "Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?" As soon as a man can say that he does believe, or is willing to believe, we emphatically assure him that he is on his way. It has been repeatedly proven among us that upon this simple cornerstone a wonderf ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.14.18

April 14th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 14, 2018 Amends Although these reparations take innumerable forms, there are some general principles which we find guiding. Reminding ourselves that we have decided to go to any lengths to find a spiritual experience, we ask that we be given strength and direction to do the right thing, no matter what the personal consequences may be. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 79 Thought to Ponder It is the highest form of s ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.13.18

April 13th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 13, 2018 Fellowship There you will find release from care, boredom and worry. Your imagination will be fired. Life will mean something at last. The most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead. Thus we find the fellowship, and so will you. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 152 Thought to Ponder Alcoholics Anonymous is the only place in the world where you can walk into a room full of total strangers and reminisc ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.12.18

April 12th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 12, 2018 Selfishness So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn’t think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kills us! God makes that possible. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 62 Thought to Ponder The smallest package in the world is ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.11.18

April 11th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 11, 2018 Step Five "Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs." We pocket our pride and go to it, illuminating every twist of character, every dark cranny of the past. Once we have taken this step, withholding nothing, we are delighted. We can look the world in the eye. We can be alone at perfect peace and ease. Our fears fall from us. We begin to feel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.10.18

April 10th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 10, 2018 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. - Alcoho ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.09.18

April 9th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 9, 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, p. 28 Thought to Ponder The Twelve Steps — a manuscript for rational living. AA-related ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.08.18

April 8th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 8, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Step Six If we can answer to our satisfaction, we then look at Step Six. We have emphasized willingness as being indispensable. Are we now ready to let God remove from us all the things which we have admitted are objectionable? Can He now take them all—every one? If we still cling to something we will not let go, we ask God to help us be willing. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.07.18

April 7th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 7, 2018 Self-Centered Admitting he may be somewhat at fault, he is sure that other people are more to blame. He becomes angry, indignant, self-pitying. What is his basic trouble? Is he not really a self-seeker even when trying to be kind? Is he not a victim of the delusion that he can wrest satisfaction and happiness out of this world if he only manages well? - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 61 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.06.18

April 6th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 6, 2018 Four Horsemen Some of us sought out sordid places, hoping to find understanding companionship and approval. Momentarily we did—then would come oblivion and the awful awakening to face the hideous Four Horsemen—Terror, Bewilderment, Frustration, Despair. Unhappy drinkers who read this page will understand! - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 151 Thought to Ponder From darkness comes light. AA-related 'Al ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.05.18

April 5th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 5, 2018 True Motives But in other instances only the closest scrutiny will reveal what our true motives were. There are cases where our ancient enemy, rationalization, has stepped in and has justified conduct which was really wrong. The temptation here is to imagine that we had good motives and reasons when we really didn't. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 94 Thought to Ponder Don't believe ever ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.04.18

April 4th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 4, 2018 Immunity Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 89 Thought to Ponder Into service out of self. AA-related 'Alconym' S P O N S O R = Sober Person Offering Newcomers Suggestions On Recovery. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experienc ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.03.18

April 3rd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 3, 2018 Help Many of us had moral and philosophical convictions galore, but we could not live up to them even though we would have liked to. Neither could we reduce our self-centeredness much by wishing or trying on our own power. We had to have God’s help. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 62 Thought to Ponder Faith makes the impossible possible. AA-related 'Alconym' B I G B O O K = Believing In God Beats Ou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.02.18

April 2nd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 2, 2018 Inventory By discovering what our emotional deformities are, we can move toward their correction. Without a willing and persistent effort to do this, there can be little sobriety or contentment for us. Without a searching and fearless moral inventory, most of us have found that the faith which really works in daily living is still out of reach. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 43 Thought to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.01.18

April 1st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 1, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Humility Indeed, the attainment of greater humility is the foundation principle of each of A.A.'s Twelve Steps. For without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at all. Nearly all A.A.'s have found, too, that unless they develop much more of this precious quality than may be required just for sobriety, they still haven't much chance of becoming truly happy. - ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.31.18

March 31st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 31, 2018 Inspiration 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 t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.30.18

March 30th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 30, 2018 Inventory Though a situation had not been entirely our fault, we tried to disregard the other person involved entirely. Where were we to blame? The inventory was ours, not the other man’s. When we saw our faults we listed them. We placed them before us in black and white. We admitted our wrongs honestly and were willing to set these matters straight. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 67 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.29.18

March 29th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 29, 2018 Bedrock But upon entering A.A. we soon take quite another view of this absolute humiliation. We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps toward liberation and strength. Our admissions of personal powerlessness finally turn out to be firm bedrock upon which happy and purposeful lives may be built. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 21 Thought to Ponder Avo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.28.18

March 28th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 28, 2018 Continue This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime. Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear. When these crop up, we ask God at once to remove them. We discuss them with someone immediately and make amends quickly if we have harmed anyone. Then we resolutely turn our thoughts to someone we can help. Love and tolerance of others is our code. - Al ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.27.18

March 27th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 27, 2018 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 yo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.26.18

March 26th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 26, 2018 Acceptance We know that little good can come to any alcoholic who joins A.A. unless he has first accepted his devastating weakness and all its consequences. Until he so humbles himself, his sobriety—if any—will be precarious. Of real happiness he will find none at all. Proved beyond doubt by an immense experience, this is one of the facts of A.A. life. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 21 Thou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.25.18

March 24th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 25, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Resentment 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. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.24.18

March 24th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 24, 2018 Trust Some of us have taken very hard knocks to learn this truth: Job or no job—wife or no wife—we simply do not stop drinking so long as we place dependence upon other people ahead of dependence on God. Burn the idea into the consciousness of every man that he can get well regardless of anyone. The only condition is that he trust in God and clean house. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 98 Thought to Po ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.23.18

March 23rd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 23, 2018 To Grow We vigorously commenced this way of living as we cleaned up the past. We have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in understanding and effectiveness. This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 84 Thought to Ponder Get it - Give it - Grow in it. AA-related 'Alconym' A R T = Always Remain Teachable. Thanks to a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.22.18

March 22nd 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 22, 2018 Fear This short word somehow touches about every aspect of our lives. It was an evil and corroding thread; the fabric of our existence was shot through with it. It set in motion trains of circumstances which brought us misfortune we felt we didn’t deserve. But did not we, ourselves, set the ball rolling? Sometimes we think fear ought to be classed with stealing. It seems to cause more trouble. - Alcoh ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.21.18

March 21st 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 21, 2018 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, p. 1 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.20.18

March 20th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 20, 2018 Intelligence and Willpower We are certain that our intelligence, backed by willpower, can rightly control our inner lives and guarantee us success in the world we live in. This brave philosophy, wherein each man plays God, sounds good in the speaking, but it still has to meet the acid test: how well does it actually work? One good look in the mirror ought to be answer enough for any alcoholic. - Tw ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.19.18

March 19th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 19, 2018 Fear 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 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 The power within me is far greater than any fear before me. AA-related 'Alconym' F A I ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.18.18

March 18th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 18, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Worse, Never Better 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. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.17.18

March 17th 2018

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 17, 2018 Control The tragic truth is that if the man be a real alcoholic, the happy day may not arrive. He has lost control. 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 ...Continue Reading

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