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Daily Thought 09.26.20

September 26th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 26, 2020 Revealed to Us But the actual or potential alcoholic, with hardly an exception, will be absolutely unable to stop drinking on the basis of self-knowledge. This is a point we wish to emphasize and re-emphasize, to smash home upon our alcoholic readers as it has been revealed to us out of bitter experience. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 39 Thought to Ponder Pride in my intelligence blinded me to how much I did not know. AA-related ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.25.20

September 25th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 25, 2020 Their Symptoms This was our course: We realized that the people who wronged us were perhaps spiritually sick. Though we did not like their symptoms and the way these disturbed us, they, like ourselves, were sick too. We asked God to help us show them the same tolerance, pity, and patience that we would cheerfully grant a sick friend. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) pp. 66 - 67 Thought to Ponder We are prisoners of our own resentments. Forgivene ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.24.20

September 24th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 24, 2020 Our Big Book Further on, clear-cut directions are given showing how we recovered. These are followed by forty-two personal experiences. . . Our hope is that many alcoholic men and women, desperately in need, will see these pages, and we believe that it is only by fully disclosing ourselves and our problems that they will be persuaded to say, "Yes, I am one of them too; I must have this thing." - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.23.20

September 23rd 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 23, 2020 Thoroughness and Honesty We went back through our lives. Nothing counted but thoroughness and honesty. When we were finished we considered it carefully. The first thing apparent was that this world and its people were often quite wrong. To conclude that others were wrong was as far as most of us ever got. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) pp. 65 - 66 Thought to Ponder It takes strength and courage to admit the truth. AA-related 'Alconym' H O W & ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.22.20

September 22nd 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 22, 2020 Deadly 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. Most of us feel we need look no further for Utopia. We have it with us right here and now. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill's Story) p. 16 Thought to Ponder It is when you act on faith that ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.21.20

September 21st 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 21, 2020 Spiritual Malady Resentment is the "number one" offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 64 Thought to Ponder Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other pers ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.20.20

September 20th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 20, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ 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.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) pp. 94 - 95  Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.19.20

September 19th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 19, 2020 Unable The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink. Our so-called will power becomes practically nonexistent. We are unable, at certain times, to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago. We are without defense against the first drink. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 24 Thought to Ponder The person ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.18.20

September 18th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 18, 2020 Faith and Action But he will be curious to learn why his own convictions have not worked and why yours seem to work so well. He may be an example of the truth that faith alone is insufficient. To be vital, faith must be accompanied by self sacrifice and unselfish, constructive action. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 93 Thought to Ponder Faith is mighty. Action with faith is mightier. AA-related 'Alconym' H O W  =  Honest, O ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.17.20

September 17th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 17, 2020 God’s 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, (How It Works) p. 62 Thought to Ponder Faith makes the impossible possible. AA-related 'Alconym' B I G   B O O K  =  Believing In God Beats Our Old Knowle ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.16.20

September 16th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 16, 2020 We Searched If the owner of the business is to be successful, he cannot fool himself about values. We did exactly the same thing with our lives. We took stock honestly. First, we searched out the flaws in our make-up which caused our failure. Being convinced that self, manifested in various ways, was what had defeated us, we considered its common manifestations. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 64 Thought to Ponder I must walk into darkness t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.15.20

September 15th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 15, 2020 One Short Question 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 wonderfully effective spiritual structure can be built. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (W ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.14.20

September 14th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 14, 2020 A Logical Idea People of faith have a logical idea of what life is all about. Actually, we used to have no reasonable conception whatever. We used to amuse ourselves by cynically dissecting spiritual beliefs and practices when we might have observed that many spiritually-minded persons of all races, colors, and creeds were demonstrating a degree of stability, happiness and usefulness which we should have sought ourselves. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Ag ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.13.20

September 13th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 13, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Attitude and Outlook No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 84  Thought to Ponder If I self-forget, I ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.12.20

September 12th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 12, 2020 Bedevilments We were having trouble with personal relationships, we couldn’t control our emotional natures, we were a prey to misery and depression, we couldn’t make a living, we had a feeling of uselessness, we were full of fear, we were unhappy, we couldn’t seem to be of real help to other people—was not a basic solution of these bedevilments more important than whether we should see newsreels of lunar flight? Of course it was. - Alcoholics Anonymous ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.11.20

September 11th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 11, 2020 Lose Our 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 discovered we could face life successfully, as we became conscious of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter. We were reborn. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 63 Thought to Ponder The Power behind us is much greater than any fear in front of us. AA-r ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.10.20

September 10th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 10, 2020 Absolute Certainty The great fact is just this, and nothing less: That we have had deep and effective spiritual experiences* which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows and toward God’s universe. The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous. He has commenced to accomplish those things for us which we could never d ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.10.20

September 10th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 10, 2020 Absolute Certainty The great fact is just this, and nothing less: That we have had deep and effective spiritual experiences* which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows and toward God’s universe. The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous. He has commenced to accomplish those things for us which we could never d ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.09.20

September 9th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 9, 2020 Running From Pain 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 misery transformed by humility into priceless a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.08.20

September 8th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 8, 2020 Time After Time What sort of thinking dominates an alcoholic who repeats time after time the desperate experiment of the first drink? Friends who have reasoned with him after a spree which has brought him to the point of divorce or bankruptcy are mystified when he walks directly into a saloon. Why does he? Of what is he thinking? - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 35 Thought to Ponder Alcohol—cunning, baffling, powerful! AA-related 'Al ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.07.20

September 7th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 7, 2020 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 this book to answer such questions specifically. We shall tel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.06.20

September 6th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 6, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Spiritual Condition We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God's will into all of our activities. "How can I best serve Thee—Thy will (not mine) be done."  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 85  Thought to Ponder Spiritual progress isn't what gets us sober, it ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.05.20

September 5th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 5, 2020 Something New We enjoy moments in which there is something like real peace of mind. To those of us who have hitherto known only excitement, depression, or anxiety—in other words, to all of us—this newfound peace is a priceless gift. Something new indeed has been added. Where humility had formerly stood for a forced feeding on humble pie, it now begins to mean the nourishing ingredient which can give us serenity. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (St ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.04.20

September 4th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 4, 2020 Meditation We will want the good that is in us all, even in the worst of us, to flower and to grow. Most certainly we shall need bracing air and an abundance of food. But first of all we shall want sunlight; nothing much can grow in the dark. Meditation is our step out into the sun. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 98 Thought to Ponder Prayer asks the question. Meditation listens for the answer. AA-related 'Alconym' P A U S E&nbs ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.03.20

September 3rd 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 3, 2020 Acquiring Faith 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 28 Tho ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.02.20

September 2nd 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 2, 2020 Our Ideal Whatever our ideal turns out to be, we must be willing to grow toward it. We must be willing to make amends where we have done harm, provided that we do not bring about still more harm in so doing. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 69 Thought to Ponder It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them. AA-related 'Alconym' A A  =  Accountable Actions. Thanks to all of you for sharing so g ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.01.20

September 1st 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 1, 2020 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, (Into Action) pp. 85 - 86 Thought to Ponder Life is fragile, handle with prayer. AA-related 'Alconym' P A U S E  =  Pay Attention, Use Step Eleven. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strengt ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.31.20

August 31st 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 31, 2020 Faith In this book you read again and again that faith did for us what we could not do for ourselves. We hope you are convinced now that God can remove whatever self-will has blocked you off from Him. If you have already made a decision, and an inventory of your grosser handicaps, you have made a good beginning. That being so you have swallowed and digested some big chunks of truth about yourself. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) pp. 70 - 71 Though ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.30.20

August 30th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 30, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Our Twelfth Suggestion Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. This is our twelfth suggestion: Carry this message to other alcoholics! You can help when no one else can. You can secure their confidence when others fail.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 89  Thought to Ponder Get it - ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.29.20

August 29th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 29, 2020 Process of Learning During this process of learning more about humility, the most profound result of all was the change in our attitude toward God. And this was true whether we had been believers or unbelievers. We began to get over the idea that the Higher Power was a sort of bush-league pinch hitter, to be called upon only in an emergency. The notion that we would still live our own lives, God helping a little now and then, began to evaporate. - Twelve ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.28.20

August 28th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 28, 2020 We Pass It On 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, (The Doctor's Opinion) pp. xvi - xvii Thought to Ponder Only in giving do we receive in full ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.27.20

August 27th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 27, 2020 Needed Power 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. We could wish to be moral, we could wish to be philosophically comforted, in fact, we could will these things with all our might, but the needed power wasn’t there. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) pp. 44 - 45 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.26.20

August 26th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 26, 2020 A Tornado 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. 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.25.20

August 25th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 25, 2020 Progressive Illness 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. We are like men who have lost their legs; they never grow new ones. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 30 Thought to Ponder Alcoholic drinking's three stages: Impulsive, Compulsive, Repulsive. AA-related 'Alconym' A A  =  Answer Available. Thanks to all of ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.24.20

August 24th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 24, 2020 Spiritual Principles "Quite as important was the discovery that spiritual principles would solve all my problems. I have since been brought into a way of living infinitely more satisfying and, I hope, more useful than the life I lived before. My old manner of life was by no means a bad one, but I would not exchange its best moments for the worst I have now. I would not go back to it even if I could." - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.23.20

August 23rd 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 23, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Step Eight 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, but now the time has come when he ought to redouble his efforts to see how many people he has hurt, and in what ways.  - Twelve Steps and Twe ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.22.20

August 22nd 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 22, 2020 Willing to Grow Many of us exclaimed, "What an order! I can’t go through with it." Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 60 Thought to Ponder Spiritual progress isn't what gets us sober, it's what keeps us sober. AA-related 'Alconym' S O B E ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.21.20

August 21st 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 21, 2020 Essentials of Recovery Most emphatically we wish to say that any alcoholic capable of honestly facing his problems in the light of our experience can recover, provided he does not close his mind to all spiritual concepts. He can only be defeated by an attitude of intolerance or belligerent denial. We find that no one need have difficulty with the spirituality of the program. Willingness, honesty and open mindedness are the essentials of recovery. But thes ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.20.20

August 20th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 20, 2020 Another Excuse We also clutch at another wonderful excuse for avoiding an inventory. Our present anxieties and troubles, we cry, are caused by the behavior of other people—people who really need a moral inventory. We firmly believe that if only they'd treat us better, we'd be all right. Therefore we think our indignation is justified and reasonable—that our resentments are the "right kind." We aren't the guilty ones. They are! - Twelve Steps and ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.19.20

August 19th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 19, 2020 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 to be a healer of pain. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Tradit ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.18.20

August 18th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 18, 2020 Good Living 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 Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 125 Thought to Ponder The Three A's .. Awareness, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.17.20

August 17th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 17, 2020 Prayer Those of us who have come to make regular use of prayer would no more do without it than we would refuse air, food, or sunshine. And for the same reason. When we refuse air, light, or food, the body suffers. And when we turn away from meditation and prayer, we likewise deprive our minds, our emotions, and our intuitions of vitally needed support. As the body can fail its purpose for lack of nourishment, so can the soul. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Tr ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.16.20

August 16th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 16, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Willing 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, (How It Works) p. 58  Thought to Ponder What have I been given today? Am I willing to reach out and grasp it?  AA-related 'Alconym' *H O W*  =& ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.15.20

August 15th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 15, 2020 Acceptance And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation—some fact of my life—unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Acceptance Was The Answer) p. 417 Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.14.20

August 14th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 14, 2020 Attitudes We are careful never to show intolerance or hatred of drinking as an institution. Experience shows that such an attitude is not helpful to anyone. Every new alcoholic looks for this spirit among us and is immensely relieved when he finds we are not witchburners. A spirit of intolerance might repel alcoholics whose lives could have been saved, had it not been for such stupidity. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 103 Thought to Pon ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.13.20

August 13th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 13, 2020 All Are Welcomed No one is too discredited or has sunk too low to be welcomed cordially—if he means business. Social distinctions, petty rivalries and jealousies—these are laughed out of countenance. Being wrecked in the same vessel, being restored and united under one God, with hearts and minds attuned to the welfare of others, the things which matter so much to some people no longer signify much to them. How could they? - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.12.20

August 12th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 12, 2020 Amends 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, (Into Action) p. 76 Thought to Ponder Don't mess up an amend with an excuse. AA-r ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.11.20

August 11th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 11, 2020 Faith We finally saw that faith in some kind of God was a part of our make-up, just as much as the feeling we have for a friend. Sometimes we had to search fearlessly, but He was there. He was as much a fact as we were. We found the Great Reality deep down within us. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 55 Thought to Ponder I saw, I felt, I believed. AA-related 'Alconym' W I L L I N G  =  When I Live Life, I Need God. Thanks to all of yo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.10.20

August 10th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 10, 2020 We Reviewed We reviewed our own conduct over the years past. Where had we been selfish, dishonest, or inconsiderate? Whom had we hurt? Did we unjustifiably arouse jealousy, suspicion or bitterness? Where were we at fault, what should we have done instead? We got this all down on paper and looked at it. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 96 Thought to Ponder Clear vision for tomorrow comes only after a real look at yesterday. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.09.20

August 9th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 9, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Practice These Principles One of the most fundamental things I have learned is to pass on our message to other alcoholics. That means I must think more about others than about myself. The most important thing is to practice these principles in all my affairs. In my opinion, that is what Alcoholics Anonymous is all about.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Gratitude in Action) p. 199  Thought to Ponder Grateful is a feeling. Gra ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.08.20

August 8th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 8, 2020 But The First Step Cessation of drinking is but the first step away from a highly strained, abnormal condition. A doctor said to us, "Years of living with an alcoholic is almost sure to make any wife or child neurotic. The entire family is, to some extent, ill." Let families realize, as they start their journey, that all will not be fair weather. Each in his turn may be footsore and may straggle. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.07.20

August 7th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 7, 2020 Experience Henry Ford once made a wise remark to the effect that experience is the thing of supreme value in life. That is true only if one is willing to turn the past to good account. We grow by our willingness to face and rectify errors and convert them into assets. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 124 Thought to Ponder If you want to change who you are, change what you do. AA-related 'Alconym' H O W  =  Honest, Open-minded, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.06.20

August 6th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 6, 2020 Willing to Believe If the man be agnostic or atheist, make it emphatic that he does not have to agree with your conception of God. He can choose any conception he likes, provided it makes sense to him. The main thing is that he be willing to believe in a Power greater than himself and that he live by spiritual principles. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 93 Thought to Ponder I came; I came to; I came to believe. AA-related 'Alconym' G O D ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.05.20

August 5th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 5, 2020 Faith We can have faith, yet keep God out of our lives. Therefore our problem now becomes just how and by what specific means shall we be able to let Him in? Step Three represents our first attempt to do this. In fact, the effectiveness of the whole A.A. program will rest upon how well and earnestly we have tried to come to "a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him." - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditio ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.04.20

August 4th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 4, 2020 To Give and Receive Joy at our release from a lifetime of frustration knew no bounds. Father feels he has struck something better than gold. For a time he may try to hug the new treasure to himself. He may not see at once that he has barely scratched a limitless lode which will pay dividends only if he mines it for the rest of his life and insists on giving away the entire product. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) pp. 128 - 129 Thought to Po ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.03.20

August 3rd 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 3, 2020 Thy Will Be Done 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. We become much more efficient. We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning up energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange life to suit ourselves. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Actio ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.02.20

August 2nd 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 2, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ A Better Way Perhaps there is a better way—we think so. For we are now on a different basis; the basis of trusting and relying upon God. We trust infinite God rather than our finite selves. We are in the world to play the role He assigns. Just to the extent that we do as we think He would have us, and humbly rely on Him, does He enable us to match calamity with serenity.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 68  T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.01.20

August 1st 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 1, 2020 Often Indispensable God has abundantly supplied this world with fine doctors, psychologists, and practitioners of various kinds. Do not hesitate to take your health problems to such persons. Most of them give freely of themselves, that their fellows may enjoy sound minds and bodies. Try to remember that though God has wrought miracles among us, we should never belittle a good doctor or psychiatrist. Their services are often indispensabl ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.31.20

July 31st 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 31, 2020 Greater Than Himself 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, (We Agnostics) p. 50 Thought to Ponder Willpower ... our will-ingness to use a Higher Power. AA-related 'Alconym' B I G  B O O K  = Believing In God Beats Our ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.30.20

July 30th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 30, 2020 Steps Eight & Nine Now we need more action, without which we find that "Faith without works is dead." Let's look at Steps Eight and Nine. We have a list of all persons we have harmed and to whom we are willing to make amends. We made it when we took inventory. We subjected ourselves to a drastic self-appraisal. Now we go out to our fellows and repair the damage done in the past. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 76 Thought to Ponder It ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.29.20

July 29th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 29, 2020 Fear and Prayer I got down on my knees for the first time in thirty years. The prayer I said was simple. It went something like this: "God, for eighteen years I have been unable to handle this problem. Please let me turn it over to you." Immediately a great feeling of peace descended upon me, intermingled with a feeling of being suffused with a quiet strength. I lay down on the bed and slept like a child. An hour later I awoke to a new world. Noth ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.28.20

July 28th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 28, 2020 Clearly See To those who have made progress in A.A., it amounts to a clear recognition of what and who we really are, followed by a sincere attempt to become what we could be. Therefore, our first practical move toward humility must consist of recognizing our deficiencies. No defect can be corrected unless we clearly see what it is. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Five) p. 58 Thought to Ponder Humility is not thinking less of myself, but thinki ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.27.20

July 27th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 27, 2020 Our Fears This dream world has been replaced by a great sense of purpose, accompanied by a growing consciousness of the power of God in our lives. We have come to believe He would like us to keep our heads in the clouds with Him, but that our feet ought to be firmly planted on earth. That is where our fellow travelers are, and that is where our work must be done. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 130 Thought to Ponder Faith is our greatest ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.26.20

July 26th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 26, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ The Actor Most people try to live by self-propulsion. Each person is like an actor who wants to run the whole show; is forever trying to arrange the lights, the ballet, the scenery and the rest of the players in his own way. If his arrangements would only stay put, if only people would do as he wished, the show would be great. Everybody, including himself, would be pleased. Life would be wonderful.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (H ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.25.20

July 25th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 25, 2020 Our Fears Sometimes we think fear ought to be classed with stealing. It seems to cause more trouble. We reviewed our fears thoroughly. We put them on paper, even though we had no resentment in connection with them. We asked ourselves why we had them. Wasn’t it because self-reliance failed us? Self-reliance was good as far as it went, but it didn’t go far enough. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) pp. 67 - 68 Thought to Ponder Breathe in faith, breathe ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.24.20

July 24th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 24, 2020 Thoroughness 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. We have listed the people we have hu ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.23.20

July 23rd 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 23, 2020 Our Families We ought to sit down with the family and frankly analyze the past as we now see it, being very careful not to criticize them. Their defects may be glaring, but the chances are that our own actions are partly responsible. So we clean house with the family, asking each morning in meditation that our Creator show us the way of patience, tolerance, kindliness and love. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 83 Thought to Ponder The Three "C ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.22.20

July 22nd 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 22, 2020 No Such Thing We have tried every imaginable remedy. In some instances there has been brief recovery, followed always by a still worse relapse. Physicians who are familiar with alcoholism agree there is no such thing as making a normal drinker out of an alcoholic. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) pp. 30 - 31 Thought to Ponder When we try to control our drinking, we have already lost control. AA-related 'Alconym' I S M  =  I Sabota ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.21.20

July 21st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 21, 2020* *Enjoying Life* We have been speaking to you of serious, sometimes tragic things. We have been dealing with alcohol in its worst aspect. But we aren't a glum lot. If newcomers could see no joy or fun in our existence, they wouldn't want it. We absolutely insist on enjoying life. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 132 Thought to Ponder Laughter is the sound of recovery. AA-related 'Alconym' *H J F*  =  *H*appy, *J*oyous, *F*ree ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.20.20

July 20th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 20, 2020* *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, (Step Eleven) pp. 104 - 105 Thought to Ponder The Three "P's" -- Pause ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.19.20

July 19th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 19, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Third Step Prayer* 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!"  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Work ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.18.20

July 18th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 18, 2020* *Depth and Weight* Frothy emotional appeal seldom suffices. The message which can interest and hold these alcoholic people must have depth and weight. In nearly all cases, their ideals must be grounded in a power greater than themselves, if they are to re-create their lives. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Doctors Opinion) p. xxviii Thought to Ponder Hope leads to faith if you let it. AA-related 'Alconym' *A B C*  =  *A*cceptance, *B*elief, *C* ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.17.20

July 17th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 17, 2020* *Careful Review* Returning home we find a place where we can be quiet for an hour, carefully reviewing what we have done. We thank God from the bottom of our heart that we know Him better. Taking this book down from our shelf we turn to the page which contains the twelve steps. Carefully reading the first five proposals we ask if we have omitted anything, for we are building an arch through which we shall walk a free man at last. - Alcoholics Anonymous, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.16.20

July 16th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 16, 2020* *Wider Meaning* But when we have taken a square look at some of these defects, have discussed them with another, and have become willing to have them removed, our thinking about humility commences to have a wider meaning. By this time in all probability we have gained some measure of release from our more devastating handicaps. We enjoy moments in which there is something like real peace of mind. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 74 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.15.20

July 15th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 15, 2020* *Unreasonable Fears* When a job still looked like a mere means of getting money rather than an opportunity for service, when the acquisition of money for financial independence looked more important than a right dependence upon God, we were still the victims of unreasonable fears. And these were fears which would make a serene and useful existence, at any financial level, quite impossible. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 121 Thou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.14.20

July 14th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 14, 2020* *Why?* If you ask him why he started on that last bender, the chances are he will offer you any one of a hundred alibis. Sometimes these excuses have a certain plausibility, but none of them really makes sense in the light of the havoc an alcoholic’s drinking bout creates. They sound like the philosophy of the man who, having a headache, beats himself on the head with a hammer so that he can’t feel the ache.  If you draw this fallacious reasoning t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.13.20

July 13th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 13, 2020* *Forgiveness for All* We've repeatedly strained the patience of our best friends to a snapping point, and have brought out the very worst in those who didn't think much of us to begin with. In many instances we are really dealing with fellow sufferers, people whose woes we have increased. If we are now about to ask forgiveness for ourselves, why shouldn't we start out by forgiving them, one and all? - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eight) p. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.12.20

July 12th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 12, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Change* No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 84  Thought to Ponder Learn to change, change to learn.&nbs ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.11.20

July 11th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 11, 2020* *Come to Grips* Still goaded by sheer necessity, we reluctantly come to grips with those serious character flaws that made problem drinkers of us in the first place, flaws which must be dealt with to prevent a retreat into alcoholism once again. We will want to be rid of some of these defects, but in some instances this will appear to be an impossible job from which we recoil. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 73 Thought to Ponder I ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.10.20

July 10th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 10, 2020* *Twisted Relations* But it is from our twisted relations with family, friends, and society at large that many of us have suffered the most. We have been especially stupid and stubborn about them. The primary fact that we fail to recognize is our total inability to form a true partnership with another human being. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) p. 53 Thought to Ponder Ask yourself, "What would an adult do in this situation?" ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.09.20

July 9th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 9, 2020* *The Magnificent Reality* Now, what about the rest of the Twelfth Step? The wonderful energy it releases and the eager action by which it carries our message to the next suffering alcoholic and which finally translates the Twelve Steps into action upon all our affairs is the payoff, the magnificent reality, of Alcoholics Anonymous. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 109 Thought to Ponder A spiritual awakening is our greatest gift. A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.08.20

July 8th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 8, 2020* *No Defense* Once more: The alcoholic at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink. Except in a few cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense.  His defense must come from a Higher Power. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 43 Thought to Ponder I can't, God can, I'll let Him. AA-related 'Alconym' *F R O G*  =  *F*ully *R*ely *O*n *G*od. Thanks to all of you for shari ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.07.20

July 7th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 7, 2020* *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, (There Is A Solution) p. 18 Thought to Ponder Right act ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.06.20

July 6th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 6, 2020* *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 Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 66 Thought to Ponder Resentmen ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.05.20

July 5th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 5, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Design for Living* We, in our turn, sought the same escape with all the desperation of drowning men. What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of God. A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, "a design for living" that really works.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution,) p. 28  Thought to Ponder I stood in the sunlight at last.  AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.04.20

July 4th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 4, 2020* *A Long Talk* IWhen we decide who is to hear our story, we waste no time. We have a written inventory and we are prepared for a long talk. We explain to our partner what we are about to do and why we have to do it. He should realize that we are engaged upon a life-and-death errand. Most people approached in this way will be glad to help; they will be honored by our confidence. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 75 Thought to Ponder The gritty pain ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.03.20

July 3rd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 3, 2020* *Humility* It was only by repeated humiliations that we were forced to learn something about humility. It was only at the end of a long road, marked by successive defeats and humiliations, and the final crushing of our self-sufficiency, that we began to feel humility as something more than a condition of groveling despair. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 72 Thought to Ponder Humility is born of the spirit, humiliation of the ego. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.02.20

July 2nd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 2, 2020* *It Really Worked* There is a solution. Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process requires for its successful consummation. But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been living it. When, therefore, we were approached by those in whom the problem had been solved, there was nothing left for us but to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.01.20

July 1st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 1, 2020* *Obsession* When men and women pour so much alcohol into themselves that they destroy their lives, they commit a most unnatural act. Defying their instinctive desire for self-preservation, they seem bent upon self-destruction. They work against their own deepest instinct. As they are humbled by the terrific beating administered by alcohol, the grace of God can enter them and expel their obsession. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Six) p. 64 T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.30.20

June 30th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 30, 2020* *Prayer and Meditation* Step Eleven suggests prayer and meditation. We shouldn’t be shy on sharing about 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, (Into Action) pp. 85 - 86 Thought to Ponder Life is fragile, handle with prayer. AA-related 'Alconym' *P A U S E*  =  *P*ay *A*ttention, *U*se *S*tep *E*leven. Thanks to all of you for sharin ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.29.20

June 29th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 29, 2020* *Fellowship* 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, (Working With Others) p. 89 Thought to Ponder Together we can do what we could ne ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.28.20

June 28th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 28, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Baffling Feature* Whether such a person can quit upon a nonspiritual basis depends upon the extent to which he has already lost the power to choose whether he will drink or not. 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 o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.27.20

June 27th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 27, 2020* *True Freedom* To get completely away from our aversion to the idea of being humble, to gain a vision of humility as the avenue to true freedom of the human spirit, to be willing to work for humility as something to be desired for itself, takes most of us a long, long time. A whole lifetime geared to self-centeredness cannot be set in reverse all at once. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 73 Thought to Ponder With humility, we accep ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.26.20

June 26th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 26, 2020* *Thoroughness* Whatever the defects, they have finally ambushed us into alcoholism and misery. Therefore, thoroughness ought to be the watchword when taking inventory. In this connection, it is wise to write out our questions and answers. It will be an aid to clear thinking and honest appraisal. It will be the first tangible evidence of our complete willingness to move forward. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) p. 54 Thought to Ponder W ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.25.20

June 25th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 25, 2020* *Alcoholic Illness* 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. It brings misunderstanding, fierce resentment, financial insecurity, disgusted friends and employers, warped lives of blameless children, sad wives and parents—anyone can increase the list. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 18 Thought to Ponder Right actions ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.24.2020

June 24th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 24, 2020* *Resentments* Ask for their health, their prosperity, their happiness, and you will be free. Even when you don’t really want it for them and your prayers are only words and you don’t mean it, go ahead and do it anyway. Do it every day for two weeks, and you will find you have come to mean it and to want it for them, and you will realize that where you used to feel bitterness and resentment and hatred, you now feel compassionate understanding and love. - ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.23.20

June 23rd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 23, 2020* *Demands* Living upon a basis of unsatisfied demands, we were in a state of continual disturbance and frustration. Therefore, no peace was to be had unless we could find a means of reducing these demands. The difference between a demand and a simple request is plain to anyone. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 76 Thought to Ponder All I have feared to lose I have gained and all I feared to gain I have lost. AA-related 'Alconym' *F ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.22.20

June 22nd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 22, 2020* *Willingness* But now it appears that there are certain things which only the individual can do. All by himself, and in the light of his own circumstances, he needs to develop the quality of willingness. When he acquires willingness, he is the only one who can make the decision to exert himself. Trying to do this is an act of his own will. All of the Twelve Steps require sustained and personal exertion to conform to their principles and so, we trust, to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.21.20

June 21st 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 21, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Common Solution* The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution. We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 17  Thought to Ponder The solution is simple. The solution is spiritual.  AA-related 'Alconym' *S O L U T I O N S*  =  *S*aving *O*ur *L*i ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.20.20

June 20th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 20, 2020* *Way of Life* A.A.'s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Foreward) p. 15 Thought to Ponder The Twelve Steps -- a manuscript for rational living. AA-related 'Alconym' *S T E P S*  =  *S*olutions *T*hrough *E*ach *P*owerful *S*tep. Thanks to a ...Continue Reading

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