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Daily Thought 09.21.19

September 21st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 21, 2019* *Belief* 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 47 Thought to Ponder Spirituality is not based on logic, it is faith-driven. AA-related 'Alconym' *W I L L I N G*  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.20.19

September 20th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 20, 2019* *Dealing With Sobriety* God willing, we members of A.A. may never again have to deal with drinking, but we have to deal with sobriety every day. How do we do it? By learning—through practicing the Twelve Steps and through sharing at meetings—how to cope with the problems that we looked to booze to solve, back in our drinking days. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (To Handle Sobriety) pp. 558 - 559 Thought to Ponder The Twelve Steps; a manuscript for r ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.19.19

September 19th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 19, 2019* *Pride and Guilt* In pride I could say, "Look at me, I am wonderful." In guilt I would moan, "I'm awful." Therefore guilt is really the reverse side of the coin of pride. Guilt aims at self-destruction and Pride aims at the destruction of others. This is why I see humility for today as that safe and secure stance midway between these violent emotional extremes.  - AA Grapevine, June 1961 (Humility for Today, Bill W) Though ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.18.19

September 18th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 18, 2019* *Foundation For Life* There is a direct linkage among self-examination, meditation, and prayer. Taken separately, these practices can bring much relief and benefit. But when they are logically related and interwoven, the result is an unshakable foundation for life. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 98 Thought to Ponder AA is not something we join; it's a way of life. AA-related 'Alconym' *P U S H*  =  *P*ray *U*ntil ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.17.19

September 17th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 17, 2019* *Prayer* Prayer, as commonly understood, is a petition to God. Having opened our channel as best we can, we try to ask for those right things of which we and others are in the greatest need. And we think that the whole range of our needs is well defined by that part of Step Eleven which says: “. . . knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” A request for this fits in any part of our day. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (S ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.16.19

September 16th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 16, 2019* *Singleness of Purpose* "Singleness of purpose" is essential to the effective treatment of alcoholism. The reason for such exaggerated focus is to overcome denial. The denial associated with alcoholism is cunning, baffling, and powerful and affects the patient, helper, and the community. Unless alcoholism is kept relentlessly in the foreground, other issues will usurp everybody’s attention. - A.A. World Services, Inc.,(About AA, F-13 Fall ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.15.19

September 15th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 15, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *The Keynotes* 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, (Step Ten) p. 93  Thought to Ponder We are prisoners of our ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.14.19

September 14th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 14, 2019* *Knowledge* He had much knowledge about himself as an alcoholic. Yet all reasons for not drinking were easily pushed aside in favor of the foolish idea that he could take whiskey if only he mixed it with milk! Whatever the precise definition of the word may be, we call this plain insanity.  How can such a lack of proportion, of the ability to think straight, be called anything else? - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) pp. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.13.19

September 13th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 13, 2019* *Freedom* 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 09.12.19

September 12th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 12, 2019* *Meaningful Sobriety* Many an A.A., once agnostic or atheistic, tells us that it was during this stage of Step Five that he first actually felt the presence of God. And even those who had faith already often become conscious of God as they never were before. This feeling of being at one with God and man, this emerging from isolation through the open and honest sharing of our terrible burden of guilt, brings us to a resting place where we may prepar ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.11.19

September 11th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 11, 2019* *Our Intelligence* 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. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Three) p. 37 Thoug ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.10.19

September 10th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 10, 2019* *Ghosts of Yesterday* If we have swept the searchlight of Step Four back and forth over our careers, and it has revealed in stark relief those experiences we'd rather not remember, if we have come to know how wrong thinking and action have hurt us and others, then the need to quit living by ourselves with those tormenting ghosts of yesterday gets more urgent than ever. We have to talk to somebody about them. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (S ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.09.19

September 9th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 9, 2019* *Human Will* If there was a Devil, he seemed the Boss Universal, and he certainly had me. But my friend sat before me, and he made the point-blank declaration that God had done for him what he could not do for himself. His human will had failed. Doctors had pronounced him incurable. Society was about to lock him up. Like myself, he had admitted complete defeat. Then he had, in effect, been raised from the dead, suddenly taken from the scrap heap to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.08.19

September 8th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 8, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Tradition Three* The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking. Our membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism. Hence we may refuse none who wish to recover. Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money or conformity. Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.  - Alcoho ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.07.19

September 7th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 7, 2019* *An Open Mind* 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Appendix II, Spiritual Experience) p. 568 Thought to Ponder Minds are like parachutes -- they won't work unless they're open. AA-relate ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.06.19

September 6th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 6, 2019* *A New Foundation* By now the newcomer has probably arrived at the following conclusions: that his character defects, representing instincts gone astray, have been the primary cause of his drinking and his failure at life; that unless he is now willing to work hard at the elimination of the worst of these defects, both sobriety and peace of mind will still elude him; that all the faulty foundation of his life will have to be torn out and built anew ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.05.19

September 5th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 5, 2019* *Loneliness* The less people tolerated us, the more we withdrew from society, from life itself. As we became subjects of King Alcohol, shivering denizens of his mad realm, the chilling vapor that is loneliness settled down. It thickened, ever becoming blacker. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision For You) p. 151 Thought to Ponder I must walk through the darkness to find the light. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A*nswer *A*vailable. Thanks ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.04.19

September 4th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 4, 2019* *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) ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.03.19

September 3rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 3, 2019* *Thankful* Having so considered our day, not omitting to take due note of things well done, and having searched our hearts with neither fear nor favor, we can truly thank God for the blessings we have received and sleep in good conscience. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 76 Thought to Ponder Inventory-taking is not always done in red ink. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A*lways *A*ware. Thanks to all of you for shari ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.02.19

September 2nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 2, 2019* *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 It is the highest form of self-respe ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.01.19

September 1st 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 1, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *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. &nb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.31.19

August 31st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 31, 2019* *Alibis* Therefore, the main problem of the alcoholic centers in his mind, rather than in his body. If you ask him why he started on that last bender, the chances are he will offer you any one of a hundred alibis. Sometimes these excuses have a certain plausibility, but none of them really makes sense in the light of the havoc an alcoholic’s drinking bout creates. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 23 Thought to Ponder Insanity is doing ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.30.19

August 30th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 30, 2019* *Helping Others* Even the newest of newcomers finds undreamed rewards as he tries to help his brother alcoholic, the one who is even blinder than he. This is indeed the kind of giving that actually demands nothing. He does not expect his brother sufferer to pay him, or even to love him. And then he discovers that by the divine paradox of this kind of giving he has found his own reward, whether his brother has yet received anything or not. - Twelve Ste ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.29.19

August 29th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 29, 2019* *Vital Spiritual Experience* Upon hearing this, our friend was somewhat relieved, for he reflected that, after all, he was a good church member. This hope, however, was destroyed by the doctor’s telling him that while his religious convictions were very good, in his case they did not spell the necessary vital spiritual experience. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 27 Thought to Ponder A spiritual awakening is our greatest gift. AA-rel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.28.19

August 28th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 28, 2019* *Willing to Believe* My friend suggested what then seemed a novel idea. He said, "Why don’t you choose your own conception of God?" That statement hit me hard. It melted the icy intellectual mountain in whose shadow I had lived and shivered many years. I stood in the sunlight at last. It was only a matter of being willing to believe in a Power greater than myself. Nothing more was required of me to make my beginning. - Alcoholics Anonymous, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.27.19

August 27th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 27, 2019* *Knowing Peace* 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. 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) pp. 83 - 84 Thought to Ponder I never imagined t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.26.19

August 26th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 26, 2019* *Sense of Purpose * Those of us who have spent much time in the world of spiritual make-believe have eventually seen the childishness of it. This dream world has been replaced by a great sense of purpose, accompanied by a growing consciousness of the power of God in our lives. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 130 Thought to Ponder A spiritual awakening is our greatest gift. AA-related 'Alconym' *S O B E R*  =  *S*piritually *O*n *B*eam; *E* ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.25.19

August 25th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 25, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Resentments* He said, in effect: “If you have a resentment you want to be free of, if you will pray for the person or the thing that you resent, you will be free. If you will ask in prayer for everything you want for yourself to be given to them, you will be free."  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Freedom From Bondage) p. 552  Thought to Ponder Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the ot ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.24.19

August 24th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 24, 2019* *Freedom From Fear* When, with God’s help, we calmly accepted our lot, then we found we could live at peace with ourselves and show others who still suffered the same fears that they could get over them, too. We found that freedom from fear was more important than freedom from want.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 122 Thought to Ponder Situations I fear are rarely as bad as the fear itself. AA-related 'Alconym' *F E ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.23.19

August 23rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 23, 2019* *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, (How It Works) p. 61 Thought to Ponder When I choose the behavior, I ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.22.19

August 22nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 22, 2019* *Higher Power* On one proposition, however, these men and women are strikingly agreed. Every one of them has gained access to, and believes in, a Power greater than himself. This Power has in each case accomplished the miraculous, the humanly impossible.   - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 50 Thought to Ponder God seldom becomes a reality until God becomes a necessity. AA-related 'Alconym' *B I G  B O O K*  =  *B*elieving ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.21.19

August 21st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 21, 2019* *Lack of 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, (We Agnostics) p. 45 Thought to Ponder Willpower ... our will-ingness ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.20.19

August 20th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 20, 2019* *Without Defense* 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.19.19

August 19th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 19, 2019* *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 AA is not someth ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.18.19

August 18th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 18, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Our Choice* When we became alcoholics, crushed by a self-imposed crisis we could not postpone or evade, we had to fearlessly face the proposition that either God is everything or else He is nothing. God either is, or He isn’t. What was our choice to be?  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 53  Thought to Ponder God seldom becomes a reality until God becomes a necessity.  AA-related 'Alconym' *F A I T H*&n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.17.19

August 17th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 17, 2019* *To Save Himself* The broker had gone to Akron on a business venture which had collapsed, leaving him greatly in fear that he might start drinking again. He suddenly realized that in order to save himself he must carry his message to another alcoholic.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Foreword to Second Edition) p. xvi Thought to Ponder In AA we carry the message ... not the mess. AA-related 'Alconym' *A L C O H O L I C S*  =  *A* *L*ife *C* ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.16.19

August 16th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 16, 2019* *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, (Into Action) pp. 83 - 84 Thought to Ponder We cannot find peace by avoiding life. AA-related 'Alconym' *S T E P*  =  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.15.19

August 15th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 15, 2019* *Resistance* Accepting my Higher Power did not fully change my attitude of resistance. It just made yielding to instruction a more rational and acceptable mode of behavior. For each step, I still had to go through the process of recognizing that I had no control over my drinking. I had to understand that the steps of Alcoholics Anonymous had helped others and could help me. I had to realize that if I did want sobriety, I had better do the steps whethe ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.14.19

August 14th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 14, 2019* *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 and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 114 Thought to Ponder Reliance on God enables me to match calamity with serenity. AA-related ' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.13.19

August 13th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 13, 2019* *Sense of Purpose* 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 F ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.12.19

August 12th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 12, 2019* *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, (Step Ten) pp. 93 - 94 Thought to Ponder The gritty pain of alcoholism is the traction of recovery. AA-related 'Alconym' *H O P E*  =& ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.11.19

August 11th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 11, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Daily Reprieve* It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 85  Thought to Ponder The alcoholic is in no greater peril than when he takes sobriety ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.10.19

August 10th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 10, 2019* *Amazingly Lifted Up* But I soon found that when all other measures failed, work with another alcoholic would save the day. Many times I have gone to my old hospital in despair. On talking to a man there, I would be amazingly lifted up and set on my feet. It is a design for living that works in rough going.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill's Story) p. 15 Thought to Ponder Service made me feel useful. Twelfth Step work taught me to accept my past. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.09.19

August 9th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 9, 2019* *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, (Bill's Story) p. 16 Thought to Ponder Faith isn't believing that God can, but that He will. AA-related 'Alconym' *F A I T H*  =  Found Always In Trusting Hi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.08.19

August 8th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 8, 2019* *Necessity* From this doctor, the broker had learned the grave nature of alcoholism. Though he could not accept all the tenets of the Oxford Groups, he was convinced of the need for moral inventory, confession of personality defects, restitution to those harmed, helpfulness to others, and the necessity of belief in and dependence upon God.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Foreword To The Second Edition) p. xvi Thought to Ponder AA is not something we jo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.07.19

August 7th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 7, 2019* *Rationalizations* He could say, "How very easy! Sure, I'll head toward perfection, but I'm certainly not going to hurry any. Maybe I can postpone dealing with some of my problems indefinitely." Of course, this won't do. Such a bluffing of oneself will have to go the way of many another pleasant rationalization. At the very least, we shall have to come to grips with some of our worst character defects and take action toward their removal as q ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.06.19

August 6th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 6, 2019* *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, (The Doctors Opinion) pp. XVI - XVII Thought to Ponder Only in giving do we receive i ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.05.19

August 5th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 5, 2019* *Meditation* Meditation is something which can always be further developed. It has no boundaries, either of width or height. Aided by such instruction and example as we can find, it is essentially an individual adventure, something which each one of us works out in his own way. But its object is always the same: to improve our conscious contact with God, with His grace, wisdom, and love.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 101 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.04.19

August 4th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 4, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *We Ask God* In thinking about our day we may face indecision. We may not be able to determine which course to take. Here we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision. We relax and take it easy. We don’t struggle. We are often surprised how the right answers come after we have tried this for a while.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 86  Thought to Ponder Today I pray over the things that I us ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.03.19

August 3rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 3, 2019* *Step Eight* What real harm, therefore, had we done? No more, surely, than we could easily mend with a few casual apologies. This attitude, of course, is the end result of purposeful forgetting. It is an attitude which can only be changed by a deep and honest search of our motives and actions.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eight) p. 79 Thought to Ponder A fear faced is a fear erased. AA-related 'Alconym' *W I S D O M*  =  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.02.19

August 2nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 2, 2019* *Self-Appraisal* Must A.A.'s spend most of their waking hours drearily rehashing their sins of omission or commission? Well, hardly. The emphasis on inventory is heavy only because a great many of us have never really acquired the habit of accurate self-appraisal. Once this healthy practice has become grooved, it will be so interesting and profitable that the time it takes won't be missed. For these minutes and sometimes hours spent in self-examination ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.01.19

August 1st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 1, 2019* *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) ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.31.19

July 31st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 31, 2019* *Yes, I Believe* If you have a drinking problem, we hope that you may pause in reading one of the forty-two personal stories and think: “Yes, that happened to me”; or, more important, “Yes, I’ve felt like that”; or, most important, “Yes, I believe this program can work for me too.”  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Preface) p. xii Thought to Ponder Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right. AA-related 'Alconym' *H O P E*  =  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.30.19

July 30th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 30, 2019* *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, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.29.19

July 29th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 29, 2019* *Trust, Reliance, Serenity* 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 Thought to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.28.19

July 28th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 28, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *To Grow* 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, (Into Action) p. 84  Thought to Ponder Spiritual progress isn't what gets us sober, it's what keeps us sober.  AA-related 'Alconym' *A S A P*  =  Always Say A Prayer.  A Member Shares: My na ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.27.19

July 27th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 27, 2019* *Seeking Humility* We saw we needn't always be bludgeoned and beaten into humility. It could come quite as much from our voluntary reaching for it as it could from unremitting suffering. A great turning point in our lives came when we sought for humility as something we really wanted, rather than as something we must have.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 75 Thought to Ponder Humility is not a station we arrive at; it's a way ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.26.19

July 26th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 26, 2019* *Intensive Work* 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 All of AA's suggestions are free. The ones I d ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.25.19

July 25th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 25, 2019* *Actual Experience* He gave me information about the subject of alcoholism which was undoubtedly helpful. Of far more importance was the fact that he was the first living human with whom I had ever talked, who knew what he was talking about in regard to alcoholism from actual experience. In other words, he talked my language. He knew all the answers, and certainly not because he had picked them up in his reading.  - Alcoholics Anonymous (Doctor Bob ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.24.19

July 24th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 24, 2019* *Demands* The chief activator of our defects has been self-centered fear—primarily fear that we would lose something we already possessed or would fail to get something we demanded. Living upon a basis of unsatisfied demands, we were in a state of continual disturbance and frustration. Therefore, no peace was to be had unless we could find a means of reducing these demands.The difference between a demand and a simple request is plain to anyone.  - ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.23.19

July 23rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 23, 2019* *Self-Reliance* We could actually have earnest religious beliefs which remained barren because we were still trying to play God ourselves. As long as we placed self-reliance first, a genuine reliance upon a Higher Power was out of the question. That basic ingredient of all humility, a desire to seek and do God's will, was missing.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 72 Thought to Ponder Humility is not thinking less of myself, b ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.22.19

July 22nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 22, 2019* *Virtually Impossible* Opinions vary considerably as to why the alcoholic reacts differently from normal people. We are not sure why, once a certain point is reached, little can be done for him. We cannot answer the riddle. We know that while the alcoholic keeps away from drink, as he may do for months or years, he reacts much like other men. We are equally positive that once he takes any alcohol whatever into his system, something happens, both in the ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.21.19

July 21st 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 21, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Acceptance* We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery. The delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed. We alcoholics are men and women who have lost the ability to control our drinking. We know that no real alcoholic ever recovers control.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 30  Thought ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.20.19

July 20th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 20, 2019* *Defiance* “When we encountered A.A., the fallacy of our defiance was revealed. At no time had we asked what God's will was for us; instead we had been telling Him what it ought to be. No man, we saw, could believe in God and defy Him, too. Belief meant reliance, not defiance."  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Two) p. 31 Thought to Ponder A spiritual awakening is our greatest gift. AA-related 'Alconym' *E G O*  =  Edgin ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.19.19

July 19th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 19, 2019* *Transformed* In a very real sense he has been transformed, because he has laid hold of a source of strength which, in one way or another, he had hitherto denied himself. He finds himself in possession of a degree of honesty, tolerance, unselfishness, peace of mind, and love of which he had thought himself quite incapable.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 107 Thought to Ponder Our AA freedoms create the soil in which genuine ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.18.19

July 18th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 18, 2019* *Life Without Faith* Imagine life without faith! Were nothing left but pure reason, it wouldn’t be life. But we believed in life—of course we did. We could not prove life in the sense that you can prove a straight line is the shortest distance between two points, yet, there it was.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "We Agnostics," p. 54 Thought to Ponder Faith dares the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see. AA-related 'Alconym' *F A I T H*&nb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.17.19

July 17th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 17, 2019* *Facts* Actually we were fooling ourselves, for deep down in every man, woman, and child, is the fundamental idea of God. It may be obscured by calamity, by pomp, by worship of other things, but in some form or other it is there. For faith in a Power greater than ourselves, and miraculous demonstrations of that power in human lives, are facts as old as man himself.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "We Agnostics," p. 55 Thought to Ponder Faith is ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.16.19

July 16th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 16, 2019* *Vision of Humility* 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 Learning is ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.15.19

July 15th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 15, 2019* *Willingness, Patience and Labor* 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 will 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 much greater than yourself. To duplicate, with such backing, what we have accomplished is only a matte ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.14.19

July 14th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 14, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Step Ten* 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.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 84  Thought to Ponder I can’t fix something if I don ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.13.19

July 13th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 13, 2019* *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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.12.19

July 12th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 12, 2019* *Choice and Control* 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 reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) pp. 23 - 24 T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.11.19

July 11th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 11, 2019* *Desire From Within* 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, (Working With Others) p. 95 Thought to Ponder AA is not for people ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.10.19

July 10th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 10, 2019* *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 u ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.09.19

July 9th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 9, 2019* *Your Belief* We can only clear the ground a bit. If our testimony helps sweep away prejudice, enables you to think honestly, encourages you to search diligently within yourself, then, if you wish, you can join us on the Broad Highway. With this attitude you cannot fail. The consciousness of your belief is sure to come to you.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 55 Thought to Ponder Hold your face up to the Light, even though for the moment ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.08.19

July 8th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 8, 2019* *Continuous Action* More sobriety brought about by the admission of alcoholism and by attendance at a few meetings is very good indeed, but it is bound to be a far cry from permanent sobriety and a contented, useful life. That is just where the remaining Steps of the A.A. program come in. Nothing short of continuous action upon these as a way of life can bring the much-desired result.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Three) pp. 39 - 40 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.07.19

July 7th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 7, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *The 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 An ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.06.19

July 6th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 6, 2019* *Miraculous* The great fact is just this, and nothing less: That we have had deep and effective spiritual experiences* which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows and toward God’s universe. The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 25 (*Fully explained—Appen ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.05.19

July 5th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 5, 2019* *Prayer, Meditation, Belonging* Perhaps one of the greatest rewards of meditation and prayer is the sense of belonging that comes to us. We no longer live in a completely hostile world. We are no longer lost and frightened and purposeless.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 105 Thought to Ponder We will suffer a great poverty until we know that God lives in us and we can see Him there. AA-related 'Alconym' *Y A N A*  =&nb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.04.19

July 4th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 4, 2019* *Fellowship* We are people who normally would not mix. But there exists among us a fellowship, a friendliness, and an understanding which is indescribably wonderful. We are like the passengers of a great liner the moment after rescue from shipwreck when camaraderie, joyousness and democracy pervade the vessel from steerage to Captain’s table. Unlike the feelings of the ship’s passengers, however, our joy in escape from disaster does not subside as we go ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.03.19

July 3rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 3, 2019* *Dependence On God* He clamors for this or that, claiming he cannot master alcohol until his material needs are cared for. Nonsense. 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.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 98 Thought to Ponder We never apologize to anyone for depending upon ou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.02.19

July 2nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 2, 2019* *One Key* There is only one key, and it is called willingness. Once unlocked by willingness, the door opens almost of itself, and looking through it, we shall see a pathway beside which is an inscription. It reads: "This is the way to a faith that works."  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Three) p. 34 Thought to Ponder Faith makes the impossible possible. AA-related 'Alconym' *F A I T H*  =  Facing All, Intuitively T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.01.19

July 1st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 1, 2019* *Step Seven* When ready, we say something like this: "My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen." We have then completed Step Seven.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 76 Thought to Ponder If I want God ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.30.19

June 30th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 30, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *True Kinship* But we soon discovered that while we weren't alone any more in a social sense, we still suffered many of the old pangs of anxious apartness. Until we had talked with complete candor of our conflicts, and had listened to someone else do the same thing, we still didn't belong. Step Five was the answer. It was the beginning of true kinship with man and God.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Five) p. 57& ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.29.19

June 29th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 29, 2019* *All Inclusive* As soon as we admitted the possible existence of a Creative Intelligence, a Spirit of the Universe underlying the totality of things, we began to be possessed of a new sense of power and direction, provided we took other simple steps. We found that God does not make too hard terms with those who seek Him. To us, the Realm of Spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive; never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek. It is open, we b ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.28.19

June 28th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 28, 2019* *Joy of Living* The joy of living is the theme of A.A.’s Twelfth Step, and action is its key word. Here we turn outward toward our fellow alcoholics who are still in distress. Here we experience the kind of giving that asks no rewards. Here we begin to practice all Twelve Steps of the program in our daily lives so that we and those about us may find emotional sobriety.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 106 Thought to Ponder A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.27.19

June 27th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 27, 2019* *Faith Applied* Let him see that you are not there to instruct him in religion. Admit that he probably knows more about it than you do, but call to his attention the fact that however deep his faith and knowledge, he could not have applied it or he would not drink. Perhaps your story will help him see where he has failed to practice the very precepts he knows so well.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 93 Thought to Ponder If faith ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.26.19

June 26th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 26, 2019* *Laughter* So we think cheerfulness and laughter make for usefulness. Outsiders are sometimes shocked when we burst into merriment over a seemingly tragic experience out of the past. But why shouldn’t we laugh? We have recovered, and have been given the power to help others.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 132 Thought to Ponder Laughter is medicine for the sober spirit. AA-related 'Alconym' *H J F*  =  Happy, Joyous, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.25.19

June 25th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 25, 2019* *Amends* Nevertheless, with a person we dislike, we take the bit in our teeth. It is harder to go to an enemy than to a friend, but we find it much more beneficial to us. We go to him in a helpful and forgiving spirit, confessing our former ill feeling and expressing our regret. Under no condition do we criticize such a person or argue.   - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 77 Thought to Ponder Don't mess up an amend with an excuse. AA-relat ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.24.19

June 24th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 24, 2019* *Humility* Another great dividend we may expect from confiding our defects to another human being is humility—a word often misunderstood. To those who have made progress in A.A., it amounts to a clear recognition of what and who we really are, followed by a sincere attempt to become what we could be.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Five) p. 58 Thought to Ponder Learning is the very essence of humility; the two walk hand in hand. AA-r ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.23.19

June 23rd 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 23, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Resentments* We turned back to the list, for it held the key to the future. We were prepared to look at it from an entirely different angle. We began to see that the world and its people really dominated us. In that state, the wrong-doing of others, fancied or real, had power to actually kill. How could we escape? We saw that these resentments must be mastered, but how?  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 66  Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.22.19

June 22nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 22, 2019* *A Double Life* More than most people, the alcoholic leads a double life. He is very much the actor. To the outer world he presents his stage character. This is the one he likes his fellows to see. He wants to enjoy a certain reputation, but knows in his heart he doesn't deserve it.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action,) p. 73 Thought to Ponder Character is what I am; reputation is what people think I am. AA-related 'Alconym' *F E A R*  =&n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.21.19

June 21st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 21, 2019* *Self-Confidence* When first challenged to admit defeat, most of us revolted. We had approached A.A. expecting to be taught self-confidence. Then we had been told that so far as alcohol is concerned, self-confidence was no good whatever; in fact, it was a total liability.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One,) p. 22 Thought to Ponder Avoidance is not the key; surrender opens the door. AA-related 'Alconym' *W O W*  =  Willing ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.20.19

June 20th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 20, 2019* *More Action* If we have carefully followed directions, we have begun to sense the flow of His Spirit into us. To some extent we have become God-conscious. We have begun to develop this vital sixth sense. But we must go further and that means more action.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action,) p. 85 Thought to Ponder Faith is mighty. Action with faith is mightier. AA-related 'Alconym' *A B C*  =  Action, Belief, Continue. Thanks to al ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.19.19

June 19th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 19, 2019* *A Good Beginning* In this book you read again and again that faith did for us what we could not do for ourselves. We hope you are convinced now that God can remove whatever self-will has blocked you off from Him. If you have already made a decision, and an inventory of your grosser handicaps, you have made a good beginning.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works,) pp. 70 - 71 Thought to Ponder If I have the courage to begin, I have the courage to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.18.19

June 18th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 18, 2019* *A Gift* When a man or a woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important meaning of it is that he has now become able to do, feel, and believe that which he could not do before on his unaided strength and resources alone. He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of consciousness and being. He has been set on a path which tells him he is really going somewhere, that life is not a dead end, not something to be endured or mastered.  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.17.19

June 17th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 17, 2019* *Entire 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, (The Doctors Opinion,) p. xxix Thought to Pond ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.16.19

June 16th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 16, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Tradition Five* Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be a spiritual entity having but one primary purpose—that of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Twelve Traditions, Appendix 1) p. 563  Thought to Ponder In AA we don't carry the alcoholic; we carry the message.  AA-related 'Alconym' *B E S T*  =  Been Enjoying Sobriety Today?  A Member ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.15.19

June 15th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 15, 2019* *Fearful* At heart we had all been abnormally fearful. It mattered little whether we had sat on the shore of life drinking ourselves into forgetfulness or had plunged in recklessly and willfully beyond our depth and ability. The result was the same—all of us had nearly perished in a sea of alcohol. But today, in well-matured A.A.'s, these distorted drives have been restored to something like their true purpose and direction.  - Twelve Steps and Twe ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.14.19

June 14th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 14, 2019* *Reason* Hence, we saw that reason isn’t everything. Neither is reason, as most of us use it, entirely dependable, though it emanate from our best minds. What about people who proved that man could never fly? Yet we had been seeing another kind of flight, a spiritual liberation from this world, people who rose above their problems. They said God made these things possible, and we only smiled. We had seen spiritual release, but liked to tell ourselves it ...Continue Reading

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