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Daily Thought 12.16.19

December 16th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 16, 2019* *We Are Delighted (Step Five)* We pocket our pride and go to it, illuminating every twist of character, every dark cranny of the past. Once we have taken this step, withholding nothing, we are delighted. We can look the world in the eye. We can be alone at perfect peace and ease. Our fears fall from us. We begin to feel the nearness of our Creator. We may have had certain spiritual beliefs, but now we begin to have a spiritual experience. - Alcoholi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.15.19

December 15th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 15, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Our Dilemma* 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 Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.14.19

December 14th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 14, 2019* *Deep Resentment* It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness. To the precise extent that we permit these, do we squander the hours that might have been worth while. But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment is infinitely grave. We found that it is fatal. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 66 Thought to Ponder Resen ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.13.19

December 13th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 13, 2019* *We Must* So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn't think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kills us! God makes that possible. And there often seems no way of entirely getting rid of self without His aid. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 62 Thought to Ponde ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.12.19

December 12th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 12, 2019* *Three Pertinent Ideas* Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas: (a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives. (b) That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism. (c) That God could and would if He were sought. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 85 Thought to Ponder I can't, God can, I'll ask Him to. AA-rela ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.11.19

December 11th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 11, 2019* *True Tolerance* We begin to see that all people, including ourselves, are to some extent emotionally ill as well as frequently wrong, and then we approach true tolerance and see what real love for our fellows actually means. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 92 Thought to Ponder Let us always love the best in others, and never fear their worst. AA-related 'Alconym' *P U T*  =  *P*ractice *U*sing *T*olerance. Thanks t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.10.19

December 10th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 10, 2019* *From Bridge to Shore* The barriers he had built through the years were swept away. He stood in the Presence of Infinite Power and Love. He had stepped from bridge to shore. For the first time, he lived in conscious companionship with his Creator. Thus was our friend’s cornerstone fixed in place. No later vicissitude has shaken it. His alcoholic problem was taken away. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 56 Thought to Ponder No God, no peace ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.09.19

December 9th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 9, 2019* *Value of 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*  =  * ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.08.19

December 8th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 8, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Calamity With 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) ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.07.19

December 7th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 7, 2019* *A Double-Edged Sword* The tyrant alcohol wielded a double-edged sword over us: first we were smitten by an insane urge that condemned us to go on drinking, and then by an allergy of the body that insured we would ultimately destroy ourselves in the process. Few indeed were those who, so assailed, had ever won through in singlehanded combat. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) p. 22 Thought to Ponder The solution is simple. The solutio ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.06.19

December 6th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 6, 2019* *Spiritual Growth First* We have learned that the satisfaction of instincts cannot be the sole end and aim of our lives. If we place instincts first, we have got the cart before the horse; we shall be pulled backward into disillusionment. But when we are willing to place spiritual growth first—then and only then do we have a real chance. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 114 Thought to Ponder Growing old is inevitable, growing ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.05.19

December 5th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 5, 2019* *Watches Over Us* The moment we catch even a glimpse of God's will, the moment we begin to see truth, justice, and love as the real and eternal things in life, we are no longer deeply disturbed by all the seeming evidence to the contrary that surrounds us in purely human affairs. We know that God lovingly watches over us. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 105 Thought to Ponder Reliance on God enables me to match calamity with s ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.04.19

December 4th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 4, 2019* *A Long Way* Sometimes we hear an alcoholic say that the only thing he needs to do is to keep sober. Certainly he must keep sober, for there will be no home if he doesn’t. But he is yet a long way from making good to the wife or parents whom for years he has so shockingly treated. - Alcoholics Anonymous (Into Action) p. 82 Thought to Ponder It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them. AA-related 'Alconym' * ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.03.19

December 3rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 3, 2019* *Our Point of View* Is not our age characterized by the ease with which we discard old ideas for new, by the complete readiness with which we throw away the theory or gadget which does not work for something new which does? We had to ask ourselves why we shouldn’t apply to our human problems this same readiness to change our point of view. - Alcoholics Anonymous (We Agnostics) p. 52 Thought to Ponder Times change, alcoholism doesn't. AA-related 'A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.02.19

December 2nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 2, 2019* *The Turning Point* Remember that we deal with alcohol—cunning, baffling, powerful! Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all power—that One is God. May you find Him now! Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon. - Alcoholics Anonymous (How It Works) pp. 58 - 59 Thought to Ponder When we surrender to our Higher Power, the journey begins. AA-relate ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.01.19

December 1st 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 1, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Our Own Mistakes* Putting out of our minds the wrongs others had done, we resolutely looked for our own mistakes. Where had we been selfish, dishonest, self-seeking and frightened? Though a situation had not been entirely our fault, we tried to disregard the other person involved entirely. Where were we to blame? The inventory was ours, not the other man’s.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 67  Thought to P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.30.19

November 30th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 30, 2019* *Anger* If we were to live, we had to be free of anger. The grouch and the brainstorm were not for us. They may be the dubious luxury of normal men, but for alcoholics these things are poison. - Alcoholics Anonymous (How It Works) p. 66 Thought to Ponder Anger is just one letter short of danger. AA-related 'Alconym' *C A L M*  =  *C*ause *A*nger *L*eft *M*e. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.29.19

November 29th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 29, 2019* *A Sufficient Substitute* We have shown how we got out from under. You say, "Yes, I’m willing. But am I to be consigned to a life where I shall be stupid, boring and glum, like some righteous people I see? I know I must get along without liquor, but how can I? Have you a sufficient substitute?" Yes, there is a substitute and it is vastly more than that. It is a fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. - Alcoholics Anonymous (A Vision For You) ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.28.19

November 28th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 28, 2019* *Genuine Gratitude* Learning daily to spot, admit, and correct these flaws is the essence of character-building and good living. An honest regret for harms done, a genuine gratitude for blessings received, and a willingness to try for better things tomorrow will be the permanent assets we shall seek. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 95 Thought to Ponder Gratitude is a tool, a form of perspective, reminding me to appreciate the ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.27.19

November 27th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 27, 2019* *Pride* Pride lures us into making demands upon ourselves or upon others which cannot be met without perverting or misusing our God-given instincts. When the satisfaction of our instincts for sex, security, and society becomes the sole object of our lives, then pride steps in to justify our excesses. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) p. 49 Thought to Ponder Swallowing my pride will not get me drunk. AA-related 'Alconym' *P R I D E ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.26.19

November 26th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 26, 2019* *Humble Admission* Every newcomer in Alcoholics Anonymous is told, and soon realizes for himself, that his humble admission of powerlessness over alcohol is his first step toward liberation from its paralyzing grip. So it is that we first see humility as a necessity. But this is the barest beginning. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) pp. 72 - 73 Thought to Ponder The difference between pride and humility: Pride is who is right. Hu ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.25.19

November 25th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 25, 2019* *Thoughtful Reflection* Calm, thoughtful reflection upon personal relations can deepen our insight.  We can go far beyond those things which were superficially wrong with us, to see those flaws which were basic, flaws which sometimes were responsible for the whole pattern of our lives. Thoroughness, we have found, will pay—and pay handsomely. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eight) p. 80 Thought to Ponder I need to u ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.24.19

November 24th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 24, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Over and Over* 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 Doctor's Opinion) ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.23.19

November 23rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 23, 2019* *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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.22.19

November 22nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 22, 2019* *Essential Requirements* Belief in the power of God, plus enough willingness, honesty and humility to establish and maintain the new order of things, were the essential requirements. Simple, but not easy; a price had to be paid. It meant destruction of self-centeredness. I must turn in all things to the Father of Light who presides over us all. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill's Story) pp. 13 - 14 Thought to Ponder While it isn't always easy, if I ke ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.21.19

November 21st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 21, 2019* *Reborn* More and more we became interested in seeing what we could contribute to life. As we felt new power flow in, as we enjoyed peace of mind, as we discovered we could face life successfully, as we became conscious of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter. We were reborn. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 63 Thought to Ponder The power within me is far greater than any fear before me. AA-related ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.20.19

November 20th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 20, 2019* *Searching and Fearless* Beginning with Step Four, we commenced to search out the things in ourselves which had brought us to physical, moral, and spiritual bankruptcy. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 107 Thought to Ponder In order to recover, we have to uncover. AA-related 'Alconym' *S T E P S*  =  *S*olutions *T*hrough *E*ach *P*owerful *S*tep. Thanks to all of you for sharin ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.19.19

November 19th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 19, 2019* *Depending On God* If we really depended upon God, we couldn't very well play God to our fellows nor would we feel the urge wholly to rely on human protection and care. These were the new attitudes that finally brought many of us an inner strength and peace that could not be deeply shaken by the shortcomings of others or by any calamity not of our own making. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 116 Thought to Ponder Life will ta ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.18.19

November 18th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 18, 2019* *Emotional Stability* When we developed still more, we discovered the best possible source of emotional stability to be God Himself. We found that dependence upon His perfect justice, forgiveness, and love was healthy, and that it would work where nothing else would. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 116 Thought to Ponder The will of God will never take me where the grace of God will not protect me. AA-related 'Alconym' *G I ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.17.19

November 17th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 17, 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   Tho ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.16.19

November 16th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 16, 2019* *Carry This Message* 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 Sobriety is not a destination, but an everlas ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.15.19

November 15th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 15, 2019* *A Time and Place* In addition to these casual get-togethers, it became customary to set apart one night a week for a meeting to be attended by anyone or everyone interested in a spiritual way of life. Aside from fellowship and sociability, the prime object was to provide a time and place where new people might bring their problems. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision For You) pp. 159 - 160 Thought to Ponder AA is not something we join; it's a way o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.14.19

November 14th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 14, 2019* *Welcomed Cordially* 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision For You) p. 161 Thought to Ponder AA is not for people who need it, it's for people who want it. AA-related 'Alconym' *P R O G R A M*  =  *P*eople *R*elying *O*n *G*od *R*elaying *A* *M*essage. Thanks ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.13.19

November 13th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 13, 2019* *A Fearless Admission* So far as alcoholics are concerned, A.A. would go even further. Most of us would declare that without a fearless admission of our defects to another human being we could not stay sober. It seems plain that the grace of God will not enter to expel our destructive obsessions until we are willing to try this. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Five) pp. 56 - 57 Thought to Ponder The first step in overcoming mistakes is ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.12.19

November 12th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 12, 2019* *Only One Key* Practicing Step Three is like the opening of a door which to all appearances is still closed and locked. All we need is a key, and the decision to swing the door open. 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.11.19

November 11th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 11, 2019* *His Help* The notion that we would still live our own lives, God helping a little now and then, began to evaporate. Many of us who had thought ourselves religious awoke to the limitations of this attitude. Refusing to place God first, we had deprived ourselves of His help. But now the words “Of myself I am nothing, the Father doeth the works” began to carry bright promise and meaning. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 75 Though ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.10.19

November 10th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 10, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Daily Reprieve* 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 Every day is a gift. That is why we call it t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.09.19

November 9th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 9, 2019* *Self-Deceived* More realism and therefore more honesty about ourselves are the great gains we make under the influence of Step Five. As we took inventory, we began to suspect how much trouble self-delusion had been causing us. This had brought a disturbing reflection. If all our lives we had more or less fooled ourselves, how could we now be so sure that we weren't still self-deceived? - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Five) pp. 58 - 59 T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.08.19

November 8th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 8, 2019* *King Alcohol* 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. Some of us sought out sordid places, hoping to find understanding companionship and approval. Momentarily we did—then would come oblivion and the awful awakening to face the hideous Four Horsemen— Terror, Bewilderment, Frustration, Despair. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.07.19

November 7th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 7, 2019* *A Chronic Alcoholic* "I have never seen one single case recover, where that state of mind existed to the extent that it does in you."  Our friend felt as though the gates of hell had closed on him with a clang.  He said to the doctor, "Is there no exception?" "Yes," replied the doctor, "there is.    Exceptions to cases such as yours have been occurring&nbs ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.06.19

November 6th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 6, 2019* *Acquire 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, w ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.05.19

November 5th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 5, 2019* *The Truth* We have seen the truth demonstrated again and again: "Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic." Commencing to drink after a period of sobriety, we are in a short time as bad as ever. If we are planning to stop drinking, there must be no reservation of any kind, nor any lurking notion that someday we will be immune to alcohol. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 33 Thought to Ponder If we want to quit drinking, we ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.04.19

November 4th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 4, 2019* *Consequences* The almost certain consequences that follow taking even a glass of beer do not crowd into the mind to deter us. If these thoughts occur, they are hazy and readily supplanted with the old threadbare idea that this time we shall handle ourselves like other people. There is a complete failure of the kind of defense that keeps one from putting his hand on a hot stove. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 24 Thought to Ponder T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.03.19

November 3rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 3, 2019* *Prayer* In A.A. we have found that the actual good results of prayer are beyond question. They are matters of knowledge and experience. All those who have persisted have found strength not ordinarily their own. They have found wisdom beyond their usual capability. And they have increasingly found a peace of mind which can stand firm in the face of difficult circumstances. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 104 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.02.19

November 2nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 2, 2019* *Divine Help* "As to two of you men, whose stories I have heard, there is no doubt in my mind that you were 100% hopeless, apart from divine help. Had you offered yourselves as patients at this hospital, I would not have taken you, if I had been able to avoid it. People like you are too heartbreaking. Though not a religious person, I have profound respect for the spiritual approach in such cases as yours.  For most cases, there is virtually ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.01.19

November 1st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 1, 2019* *Strength and Direction* Although these reparations take innumerable forms, there are some general principles which we find guiding. Reminding ourselves that we have decided to go to any lengths to find a spiritual experience, we ask that we be given strength and direction to do the right thing, no matter what the personal consequences may be. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 79 Thought to Ponder The Three A's .. Awareness, Acceptance, Actio ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.31.19

October 31st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 31, 2019* *Worse, Never Better* All of us felt at times that we were regaining control, but such intervals—usually brief—were inevitably followed by still less control, which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization. We are convinced to a man that alcoholics of our type are in the grip of a progressive illness. Over any considerable period we get worse, never better. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 30 Thought to Ponder Alc ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.30.19

October 30th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 30, 2019* *Safe Guidance* The persistent use of meditation and prayer, we found, did open the channel so that where there had been a trickle, there now was a river which led to sure power and safe guidance from God as we were increasingly better able to understand Him. So, practicing these Steps, we had a spiritual awakening about which finally there was no question. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 109 Thought to Ponder Praying is askin ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.29.19

October 29th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 29, 2019* *New Meaning* Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends—this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it. Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 89 Thought to Ponder Get it - Give it - Grow in it. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.28.19

October 28th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 28, 2019* *Opportunity* Many could recover if they had the opportunity we have enjoyed. How then shall we present that which has been so freely given us? We have concluded to publish an anonymous volume setting forth the problem as we see it. We shall bring to the task our combined experience and knowledge. This should suggest a useful program for anyone concerned with a drinking problem. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 19 Thought to Ponder W ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.27.19

October 27th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 27, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Hope* In spite of the great increase in the size and the span of this Fellowship, at its core it remains simple and personal. Each day, somewhere in the world, recovery begins when one alcoholic talks with another alcoholic, sharing experience, strength, and hope.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Foreward to Third Edition) p. xxii  Thought to Ponder Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.26.19

October 26th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 26, 2019* *Social Occasions* Go or stay away, whichever seems best. But be sure you are on solid spiritual ground before you start and that your motive in going is thoroughly good. Do not think of what you will get out of the occasion. Think of what you can bring to it. But if you are shaky, you had better work with another alcoholic instead! - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 102 Thought to Ponder Life didn't end when I got sober, it started. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.25.19

October 25th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 25, 2019* *We Asked God* 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. When a person offended we said to ourselves, "This is a sick man. How can I be helpful to him? God save me from being angry. Thy will be done." - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 67 Thought to Po ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.24.19

October 24th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 24, 2019* *Step Five* We'd have to have outside help if we were surely to know and admit the truth about ourselves—the help of God and another human being. Only by discussing ourselves, holding back nothing, only by being willing to take advice and accept direction could we set foot on the road to straight thinking, solid honesty, and genuine humility. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Five) p. 59 Thought to Ponder Is the life I'm living the life th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.23.19

October 23rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 23, 2019* *Defiance* “As psychiatrists have often observed, defiance is the outstanding characteristic of many an alcoholic. So it's not strange that lots of us have had our day at defying God Himself. Sometimes it's because God has not delivered us the good things of life which we specified, as a greedy child makes an impossible list for Santa Claus. More often, though, we had met up with some major calamity, and to our way of thinking lost out because God de ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.22.19

October 22nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 22, 2019* *Vitally Needed Support* When we refuse air, light, or food, the body suffers. And when we turn away from meditation and prayer, we likewise deprive our minds, our emotions, and our intuitions of vitally needed support. As the body can fail its purpose for lack of nourishment, so can the soul. We all need the light of God's reality, the nourishment of His strength, and the atmosphere of His grace. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.21.19

October 21st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 21, 2019* *Recovery* Let no alcoholic say he cannot recover unless he has his family back. This just isn’t so. In some cases the wife will never come back for one reason or another. Remind the prospect that his recovery is not dependent upon people. It is dependent upon his relationship with God. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) pp. 99 - 100 Thought to Ponder Avoidance is not the key; surrender opens the door. AA-related 'Alconym' *F R O G*  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.20.19

October 20th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 20, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *An Answer* Upon therapy for the alcoholic himself, we surely have no monopoly. Yet it is our great hope that all those who have as yet found no answer may begin to find one in the pages of this book and will presently join us on the high road to a new freedom.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Foreward to Second Edition) p. xxi  Thought to Ponder Joy is in knowing there is an answer.  AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.19.19

October 19th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 19, 2019* *Discipline* It works—it really does. We alcoholics are undisciplined. So we let God discipline us in the simple way we have just outlined. But this is not all. There is action and more action. "Faith without works is dead." - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 88 Thought to Ponder The Three A's .. Awareness, Acceptance, Action. AA-related 'Alconym' *S T E P S*  =  *S*olutions *T*hrough *E*ach *P*owerful *S*tep. Thanks to a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.18.19

October 18th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 18, 2019* *Our Thinking* On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead. We consider our plans for the day. Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 86 Thought to Ponder Prayer asks the question. Meditation listens for the answer. AA-related 'Alconym' *G I F T*  =  *G*od *I*s *F*orever *T*here. T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.17.19

October 17th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 17, 2019* *New Lessons* He will also report that out of every season of grief or suffering, when the hand of God seemed heavy or even unjust, new lessons for living were learned, new resources of courage were uncovered, and that finally, inescapably, the conviction came that God /does/ "move in a mysterious way His wonders to perform." - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 105 Thought to Ponder Faith is like a muscle, the more we us ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.16.19

October 16th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 16, 2019* *Avoiding Amends* The temptation to skip the more humiliating and dreaded meetings that still remain may be great. We will often manufacture plausible excuses for dodging these issues entirely. Or we may just procrastinate, telling ourselves the time is not yet, when in reality we have already passed up many a fine chance to right a serious wrong. Let's not talk prudence while practicing evasion. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Nine) p. 8 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.15.19

October 15th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 15, 2019* *Willing to Believe* Let us make haste to reassure you. We found that as soon as we were able to lay aside prejudice and express even a willingness to believe in a Power greater than ourselves, we commenced to get results, even though it was impossible for any of us to fully define or comprehend that Power, which is God. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 46 Thought to Ponder Willpower ... our will-ingness to use a Higher Power. AA-related ' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.14.19

October 14th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 14, 2019* *Avoidance* Time after time newcomers have tried to keep to themselves certain facts about their lives. Trying to avoid this humbling experience, they have turned to easier methods. Almost invariably they got drunk. Having persevered with the rest of the program, they wondered why they fell. We think the reason is that they never completed their housecleaning. They took inventory all right, but hung on to some of the worst items in stock. - Alcoholic ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.13.19

October 13th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 13, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Self* Selfishness—self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles. Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate. Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, but we invariably find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on self which later placed us in a position to be hurt.  - Alcoholics An ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.12.19

October 12th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 12, 2019* *Resentment* But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment is infinitely grave. We found that it is fatal. For when harboring such feelings we shut ourselves off from the sunlight of the Spirit. The insanity of alcohol returns and we drink again. And with us, to drink is to die. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 66 Thought to Ponder Resentment is like taking poison and ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.11.19

October 11th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 11, 2019* *Challenges* Like most people, we have found that we can take our big lumps as they come. But also like others, we often discover a greater challenge in the lesser and more continuous problems of life. Our answer is in still more spiritual development. Only by this means can we improve our chances for really happy and useful living. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 114 Thought to Ponder Life is a steady drizzle of small things ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.10.19

October 10th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 10, 2019* *Bankruptcy* Beginning with Step Four, we commenced to search out the things in ourselves which had brought us to physical, moral, and spiritual bankruptcy. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 107 Thought to Ponder A fear faced is a fear erased. AA-related 'Alconym' *S O L U T I O N S*  =  *S*aving *O*ur *L*ives *U*sing *T*he *I*nventory *O*f *N*eeded *S*teps. Thanks to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.09.19

October 9th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 9, 2019* *Individual Strength* This lack of anchorage to any permanent values, this blindness to the true purpose of our lives, produced another bad result. For just so long as we were convinced that we could live exclusively by our own individual strength and intelligence, for just that long was a working faith in a Higher Power impossible. This was true even when we believed that God existed. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 77 Thought ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.08.19

October 8th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 8, 2019* *Gravely Affected* To be gravely affected, one does not necessarily have to drink a long time nor take the quantities some of us have. This is particularly true of women. Potential female alcoholics often turn into the real thing and are gone beyond recall in a few years. Certain drinkers, who would be greatly insulted if called alcoholics, are astonished at their inability to stop. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 33 Thought to Pon ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.07.19

October 7th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 7, 2019* *Two Alternatives* If you are as seriously alcoholic as we were, we believe there is no middle-of-the-road solution. We were in a position where life was becoming impossible, and if we had passed into the region from which there is no return through human aid, we had but two alternatives: One was to go on to the bitter end, blotting out the consciousness of our intolerable situation as best we could; and the other, to accept spiritual help. - Alcoholi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.06.19

October 6th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 6, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Fully Concede* The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death. We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 30  Tho ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.05.19

October 5th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 5, 2019* *Disturbance* We had to see that when we harbored grudges and planned revenge for such defeats, we were really beating ourselves with the club of anger we had intended to use on others. We learned that if we were seriously disturbed, our first need was to quiet that disturbance, regardless of who or what we thought caused it. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) p. 47 Thought to Ponder As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.04.19

October 4th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 4, 2019* *Progress* "Day by day, we try to move a little toward God's perfection. So we need not be consumed by maudlin guilt for failure to achieve His likeness and image by Thursday next. Progress is our aim, and His perfection is the beacon, light-years away, that draws us on." - As Bill Sees It, p. 15 Thought to Ponder Spiritual progress isn't what gets us sober, it's what keeps us sober. AA-related 'Alconym' *F R O G*  =  *F*ully *R* ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.03.19

October 3rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 3, 2019* *Daily Inventory* More experienced people, of course, in all times and places have practiced unsparing self-survey and criticism. For the wise have always known that no one can make much of his life until self-searching becomes a regular habit, until he is able to admit and accept what he finds, and until he patiently and persistently tries to correct what is wrong. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 88 Thought to Ponder I can’t fix ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.02.19

October 2nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 2, 2019* *Humility* As we have seen, self-searching is the means by which we bring new vision, action, and grace to bear upon the dark and negative side of our natures. It is a step in the development of that kind of humility that makes it possible for us to receive God's help. Yet it is only a step. We will want to go further. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 98 Thought to Ponder From darkness comes light. AA-related 'Alconym' *S T E P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.01.19

October 1st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 1, 2019* *Self-restraint* Nothing pays off like restraint of tongue and pen. We must avoid quick-tempered criticism and furious, power-driven argument. The same goes for sulking or silent scorn. These are emotional booby traps baited with pride and vengefulness. Our first job is to sidestep the traps. When we are tempted by the bait, we should train ourselves to step back and think. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 91 Thought to Ponder The ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.30.19

September 30th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 30, 2019* *Change* We thought "conditions" drove us to drink, and when we tried to correct these conditions and found that we couldn't to our entire satisfaction, our drinking went out of hand and we became alcoholics. It never occurred to us that we needed to change ourselves to meet conditions, whatever they were. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) p. 47 Thought to Ponder If you want to change who you are, change what you do. AA ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.29.19

September 29th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 29, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Step Nine - Amends* Under no condition do we criticize such a person or argue. Simply tell him that we will never get over drinking until we have done our utmost to straighten out the past. We are there to sweep off our side of the street, realizing that nothing worth while can be accomplished until we do so, never trying to tell him what he should do. His faults are not discussed. We stick to our own.  - Alcoholics Ano ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.28.19

September 28th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 28, 2019* *The Serenity Prayer* In 1941, a news clipping was called to our attention by a New York member. In an obituary notice from a local paper, there appeared these words: "God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference." Never had we seen so much A.A. in so few words. With amazing speed the Serenity Prayer came into general use. - As Bill Sees It, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.27.19

September 27th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 27, 2019* *Spiritual Experience* We begin to feel the nearness of our Creator. We may have had certain spiritual beliefs, but now we begin to have a spiritual experience. The feeling that the drink problem has disappeared will often come strongly.  We feel we are on the Broad Highway, walking hand in hand with the Spirit of the Universe. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 75 Thought to Ponder The ultimate defense against the first drink is a spir ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.26.19

September 26th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 26, 2019* *The Fifth Step* When 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 Clear v ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.25.19

September 25th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 25, 2019* *Sound Minds and Bodies* 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 indispensable in tr ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.24.19

September 24th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 24, 2019* *Tradition Nine* A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Appendix One) p. 562 Thought to Ponder We are but trusted servants. AA-related 'Alconym' *A N O N Y M O U S*  =  *A*ctions, *N*ot *O*ur *N*ames *Y*ield *M*aintenance *O*f *U*nity & *S*ervice. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.23.19

September 23rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 23, 2019* *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*  =  * ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.22.19

September 22nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 22, 2019* *Fear* 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, br ...Continue Reading

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

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