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Daily Thought 03.26.19

March 26th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 26, 2019* *Carry This Message* 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. Remember they are very ill.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 89 Thought to Ponder In AA we don't carry the alcoholic; we carry the message. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A W O L*  =  *A* *A* *W*ay *O*f *L*ife. Thanks to all of you for sharing so gen ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.25.19

March 25th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 25, 2019* *Personality Change* "It has often been said of A.A. that we are interested only in alcoholism. That is not true. We have to get over drinking in order to stay alive. But anyone who knows the alcoholic personality by firsthand contact knows that no true alky ever stops drinking permanently without undergoing a profound personality change."  - As Bill Sees It, (Letter, 1940) p. 1 Thought to Ponder If I don't change, my sobriety date will ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.24.19

March 24th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 24, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Four Reasons* I spend a great deal of time passing on what I learned to others who want and need it badly. I do it for four reasons: 1. Sense of duty. 2. It is a pleasure. 3. Because in so doing I am paying my debt to the man who took time to pass it on to me. 4. Because every time I do it I take out a little more insurance for myself against a possible slip.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Doctor Bob's Nightmare) pp. 180 - 181&n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.23.19

March 23rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 23, 2019* *Grudges and Revenge* 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 Expectations are premeditated resentmen ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.22.19

March 22nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 22, 2019* *Acquiring Faith* We have no desire to convince anyone that there is only one way by which faith can be acquired. If what we have learned and felt and seen means anything at all, it means that all of us, whatever our race, creed, or color are the children of a living Creator with whom we may form a relationship upon simple and understandable terms as soon as we are willing and honest enough to try.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.21.19

March 21st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 21, 2019* *Ready* Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it—then you are ready to take certain steps.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 58 Thought to Ponder Sobriety without action is fantasy. 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 03.20.19

March 20th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 20, 2019* *Pride Blindness* When we early AAs got our first glimmer of how spiritually prideful we could be, we coined this expression: "Don't try to get too damned good by Thursday!" That old-time admonition may look like another one of those handy alibis that can excuse us from trying our best. Yet a closer view reveals just the contrary. This is our AA way of warning against pride-blindness, and the imaginary perfections we do not possess.  - T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.19.19

March 19th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 19, 2019* *A Basic Solution* We were having trouble with personal relationships, we couldn’t control our emotional natures, we were a prey to misery and depression, we couldn’t make a living, we had a feeling of uselessness, we were full of fear, we were unhappy, we couldn’t seem to be of real help to other people—was not a basic solution of these bedevilments more important than whether we should see newsreels of lunar flight? Of course it was.  - Alcoholi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.18.19

March 18th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 18, 2019* *Freedom* This is the how and why of it. First of all, we had to quit playing God. It didn’t work. Next, we decided that hereafter in this drama of life, God was going to be our Director. He is the Principal; we are His agents. He is the Father, and we are His children. Most good ideas are simple, and this concept was the keystone of the new and triumphant arch through which we passed to freedom.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 62 Thou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.16.19

March 16th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 16, 2019* *Enjoying Life* We have been speaking to you of serious, sometimes tragic things. We have been dealing with alcohol in its worst aspect. But we aren't a glum lot. If newcomers could see no joy or fun in our existence, they wouldn't want it. We absolutely insist on enjoying life.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 132 Thought to Ponder Laughter is the sound of recovery. AA-related 'Alconym' *A L O H A*  =  *A* *L*ot *O*f ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.15.19

March 15th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 15, 2019* *Self-restraint* 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. For we can neither think nor act to good purpose until the habit of self-restraint has become automatic.  - Twelve Steps and ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.14.19

March 14th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 14, 2019* *One Of Them Too* Further on, clear-cut directions are given showing how we recovered. These are followed by forty-two personal experiences. . . Our hope is that many alcoholic men and women, desperately in need, will see these pages, and we believe that it is only by fully disclosing ourselves and our problems that they will be persuaded to say, "Yes, I am one of them too; I must have this thing."  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.13.19

March 13th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 13, 2019* *Control* The old pleasures were gone. They were but memories. Never could we recapture the great moments of the past. There was an insistent yearning to enjoy life as we once did and a heartbreaking obsession that some new miracle of control would enable us to do it. There was always one more attempt—and one more failure.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision For You) p. 151 Thought to Ponder When we try to control our drinking, we have already los ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.12.19

March 12th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 12, 2019* *Any Length* If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it—then you are ready to take certain steps. At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 58 Thought to Ponder Sobriety without action is fantasy. AA-relat ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.11.19

March 11th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 11, 2019* *Life Without Alcohol* Inwardly he would give anything to take half a dozen drinks and get away with them. He will presently try the old game again, for he isn’t happy about his sobriety. He cannot picture life without alcohol. Some day he will be unable to imagine life either with alcohol or without it. Then he will know loneliness such as few do. He will be at the jumping-off place. He will wish for the end.   - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision F ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.10.19

March 10th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 10, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Acceptance* 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.09.19

March 9th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 9, 2019* *Anger* Nor were we ever skillful in separating justified from unjustified anger. As we saw it, our wrath was always justified. Anger, that occasional luxury of more balanced people, could keep us on an emotional jag indefinitely. These emotional “dry benders” often led straight to the bottle. Other kinds of disturbances—jealousy, envy, self-pity, or hurt pride—did the same thing.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 90 Thought to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.08.19

March 8th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 8, 2019* *Self-Seeking* 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 ch ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.07.19

March 7th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 7, 2019* *Willing to Grow* 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. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 60 Thought to Ponder Spiritual progress isn't what gets us sober, it's ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.06.19

March 6th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 6, 2019* *Dark Past* Showing others who suffer how we were given help is the very thing which makes life seem so worth while to us now. Cling to the thought that, in God’s hands, the dark past is the greatest possession you have—the key to life and happiness for others. With it you can avert death and misery for them.   - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 124 Thought to Ponder We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. AA-r ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.05.19

March 5th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 5, 2019* *Beyond Human Aid* "For God’s sake, how did I ever get started again?"’ Only to have that thought supplanted by "Well, I’ll stop with the sixth drink." Or "What’s the use anyhow?" When this sort of thinking is fully established in an individual with alcoholic tendencies, he has probably placed himself beyond human aid, and unless locked up, may die or go permanently insane. These stark and ugly facts have been confirmed by ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.04.19

March 4th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 4, 2019* *Fortunate Indeed* We who are alcoholics can consider ourselves fortunate indeed. Each of us has had his own near-fatal encounter with the juggernaut of self-will, and has suffered enough under its weight to look for something better. So it is by circumstance rather than any virtue that we have been driven to AA, have admitted defeat, have acquired the rudiments of faith, and now want to make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to a Higher Po ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.03.19

March 3rd 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 3, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Humility* To those of us who have hitherto known only excitement, depression, or anxiety—in other words, to all of us—this newfound peace is a priceless gift. Something new indeed has been added. Where humility had formerly stood for a forced feeding on humble pie, it now begins to mean the nourishing ingredient which can give us serenity.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 74  Thought to Ponder The ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.02.19

March 2nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 2, 2019* *It Works* Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 89 Thought to Ponder Into service, out of self. AA-related 'Alconym' *S P O N S O R*  =  *S*ober *P*erson *O*ffering *N*ewcomers *S*uggestions *O*n *R*ecovery. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your ex ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.01.19

March 1st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 1, 2019* *Running the Show* The first requirement is that we be convinced that any life run on self-will can hardly be a success. On that basis we are almost always in collision with something or somebody, even though our motives are good. Most people try to live by self-propulsion. Each person is like an actor who wants to run the whole show; is forever trying to arrange the lights, the ballet, the scenery and the rest of the players in his own way.  - Alc ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.28.19

February 28th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 28, 2019* *Insane Idea* But there was always the curious mental phenomenon that parallel with our sound reasoning there inevitably ran some insanely trivial excuse for taking the first drink. Our sound reasoning failed to hold us in check. The insane idea won out. Next day we would ask ourselves, in all earnestness and sincerity, how it could have happened.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 37 Thought to Ponder The ultimate defense aga ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.27.19

February 27th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 27, 2019* *Probably Alcoholic* If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably alcoholic. If that be the case, you may be suffering from an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 44 Thought to Ponder Hope leads to faith if you let it. AA-related 'Alconym' *F A I T H*  =  *F* ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.26.19

February 26th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 26, 2019* *Willingness* Once we have placed the key of willingness in the lock and have the door ever so slightly open, we find that we can always open it some more. Though self-will may slam it shut again, as it frequently does, it will always respond the moment we again pick up the key of willingness.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Three) p. 35 Thought to Ponder Take a walk with God. He will meet you at the Steps. AA-related 'Alconym' * ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.25.19

February 25th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 25, 2019* *Spiritual Experience* Most of our experiences are what the psychologist William James calls the "educational variety" because they develop slowly over a period of time. Quite often friends of the newcomer are aware of the difference long before he is himself. He finally realizes that he has undergone a profound alteration in his reaction to life; that such a change could hardly have been brought about by himself alone.  - Alcoholics ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.24.19

February 24th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 24, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Suggestions* When he sees you know all about the drinking game, commence to describe yourself as an alcoholic. Tell him how baffled you were, how you finally learned that you were sick. Give him an account of the struggles you made to stop. Show him the mental twist which leads to the first drink of a spree. We suggest you do this as we have done it in the chapter on alcoholism. If he is alcoholic, he will understand you at o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.23.19

February 23rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 23, 2019* *Character-Building* But whenever we had to choose between character and comfort, the  character-building was lost in the dust of our chase after what we  thought was happiness. Seldom did we look at character-building as  something desirable in itself, something we would like to strive for whether  our instinctual needs were met or not. We never thought of making honesty,  tolerance, and true love of man and God the daily b ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.22.19

February 22nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 22, 2019* *Inventory* We want to find exactly how, when, and where our natural desires have warped us. We wish to look squarely at the unhappiness this has caused others and ourselves. By discovering what our emotional deformities are, we can move toward their correction. Without a willing and persistent effort to do this, there can be little sobriety or contentment for us. Without a searching and fearless moral inventory, most of us have found that the faith ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.21.19

February 21st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 21, 2019* *Baffling* Many of us felt that we had plenty of character. There was a tremendous urge to cease forever. Yet we found it impossible. This is the baffling feature of alcoholism as we know it—this utter inability to leave it alone, no matter how great the necessity or the wish.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 34 Thought to Ponder Alcohol — cunning, baffling, powerful! AA-related 'Alconym' *F E A R*  =  *F*ew *E*ve ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.20.19

February 20th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 20, 2019* *Dependence* 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 In AA we don't carry the alcoholic; we carry the mes ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.19.19

February 19th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 19, 2019* *To Be Helpful* That the man who is making the approach has had the same difficulty, that he obviously knows what he is talking about, that his whole deportment shouts at the new prospect that he is a man with a real answer, that he has no attitude of Holier Than Thou, nothing whatever except the sincere desire to be helpful; that there are no fees to pay, no axes to grind, no people to please, no lectures to be endured—these are the conditions we h ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.18.19

February 18th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 18, 2019* *Prayer* Step Eleven suggests prayer and meditation. We shouldn’t be shy on this matter of prayer. Better men than we are using it constantly. It works, if we have the proper attitude and work at it.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) pp. 85 - 86 Thought to Ponder Life is fragile, handle with prayer. AA-related 'Alconym' *P R A Y E R*  =  *P*raying *R*egularly *A*llows *Y*our *E*veryday *R*ecovery. Thanks to all of you for shar ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.17.19

February 17th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 17, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Humility* For without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at all. Nearly all A.A.'s have found, too, that unless they develop much more of this precious quality than may be required just for sobriety, they still haven't much chance of becoming truly happy. Without it, they cannot live to much useful purpose, or, in adversity, be able to summon the faith that can meet any emergency.  - Twelve Steps and Tw ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.16.19

February 16th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 16, 2019* *Daily Reprieve* It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God’s will into all of our activities.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 85 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.15.19

February 15th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 15, 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 It is when you act on faith that you actually have it. AA-related 'Alconym' *F A I T H*  =  *F*acing *A*ll, *I*ntu ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.14.19

February 14th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 14, 2019* *Spiritual Terms* When, therefore, we speak to you of God, we mean your own conception of God. This applies, too, to other spiritual expressions which you find in this book. Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter you from honestly asking yourself what they mean to you.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 47 Thought to Ponder God grant that AA may ever stay simple. AA-related 'Alconym' *P R O G R A M*   ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.13.19

February 13th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 13, 2019* *Made a Beginning* Every man and woman who has joined A.A. and intends to stick has, without realizing it, made a beginning on Step Three. Isn't it true that in all matters touching upon alcohol, each of them has decided to turn his or her life over to the care, protection, and guidance of Alcoholics Anonymous? Already a willingness has been achieved to cast out one's own will and one's own ideas about the alcohol problem in favor of those sugg ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.12.19

February 12th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 12, 2019* *Gift of Faith* We saw that we had to reconsider or die. We found many in A.A, who once thought as we did. They helped us to get down to our right size. By their example they showed us that humility and intellect could be compatible, provided we placed humility first. When we began to do that, we received the gift of faith, a faith which works. This faith is for you, too.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (Step Two) p. 30 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.11.19

February 11th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 11, 2019* *Our Will* It is when we try to make our will conform with God's that we begin to use it rightly. To all of us, this was a most wonderful revelation. Our whole trouble had been the misuse of willpower. We had tried to bombard our problems with it instead of attempting to bring it into agreement with God's intention for us.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Three) p. 40 Thought to Ponder I can't do His will my way. AA-related 'Alcon ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.10.19

February 10th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 10, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *A Trivial Reason* They had said that though I did raise a defense, it would one day give way before some trivial reason for having a drink. Well, just that did happen and more, for what I had learned of alcoholism did not occur to me at all. I knew from that moment that I had an alcoholic mind. I saw that will power and self-knowledge would not help in those strange mental blank spots.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More Abou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.09.19

February 9th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 9, 2019* *Ultimately Destroy* 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 It's hard to fight an enemy who h ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.08.19

February 8th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 8, 2019* *The Allergy* These allergic types can never safely use alcohol in any form at all; and once having formed the habit and found they cannot break it, once having lost their self-confidence, their reliance upon things human, their problems pile up on them and become astonishingly difficult to solve.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Doctor's Opinion,) p. xxviii Thought to Ponder The Twelve Steps; a manuscript for rational living. AA-related 'Alconym ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.07.19

February 7th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 7, 2019* *Abstinence* All these, and many others, have one symptom in common: they cannot start drinking without developing the phenomenon of craving. . . . . .It has never been, by any treatment with which we are familiar, permanently eradicated. The only relief we have to suggest is entire abstinence.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Doctor's Opinion,) p. xxx Thought to Ponder If we want to quit drinking, we are going to have to quit drinking. AA-relate ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.06.19

February 6th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 6, 2019* *A Regular Habit* 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 something if I don’t know what’s wrong. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A*ccountable *A*ctions ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.05.19

February 5th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 5, 2019* *This Book* I earnestly advise every alcoholic to read this book through, and though perhaps he came to scoff, he may remain to pray.   - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Doctor's Opinion,) p. xxxii Thought to Ponder It works -- it really does. AA-related 'Alconym' *P U S H*  =  *P*ray *U*ntil *S*omething *H*appens. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength and hope in carrying the AA message. Grateful to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.04.19

February 4th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 4, 2019* *Simple Reliance* When we saw others solve their problems by a simple reliance upon the Spirit of the Universe, we had to stop doubting the power of God. Our ideas did not work. But the God idea did.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics,) p. 52 Thought to Ponder God seldom becomes a reality until God becomes a necessity. AA-related 'Alconym' *G R O W T H*  =  *G*od *R*eveals *O*ther *W*ays *T*o *H*eal. Thanks to all of you for sha ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.03.19

February 3rd 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 3, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Spiritual Awakening* What often takes place in a few months could seldom have been accomplished by years of self-discipline. With few exceptions our members find that they have tapped an unsuspected inner resource which they presently identify with their own conception of a Power greater than themselves.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Spiritual Experience, Appendix II,) p. 567  Thought to Ponder Change is the heartbeat o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.02.19

February 2nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 2, 2019* *Faith* To clergymen, doctors, friends, and families, the alcoholic who means well and tries hard is a heartbreaking riddle. To most A.A.'s, he is not. There are too many of us who have been just like him, and have found the riddle's answer. This answer has to do with the quality of faith rather than its quantity. This has been our blind spot.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Two) p. 32 Thought to Ponder Faith is mighty. Action with ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.01.19

February 1st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 1, 2019* *To Grow (Step 10)* We vigorously commenced this way of living as we cleaned up the past. We have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in understanding and effectiveness. This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime. Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear. When these crop up, we ask God at once to remove them.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 84 Thought to Po ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.31.19

January 31st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 31, 2019* *Step Two* "Sanity" is defined as "soundness of mind." Yet no alcoholic, soberly analyzing his destructive behavior, whether the destruction fell on the dining-room furniture or his own moral fiber, can claim "soundness of mind" for himself. Therefore, Step Two is the rallying point for all of us. Whether agnostic, atheist, or former believer, we can stand together on this Step.   - Twelve Steps and Twelve Tradition ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.30.19

January 30th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 30, 2019* *A Higher Power* We needed to ask ourselves but one short question.  "Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?" As soon as a man can say that he does believe, or is willing to believe, we emphatically assure him that he is on his way. It has been repeatedly proven among us that upon this simple cornerstone a wonderfully effective spiritual structure can be built.  - Alcohol ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.29.19

January 29th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 29, 2019* *Emotional Hangovers* When a drunk has a terrific hangover because he drank heavily yesterday, he cannot live well today. But there is another kind of hangover which we all experience whether we are drinking or not. That is the emotional hangover, the direct result of yesterday's and sometimes today's excesses of negative emotion—anger, fear, jealousy, and the like. If we would live serenely today and tomorrow, we certainly need to eliminate these ha ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.28.19

January 28th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 28, 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.27.19

January 27th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 27, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *We Were 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. We were now at Step Three.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "How It Works" p. 63  Thought to P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.26.19

January 26th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 26, 2019* *Care and Direction* Next day found the prospect more receptive. He had been thinking it over. "Maybe you’re right," he said. "God ought to be able to do anything." Then he added, "He sure didn't do much for me when I was trying to fight this booze racket alone." On the third day the lawyer gave his life to the care and direction of his Creator, and said he was perfectly willing to do anything necessary.  - Alcoholi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.25.19

January 25th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 25, 2019* *Strangely Insane* However intelligent we may have been in other respects, where alcohol has been involved, we have been strangely insane. It’s strong language—but isn’t it true?  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "More About Alcoholism," p. 38 Thought to Ponder Insanity: doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results. AA-related 'Alconym' *F A I T H*  =  *F*acing *A*n *I*nner *T*ruth *H*eals. Thanks to all ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.24.19

January 24th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 24, 2019* *Sanity Returned* He was on thin ice. Again it was the old, insidious insanity—that first drink. But what about his responsibilities—his family and the men who would die because they would not know how to get well, ah—yes, those other alcoholics? There must be many such in this town. He would phone a clergyman. His sanity returned and he thanked God. Selecting a church at random from the directory, he stepped into a booth and lifted the receiver. &nb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.23.19

January 23rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 23, 2019* *Giving * These men had found something brand new in life. Though they knew they must help other alcoholics if they would remain sober, that motive became secondary. It was transcended by the happiness they found in giving themselves for others.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "A Vision for You," p. 158 Thought to Ponder In AA, we discover that it is impossible to give  without receiving or receive without giving. AA-related 'Alco ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.22.19

January 22nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 22, 2019* *The Real Alcoholic* But what about the real alcoholic? He may start off as a moderate drinker; he may or may not become a continuous hard drinker; but at some stage of his drinking career he begins to lose all control of his liquor consumption, once he starts to drink.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "There Is A Solution," p. 21 Thought to Ponder When we try to control our drinking, we have already lost control. AA-related 'Alconym' *F E A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.21.19

January 21st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 21, 2019* *Our Solution* The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution. We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action. This is the great news this book carries to those who suffer from alcoholism.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "There Is A Solution," p. 17 Thought to Ponder The solution is simple. The solution is spiritual. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.20.19

January 20th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 20, 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 I saw, I felt, I believed.  AA-related 'Alconym' *W I L L I N G*  =  *W*he ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.19.19

January 19th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 19, 2019* *Virtually Impossible* We know that while the alcoholic keeps away from drink, as he may do for months or years, he reacts much like other men. We are equally positive that once he takes any alcohol whatever into his system, something happens, both in the bodily and mental sense, which makes it virtually impossible for him to stop. The experience of any alcoholic will abundantly confirm this.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "There is a Solution,&q ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.18.19

January 18th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 18, 2019* *Defense* Once more: The alcoholic at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink. Except in a few cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense. His defense must come from a Higher Power.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "More About Alcoholism," p. 43 Thought to Ponder I can't, He can, I'll let Him. AA-related 'Alconym' *F R O G*  =  *F*ully *R*ely *O*n *G*od. Thanks to all of yo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.17.19

January 17th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 17, 2019* *Phenomenon of Craving* They took a drink a day or so prior to the date, and then the phenomenon of craving at once became paramount to all other interests so that the important appointment was not met. These men were not drinking to escape; they were drinking to overcome a craving beyond their mental control.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "The Doctor's Opinion,"pp. xxix - xxx Thought to Ponder Within our wonderful new world, we have found ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.16.19

January 16th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 16, 2019* *Plain Insanity* 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," ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.15.19

January 15th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 15, 2019* *Prayer* Pray. Whether you believe it or not, pray to a higher power. If we were able to stay sober on our own power, we wouldn't be here tonight. It takes a power greater than ourselves, and prayer is how we contact that higher power. You can use a religious one or one of your own choosing. If the God word bothers you, pray to an anonymous higher power or even "to whom it may concern." In the morning, ask this Higher Power to keep you sobe ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.14.19

January 14th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 14, 2019* *The Bottom* Since Step One requires an admission that our lives have become unmanageable, how could people such as these take this Step? It was obviously necessary to raise the bottom the rest of us had hit to the point where it would hit them. By going back in our own drinking histories, we could show that years before we realized it we were out of control, that our drinking even then was no mere habit, that it was indeed the beginning of a fatal p ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.13.19

January 13th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 13, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Gratitude* "Gratitude should go forward, rather than backward. In other words, if you carry the message to still others, you will be making the best possible repayment for the help given to you."  - As Bill Sees It, p. 29  Thought to Ponder Grateful is a feeling. Gratitude is an action.  AA-related 'Alconym' *H U G S*  =  *H*ope, *U*nity, *G*ratitude, *S*erenity.  A Member Shares: I a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.12.19

January 12th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 12, 2019* *Merciless Obsession* Under the lash of alcoholism, we are driven to A.A., and there we discover the fatal nature of our situation. Then, and only then, do we become as open-minded to conviction and as willing to listen as the dying can be. We stand ready to do anything which will lift the merciless obsession from us.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, "Step One," p. 24 Thought to Ponder The gritty pain of alcoholism is the tracti ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.11.19

January 11th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 11, 2019* *Absolutely Unable* But the actual or potential alcoholic, with hardly an exception, will be absolutely unable to stop drinking on the basis of self-knowledge. This is a point we wish to emphasize and re-emphasize, to smash home upon our alcoholic readers as it has been revealed to us out of bitter experience.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "More About Alcoholism," p. 39 Thought to Ponder Faith makes the impossible possible. AA-related 'Al ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.10.19

January 10th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 10, 2019* *Spiritual Tools* There is a solution. Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process requires for its successful consummation. But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been living it. When, therefore, we were approached by those in whom the problem had been solved, there was nothing left for us but ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.09.19

January 9th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 9, 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 q ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.08.19

January 8th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 8, 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.  - Al ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.07.19

January 7th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 7, 2019* *Conditions* 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 Learn to change, change to learn. AA-rel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.06.19

January 6th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 6, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Talk About God* 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. That means we have written a book which we believe to be spiritual as well as ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.05.19

January 5th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 5, 2019* *Underlying Cause* Alcoholics especially should be able to see that instinct run wild in themselves is the underlying cause of their destructive drinking. We have drunk to drown feelings of fear, frustration, and depression. We have drunk to escape the guilt of passions, and then have drunk again to make more passions possible. We have drunk for vainglory—that we might the more enjoy foolish dreams of pomp and power. This perverse soul-sickness is not ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.04.19

January 4th 2019

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

Daily Thought 01.03.19

January 3rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 3, 2019* *Self-Will* The first requirement is that we be convinced that any life run on self-will can hardly be a success. On that basis we are almost always in collision with something or somebody, even though our motives are good.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "How It Works," p. 60 Thought to Ponder The smallest package in the world is an alcoholic all wrapped up in himself. AA-related 'Alconym' *H O W *  =   *H*onest, *O*pen-minde ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.02.19

January 2nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 2, 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 'A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.01.19

January 1st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 1, 2019* *Key of Willingness* Once we have placed the key of willingness in the lock and have the door ever so slightly open, we find that we can always open it some more. Though self-will may slam it shut again, as it frequently does, it will always respond the moment we again pick up the key of willingness.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, "Step Three" p. 35 Thought to Ponder Take a walk with God. He will meet you at the Steps. AA-rela ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.31.18

December 31st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 31, 2018* *Fellowship of the Spirit* Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny. May God bless you and keep you—until then.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "A Vision For You" p. 164 Thought to P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.30.18

December 30th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 30, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.29.18

December 29th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 29, 2018* *Belief* The minute I stopped arguing, I could begin to see and feel. Right there, Step Two gently and very gradually began to infiltrate my life. I can't say upon what occasion or upon what day I came to believe in a Power greater than myself, but I certainly have that belief now. To acquire it, I had only to stop fighting and practice the rest of A.A.'s program as enthusiastically as I could.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, "Step ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.28.18

December 28th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 28, 2018* *Twelfth Step Work* We sit in A.A. meetings and listen, not only to receive something ourselves, but to give the reassurance and support which our presence can bring. If our turn comes to speak at a meeting, we again try to carry A.A.'s message. Whether our audience is one or many, it is still Twelfth Step work.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, "Step Twelve" p. 110 Thought to Ponder Service is spirituality in action. AA-relate ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.27.18

December 27th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 27, 2018* *Fellowship* High and low, rich and poor, these are future fellows of Alcoholics Anonymous. Among them, you will make lifelong friends. You will be bound to them with new and wonderful ties, for you will escape disaster together and you will commence shoulder to shoulder your common journey. Then you will know what it means to give of yourself that others may survive and rediscover life. You will learn the full meaning of "Love thy neighbor as ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.26.18

December 26th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 26, 2018* *Anger* If we were to live, we had to be free of anger. The grouch and the brainstorm were not for us. They maybe the dubious luxury of normal men, but for alcoholics these things are poison.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "How It Works," p. 66 Thought to Ponder Anger is the wind that blows out the light of reason. AA-related 'Alconym' *A N G E R*  =  *A*ny *N*ew *G*rudge *E*ndangers *R*ecovery. Thanks to all of you for sharing ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.25.18

December 25th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 25, 2018* *Peace on Earth* Most of us feel we need look no further for Utopia. We have it with us right here and now. Each day my friend’s simple talk in our kitchen multiplies itself in a widening circle of peace on earth and good will to men  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "Bill's Story," p. 16 Thought to Ponder The Three "P's" -- Perseverance, Patience, Peace. AA-related 'Alconym' *H O P E*  =  *H*ang *O*n! *P*eace *E*xists. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.24.18

December 24th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 24, 2018* *Usefulness* Most of us sense that real tolerance of other people’s shortcomings and viewpoints and a respect for their opinions are attitudes which make us more useful to others. Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers, depend upon our constant thought of others and how we may help meet their needs.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "There is a Solution," pp. 19 - 20 Thought to Ponder Love and tolerance of others is our code. AA-related 'Alc ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.23.18

December 23rd 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 23, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Freedom* 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 AA is not something we join; it's a way of life ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.22.18

December 22nd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 22, 2018* *Prayer* Those of us who have come to make regular use of prayer would no more do without it than we would refuse air, food, or sunshine. And for the same reason. When we refuse air, light, or food, the body suffers. And when we turn away from meditation and prayer, we likewise deprive our minds, our emotions, and our intuitions of vitally needed support. As the body can fail its purpose for lack of nourishment, so can the soul.  - Twelve Steps ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.21.18

December 21st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 21, 2018* *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, "M ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.20.18

December 20th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 20, 2018* *Recovery Begins* 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, "Foreword to Third Edition," p. xxii Thought to Ponder Every recovery from alcoholism began with one sober hour. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.19.18

December 19th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 19, 2018* *Tradition Twelve* And finally, we of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that the principle of anonymity has an immense spiritual significance. It reminds us that we are to place principles before personalities; that we are actually to practice a genuine humility. This to the end that our great blessings may never spoil us; that we shall forever live in thankful contemplation of Him who presides over us all.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "Appendix On ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.18.18

December 18th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 18, 2018* *Great Obsession* It is not surprising that our drinking careers have been characterized by countless vain attempts to prove we could drink like other people. The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "More About Alcoholism," p. 30 T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.17.18

December 17th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 17, 2018* *Solution* But the ex-problem drinker who has found this solution, who is properly armed with facts about himself, can generally win the entire confidence of another alcoholic in a few hours. Until such an understanding is reached, little or nothing can be accomplished.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "There Is A Solution" p. 18 Thought to Ponder Faith is our greatest gift; its sharing with others our greatest responsibility. AA-related 'A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.16.18

December 16th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 16, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *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 ...Continue Reading

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