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Daily Thought 08.10.20

August 10th 2020

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

Daily Thought 08.09.20

August 9th 2020

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

Daily Thought 08.08.20

August 8th 2020

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

Daily Thought 08.07.20

August 7th 2020

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

Daily Thought 08.06.20

August 6th 2020

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

Daily Thought 08.05.20

August 5th 2020

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

Daily Thought 08.04.20

August 4th 2020

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

Daily Thought 08.03.20

August 3rd 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 3, 2020 Thy Will Be Done We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day "Thy will be done." We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions. We become much more efficient. We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning up energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange life to suit ourselves. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Actio ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.02.20

August 2nd 2020

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

Daily Thought 08.01.20

August 1st 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.31.20

July 31st 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 31, 2020 Greater Than Himself On one proposition, however, these men and women are strikingly agreed. Every one of them has gained access to, and believes in, a Power greater than himself. This Power has in each case accomplished the miraculous, the humanly impossible. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 50 Thought to Ponder Willpower ... our will-ingness to use a Higher Power. AA-related 'Alconym' B I G  B O O K  = Believing In God Beats Our ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.30.20

July 30th 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.29.20

July 29th 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.28.20

July 28th 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.27.20

July 27th 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.26.20

July 26th 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.25.20

July 25th 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.24.20

July 24th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 24, 2020 Thoroughness If we have been thorough about our personal inventory, we have written down a lot.  We have listed and analyzed our resentments. We have begun to comprehend their futility and their fatality. We have commenced to see their terrible destructiveness.  We have begun to learn tolerance, patience and good will toward all men, even our enemies, for we look on them as sick people. We have listed the people we have hu ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.23.20

July 23rd 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.22.20

July 22nd 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.21.20

July 21st 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.20.20

July 20th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 20, 2020* *Guidance* We discover that we do receive guidance for our lives to just about the extent that we stop making demands upon God to give it to us on order and on our terms. Almost any experienced A.A. will tell how his affairs have taken remarkable and unexpected turns for the better as he tried to improve his conscious contact with God. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) pp. 104 - 105 Thought to Ponder The Three "P's" -- Pause ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.19.20

July 19th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 19, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Third Step Prayer* Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him: "God, I offer myself to Thee—to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!"  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Work ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.18.20

July 18th 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.17.20

July 17th 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.16.20

July 16th 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.15.20

July 15th 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.14.20

July 14th 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.13.20

July 13th 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.12.20

July 12th 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.11.20

July 11th 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.10.20

July 10th 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.09.20

July 9th 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.08.20

July 8th 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.07.20

July 7th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 7, 2020* *An Illness* An illness of this sort—and we have come to believe it an illness—involves those about us in a way no other human sickness can. If a person has cancer all are sorry for him and no one is angry or hurt. But not so with the alcoholic illness, for with it there goes annihilation of all the things worth while in life. It engulfs all whose lives touch the sufferer’s. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 18 Thought to Ponder Right act ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.06.20

July 6th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 6, 2020* *Infinitely Grave* It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness. To the precise extent that we permit these, do we squander the hours that might have been worth while. But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment is infinitely grave. We found that it is fatal. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 66 Thought to Ponder Resentmen ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.05.20

July 5th 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.04.20

July 4th 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.03.20

July 3rd 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.02.20

July 2nd 2020

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

Daily Thought 07.01.20

July 1st 2020

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

Daily Thought 06.30.20

June 30th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 30, 2020* *Prayer and Meditation* Step Eleven suggests prayer and meditation. We shouldn’t be shy on sharing about this matter of prayer. Better men than we are using it constantly. It works, if we have the proper attitude and work at it. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) pp. 85 - 86 Thought to Ponder Life is fragile, handle with prayer. AA-related 'Alconym' *P A U S E*  =  *P*ay *A*ttention, *U*se *S*tep *E*leven. Thanks to all of you for sharin ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.29.20

June 29th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 29, 2020* *Fellowship* Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends—this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it. Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 89 Thought to Ponder Together we can do what we could ne ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.28.20

June 28th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 28, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Baffling Feature* Whether such a person can quit upon a nonspiritual basis depends upon the extent to which he has already lost the power to choose whether he will drink or not. Many of us felt that we had plenty of character. There was a tremendous urge to cease forever. Yet we found it impossible. This is the baffling feature of alcoholism as we know it—this utter inability to leave it alone, no matter how great the necessity o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.27.20

June 27th 2020

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

Daily Thought 06.26.20

June 26th 2020

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

Daily Thought 06.25.20

June 25th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 25, 2020* *Alcoholic Illness* But not so with the alcoholic illness, for with it there goes annihilation of all the things worth while in life. It engulfs all whose lives touch the sufferer's. It brings misunderstanding, fierce resentment, financial insecurity, disgusted friends and employers, warped lives of blameless children, sad wives and parents—anyone can increase the list. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 18 Thought to Ponder Right actions ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.24.2020

June 24th 2020

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

Daily Thought 06.23.20

June 23rd 2020

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

Daily Thought 06.22.20

June 22nd 2020

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

Daily Thought 06.21.20

June 21st 2020

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

Daily Thought 06.20.20

June 20th 2020

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

Daily Thought 06.19.20

June 19th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 19, 2020* *Acceptance* Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Acceptance Was The Answer) p. 417 Thought to Ponder My serenity is directly proportional to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.18.20

June 18th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 18, 2020* *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-related ' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.17.20

June 17th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 17, 2020* *Grace* The fact was we really hadn't cleaned house so that the grace of God could enter us and expel the obsession. In no deep or meaningful sense had we ever taken stock of ourselves, made amends to those we had harmed, or freely given to any other human being without any demand for reward. We had not even prayed rightly. We had always said, "Grant me my wishes" instead of "Thy will be done." - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, ( ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.16.20

June 16th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 16, 2020* *Amends* The question of how to approach the man we hated will arise. It may be he has done us more harm than we have done him and, though we may have acquired a better attitude toward him, we are still not too keen about admitting our faults. Nevertheless, with a person we dislike, we take the bit in our teeth. It is harder to go to an enemy than to a friend, but we find it much more beneficial to us. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 77 Though ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.15.20

June 15th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 15, 2020* *Step Three* We were now at Step Three. Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him: "God, I offer myself to Thee—to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!" - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 63 Thou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.14.20

June 14th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 14, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Step Twelve* Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 60  Thought to Ponder In AA we carry the message ... not the mess.  AA-related 'Alconym' *H E A L*  =  *H*elping *E*very *A*lcoholic *L*ive.  A Member Shares: I'm Charlie J and I sti ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.13.20

June 13th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 13, 2020* *Self-Will* 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 Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.12.20

June 12th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 12, 2020* *Stand Together* Therefore, Step Two is the rallying point for all of us. Whether agnostic, atheist, or former believer, we can stand together on this Step. True humility and an open mind can lead us to faith, and every A.A. meeting is an assurance that God will restore us to sanity if we rightly relate ourselves to Him. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Two) p. 33 Thought to Ponder Let go and let God. AA-related 'Alconym' *F A I T H*  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.11.20

June 11th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 11, 2020* *Gratitude* Such is the paradox of AA regeneration: strength arising out of complete defeat and weakness, the loss of one's old life as a condition for finding a new one. But we of AA do not have to understand this paradox, we have only to be grateful for it. - Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, p. 46 Thought to Ponder I have learned how a heart full of gratitude feels. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A*mazing *A*dventure. Thanks to all of ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.10.20

June 10th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 10, 2020* *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, (Step F ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.09.20

June 9th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 9, 2020* *Stormy Emotions* 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. A spot-check inventory taken in the midst of such disturbances can be of very great help in quieting stormy emotions. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 90 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.08.20

June 8th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 8, 2020* *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. Unhappy drinkers who read this page wi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.07.20

June 7th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 7, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *The Delusion* We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery. The delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed. We alcoholics are men and women who have lost the ability to control our drinking. We know that no real alcoholic ever recovers control.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 30  Thought ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.06.20

June 6th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 6, 2020* *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 all of yo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.05.20

June 5th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 5, 2020* *Willing to Listen* 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 Learn to listen; listen to learn. AA-related 'Alconym' *H O P E*& ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.04.20

June 4th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 4, 2020* *Blessings* Having so considered our day, not omitting to take due note of things well done, and having searched our hearts with neither fear nor favor, we can truly thank God for the blessings we have received and sleep in good conscience. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 95 Thought to Ponder Gratitude is a most effective painkiller for the alcoholic. AA-related 'Alconym' *B E S T*  =  *B*een *E*njoying *S*obriety *T*oday? ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.03.20

June 3rd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 3, 2020* *Step Seven - Humility* The whole emphasis of Step Seven is on humility.  It is really saying to us that we now ought to be willing to try humility in seeking the removal of our other shortcomings just as we did when we admitted that we were powerless over alcohol, and came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 76 Thought to Ponder Humilit ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.02.20

June 2nd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 2, 2020* *One Symptom* All these, and many others, have one symptom in common: they cannot start drinking without developing the phenomenon of craving. This phenomenon, as we have suggested, may be the manifestation of an allergy which differentiates these people, and sets them apart as a distinct entity. It has never been, by any treatment with which we are familiar, permanently eradicated.  The only relief we have to suggest is entire abstinence. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.01.20

June 1st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 1, 2020* *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 Toda ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.31.20

May 31st 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 31, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Old Ideas* At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 58  Thought to Ponder In order to recover we have to uncover.  A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.30.20

May 30th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 30, 2020* *Continuous Action* More sobriety brought about by the admission of alcoholism and by attendance at a few meetings is very good indeed, but it is bound to be a far cry from permanent sobriety and a contented, useful life. That is just where the remaining Steps of the A.A. program come in. Nothing short of continuous action upon these as a way of life can bring the much-desired result. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Three) pp. 39 - 40 Though ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.29.20

May 29th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 29, 2020* *Direct Contact* In Step Eleven we saw that if a Higher Power had restored us to sanity and had enabled us to live with some peace of mind in a sorely troubled world, then such a Higher Power was worth knowing better, by as direct contact as possible. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) pp. 108 - 109 Thought to Ponder Prayer asks the question. Meditation listens for the answer. AA-related 'Alconym' *P R A Y E R*  =  *P*raying ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.28.20

May 28th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 28, 2020* *Step Five* In actual practice, we usually find a solitary self-appraisal insufficient. Many of us thought it necessary to go much further. We will be more reconciled to discussing ourselves with another person when we see good reasons why we should do so. The best reason first: If we skip this vital step, we may not overcome drinking. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 72 Thought to Ponder We need to share our problems to find our solutions. AA- ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.27.20

May 27th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 27, 2020* *Trust and Reliance* Perhaps there is a better way—we think so. For we are now on a different basis; the basis of trusting and relying upon God. We trust infinite God rather than our finite selves. We are in the world to play the role He assigns. Just to the extent that we do as we think He would have us, and humbly rely on Him, does He enable us to match calamity with serenity. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 68 Thought to Ponder Serenity isn ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.26.20

May 26th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 26, 2020* *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. 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. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, ( ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.25.20

May 25th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 25, 2020* *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 but a mask for fear. 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 so generously of your experience, strength a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.24.20

May 24th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 24, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *A Way of Life* A.A.'s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Foreward) p. 15  Thought to Ponder AA is not something we join; it's a way of life.  AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A*mazing *A*dventure.   ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.23.20

May 23rd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 23, 2020* *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. It will become more and more evident as we go forward that it is pointless to become angry, or to get hurt by people who, like us, are suffering from the pains of growing up. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 92 T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.22.20

May 22nd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 22, 2020* *Truth Demonstrated* 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 When we try to control our ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.21.20

May 21st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 21, 2020* *Defects and Humility* All of us saw, for example, that we lacked honesty and tolerance, that we were beset at times by attacks of self-pity or delusions of personal grandeur. But while this was a humiliating experience, it didn't necessarily mean that we had yet acquired much actual humility. Though now recognized, our defects were still there. Something had to be done about them. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Five) p. 58 Thought to Ponde ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.20.20

May 20th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 20, 2020* *Exceptions to the Rule* Despite all we can say, many who are real alcoholics are not going to believe they are in that class. By every form of self-deception and experimentation, they will try to prove themselves exceptions to the rule, therefore nonalcoholic. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 31 Thought to Ponder I would rather go through life sober, believing I am an alcoholic; than go through life drunk, trying to convince myself th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.19.20

May 19th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 19, 2020* *Granted a Gift* When a man or a woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important meaning of it is that he has now become able to do, feel, and believe that which he could not do before on his unaided strength and resources alone. He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of consciousness and being. He has been set on a path which tells him he is really going somewhere, that life is not a dead end, not something to be endured or mastered ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.18.20

May 18th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 18, 2020* *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 If you want to change who you are, change what you do.. AA-r ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.17.20

May 17th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 17, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Firm Bedrock* We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps toward liberation and strength. Our admissions of personal powerlessness finally turn out to be firm bedrock upon which happy and purposeful lives may be built.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) p. 21  Thought to Ponder If I have the courage to begin, I have the courage to succeed.  AA-related 'Alconym' *A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.16.20

May 16th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 16, 2020* *Unshakable Foundation* 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 Today I pray over the things that I used to drink over. AA-related 'Alconym' *P U S H*  =  *P*ray *U*n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.15.20

May 15th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 15, 2020* *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. - Alcoholics An ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.14.20

May 14th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 14, 2020* *Power of Choice* The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink. Our so-called willpower becomes practically nonexistent. We are unable, at certain times, to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago. We are without defense against the first drink. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 24 Thought to Ponder The ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.13.20

May 13th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 13, 2020* *Joy of Living* The joy of living is the theme of A.A.'s Twelfth Step, and action is its key word. Here we turn outward toward our fellow alcoholics who are still in distress. Here we experience the kind of giving that asks no rewards. Here we begin to practice all Twelve Steps of the program in our daily lives so that we and those about us may find emotional sobriety. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 106 Thought to Ponder AA is n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.12.20

May 12th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 12, 2020* *Our Big Book* Our hope is that many alcoholic men and women, desperately in need, will see these pages, and we believe that it is only by fully disclosing ourselves and our problems that they will be persuaded to say, "Yes, I am one of them too; I must have this thing." - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 29 Thought to Ponder Walk softly and carry a Big Book. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A*nswer *A*vailable. Thanks ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.11.20

May 11th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 11, 2020* *True Ambition* True ambition is not what we thought it was. True ambition is the deep desire to live usefully and walk humbly under the grace of God. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions,  pp. 124 - 125 Thought to Ponder The Twelve Steps; a manuscript for rational living. AA-related 'Alconym' *B E S T*  =  *B*een *E*njoying *S*obriety *T*oday? Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength and hope in carry ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.10.20

May 10th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 10, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *A New Life* Is sobriety all that we are to expect of a spiritual awakening? No, sobriety is only a bare beginning; it is only the first gift of the first awakening. If more gifts are to be received, our awakening has to go on. As it does go on, we find that bit by bit we can discard the old life -- the one that did not work -- for a new life that can and does work under any conditions whatever.  - As Bill Sees It, p. 8  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.09.20

May 9th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 9, 2020* *Cheerfulness* So we think cheerfulness and laughter make for usefulness. Outsiders are sometimes shocked when we burst into merriment over a seemingly tragic experience out of the past. But why shouldn’t we laugh? We have recovered, and have been given the power to help others. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 132 Thought to Ponder Laughter is the sound of recovery. AA-related 'Alconym' *H J F*  =  *H*appy, *J*oyous, *F*ree. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.08.20

May 8th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 8, 2020* *Fearless and Thorough* 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-rel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.07.20

May 7th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 7, 2020* *Causes and Conditions* Next we launched out on a course of vigorous action, the first step of which is a personal housecleaning, which many of us had never attempted. Though our decision was a vital and crucial step, it could have little permanent effect unless at once followed by a strenuous effort to face, and to be rid of, the things in ourselves which had been blocking us. Our liquor was but a symptom. So we had to get down to causes and conditions. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.06.20

May 6th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 6, 2020* *Emotional Insecurity* The most common symptoms of emotional insecurity are worry, anger, self-pity, and depression. These stem from causes which sometimes seem to be within us, and at other times to come from without. To take inventory in this respect we ought to consider carefully all personal relationships which bring continuous or recurring trouble. It should be remembered that this kind of insecurity may arise in any area where instincts are threaten ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.05.20

May 5th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 5, 2020* *Now Willing* When ready, we say something like this: "My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen." We have then completed Step Seven. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 76 Thought to Ponder If I want God to rem ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.04.20

May 4th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 4, 2020* *Natural Desires* 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. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) pp. 42 - 43 Thought to Ponder In or ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.03.20

May 3rd 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 3, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *The Main Purpose* We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book. For them, we hope these pages will prove so convincing that no further authentication will be necessary.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Foreward to the First Edition) p.xiii  Thought ...Continue Reading

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