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Daily Thought 10.22.19

October 22nd 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.21.19

October 21st 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.20.19

October 20th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.19.19

October 19th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.18.19

October 18th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.17.19

October 17th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.16.19

October 16th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.15.19

October 15th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.14.19

October 14th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.13.19

October 13th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.12.19

October 12th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.11.19

October 11th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.10.19

October 10th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.09.19

October 9th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.08.19

October 8th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.07.19

October 7th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.06.19

October 6th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.05.19

October 5th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.04.19

October 4th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.03.19

October 3rd 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.02.19

October 2nd 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.01.19

October 1st 2019

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

Daily Thought 09.30.19

September 30th 2019

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

Daily Thought 09.29.19

September 29th 2019

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

Daily Thought 09.28.19

September 28th 2019

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

Daily Thought 09.27.19

September 27th 2019

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

Daily Thought 09.26.19

September 26th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 26, 2019* *The Fifth Step* When we decide who is to hear our story, we waste no time. We have a written inventory and we are prepared for a long talk. We explain to our partner what we are about to do and why we have to do it. He should realize that we are engaged upon a life-and-death errand. Most people approached in this way will be glad to help; they will be honored by our confidence. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 75 Thought to Ponder Clear v ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.25.19

September 25th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 25, 2019* *Sound Minds and Bodies* God has abundantly supplied this world with fine doctors, psychologists, and practitioners of various kinds. Do not hesitate to take your health problems to such persons. Most of them give freely of themselves, that their fellows may enjoy sound minds and bodies. Try to remember that though God has wrought miracles among us, we should never belittle a good doctor or psychiatrist. Their services are often indispensable in tr ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.24.19

September 24th 2019

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

Daily Thought 09.23.19

September 23rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 23, 2019* *Faith and Action* But he will be curious to learn why his own convictions have not worked and why yours seem to work so well. He may be an example of the truth that faith alone is insufficient. To be vital, faith must be accompanied by self sacrifice and unselfish, constructive action. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 93 Thought to Ponder Faith is mighty. Action with faith is mightier. AA-related 'Alconym' *H O W*  =  * ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.22.19

September 22nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 22, 2019* *Fear* Sometimes we think fear ought to be classed with stealing. It seems to cause more trouble. We reviewed our fears thoroughly. We put them on paper, even though we had no resentment in connection with them. We asked ourselves why we had them. Wasn’t it because self-reliance failed us? Self-reliance was good as far as it went, but it didn’t go far enough. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) pp. 67 - 68 Thought to Ponder Breathe in faith, br ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.21.19

September 21st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 21, 2019* *Belief* We needed to ask ourselves but one short question. "Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?" As soon as a man can say that he does believe, or is willing to believe, we emphatically assure him that he is on his way. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 47 Thought to Ponder Spirituality is not based on logic, it is faith-driven. AA-related 'Alconym' *W I L L I N G*  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.20.19

September 20th 2019

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

Daily Thought 09.19.19

September 19th 2019

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

Daily Thought 09.18.19

September 18th 2019

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

Daily Thought 09.17.19

September 17th 2019

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

Daily Thought 09.16.19

September 16th 2019

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

Daily Thought 09.15.19

September 15th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 15, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *The Keynotes* Courtesy, kindness, justice, and love are the keynotes by which we may come into harmony with practically anybody. When in doubt we can always pause, saying, "Not my will, but Thine, be done." And we can often ask ourselves, "Am I doing to others as I would have them do to me—today?"  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 93  Thought to Ponder We are prisoners of our ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.14.19

September 14th 2019

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

Daily Thought 09.13.19

September 13th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 13, 2019* *Freedom* Returning home we find a place where we can be quiet for an hour, carefully reviewing what we have done. We thank God from the bottom of our heart that we know Him better. Taking this book down from our shelf we turn to the page which contains the twelve steps. Carefully reading the first five proposals we ask if we have omitted anything, for we are building an arch through which we shall walk a free man at last. - Alcoholics Anonymous, ( ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.12.19

September 12th 2019

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

Daily Thought 09.11.19

September 11th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 11, 2019* *Our Intelligence* We are certain that our intelligence, backed by willpower, can rightly control our inner lives and guarantee us success in the world we live in. This brave philosophy, wherein each man plays God, sounds good in the speaking, but it still has to meet the acid test: how well does it actually work? One good look in the mirror ought to be answer enough for any alcoholic. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Three) p. 37 Thoug ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.10.19

September 10th 2019

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

Daily Thought 09.09.19

September 9th 2019

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

Daily Thought 09.08.19

September 8th 2019

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

Daily Thought 09.07.19

September 7th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 7, 2019* *An Open Mind* Most emphatically we wish to say that any alcoholic capable of honestly facing his problems in the light of our experience can recover, provided he does not close his mind to all spiritual concepts. He can only be defeated by an attitude of intolerance or belligerent denial. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Appendix II, Spiritual Experience) p. 568 Thought to Ponder Minds are like parachutes -- they won't work unless they're open. AA-relate ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.06.19

September 6th 2019

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

Daily Thought 09.05.19

September 5th 2019

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

Daily Thought 09.04.19

September 4th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 4, 2019* *Forgiveness for All* We've repeatedly strained the patience of our best friends to a snapping point, and have brought out the very worst in those who didn't think much of us to begin with. In many instances we are really dealing with fellow sufferers, people whose woes we have increased. If we are now about to ask forgiveness for ourselves, why shouldn't we start out by forgiving them, one and all? - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eight) ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.03.19

September 3rd 2019

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

Daily Thought 09.02.19

September 2nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 2, 2019* *Amends* Now we go out to our fellows and repair the damage done in the past. We attempt to sweep away the debris which has accumulated out of our effort to live on self-will and run the show ourselves. If we haven’t the will to do this, we ask until it comes. Remember it was agreed at the beginning we would go to any lengths for victory over alcohol. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 76 Thought to Ponder It is the highest form of self-respe ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.01.19

September 1st 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 1, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Thy Will Be Done* We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day "Thy will be done." We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions. We become much more efficient. We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning up energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange life to suit ourselves. &nb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.31.19

August 31st 2019

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

Daily Thought 08.30.19

August 30th 2019

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

Daily Thought 08.29.19

August 29th 2019

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

Daily Thought 08.28.19

August 28th 2019

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

Daily Thought 08.27.19

August 27th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 27, 2019* *Knowing Peace* We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) pp. 83 - 84 Thought to Ponder I never imagined t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.26.19

August 26th 2019

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

Daily Thought 08.25.19

August 25th 2019

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

Daily Thought 08.24.19

August 24th 2019

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

Daily Thought 08.23.19

August 23rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 23, 2019* *Self-Centered* Admitting he may be somewhat at fault, he is sure that other people are more to blame. He becomes angry, indignant, self-pitying. What is his basic trouble? Is he not really a self-seeker even when trying to be kind? Is he not a victim of the delusion that he can wrest satisfaction and happiness out of this world if he only manages well?  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 61 Thought to Ponder When I choose the behavior, I ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.22.19

August 22nd 2019

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

Daily Thought 08.21.19

August 21st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 21, 2019* *Lack of Power* Lack of power, that was our dilemma. We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. Obviously. But where and how were we to find this Power? Well, that’s exactly what this book is about. Its main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 45 Thought to Ponder Willpower ... our will-ingness ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.20.19

August 20th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 20, 2019* *Without Defense* The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink. Our so-called will power becomes practically nonexistent. We are unable, at certain times, to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago. We are without defense against the first drink.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 24 Thought to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.19.19

August 19th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 19, 2019* *Good Living* For it is only by accepting and solving our problems that we can begin to get right with ourselves and with the world about us, and with Him who presides over us all. Understanding is the key to right principles and attitudes, and right action is the key to good living; therefore the joy of good living is the theme of A.A.’s Twelfth Step.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 125 Thought to Ponder AA is not someth ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.18.19

August 18th 2019

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

Daily Thought 08.17.19

August 17th 2019

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

Daily Thought 08.16.19

August 16th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 16, 2019* *Peace* If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) pp. 83 - 84 Thought to Ponder We cannot find peace by avoiding life. AA-related 'Alconym' *S T E P*  =  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.15.19

August 15th 2019

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

Daily Thought 08.14.19

August 14th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 14, 2019* *Troubles* Our basic troubles are the same as everyone else's, but when an honest effort is made "to practice these principles in all our affairs," well-grounded A.A.'s seem to have the ability, by God's grace, to take these troubles in stride and turn them into demonstrations of faith.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 114 Thought to Ponder Reliance on God enables me to match calamity with serenity. AA-related ' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.13.19

August 13th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 13, 2019* *Sense of Purpose* This dream world has been replaced by a great sense of purpose, accompanied by a growing consciousness of the power of God in our lives. We have come to believe He would like us to keep our heads in the clouds with Him, but that our feet ought to be firmly planted on earth. That is where our fellow travelers are, and that is where our work must be done.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 130 Thought to Ponder F ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.12.19

August 12th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 12, 2019* *Pain* Someone who knew what he was talking about once remarked that pain was the touchstone of all spiritual progress. How heartily we A.A.'s can agree with him, for we know that the pains of drinking had to come before sobriety, and emotional turmoil before serenity.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) pp. 93 - 94 Thought to Ponder The gritty pain of alcoholism is the traction of recovery. AA-related 'Alconym' *H O P E*  =& ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.11.19

August 11th 2019

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

Daily Thought 08.10.19

August 10th 2019

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

Daily Thought 08.09.19

August 9th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 9, 2019* *Faith* There is, however, a vast amount of fun about it all. I suppose some would be shocked at our seeming worldliness and levity. But just underneath there is deadly earnestness. Faith has to work twenty-four hours a day in and through us, or we perish.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill's Story) p. 16 Thought to Ponder Faith isn't believing that God can, but that He will. AA-related 'Alconym' *F A I T H*  =  Found Always In Trusting Hi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.08.19

August 8th 2019

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

Daily Thought 08.07.19

August 7th 2019

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

Daily Thought 08.06.19

August 6th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 6, 2019* *The Power* The unselfishness of these men as we have come to know them, the entire absence of profit motive, and their community spirit, is indeed inspiring to one who has labored long and wearily in this alcoholic field. They believe in themselves, and still more in the Power which pulls chronic alcoholics back from the gates of death.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Doctors Opinion) pp. XVI - XVII Thought to Ponder Only in giving do we receive i ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.05.19

August 5th 2019

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

Daily Thought 08.04.19

August 4th 2019

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

Daily Thought 08.03.19

August 3rd 2019

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

Daily Thought 08.02.19

August 2nd 2019

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

Daily Thought 08.01.19

August 1st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 1, 2019* *Obsession* When men and women pour so much alcohol into themselves that they destroy their lives, they commit a most unnatural act. Defying their instinctive desire for self-preservation, they seem bent upon self-destruction. They work against their own deepest instinct. As they are humbled by the terrific beating administered by alcohol, the grace of God can enter them and expel their obsession.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Six) ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.31.19

July 31st 2019

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

Daily Thought 07.30.19

July 30th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 30, 2019* *Spiritual Principles* "Quite as important was the discovery that spiritual principles would solve all my problems.  I have since been brought into a way of living infinitely more satisfying and, I hope, more useful than the life I lived before. My old manner of life was by no means a bad one, but I would not exchange its best moments for the worst I have now. I would not go back to it even if I could."  - Alcoholics Anonymous, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.29.19

July 29th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 29, 2019* *Trust, Reliance, Serenity* Perhaps there is a better way—we think so. For we are now on a different basis; the basis of trusting and relying upon God. We trust infinite God rather than our finite selves. We are in the world to play the role He assigns. Just to the extent that we do as we think He would have us, and humbly rely on Him, does He enable us to match calamity with serenity.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 68 Thought to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.28.19

July 28th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 28, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *To Grow* We have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in understanding and effectiveness. This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 84  Thought to Ponder Spiritual progress isn't what gets us sober, it's what keeps us sober.  AA-related 'Alconym' *A S A P*  =  Always Say A Prayer.  A Member Shares: My na ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.27.19

July 27th 2019

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

Daily Thought 07.26.19

July 26th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 26, 2019* *Intensive Work* Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. This is our twelfth suggestion: Carry this message to other alcoholics! You can help when no one else can. You can secure their confidence when others fail.  - Alcoholics Anonymous (Working With Others) p. 89 Thought to Ponder All of AA's suggestions are free. The ones I d ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.25.19

July 25th 2019

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

Daily Thought 07.24.19

July 24th 2019

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

Daily Thought 07.23.19

July 23rd 2019

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

Daily Thought 07.22.19

July 22nd 2019

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

Daily Thought 07.21.19

July 21st 2019

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

Daily Thought 07.20.19

July 20th 2019

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

Daily Thought 07.19.19

July 19th 2019

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

Daily Thought 07.18.19

July 18th 2019

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

Daily Thought 07.17.19

July 17th 2019

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

Daily Thought 07.16.19

July 16th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 16, 2019* *Vision of Humility* To get completely away from our aversion to the idea of being humble, to gain a vision of humility as the avenue to true freedom of the human spirit, to be willing to work for humility as something to be desired for itself, takes most of us a long, long time. A whole lifetime geared to self-centeredness cannot be set in reverse all at once.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 73 Thought to Ponder Learning is ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.15.19

July 15th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 15, 2019* *Willingness, Patience and Labor* Thus we grow. And so can you, though you be but one man with this book in your hand. We believe and hope it contains all you will need to begin. We know what you are thinking. You are saying to yourself: “I’m jittery and alone. I couldn’t do that.” But you can. You forget that you have just now tapped a source of power much greater than yourself. To duplicate, with such backing, what we have accomplished is only a matte ...Continue Reading
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