Daily Thought Archives

 

Daily Thought 01.26.20

January 26th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 26, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Quit Playing God* First of all, we had to quit playing God. It didn’t work. Next, we decided that hereafter in this drama of life, God was going to be our Director. He is the Principal; we are his agents. He is the Father, and we are His children. Most good ideas are simple, and this concept was the keystone of the new and triumphant arch through which we passed to freedom.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 62&nb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.25.20

January 25th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 25, 2020* *What We Have Done* Doubtless you are curious to discover how and why, in the face of expert opinion to the contrary, we have recovered from a hopeless condition of mind and body. If you are an alcoholic who wants to get over it, you may already be asking—"What do I have to do?" It is the purpose of this book to answer such questions specifically. We shall tell you what we have done. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 20 Thou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.24.20

January 24th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 24, 2020* *But a Symptom* 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. - A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.23.20

January 23rd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 23, 2020* *Describe Yourself* When he sees you know all about the drinking game, commence to describe yourself as an alcoholic. Tell him how baffled you were, how you finally learned that you were sick. Give him an account of the struggles you made to stop. Show him the mental twist which leads to the first drink of a spree. We suggest you do this as we have done it in the chapter on alcoholism. If he is alcoholic, he will understand you at once. - Alcoholics ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.22.20

January 22nd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 22, 2020* *No Control* He has lost control. At a certain point in the drinking of every alcoholic he passes into a state where the most powerful desire to stop drinking is of absolutely no avail. This tragic situation has already arrived in practically every case long before it is suspected. The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) pp. 23 - 24 Thought to P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.21.20

January 21st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 21, 2020* *Soundness of Mind* "Sanity" is defined as "soundness of mind." Yet no alcoholic, soberly analyzing his destructive behavior, whether the destruction fell on the dining-room furniture or his own moral fiber, can claim "soundness of mind" for himself. Therefore, Step Two is the rallying point for all of us. Whether agnostic, atheist, or former believer, we can stand together on this Step. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Tradit ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.20.20

January 20th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 20, 2020* *Daily Inventory* In most cases our motives won't be hard to see and understand. When prideful, angry, jealous, anxious, or fearful, we acted accordingly, and that was that. Here we need only recognize that we did act or think badly, try to visualize how we might have done better, and resolve with God's help to carry these lessons over into tomorrow, making, of course, any amends still neglected. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 94 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.19.20

January 19th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 19, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Try Prayer* Finally, and I shall never know how much later it was, one clear thought came to me: Try prayer. You can't lose, and maybe God will help you—just maybe, mind you. Having no one else to turn to, I was willing to give Him a chance, although with considerable doubt. I got down on my knees for the first time in thirty years.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Man Who Mastered Fear) p. 251  Thought to Ponder No Go ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.18.20

January 18th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 18, 2020* *The Only Condition* Burn the idea into the consciousness of every man that he can get well regardless of anyone. The only condition is that he trust in God and clean house. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 98 Thought to Ponder Sobriety without action is fantasy. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A*chieve *A*nything. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength and hope in carrying the AA mes ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.17.20

January 17th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) Dear Readers, My deepest apologies for the misquoted source of yesterday's Daily Thought.  The Thought is actually from Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. *January 17, 2020* *An Opportunity* We find it a waste of time to keep chasing a man who cannot or will not work with you. If you leave such a person alone, he may soon become convinced that he cannot recover by himself. To spend too much time on any one situation is to deny some other alcoholic an o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.16.20

January 16th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 16, 2020* *Steps Eight and Nine* Steps Eight and Nine are concerned with personal relationships. First, we take a look backward and try to discover where we have been at fault; next we make a vigorous attempt to repair the damage we have done; and third, having thus cleaned away the debris of the past, we consider how, with our newfound knowledge of ourselves, we may develop the best possible relations with every human being we know. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (S ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.15.20

January 15th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 15, 2020* *Intolerance* We are careful never to show intolerance or hatred of drinking as an institution. Experience shows that such an attitude is not helpful to anyone. Every new alcoholic looks for this spirit among us and is immensely relieved when he finds we are not witch-burners. A spirit of intolerance might repel alcoholics whose lives could have been saved, had it not been for such stupidity. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 103 Tho ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.14.20

January 14th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 14, 2020* *Another Excuse* We also clutch at another wonderful excuse for avoiding an inventory. Our present anxieties and troubles, we cry, are caused by the behavior of other people—people who really need a moral inventory. We firmly believe that if only they'd treat us better, we'd be all right. Therefore we think our indignation is justified and reasonable—that our resentments are the "right kind." We aren't the guilty ones. They are! - Twel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.13.20

January 13th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 13, 2020* *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 Faith dares the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see. AA-related 'Alconym' *E G O*  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.12.19

January 12th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 12, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *The Great Obsession* Therefore, it is not surprising that our drinking careers have been characterized by countless vain attempts to prove we could drink like other people. The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.11.20

January 11th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 11, 2020* *Happy, Joyous, and Free* We are sure God wants us to be happy, joyous, and free. We cannot subscribe to the belief that this life is a vale of tears,though it once was just that for many of us. But it is clear that we made our own misery. God didn't do it. Avoid then, the deliberate manufacture of misery, but if trouble comes, cheerfully capitalize it as an opportunity to demonstrate His omnipotence. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.10.20

January 10th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 10, 2020* *Faith* We have no desire to convince anyone that there is only one way by which faith can be acquired. If what we have learned and felt and seen means anything at all, it means that all of us, whatever our race, creed, or color are the children of a living Creator with whom we may form a relationship upon simple and understandable terms as soon as we are willing and honest enough to try. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 28 Thought t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.09.20

January 9th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 9, 2020* *The Real Alcoholic* But what about the real alcoholic? He may start off as a moderate drinker; he may or may not become a continuous hard drinker; but at some stage of his drinking career he begins to lose all control of his liquor consumption, once he starts to drink. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 21 Thought to Ponder When we try to control our drinking, we have already lost control. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A*n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.08.19

January 8th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 8, 2020* *Serenity* In all times of emotional disturbance or indecision, we can pause, ask for quiet, and in the stillness simply say: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Thy will, not mine, be done." - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Three) pp. 40 - 41 Thought to Ponder Reliance on God enables me to match calamity with serenity. AA-related ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.07.20

January 7th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 7, 2020* *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!" We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.06.20

January 6th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 6, 2020* *Gift of Faith* We saw that we had to reconsider or die. We found many in A.A, who once thought as we did. They helped us to get down to our right size. By their example they showed us that humility and intellect could be compatible, provided we placed humility first. When we began to do that, we received the gift of faith, a faith which works. This faith is for you, too. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Two) p. 30 Thought to Ponder Faith ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.05.20

January 5th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 5, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Not a Glum Lot!* 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' * ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.04.20

January 4th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 4, 2020* *The Great Fact* Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in order. But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven’t got. See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others. This is the Great Fact for us. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision For You) p. 164 Thought to Ponder Trust God. Clea ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.03.20

January 3rd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 3, 2020* *Simple and Personal* In spite of the great increase in the size and the span of this Fellowship, at its core it remains simple and personal. Each day, somewhere in the world, recovery begins when one alcoholic talks with another alcoholic, sharing experience, strength, and hope. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Foreword to the Third Edition) p. xxii Thought to Ponder Times change, alcoholism doesn't. AA-related 'Alconym' *H O P E*  =  *H*old *O*n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.02.20

January 2nd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 2, 2020* *Change Has Occurred* On the other hand—and strange as this may seem to those who do not understand—once a psychic change has occurred, the very same person who seemed doomed, who had so many problems he despaired of ever solving them, suddenly finds himself easily able to control his desire for alcohol, the only effort necessary being that required to follow a few simple rules. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Doctor's Opinion) p. xxix Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.01.20

January 1st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 1, 2020* *Talked My Language* 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's ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.31.19

December 31st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 31, 2019* *Road Of Happy Destiny* Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny. May God bless you and keep you—until then. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision For You) p. 164. Thought to Ponder Sobriety is ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.30.19

December 30th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 30, 2019* *Vital Spiritual Experiences* "Here and there, once in a while, alcoholics have had what are called vital spiritual experiences. To me these occurrences are phenomena. They appear to be in the nature of huge emotional displacements and rearrangements. Ideas, emotions, and attitudes which were once the guiding forces of the lives of these men are suddenly cast to one side, and a completely new set of conceptions and motives begin to dominate the ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.29.19

December 29th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 29, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Resentments and Forgiveness* The quick inventory is aimed at our daily ups and downs, especially those where people or new events throw us off balance and tempt us to make mistakes. In all these situations we need self-restraint, honest analysis of what is involved, a willingness to admit when the fault is ours, and an equal willingness to forgive when the fault is elsewhere.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.28.19

December 28th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 28, 2019* *Tradition Five* "Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry the message to the alcoholic who still suffers." "SHOEMAKER, stick to thy last!"... better do one thing supremely well than many badly. That is the central theme of this Tradition. Around it our Society gathers in unity. The very life of our Fellowship requires the preservation of this principle. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Tradition Five) p. 150. Thou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.27.19

December 27th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 27, 2019* *Tradition One* "Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity." The unity of Alcoholics Anonymous is the most cherished quality our Society has. Our lives, the lives of all to come, depend squarely upon it. We stay whole, or A.A. dies. Without unity, the heart of A.A. would cease to beat; our world arteries would no longer carry the life-giving grace of God; His gift to us would be spent aimlessly. - Twe ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.26.19

December 26th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 26, 2019* *Joy of Living* The joy of living is the theme of A.A.'s Twelfth Step, and action is its key word. Here we turn outward toward our fellow alcoholics who are still in distress. Here we experience the kind of giving that asks no rewards.  Here we begin to practice all Twelve Steps of the program in our daily lives so that we and those about us may find emotional sobriety. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 106. Thought to Pon ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.25.19

December 25th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 25, 2019* *A Christmas Greeting* Dear Friends: Gratitude is just about the finest attribute we can have, and how deeply we of AA realize this at Christmastime. We know that our very lives, our miraculous new chance to live, to learn, to grow and to serve, is the supreme gift of Grace which has come to us from Him who presides over us all. May we joyfully meditate upon these precious blessings as never before. -- Bill W. - AA Grapevine, The December 1963 magaz ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.24.19

December 24th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 24, 2019* *Our Twelfth Suggestion* 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 Get it - Give it - Grow in it. AA-rela ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.23.19

December 23rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 23, 2019* *Step Eleven* Step Eleven suggests prayer and meditation. We shouldn’t be shy on this matter of prayer. Better men than we are using it constantly. It works, if we have the proper attitude and work at it. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) pp. 85 - 86 Thought to Ponder Life is fragile, handle with prayer. AA-related 'Alconym' *P A U S E*  =  *P*ay *A*ttention, *U*se *S*tep *E*leven. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of y ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.22.19

December 22nd 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 22, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Miracle of Healing* What is this but a miracle of healing? Yet its elements are simple. Circumstances made him willing to believe. He humbly offered himself to his Maker—then he knew. Even so has God restored us all to our right minds. To this man, the revelation was sudden. Some of us grow  more slowly. But He has come to all who have honestly sought Him.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 57  Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.21.19

December 21st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 21, 2019* *Step Ten* This thought brings us to Step Ten, which suggests we continue to take personal inventory and continue to set right any new mistakes as we go along. We vigorously commenced this way of living as we cleaned up the past. We have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in understanding and effectiveness. This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 84 Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.20.19

December 20th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 20, 2019* *Step Nine* 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. If our manner is calm, frank, and open, we will be gratified with the result. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) pp. 77 - 78 Thought to Ponder Wisdom is knowing the right path to take; integrity is taking it. AA-related ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.19.19

December 19th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 19, 2019* *Steps Eight and 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.18.19

December 18th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 18, 2019* *Ready* 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 Humility ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.17.19

December 17th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 17, 2019* *Are We Ready?* If we can answer to our satisfaction, we then look at Step Six. We have emphasized willingness as being indispensable. Are we now ready to let God remove from us all the things which we have admitted are objectionable? Can He now take them all—every one? If we still cling to something we will not let go, we ask God to help us be willing. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 76 Thought to Ponder Habits are like cork or lead -- th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.16.19

December 16th 2019

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

Daily Thought 12.15.19

December 15th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 15, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Our Dilemma* Lack of power, that was our dilemma. we had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. Obviously. But where and how were we to find this Power? Well, that‘s exactly what this book is about. Its main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 45  Thought to Ponder Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.14.19

December 14th 2019

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

Daily Thought 12.13.19

December 13th 2019

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

Daily Thought 12.12.19

December 12th 2019

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

Daily Thought 12.11.19

December 11th 2019

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

Daily Thought 12.10.19

December 10th 2019

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

Daily Thought 12.09.19

December 9th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 9, 2019* *Value of Experience* Henry Ford once made a wise remark to the effect that experience is the thing of supreme value in life. That is true only if one is willing to turn the past to good account. We grow by our willingness to face and rectify errors and convert them into assets. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 124 Thought to Ponder If you want to change who you are, change what you do. AA-related 'Alconym' *H O W*  =  * ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.08.19

December 8th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 8, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Calamity With Serenity* Perhaps there is a better way—we think so. For we are now on a different basis; the basis of trusting and relying upon God. We trust infinite God rather than our finite selves. We are in the world to play the role He assigns. Just to the extent that we do as we think He would have us, and humbly rely on Him, does He enable us to match calamity with serenity.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.07.19

December 7th 2019

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

Daily Thought 12.06.19

December 6th 2019

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

Daily Thought 12.05.19

December 5th 2019

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

Daily Thought 12.04.19

December 4th 2019

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

Daily Thought 12.03.19

December 3rd 2019

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

Daily Thought 12.02.19

December 2nd 2019

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

Daily Thought 12.01.19

December 1st 2019

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

Daily Thought 11.30.19

November 30th 2019

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

Daily Thought 11.29.19

November 29th 2019

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

Daily Thought 11.28.19

November 28th 2019

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

Daily Thought 11.27.19

November 27th 2019

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

Daily Thought 11.26.19

November 26th 2019

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

Daily Thought 11.25.19

November 25th 2019

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

Daily Thought 11.24.19

November 24th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 24, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Over and Over* After they have succumbed to the desire again, as so many do, and the phenomenon of craving develops, they pass through the well-known stages of a spree, emerging remorseful, with a firm resolution not to drink again. This is repeated over and over, and unless this person can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope of his recovery.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Doctor's Opinion) ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.23.19

November 23rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 23, 2019* *Willing to Grow* Many of us exclaimed, “What an order! I can’t go through with it." Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 60 Thought to Ponder Spiritual progress isn't what gets us sober, it's what keeps us sober. AA-related 'Alconym' *S ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.22.19

November 22nd 2019

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

Daily Thought 11.21.19

November 21st 2019

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

Daily Thought 11.20.19

November 20th 2019

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

Daily Thought 11.19.19

November 19th 2019

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

Daily Thought 11.18.19

November 18th 2019

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

Daily Thought 11.17.19

November 17th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 17, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Acceptance* We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery. The delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed. We alcoholics are men and women who have lost the ability to control our drinking. We know that no real alcoholic ever recovers control.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 30   Tho ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.16.19

November 16th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 16, 2019* *Carry This Message* Now, what about the rest of the Twelfth Step? The wonderful energy it releases and the eager action by which it carries our message to the next suffering alcoholic and which finally translates the Twelve Steps into action upon all our affairs is the payoff, the magnificent reality, of Alcoholics Anonymous. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 109 Thought to Ponder Sobriety is not a destination, but an everlas ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.15.19

November 15th 2019

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

Daily Thought 11.14.19

November 14th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 14, 2019* *Welcomed Cordially* No one is too discredited or has sunk too low to be welcomed cordially—if he means business. Social distinctions, petty rivalries and jealousies—these are laughed out of countenance. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision For You) p. 161 Thought to Ponder AA is not for people who need it, it's for people who want it. AA-related 'Alconym' *P R O G R A M*  =  *P*eople *R*elying *O*n *G*od *R*elaying *A* *M*essage. Thanks ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.13.19

November 13th 2019

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

Daily Thought 11.12.19

November 12th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 12, 2019* *Only One Key* Practicing Step Three is like the opening of a door which to all appearances is still closed and locked. All we need is a key, and the decision to swing the door open. There is only one key, and it is called willingness. Once unlocked by willingness, the door opens almost of itself, and looking through it, we shall see a pathway beside which is an inscription. It reads: "This is the way to a faith that works." - Twelve Steps ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.11.19

November 11th 2019

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

Daily Thought 11.10.19

November 10th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 10, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Daily Reprieve* We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God’s will into all of our activities. "How can I best serve Thee—Thy will (not mine) be done."  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 85  Thought to Ponder Every day is a gift. That is why we call it t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.09.19

November 9th 2019

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

Daily Thought 11.08.19

November 8th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 8, 2019* *King Alcohol* As we became subjects of King Alcohol, shivering denizens of his mad realm, the chilling vapor that is loneliness settled down. It thickened, ever becoming blacker. Some of us sought out sordid places, hoping to find understanding companionship and approval. Momentarily we did—then would come oblivion and the awful awakening to face the hideous Four Horsemen— Terror, Bewilderment, Frustration, Despair. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.07.19

November 7th 2019

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

Daily Thought 11.06.19

November 6th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 6, 2019* *Acquire Willingness* But now it appears that there are certain things which only the individual can do. All by himself, and in the light of his own circumstances, he needs to develop the quality of willingness. When he acquires willingness, he is the only one who can make the decision to exert himself. Trying to do this is an act of his own will. All of the Twelve Steps require sustained and personal exertion to conform to their principles and so, w ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.05.19

November 5th 2019

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

Daily Thought 11.04.19

November 4th 2019

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

Daily Thought 11.03.19

November 3rd 2019

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

Daily Thought 11.02.19

November 2nd 2019

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

Daily Thought 11.01.19

November 1st 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.31.19

October 31st 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.30.19

October 30th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.29.19

October 29th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.28.19

October 28th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.27.19

October 27th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.26.19

October 26th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.25.19

October 25th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 25, 2019* *We Asked God* Though we did not like their symptoms and the way these disturbed us, they, like ourselves, were sick too. We asked God to help us show them the same tolerance, pity, and patience that we would cheerfully grant a sick friend. When a person offended we said to ourselves, "This is a sick man. How can I be helpful to him? God save me from being angry. Thy will be done." - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 67 Thought to Po ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.24.19

October 24th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.23.19

October 23rd 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.22.19

October 22nd 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.21.19

October 21st 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.20.19

October 20th 2019

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

Daily Thought 10.19.19

October 19th 2019

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