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Daily Thought 01.22.22

January 22nd 2022 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 22, 2022 Continue to Watch Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear. When these crop up, we ask God at once to remove them. We discuss them with someone immediately and make amends quickly if we have harmed anyone. Then we resolutely turn our thoughts to someone we can help. Love and tolerance of others is our code. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 84 Thought to Ponder The 3 A’s -- Awareness, Acceptance, Action. AA-related 'Al ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.21.22

January 21st 2022 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 21, 2022 Making Good 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 Without change I am just a non-drinking drunk. AA-related 'Alconym' A C T I O N  =   Any Change To Impr ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.20.22

January 20th 2022 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 20, 2022 Convinced 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 join; it's a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.19.22

January 19th 2022 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 19, 2022 A New Life We, in our turn, sought the same escape with all the desperation of drowning men. What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of God. A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, "a design for living" that really works. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 28 Thought to Ponder The Twelve Steps — a manuscript for rational living. AA-related 'Alconym' A A  =   Alcoholic's ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.18.22

January 18th 2022 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 18, 2022 Root of Our Troubles 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. So our troubles, we think, are bas ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.17.22

January 17th 2022 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 17, 2022 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 keep it si ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.16.22

January 16th 2022 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 16, 2022 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.15.22

January 15th 2022 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 15, 2022 Amends Above all, we should try to be absolutely sure that we are not delaying because we are afraid. For the readiness to take the full consequences of our past acts, and to take responsibility for the well-being of others at the same time, is the very spirit of Step Nine. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Nine) p. 87 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 01.14.22

January 14th 2022 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 14, 2022 Daily Ups and Downs 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 Ten) p. 91 Thought to Ponder Nothing pays o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.13.22

January 13th 2022 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 13, 2022 Liberation and Strength No other kind of bankruptcy is like this one. Alcohol, now become the rapacious creditor, bleeds us of all self-sufficiency and all will to resist its demands. Once this stark fact is accepted, our bankruptcy as going human concerns is complete. But upon entering AA we soon take quite another view of this absolute humiliation. We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps toward liberation and stre ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.12.22

January 12th 2022 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 12, 2022 Faith Means Courage We never apologize to anyone for depending upon our Creator. We can laugh at those who think spirituality the way of weakness. Paradoxically, it is the way of strength. The verdict of the ages is that faith means courage. All men of faith have courage. They trust their God. We never apologize for God. Instead we let Him demonstrate, through us, what He can do. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 68 Thought to Ponder Fear is not ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.11.22

January 11th 2022 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 11, 2022 Self-Knowledge But the actual or potential alcoholic, with hardly an exception, will be absolutely unable to stop drinking on the basis of self-knowledge. This is a point we wish to emphasize and re-emphasize, to smash home upon our alcoholic readers as it has been revealed to us out of bitter experience. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 39 Thought to Ponder Pride in my intelligence blinded me to how much I did not know. AA-related 'A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.10.22

January 10th 2022 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 10, 2022 Resentments We saw that these resentments must be mastered, but how? We could not wish them away any more than alcohol. This was our course: We realized that the people who wronged us were perhaps spiritually sick. Though we did not like their symptoms and the way these disturbed us, they, like ourselves, were sick too. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) pp. 66 - 67 Thought to Ponder Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other perso ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.09.22

January 9th 2022 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 9, 2022 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ A Revolutionary Change They flatly declare that since they have come to believe in a Power greater than themselves, to take a certain attitude toward that Power, and to do certain simple things, there has been a revolutionary change in their way of living and thinking. In the face of collapse and despair, in the face of the total failure of their human resources, they found that a new power, peace, happiness, and sense of directi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.08.22

January 8th 2022 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 8, 2022 Great Obsession 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 Thought to Ponder When we try to control ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.07.22

January 7th 2022 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 7, 2022 Our 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 Ponder The first step in overcoming mistakes is ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.06.22

January 6th 2022 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 6, 2022 No Respecter How can a person with a fine family, an attractive home, an excellent position, and high standing in an important city become an alcoholic? As I later found out through Alcoholics Anonymous, alcohol is no respecter of economic status, social and business standing, or intelligence. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (It Might Have Been Worse) p. 348 Thought to Ponder I would rather go through life sober, believing I am an alcoholic, than go through life ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.05.22

January 5th 2022 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 5, 2022 Futility and Unhappiness 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 We a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.04.22

January 4th 2022 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 4, 2022 It Really Worked There is a solution. Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process requires for its successful consummation. But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been living it. When, therefore, we were approached by those in whom the problem had been solved, there was nothing left for us but to pi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.03.22

January 3rd 2022 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 3, 2022 Self-Destruction When men and women pour so much alcohol into themselves that they destroy their lives, they commit a most unnatural act. Defying their instinctive desire for self-preservation, they seem bent upon self-destruction. They work against their own deepest instinct. As they are humbled by the terrific beating administered by alcohol, the grace of God can enter them and expel their obsession. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Six) p. 6 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.02.22

January 2nd 2022 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 2, 2022 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Prayer and Meditation Of course we finally did experiment, and when unexpected results followed, we felt different; in fact we knew different; and so we were sold on meditation and prayer. And that, we have found, can happen to anybody who tries. It has been well said that "almost the only scoffers at prayer are those who never tried it enough." - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.01.22

January 1st 2022 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 1, 2022 Sobriety Every Day 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) p. 559 Thought to Ponder Sobriety is not a destination, but an everlasting journey. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.31.21

December 31st 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 31, 2021 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 It's hard to fight an enemy who has outpo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.30.21

December 30th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 30, 2021 Constructive Imagination There's nothing the matter with constructive imagination; all sound achievement rests upon it. After all, no man can build a house until he first envisions a plan for it. Well, meditation is like that, too; it helps to envision our spiritual objective before we try to move toward it. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 100 Thought to Ponder Meditation is our step out into the sun. AA-related 'Alconym' T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.29.21

December 29th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 29, 2021 Personality Change "It has often been said of A.A. that we are interested only in alcoholism. That is not true. We have to get over drinking in order to stay alive. But anyone who knows the alcoholic personality by firsthand contact knows that no true alky ever stops drinking permanently without undergoing a profound personality change.". - As Bill Sees It, (Letter 1940) p. 1 Thought to Ponder If I don't change, my sobriety date will. AA-rel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.28.21

December 28th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 28, 2021 Uniquely Useful Ministers and doctors are competent and you can learn much from them if you wish, but it happens that because of your own drinking experience you can be uniquely useful to other alcoholics. So cooperate; never criticize. To be helpful is our only aim. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 89 Thought to Ponder Trust God. Clean house. Help others. AA-related 'Alconym' H O P E  =   Hold On, Possibilities Exist. Thank ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.27.21

December 27th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 27, 2021 No Boundaries 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 Thoug ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.26.21

December 26th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 26, 2021 Real Tolerance Most of us sense that real tolerance of other people's shortcomings and viewpoints and a respect for their opinions are attitudes which make us more useful to others. Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers, depend upon our constant thought of others and how we may help meet their needs. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There is a Solution) pp. 19 - 20 Thought to Ponder Love and tolerance of others is our code. AA-related 'Alconym' P U T  = ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.25.21

December 25th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 25, 2021 Extravagant Promises? Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves. Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.24.21

December 24th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 24, 2021 Troubles Overcome I have seen hundreds of families set their feet in the path that really goes somewhere; have seen the most impossible domestic situations righted; feuds and bitterness of all sorts wiped out. I have seen men come out of asylums and resume a vital place in the lives of their families and communities. Business and professional men have regained their standing. There is scarcely any form of trouble and misery which has not been overcome a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.23.21

December 23rd 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 23, 2021 Delighted 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Actio ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.22.21

December 22nd 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 22, 2021 Common Solution The feeling of having shared in a common peril is one element in the powerful cement which binds us. But that in itself would never have held us together as we are now joined. The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution. We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action. This is the great news this book carries to those who suffer fro ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.21.21

December 21st 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 21, 2021 To Summon the Faith For without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at all. Nearly all A.A.'s have found, too, that unless they develop much more of this precious quality than may be required just for sobriety, they still haven't much chance of becoming truly happy. Without it, they cannot live to much useful purpose, or, in adversity, be able to summon the faith that can meet any emergency. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step S ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.20.21

December 20th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 20, 2021 A Mighty Beginning 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. His own character may still be gravely defective, but he somehow knows that God has enabled him to make a mighty beginning, and he senses that he stands at the edge of new mysteries, joys, and experiences of which he had never even dreamed. - Twelve Stepsand Twelve Traditions, (Step ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.19.21

December 19th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 19, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ The Jumping-Off Place He will presently try the old game again, for he isn’t happy about his sobriety. He cannot picture life without alcohol. Some day he will be unable to imagine life either with alcohol or without it. Then he will know loneliness such as few do. He will be at the jumping-off place. He will wish for the end. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision For You) p. 152  Thought to Ponder When I ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.18.21

December 18th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 18, 2021 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.. AA-r ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.17.21

December 17th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 17, 2021 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 We're not living just to be sober; we are living to lear ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.16.21

December 16th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 16, 2021 Freedom From Fear It did not matter too much what our material condition was, but it did matter what our spiritual condition was. . . 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.15.21

December 15th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 15, 2021 Spiritual Principles A.A.'s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Foreward) p. 15 Thought to Ponder The Twelve Steps -- a manuscript for rational living. AA-related 'Alconym' S T E P S  =   Solutions Through Each Powerful Step. Thanks to all o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.14.21

December 14th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 14, 2021 Armed With Facts But the ex-problem drinker who has found this solution, who is properly armed with facts about himself, can generally win the entire confidence of another alcoholic in a few hours. Until such an understanding is reached, little or nothing can be accomplished. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 18 Thought to Ponder Together we can do what we could never do alone. AA-related 'Alconym' H E A R T  =   Healing, Enjo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.13.21

December 13th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 13, 2021 Progressive Illness 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. We are like men who have lost their legs; they never grow new ones. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 30 Thought to Ponder Alcoholic drinking's three stages: Impulsive, Compulsive, Repulsive. AA-related 'Alconym' A A  =   Answer Available. Thanks to all ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.12.21

December 12th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 12, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Get Results 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.11.21

December 11th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 11, 2021 Again and Again 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 Times change, alcoholism doesn' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.10.21

December 10th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 10, 2021 How We Have Recovered We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book. For them, we hope these pages will prove so convincing that no further authentication will be necessary. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Foreward To First Edition) p. xiii Thought to Ponder When all else fails, t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.09.21

December 9th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 9, 2021 Everything or Nothing When we became alcoholics, crushed by a self-imposed crisis we could not postpone or evade, we had to fearlessly face the proposition that either God is everything or else He is nothing. God either is, or He isn’t. What was our choice to be? - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 53 Thought to Ponder I came; I came to; I came to believe. AA-related 'Alconym' B I G   B O O K  =   Believing In God Beats Our Old Kno ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.08.21

December 8th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 8, 2021 The Taproot Proved beyond doubt by an immense experience, this is one of the facts of A.A. life. The principle that we shall find no enduring strength until we first admit complete defeat is the main taproot from which our whole Society has sprung and flowered. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) pp. 21 - 22 Thought to Ponder Avoidance is not the key; surrender opens the door. AA-related 'Alconym' K I S S  =   Keep It Simple; Su ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.07.21

December 7th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 7, 2021 Happiness These men had found something brand new in life. Though they knew they must help other alcoholics if they would remain sober, that motive became secondary. It was transcended by the happiness they found in giving themselves for others. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision For You) p. 159 Thought to Ponder Trust God. Clean house. Help others. AA-related 'Alconym' H J F  =   Happy, Joyous, Free. Thanks to all of you for sharing so gener ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.06.21

December 6th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 6, 2021 Dear Readers, my apologies. Yesterday's reading comes from "Working With Others," p. 96. Day By Day Both you and the new man must walk day by day in the path of spiritual progress. If you persist, remarkable things will happen. When we look back, we realize that the things which came to us when we put ourselves in God’s hands were better than anything we could have planned. Follow the dictates of a Higher Power and you will presently live ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.05.21

December 5th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 5, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Your Prospect Do not be discouraged if your prospect does not respond at once. Search out another alcoholic and try again. You are sure to find someone desperate enough to accept with eagerness what you offer. 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 sit ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.04.21

December 4th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 4, 2021 Freely Give We can be the ones who take on the unspectacular but important tasks that make good Twelfth Step work possible, perhaps arranging for the coffee and cake after the meetings, where so many skeptical, suspicious newcomers have found confidence and comfort in the laughter and talk. This is Twelfth Step work in the very best sense of the word. "Freely ye have received; freely give . . ." is the core of this part of Step Twelve. - Twelve ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.03.21

December 3rd 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 3, 2021 Merciless Obsession Under the lash of alcoholism, we are driven to A.A., and there we discover the fatal nature of our situation. Then, and only then, do we become as open-minded to conviction and as willing to listen as the dying can be. We stand ready to do anything which will lift the merciless obsession from us. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) p. 24 Thought to Ponder Learn to listen, then listen to learn. AA-related 'Alconym' A R T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.02.21

December 2nd 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 2, 2021 In The Stillness 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 The stillness of God speaks louder than a choir of voices. AA-relat ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.01.21

December 1st 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 1, 2021 Lay Aside Prejudice We, who have traveled this dubious path, beg you to lay aside prejudice, even against organized religion. We have learned that whatever the human frailties of various faiths may be, those faiths have given purpose and direction to millions. People of faith have a logical idea of what life is all about. Actually, we used to have no reasonable conception whatever. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 49 Thought to Ponder True reli ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.30.21

November 30th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 30, 2021 The First Milestone A whole lifetime geared to self-centeredness cannot be set in reverse all at once. Rebellion dogs our every step at first. When we have finally admitted without reservation that we are powerless over alcohol, we are apt to breathe a great sigh of relief, saying, "Well, thank God that's over! I'll never have to go through that again!" Then we learn, often to our consternation, that this is only the first milestone on the new ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.29.21

November 29th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 29, 2021 Four Reasons I spend a great deal of time passing on what I learned to others who want and need it badly. I do it for four reasons: 1. Sense of duty.  2. It is a pleasure. 3. Because in so doing I am paying my debt to the man who took time to pass it on to me. 4. Because every time I do it I take out a little more insurance for myself against a possible slip. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Doctor Bob's Nightmare) pp. 180 - 1 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.28.21

November 28th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 28, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Unthinking We feel a man is unthinking when he says that sobriety is enough. He is like the farmer who came up out of his cyclone cellar to find his home ruined. To his wife, he remarked, "Don't see anything the matter here, Ma. Ain't it grand the wind stopped blowin'?" - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 82  Thought to Ponder Sobriety without action is fantasy.  AA-related 'Alconym' G O D  =&nbs ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.27.21

November 27th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 27, 2021 Lost Faith "The here and now was good enough for us. The will to win would carry us through. But then alcohol began to have its way with us. Finally, when all our score cards read 'zero,' and we saw that one more strike would put us out of the game forever, we had to look for our lost faith. It was in A.A, that we rediscovered it. And so can you." - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Two) p. 29 Thought to Ponder Faith isn't believ ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.26.21

November 26th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 26, 2021 Vital Spiritual Experiences "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 since early times. Here and there, once in a while, alcoholics ha ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.25.21

November 25th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 25, 2021 Insure Immunity 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. Remember they are very ill. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 89 Thought to Ponder Get it - Give it - Grow ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.24.21

November 24th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 24, 2021 Honest Appraisal Whatever the defects, they have finally ambushed us into alcoholism and misery. Therefore, thoroughness ought to be the watchword when taking inventory. In this connection, it is wise to write out our questions and answers. It will be an aid to clear thinking and honest appraisal. It will be the first tangible evidence of our complete willingness to move forward. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) p. 54 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.23.21

November 23rd 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 23, 2021 The Desperate Experiment What sort of thinking dominates an alcoholic who repeats time after time the desperate experiment of the first drink? Friends who have reasoned with him after a spree which has brought him to the point of divorce or bankruptcy are mystified when he walks directly into a saloon. Why does he? Of what is he thinking? - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 35 Thought to Ponder Today, my brain has cleared with the grace ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.22.21

November 22nd 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 22, 2021 Defense Once more: The alcoholic at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink. Except in a few rare cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense. His defense must come from a Higher Power. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 43 Thought to Ponder The ultimate defense against the first drink is a spiritual one. AA-related 'Alconym' G O D  =   God's On Duty. Thanks to all of ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.21.21

November 21st 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 21, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ A Different Basis 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  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.20.21

November 20th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 20, 2021 God 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 like a muscle, the mo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.19.21

November 19th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 19, 2021 Let Go Absolutely If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it—then you are ready to take certain steps. At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely. - Alcoholi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.18.21

November 18th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 18, 2021 Healing Tranquility Provided you hold back nothing, your sense of relief will mount from minute to minute. The dammed-up emotions of years break out of their confinement, and miraculously vanish as soon as they are exposed. As the pain subsides, a healing tranquility takes its place. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Five) p. 62 Thought to Ponder Clear vision for tomorrow comes only after a real look at yesterday. AA-related 'Alconym' S T E ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.17.21

November 17th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 17, 2021 Simple Cornerstone We needed to ask ourselves but one short question. "Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?" As soon as a man can say that he does believe, or is willing to believe, we emphatically assure him that he is on his way. It has been repeatedly proven among us that upon this simple cornerstone a wonderfully effective spiritual structure can be built. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.16.21

November 16th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 16, 2021 Progression By going back in our own drinking histories, we could show that years before we realized it we were out of control, that our drinking even then was no mere habit, that it was indeed the beginning of a fatal progression. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) p. 23 Thought to Ponder Alcohol—cunning, baffling, powerful. AA-related 'Alconym' A A  =   Acknowledge Acceptance. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.15.21

November 15th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 15, 2021 Contribute to Life We had a new Employer. Being all powerful, He provided what we needed, if we kept close to Him and performed His work well. Established on such a footing we became less and less interested in ourselves, our little plans and designs. More and more we became interested in seeing what we could contribute to life. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 63 Thought to Ponder If you want to stay protected, you have to be connected. AA-r ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.14.21

November 14th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 14, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Truth About Yourself In this book you read again and again that faith did for us what we could not do for ourselves. We hope you are convinced now that God can remove whatever self-will has blocked you off from Him. If you have already made a decision, and an inventory of your grosser handicaps, you have made a good beginning. That being so you have swallowed and digested some big chunks of truth about yourself. - Alcoholics An ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.13.21

November 13th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 13, 2021 Progressive Illness 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 Alcoholi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.12.21

November 12th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 12, 2021 Admission of Hopelessness Many less desperate alcoholics tried A.A., but did not succeed because they could not make the admission of hopelessness. It is a tremendous satisfaction to record that in the following years this changed. Alcoholics who still had their health, their families, their jobs, and even two cars in the garage, began to recognize their alcoholism. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) p. 23 Thought to Ponder The 3 A’s -- A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.11.21

November 11th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 11, 2021 Personal Powerlessness Who cares to admit complete defeat? Practically no one, of course. Every natural instinct cries out against the idea of personal powerlessness. It is truly awful to admit that, glass in hand, we have warped our minds into such an obsession for destructive drinking that only an act of providence can remove it from us. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) p. 21 Thought to Ponder Within our wonderful new world, we have f ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.10.21

November 10th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 10, 2021 Our Thought-Life 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. Under these conditions we can employ our mental faculties with assurance, for after all God gave us brains to use. Our thought-life will be placed on a much higher plane when our thinking is cleared of w ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.09.21

November 9th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 9, 2021 Not Crusaders Dr. W. W. Bauer, broadcasting under the auspices of The American Medical Association in 1946, over the NBC network, said, in part: “Alcoholics Anonymous are no crusaders; not a temperance society. They know that they must never drink. They help others with similar problems . . . In this atmosphere the alcoholic often overcomes his excessive concentration upon himself. Learning to depend upon a higher power and absorb himself in his work wit ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.08.21

November 8th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 8, 2021 Progress Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 60 Thought to Ponder Give me the courage to be imperfect. AA-related 'Alconym' K I S ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.07.21

November 7th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 7, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Learning Daily 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 Today, my brain has cleared with the grace of clarity.& ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.06.21

November 6th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 6, 2021 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 Motivation may get you going, but discipline keeps you growing. AA-related 'Alconym' T R U S T  =   Try Relying Upon Steps and Traditions. Thanks to a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.05.21

November 5th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 5, 2021 Limitations 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 Thought to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.04.21

November 4th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 4, 2021 One More Attempt The old pleasures were gone. They were but memories. Never could we recapture the great moments of the past. There was an insistent yearning to enjoy life as we once did and a heartbreaking obsession that some new miracle of control would enable us to do it. There was always one more attempt—and one more failure. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision For You) p. 151 Thought to Ponder When we try to control our drinking, we have already lost ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.03.21

November 3rd 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 3, 2021 A Glimpse 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 I want the gift of an untroubled mind. AA-related 'Alconym' B E ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.02.21

November 2nd 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 2, 2021 Resentments Few people have been more victimized by resentments than have we alcoholics. It mattered little whether our resentments were justified or not. A burst of temper could spoil a day, and a well-nursed grudge could make us miserably ineffective. Nor were we ever skillful in separating justified from unjustified anger. As we saw it, our wrath was always justified. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 90 Thought to Ponder Resentment ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.01.21

November 1st 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 1, 2021 Wanting 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 the ability to give up your pride and still re ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.31.21

October 31st 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 31, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Self-Sufficiency Our whole treasured philosophy of self-sufficiency had to be cast aside. This had not been done with old-fashioned willpower; it was instead a matter of developing the willingness to accept these new facts of living. We neither ran nor fought. But accept we did. And then we were free. - BEST OF THE GRAPEVINE, (Vol. I) p. 198  Thought to Ponder Asking for help is a case of humility and not a cause for humil ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.30.21

October 30th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 30, 2021 Defensive Emotions The moment we ponder a twisted or broken relationship with another person, our emotions go on the defensive. To escape looking at the wrongs we have done another, we resentfully focus on the wrong he has done us. This is especially true if he has, in fact, behaved badly at all. Triumphantly we seize upon his misbehavior as the perfect excuse for minimizing or forgetting our own. Right here we need to fetch ourselves up sharply. - Twelv ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.29.21

October 29th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 29, 2021 Our Creator The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous. He has commenced to accomplish those things for us which we could never do by ourselves. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 25 Thought to Ponder Don't give up before the miracle happens. AA-related 'Alconym' G I F T  =   God Is Forever There. Thanks to all of you f ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.28.21

October 28th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 28, 2021 Kindness, Justice, Courtesy We can try to stop making unreasonable demands upon those we love. We can show kindness where we had shown none. With those we dislike we can begin to practice justice and courtesy, perhaps going out of our way to understand and help them. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 93 Thought to Ponder Love and tolerance of others is our code. AA-related 'Alconym' T U F  =   Tolerance, Understanding, Forgi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.27.21

October 27th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 27, 2021 The Key Once we have placed the key of willingness in the lock and have the door ever so slightly open, we find that we can always open it some more. Though self-will may slam it shut again, as it frequently does, it will always respond the moment we again pick up the key of willingness. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Three) p. 35 Thought to Ponder If I have the courage to begin, I have the courage to succeed. AA-related 'Alconym' S W A T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.26.21

October 26th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 26, 2021 Wonderful Revelation It is when we try to make our will conform with God's that we begin to use it rightly. To all of us, this was a most wonderful revelation. Our whole trouble had been the misuse of willpower. We had tried to bombard our problems with it instead of attempting to bring it into agreement with God's intention for us. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Three) p. 40 Thought to Ponder What have I been given today? Am I willing to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.25.21

October 25th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 25, 2021 Isolation What are we likely to receive from Step Five? For one thing, we shall get rid of that terrible sense of isolation we've always had. Almost without exception, alcoholics are tortured by loneliness. Even before our drinking got bad and people began to cut us off, nearly all of us suffered the feeling that we didn't quite belong. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Five) p. 57 Thought to Ponder An alcoholic is someone who wants to be held ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.24.21

October 24th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 24, 2021 An Answer If you still think you are strong enough to beat the game alone, that is your affair. But if you really and truly want to quit drinking liquor for good and all, and sincerely feel that you must have some help, we know that we have an answer for you. It never fails, if you go about it with one half the zeal you have been in the habit of showing when you were getting another drink. Your Heavenly Father will never let you down! - Alcoholics Anonym ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.23.21

October 23rd 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 23, 2021 Willingness But now it appears that there are certain things which only the individual can do. All by himself, and in the light of his own circumstances, he needs to develop the quality of willingness. When he acquires willingness, he is the only one who can make the decision to exert himself. Trying to do this is an act of his own will. All of the Twelve Steps require sustained and personal exertion to conform to their principles and so, we trust, to Go ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.22.21

October 22nd 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 22, 2021 A.A.'s Growth Literature has played a major role in A.A.’s growth, and a striking phenomenon of the past quarter-century has been the explosion of translations of our basic literature into many languages and dialects. In country after country where the A.A. seed was planted, it has taken root, slowly at first, then growing by leaps and bounds when literature has become available. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Foreword to Fourth Edition) p. xxiii Thought to P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.21.21

October 21st 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 21, 2021 Self-Centered Fear 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 10.20.21

October 20th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 20, 2021 Bluffing of Oneself "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 quickly as we can. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Six) p. 69 Thought to Ponder Rationalizing i ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.19.21

October 19th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 19, 2021 Never Enough For thousands of years we have been demanding more than our share of security, prestige, and romance. When we seemed to be succeeding, we drank to dream still greater dreams. When we were frustrated, even in part, we drank for oblivion. Never was there enough of what we thought we wanted. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 71 Thought to Ponder Happiness isn't getting all you want, it's wanting what you alre ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.18.21

October 18th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 18, 2021 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 The Three A's .. Awareness, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.17.21

October 17th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 17, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Self-Restraint Our first objective will be the development of self-restraint. This carries a top priority rating. When we speak or act hastily or rashly, the ability to be fair-minded and tolerant evaporates on the spot. One unkind tirade or one willful snap judgment can ruin our relation with another person for a whole day, or maybe a whole year. Nothing pays off like restraint of tongue and pen. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Tradi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.16.21

October 16th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 16, 2021 Kindliness and Love We ought to sit down with the family and frankly analyze the past as we now see it, being very careful not to criticize them. Their defects may be glaring, but the chances are that our own actions are partly responsible. So we clean house with the family, asking each morning in meditation that our Creator show us the way of patience, tolerance, kindliness and love. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 83 Thought to Ponder The Thr ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.15.21

October 15th 2021 EST

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 15, 2021 Persistent Effort We want to find exactly how, when, and where our natural desires have warped us. We wish to look squarely at the unhappiness this has caused others and ourselves. By discovering what our emotional deformities are, we can move toward their correction. Without a willing and persistent effort to do this, there can be little sobriety or contentment for us. Without a searching and fearless moral inventory, most of us have found that the fait ...Continue Reading
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