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Daily Thought 04.14.21

April 14th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 14, 2021 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 sim ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.13.21

April 13th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 13, 2021 Now But there is another kind of hangover which we all experience whether we are drinking or not. That is the emotional hangover, the direct result of yesterday's and sometimes today's excesses of negative emotion—anger, fear, jealousy, and the like. If we would live serenely today and tomorrow, we certainly need to eliminate these hangovers. This doesn't mean we need to wander morbidly around in the past. It requires an admission and correction of errors ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.12.21

April 12th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 12, 2021 Obstacles Each of us would like to live at peace with himself and with his fellows. We would like to be assured that the grace of God can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. We have seen that character defects based upon shortsighted or unworthy desires are the obstacles that block our path toward these objectives. We now clearly see that we have been making unreasonable demands upon ourselves, upon others, and upon God. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Tr ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.11.21

April 11th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 11, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Pride and Fear So when A.A. suggests a fearless moral inventory, it must seem to every newcomer that more is being asked of him than he can do. Both his pride and his fear beat him back every time he tries to look within himself. Pride says, "You need not pass this way," and Fear says, "You dare not look!" But the testimony of A.A.'s who have really tried a moral inventory is that pride and fear of this sort t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.10.21

April 10th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 10, 2021 Healer of Pain Then, in A.A., we looked and listened. Everywhere we saw failure and misery transformed by humility into priceless assets. We heard story after story of how humility had brought strength out of weakness. In every case, pain had been the price of admission into a new life. But this admission price had purchased more than we expected. It brought a measure of humility, which we soon discovered to be a healer of pain. - Twelve Steps and Twelve T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.09.21

April 9th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 9, 2021 The Third Step We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon ourselves utterly to Him. We found it very desirable to take this spiritual step with an understanding person, such as our wife, best friend, or spiritual adviser. But it is better to meet God alone than with one who might misunderstand. The wording was, of course, quite optional so long as we expressed the idea, voicing it without reservation. Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.08.21

April 8th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 8, 2021 Making the Approach That the man who is making the approach has had the same difficulty, that he obviously knows what he is talking about, that his whole deportment shouts at the new prospect that he is a man with a real answer, that he has no attitude of Holier Than Thou, nothing whatever except the sincere desire to be helpful; that there are no fees to pay, no axes to grind, no people to please, no lectures to be endured—these are the conditions we have ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.07.21

April 7th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 7, 2021 Take Inventory Once we have a complete willingness to take inventory, and exert ourselves to do the job thoroughly, a wonderful light falls upon this foggy scene. As we persist, a brand-new kind of confidence is born, and the sense of relief at finally facing ourselves is indescribable. These are the first fruits of Step Four. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) pp. 49 - 50 Thought to Ponder Clear vision for tomorrow comes only after a real l ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.06.21

April 6th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 6, 2021 Fear This short word somehow touches about every aspect of our lives. It was an evil and corroding thread; the fabric of our existence was shot through with it. It set in motion trains of circumstances which brought us misfortune we felt we didn’t deserve. But did not we, ourselves, set the ball rolling? Sometimes we think fear ought to be classed with stealing. It seems to cause more trouble. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) pp. 67 - 68 Thought to P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.05.21

April 5th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 5, 2021 Motives Or, the person concerned not being present, we thought we were helping others to understand him, when in actuality our true motive was to feel superior by pulling him down. We sometimes hurt those we love because they need to be "taught a lesson", when we really want to punish. We were depressed and complained we felt bad, when in fact we were mainly asking for sympathy and attention. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 94 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.04.21

April 4th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 4, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ The Dark Past Showing others who suffer how we were given help is the very thing which makes life seem so worth while to us now. Cling to the thought that, in God’s hands, the dark past is the greatest possession you have—the key to life and happiness for others. With it you can avert death and misery for them.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 124  Thought to Ponder We will not regret the past nor wish ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.03.21

April 3rd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 3, 2021 Principles Before Personalities And finally, we of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that the principle of anonymity has an immense spiritual significance. It reminds us that we are to place principles before personalities; that we are actually to practice a genuine humility. This to the end that our great blessings may never spoil us; that we shall forever live in thankful contemplation of Him who presides over us all. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (12 Traditions; Lo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.02.21

April 2nd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 2, 2021 A Way Up and Out We have been talking about problems because we are problem people who have found a way up and out, and who wish to share our knowledge of that way with all who can use it. 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. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 125 Thought to Ponder The Three A's .. Awareness, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.01.21

April 1st 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 1, 2021 His Will Prayer, as commonly understood, is a petition to God. Having opened our channel as best we can, we try to ask for those right things of which we and others are in the greatest need. And we think that the whole range of our needs is well defined by that part of Step Eleven which says: ". . . knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out." A request for this fits in any part of our day. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, ( ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.31.21

March 31st 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 31, 2021 Experiment We liked A.A. all right, and were quick to say that it had done miracles. But we recoiled from meditation and prayer as obstinately as the scientist who refused to perform a certain experiment lest it prove his pet theory wrong. 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 tr ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.30.21

March 30th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 30, 2021 Development As we have seen, self-searching is the means by which we bring new vision, action, and grace to bear upon the dark and negative side of our natures. It is a step in the development of that kind of humility that makes it possible for us to receive God's help. Yet it is only a step. We will want to go further. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 98 Thought to Ponder I must walk through the darkness to find the light. AA-relat ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.29.21

March 29th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 29, 2021 Great Persuader Faced with alcoholic destruction, we soon became as open minded on spiritual matters as we had tried to be on other questions. In this respect alcohol was a great persuader. It finally beat us into a state of reasonableness. Sometimes this was a tedious process; we hope no one else will be prejudiced for as long as some of us were. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 48 Thought to Ponder Open your mind, your brain won't fall out. AA ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.28.21

March 28th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 28, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Thy Will 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.’’ These are thoughts which must go with us constantly.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 85  Thought to Ponder Reliance on God enables me to match calamity with ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.27.21

March 27th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 27, 2021 Humility and Grace The whole emphasis of Step Seven is on humility. It is really saying to us that we now ought to be willing to try humility in seeking the removal of our other shortcomings just as we did when we admitted that we were powerless over alcohol, and came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. If that degree of humility could enable us to find the grace by which such a deadly obsession could be banished, the ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.26.21

March 26th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 26, 2021 Tradition Three Why did A.A. finally drop all its membership regulations? . . . The answer, now seen in Tradition Three, was simplicity itself. At last experience taught us that to take away any alcoholic's full chance was sometimes to pronounce his death sentence, and often to condemn him to endless misery. Who dared to be judge, jury, and executioner of his own sick brother? As group after group saw these possibilities, they finally abandoned all members ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.25.21

March 25th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 25, 2021 Insurance As an insurance against "big-shot-ism" we can often check ourselves by remembering that we are today sober only by the grace of God and that any success we may be having is far more His success than ours. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 92 Thought to Ponder The solution is simple. The solution is spiritual. AA-related 'Alconym' T G I F  =   Thanking God Is Freedom. Thanks to all of you for sharing so gen ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.24.21

March 24th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 24, 2021 Convinced 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 70 - 71 Thought to Ponder Faith makes the impossible possible. AA-related 'Alconym' F A I T H  =   For All I Trust Him. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength and ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.23.21

March 23rd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 23, 2021 A Genuine Reliance For just so long as we were convinced that we could live exclusively by our own individual strength and intelligence, for just that long was a working faith in a Higher Power impossible. This was true even when we believed that God existed. We could actually have earnest religious beliefs which remained barren because we were still trying to play God ourselves. As long as we placed self- reliance first, a genuine reliance upon a Higher P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.22.21

March 22nd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 22, 2021 True Tolerance We begin to see that all people, including ourselves, are to some extent emotionally ill as well as frequently wrong, and then we approach true tolerance and see what real love for our fellows actually means. It will become more and more evident as we go forward that it is pointless to become angry, or to get hurt by people who, like us, are suffering from the pains of growing up. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 92 Thoug ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.21.21

March 21st 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 21, 2021 Amends Nevertheless, with a person we dislike, we take the bit in our teeth. It is harder to go to an enemy than to a friend, but we find it much more beneficial to us. We go to him in a helpful and forgiving spirit, confessing our former ill feeling and expressing our regret. Under no condition do we criticize such a person or argue. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 77 Thought to Ponder Don't mess up an amend with an excuse. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.20.21

March 20th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 20, 2021 Clearly See Another great dividend we may expect from confiding our defects to another human being is humility—a word often misunderstood. To those who have made progress in A.A., it amounts to a clear recognition of what and who we really are, followed by a sincere attempt to become what we could be. Therefore, our first practical move toward humility must consist of recognizing our deficiencies. No defect can be corrected unless we clearly see what it is ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.19.21

March 19th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 19, 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 learn, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.18.21

March 18th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 18, 2021 Freedom from Fear When, with God’s help, we calmly accepted our lot, then we found we could live at peace with ourselves and show others who still suffered the same fears that they could get over them, too. We found that freedom from fear was more important than freedom from want. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 122 Thought to Ponder What I fear is rarely as bad as the fear itself. AA-related 'Alconym' F E A R  =   Face E ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.17.21

March 17th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 17, 2021 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 AA is not something we join; it's a way of life. AA-related 'Alconym' S T E P S  =   Solutions Through Each Powerful Step. Thanks to all of you for sharing ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.16.21

March 16th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 16, 2021 Spiritual Malady Resentment is the "number one" offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 64 Thought to Ponder We are prisoners of our own resentments. Forgiveness unlocks the do ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.15.21

March 15th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 15, 2021 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 The Three "P's" -- Pause, Pray, Proceed. AA-related 'Alconym' H O W  =   Honest, Open-minde ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.14.21

March 14th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 14, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Thoroughly Followed RARELY HAVE we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not, completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 58  Thought to Ponder The Twelve Steps -- a manuscript for rational living.  AA- ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.13.21

March 13th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 13, 2021 Transformed Until now, our lives have been largely devoted to running from pain and problems. We fled from them as from a plague. We never wanted to deal with the fact of suffering. Escape via the bottle was always our solution. Character-building through suffering might be all right for saints, but it certainly didn't appeal to us. Then, in A.A., we looked and listened. Everywhere we saw failure and misery transformed by humility into priceless assets. - ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.12.21

March 12th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 12, 2021 At Home When your prospect has made such reparation as he can to his family, and has thoroughly explained to them the new principles by which he is living, he should proceed to put those principles into action at home. That is, if he is lucky enough to have a home. Though his family be at fault in many respects, he should not be concerned about that. He should concentrate on his own spiritual demonstration. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.11.21

March 11th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 11, 2021 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. - Twelve Steps ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.10.21

March 10th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 10, 2021 Whatever Price "Belief meant reliance, not; defiance. In A.A. we saw the fruits of this belief: men and women spared from alcohol's final catastrophe. We saw them meet and transcend their other pains and trials. We saw them calmly accept impossible situations, seeking neither to run nor to recriminate. This was not only faith; it was faith that worked under all conditions. We soon concluded that whatever price in humility we must pay, we would pay.&qu ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.09.21

March 9th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 9, 2021 Humility For without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at all. Nearly all A.A.'s have found, too, that unless they develop much more of this precious quality than may be required just for sobriety, they still haven't much chance of becoming truly happy. Without it, they cannot live to much useful purpose, or, in adversity, be able to summon the faith that can meet any emergency. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 70 Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.08.21

March 8th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 8, 2021 Clear a Channel If at these points our emotional disturbance happens to be great, we will more surely keep our balance, provided we remember, and repeat to ourselves, a particular prayer or phrase that has appealed to us in our reading or meditation. Just saying it over and over will often enable us to clear a channel choked up with anger, fear, frustration, or misunderstanding, and permit us to return to the surest help of all—our search for God's will, no ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.07.21

March 7th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 7, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Design for Living 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.06.21

March 6th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 6, 2021 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 basically of o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.05.21

March 5th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 5, 2021 Solitary Self-Appraisal Hence it was most evident that a solitary self-appraisal, and the admission of our defects based upon that alone, wouldn't be nearly enough. 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, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.04.21

March 4th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 4, 2021 A Gift When a man or a woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important meaning of it is that he has now become able to do, feel, and believe that which he could not do before on his unaided strength and resources alone. He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of consciousness and being. He has been set on a path which tells him he is really going somewhere, that life is not a dead end, not something to be endured or mastered. - Twelve St ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.03.21

March 3rd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 3, 2021 Great News The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution. We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action. This is the great news this book carries to those who suffer from alcoholism. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 17 Thought to Ponder Together we can do what we could never do alone. AA-related 'Alconym' T E A M  =   Toget ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.02.21

March 2nd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 2, 2021 Powerless Shortly afterward I came home drunk. There had been no fight. Where had been my high resolve? I simply didn’t know. It hadn't even come to mind. Someone had pushed a drink my way, and I had taken it. Was I crazy? I began to wonder, for such an appalling lack of perspective seemed near being just that. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill's Story) p. 5 Thought to Ponder We are without defense against the first drink. AA-related 'Alconym' A A  = &nb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.01.21

March 1st 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 1, 2021 Third Step Prayer Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him: "God, I offer myself to Thee—to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!" - ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.28.21

February 28th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 28, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Fear Some of us once had great self-confidence, but it didn’t fully solve the fear problem, or any other. When it made us cocky, it was worse. 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 ask Him to remove our fear and direct our attention to what He would have us be. At once, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.27.21

February 27th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 27, 2021 Practice These Principles 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. 44 Thought to Ponde ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.26.21

February 26th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 26, 2021 Little Control If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably alcoholic. If that be the case, you may be suffering from an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 44 Thought to Ponder The ultimate defense against the first drink is a spiritual one. AA-related 'Alconym' A A  =   A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.25.21

February 25th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 25, 2021 A Useful Program 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 02.24.21

February 24th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 24, 2021 Control 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  =   Answer Available. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.23.21

February 23rd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 23, 2021 First Objective 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 Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 91 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.22.21

February 22nd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 22, 2021 An Open Mind All you really need is a truly open mind. Just resign from the debating society and quit bothering yourself with such deep questions as whether it was the hen or the egg that came first. Again I say, all you need is the open mind. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Two) p. 26 Thought to Ponder Minds are like parachutes – they won't work unless they're open. AA-related 'Alconym' H O W  =   Honest, Open-minded, Willing. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.21.21

February 21st 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 21, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Freedom 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. When we sincerely took such a position, all sorts of remarkable ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.20.21

February 20th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 20, 2021 Emotional Insecurity The most common symptoms of emotional insecurity are worry, anger, self-pity, and depression. These stem from causes which sometimes seem to be within us, and at other times to come from without. To take inventory in this respect we ought to consider carefully all personal relationships which bring continuous or recurring trouble. It should be remembered that this kind of insecurity may arise in any area where instincts are threaten ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.19.21

February 19th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 19, 2021 True Freedom To get completely away from our aversion to the idea of being humble, to gain a vision of humility as the avenue to true freedom of the human spirit, to be willing to work for humility as something to be desired for itself, takes most of us a long, long time. A whole lifetime geared to self-centeredness cannot be set in reverse all at once. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 73 Thought to Ponder Humility is the soil in w ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.18.21

February 18th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 18, 2021 Spiritual Progress 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' A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.17.21

February 17th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 17, 2021 Miraculous 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 02.16.21

February 16th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 16, 2021 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. Clean ho ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.15.21

February 15th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 15, 2021 Peace of Mind But when we have taken a square look at some of these defects, have discussed them with another, and have become willing to have them removed, our thinking about humility commences to have a wider meaning. By this time in all probability we have gained some measure of release from our more devastating handicaps. We enjoy moments in which there is something like real peace of mind. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 74 T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.14.21

February 14th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 14, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Self-Propulsion Most people try to live by self-propulsion. Each person is like an actor who wants to run the whole show; is forever trying to arrange the lights, the ballet, the scenery and the rest of the players in his own way. If his arrangements would only stay put, if only people would do as he wished, the show would be great.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) pp. 60 - 61  Thought to Ponder Love and tole ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.13.21

February 13th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 13, 2021 Acceptance We know that little good can come to any alcoholic who joins A.A. unless he has first accepted his devastating weakness and all its consequences. Until he so humbles himself, his sobriety—if any—will be precarious. Of real happiness he will find none at all. Proved beyond doubt by an immense experience, this is one of the facts of A.A. life. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) p. 21 Thought to Ponder The Three A's ... Awareness, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.12.21

February 12th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 12, 2021 The Basic Principles The basic principles of the A.A. program, it appears, hold good for individuals with many different lifestyles, just as the program has brought recovery to those of many different nationalities. The Twelve Steps that summarize the program may be called los Doce Pasos in one country, les Douze Etapes in another, but they trace exactly the same path to recovery that was blazed by the earliest members of Alcoholics Anonymous. - Alcohol ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.11.21

February 11th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 11, 2021 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 I stood in the sunlight at last. AA-related 'Alconym' A A  =   Answer Available. Thanks to a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.10.21

February 10th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 10, 2021 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 The ul ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.09.21

February 9th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 9, 2021 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 6) p. 64 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.08.21

February 8th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 8, 2021 Trust, Reliance, Serenity Perhaps there is a better way—we think so. For we are now on a different basis; the basis of trusting and relying upon God. We trust infinite God rather than our finite selves. We are in the world to play the role He assigns. Just to the extent that we do as we think He would have us, and humbly rely on Him, does He enable us to match calamity with serenity. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 68 Thought to Ponder Serenit ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.07.21

February 7th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 7, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ A Good Beginning 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 Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 71  Thought to Ponder If I have the courage to begin, I have the courage to succeed.  AA-related 'Alconym' *H O W*  =  Honest, Open-minded, Will ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.06.21

February 6th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 6, 2021 Willing to Believe Let us make haste to reassure you. We found that as soon as we were able to lay aside prejudice and express even a willingness to believe in a Power greater than ourselves, we commenced to get results, even though it was impossible for any of us to fully define or comprehend that Power, which is God. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 46 Thought to Ponder Willpower ... our will-ingness to use a Higher Power. AA-related 'Alcony ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.05.21

February 5th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 5, 2021 Dependence He clamors for this or that, claiming he cannot master alcohol until his material needs are cared for. Nonsense. Some of us have taken very hard knocks to learn this truth: Job or no job—wife or no wife—we simply do not stop drinking so long as we place dependence upon other people ahead of dependence on God. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 98 Thought to Ponder In AA we don't carry the alcoholic; we carry the message. AA-rel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.04.21

February 4th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 4, 2021 Our Big Book Further on, clear-cut directions are given showing how we recovered. These are followed by forty-two personal experiences. . . Our hope is that many alcoholic men and women, desperately in need, will see these pages, and we believe that it is only by fully disclosing ourselves and our problems that they will be persuaded to say, "Yes, I am one of them too; I must have this thing." - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 29 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 2.03.21

February 3rd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 3, 2021 Fully Concede We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery. The delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed. We alcoholics are men and women who have lost the ability to control our drinking. We know that no real alcoholic ever recovers control. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 30 Thought to Ponder When we try to control ou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.02.21

February 2nd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 2, 2021 Resentments But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment is infinitely grave. We found that it is fatal. For when harboring such feelings we shut ourselves off from the sunlight of the Spirit. The insanity of alcohol returns and we drink again. And with us, to drink is to die. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 66 Thought to Ponder Forgiveness unlocks my prison of resentme ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.01.21

February 1st 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 1, 2021 Conscious Contact 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 Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.31.21

January 31st 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 31, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ 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 en ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.30.21

January 30th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 30, 2021 Self-restraint We must avoid quick-tempered criticism and furious, power-driven argument. The same goes for sulking or silent scorn. These are emotional booby traps baited with pride and vengefulness. Our first job is to sidestep the traps. When we are tempted by the bait, we should train ourselves to step back and think. For we can neither think nor act to good purpose until the habit of self-restraint has become automatic. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Tra ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.29.21

January 29th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 29, 2021 Self-searching More experienced people, of course, in all times and places have practiced unsparing self-survey and criticism. For the wise have always known that no one can make much of his life until self-searching becomes a regular habit, until he is able to admit and accept what he finds, and until he patiently and persistently tries to correct what is wrong. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 88 Thought to Ponder I can’t fix someth ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.28.21

January 28th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 28, 2021 Tradition Twelve And finally, we of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that the principle of anonymity has an immense spiritual significance. It reminds us that we are to place principles before personalities; that we are to practice a genuine humility. This to the end that our great blessings may never spoil us; that we shall forever live in thankful contemplation of Him who presides over us all. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Appendice 1, Long Form) p. 565 - 566 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.27.21

January 27th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 27, 2021 Emotional Jag Anger, that occasional luxury of more balanced people, could keep us on an emotional jag indefinitely. These emotional "dry benders" often led straight to the bottle. Other kinds of disturbances—jealousy, envy, self-pity, or hurt pride—did the same thing. A spot-check inventory taken in the midst of such disturbances can be of very great help in quieting stormy emotions. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 90 Thou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.26.21

January 26th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 26, 2021 Alcoholic Mind They had said that though I did raise a defense, it would one day give way before some trivial reason for having a drink. Well, just that did happen and more, for what I had learned of alcoholism did not occur to me at all. I knew from that moment that I had an alcoholic mind. I saw that will power and self-knowledge would not help in those strange mental blank spots. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 42 Thought to Ponde ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.25.21

January 25th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 25, 2021 In God's Hands 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 in a new and wonderful world, no matter what your present circumstances! - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 100 Thought to Ponder Take a walk with God. He will meet you at the Steps. AA-related 'Alconym' A R T &n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.24.21

January 24th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 24, 2021 Foundation for Life There is a direct linkage among self-examination, meditation, and prayer. Taken separately, these practices can bring much relief and benefit. But when they are logically related and interwoven, the result is an unshakable foundation for life. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 98 Thought to Ponder Today I pray over the things that I used to drink over. AA-related 'Alconym' P U S H  =   Pray Until Somet ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.23.21

January 23rd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 23, 2021 Sanity "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 Traditions, (Step Two) p ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.22.21

January 22nd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 22, 2021 Spiritual Tools There is a solution. Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process requires for its successful consummation. But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been living it. When, therefore, we were approached by those in whom the problem had been solved, there was nothing left for us but to pi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.21.21

January 21st 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 21, 2021 This Solution But the ex-problem drinker who has found this solution, who is properly armed with facts about himself, can generally win the entire confidence of another alcoholic in a few hours. Until such an understanding is reached, little or nothing can be accomplished. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 18 Thought to Ponder Together we can do what we could never do alone. AA-related 'Alconym' A L C O H O L I C S  =   A Life ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.20.21

January 20th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 20, 2021 Cheerfulness and Laughter So we think cheerfulness and laughter make for usefulness. Outsiders are sometimes shocked when we bust into merriment over a seemingly tragic experience out of the past. But why shouldn’t we laugh? We have recovered, and have been given the power to help others. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 132 Thought to Ponder Laughter is the sound of recovery. AA-related 'Alconym' H J F  =   Happy, Joyous, Fr ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.19.21

January 19th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 19, 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 88 Thought to Ponder Motivation may get you going, but discipline keeps you growing. AA-related 'Alconym' A B C  =   Accept, Begin, Continue. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, str ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.18.21

January 18th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 18, 2021 Character and Comfort But whenever we had to choose between character and comfort, the character-building was lost in the dust of our chase after what we thought was happiness. Seldom did we look at character-building as something desirable in itself, something we would like to strive for whether our instinctual needs were met or not. We never thought of making honesty, tolerance, and true love of man and God the daily basis of living. - Twelve Steps and ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.17.21

January 17th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 17, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Reconstruction Ahead 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'?" Yes, there is a long period of reconstruction ahead. We must take the lead. A remorseful mumbling that we are sorry won’t fill the bill at a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.16.21

January 16th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 16, 2021 Step Five We have admitted certain defects; we have ascertained in a rough way what the trouble is; we have put our finger on the weak items in our personal inventory. Now these are about to be cast out. This requires action on our part, which, when completed, will mean that we have admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our defects. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 72 Thought to Ponder We need to share ou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.15.21

January 15th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 15, 2021 Progress "Day by day, we try to move a little toward God's perfection. So we need not be consumed by maudlin guilt for failure to achieve His likeness and image by Thursday next. Progress is our aim, and His perfection is the beacon, light-years away, that draws us on." - As Bill Sees It, p. 15 Thought to Ponder Sobriety is not a destination, but an everlasting journey. AA-related 'Alconym' S H A M E  =   Should Have Already Mastere ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.14.21

January 14th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 14, 2021 Juggernaut The philosophy of self-sufficiency is not paying off. Plainly enough, it is a bone-crushing juggernaut whose final achievement is ruin. Therefore, we who are alcoholics can consider ourselves fortunate indeed. Each of us has had his own near-fatal encounter with the juggernaut of self-will, and has suffered enough under its weight to be willing to look for something better. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Three) pp. 37 - 39 Though ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.13.21

January 13th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 13, 2021 No Defense Once more: The alcoholic at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink. Except in a few cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense. His defense must come from a Higher Power. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 43 Thought to Ponder The ultimate defense against the first drink is a spiritual one. AA-related 'Alconym' H E L P  =   His Ever-Loving Presence. Thanks ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.12.21

January 12th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 12, 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 Love is ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.11.21

January 11th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 11, 2021 Hitting Bottom Why all this insistence that every A.A. must hit bottom first? The answer is that few people will sincerely try to practice the A.A. program unless they have hit bottom. For practicing A.A.'s remaining eleven Steps means the adoption of attitudes and actions that almost no alcoholic who is still drinking can dream of taking. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) p. 24 Thought to Ponder Sobriety without action is fantasy. AA-re ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.10.21

January 10th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 10, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ 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.  - A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.09.21

January 9th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 9, 2021 Open To All As soon as we admitted the possible existence of a Creative Intelligence, a Spirit of the Universe underlying the totality of things, we began to be possessed of a new sense of power and direction, provided we took other simple steps. We found that God does not make too hard terms with those who seek Him. To us, the Realm of Spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive; never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek. It is open, we believe ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.08.21

January 8th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 8, 2021 Countless Vain Attempts 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 About Alcoholism) p. 30 Thought ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.07.21

January 7th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 7, 2021 Self-pity "Self-pity is one of the most unhappy and consuming defects that we know. It is a bar to all spiritual progress and can cut off all effective communication with our fellows because of its inordinate demands for attention and sympathy. It is a maudlin form of martyrdom, which we can ill afford." - As Bill Sees It, p. 238 Thought to Ponder The smallest package in the world is an alcoholic all wrapped up in himself. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.06.21

January 6th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 6, 2021 Powerful Reason Leaving aside the drink question, they tell why living was so unsatisfactory. They show how the change came over them. When many hundreds of people are able to say that the consciousness of the Presence of God is today the most important fact of their lives, they present a powerful reason why one should have faith. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 51 Thought to Ponder No God, no peace — know God, know peace. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.05.21

January 5th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 5, 2021 Way of Strength 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 Spirituality is ...Continue Reading
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