Daily Thought Archives

 

Daily Thought 06.27.19

June 27th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 27, 2019* *Faith Applied* Let him see that you are not there to instruct him in religion. Admit that he probably knows more about it than you do, but call to his attention the fact that however deep his faith and knowledge, he could not have applied it or he would not drink. Perhaps your story will help him see where he has failed to practice the very precepts he knows so well.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 93 Thought to Ponder If faith ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.26.19

June 26th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 26, 2019* *Laughter* So we think cheerfulness and laughter make for usefulness. Outsiders are sometimes shocked when we burst into merriment over a seemingly tragic experience out of the past. But why shouldn’t we laugh? We have recovered, and have been given the power to help others.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 132 Thought to Ponder Laughter is medicine for the sober spirit. AA-related 'Alconym' *H J F*  =  Happy, Joyous, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.25.19

June 25th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 25, 2019* *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-relat ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.24.19

June 24th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 24, 2019* *Humility* 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.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Five) p. 58 Thought to Ponder Learning is the very essence of humility; the two walk hand in hand. AA-r ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.23.19

June 23rd 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 23, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Resentments* We turned back to the list, for it held the key to the future. We were prepared to look at it from an entirely different angle. We began to see that the world and its people really dominated us. In that state, the wrong-doing of others, fancied or real, had power to actually kill. How could we escape? We saw that these resentments must be mastered, but how?  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 66  Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.22.19

June 22nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 22, 2019* *A Double Life* More than most people, the alcoholic leads a double life. He is very much the actor. To the outer world he presents his stage character. This is the one he likes his fellows to see. He wants to enjoy a certain reputation, but knows in his heart he doesn't deserve it.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action,) p. 73 Thought to Ponder Character is what I am; reputation is what people think I am. AA-related 'Alconym' *F E A R*  =&n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.21.19

June 21st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 21, 2019* *Self-Confidence* When first challenged to admit defeat, most of us revolted. We had approached A.A. expecting to be taught self-confidence. Then we had been told that so far as alcohol is concerned, self-confidence was no good whatever; in fact, it was a total liability.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One,) p. 22 Thought to Ponder Avoidance is not the key; surrender opens the door. AA-related 'Alconym' *W O W*  =  Willing ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.20.19

June 20th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 20, 2019* *More Action* If we have carefully followed directions, we have begun to sense the flow of His Spirit into us. To some extent we have become God-conscious. We have begun to develop this vital sixth sense. But we must go further and that means more action.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action,) p. 85 Thought to Ponder Faith is mighty. Action with faith is mightier. AA-related 'Alconym' *A B C*  =  Action, Belief, Continue. Thanks to al ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.19.19

June 19th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 19, 2019* *A Good Beginning* 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.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works,) pp. 70 - 71 Thought to Ponder If I have the courage to begin, I have the courage to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.18.19

June 18th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 18, 2019* *A Gift* When a man or a woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important meaning of it is that he has now become able to do, feel, and believe that which he could not do before on his unaided strength and resources alone. He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of consciousness and being. He has been set on a path which tells him he is really going somewhere, that life is not a dead end, not something to be endured or mastered.  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.17.19

June 17th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 17, 2019* *Entire Psychic Change* After they have succumbed to the desire again, as so many do, and the phenomenon of craving develops, they pass through the well-known stages of a spree, emerging remorseful, with a firm resolution not to drink again. This is repeated over and over, and unless this person can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope of his recovery.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Doctors Opinion,) p. xxix Thought to Pond ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.16.19

June 16th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 16, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Tradition Five* Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be a spiritual entity having but one primary purpose—that of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Twelve Traditions, Appendix 1) p. 563  Thought to Ponder In AA we don't carry the alcoholic; we carry the message.  AA-related 'Alconym' *B E S T*  =  Been Enjoying Sobriety Today?  A Member ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.15.19

June 15th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 15, 2019* *Fearful* At heart we had all been abnormally fearful. It mattered little whether we had sat on the shore of life drinking ourselves into forgetfulness or had plunged in recklessly and willfully beyond our depth and ability. The result was the same—all of us had nearly perished in a sea of alcohol. But today, in well-matured A.A.'s, these distorted drives have been restored to something like their true purpose and direction.  - Twelve Steps and Twe ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.14.19

June 14th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 14, 2019* *Reason* Hence, we saw that reason isn’t everything. Neither is reason, as most of us use it, entirely dependable, though it emanate from our best minds. What about people who proved that man could never fly? Yet we had been seeing another kind of flight, a spiritual liberation from this world, people who rose above their problems. They said God made these things possible, and we only smiled. We had seen spiritual release, but liked to tell ourselves it ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.13.19

June 13th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 13, 2019* *Depth and Weight* Frothy emotional appeal seldom suffices. The message which can interest and hold these alcoholic people must have depth and weight. In nearly all cases, their ideals must be grounded in a power greater than themselves, if they are to re-create their lives.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Doctors Opinion,) p. xxviii Thought to Ponder God seldom becomes a reality until God becomes a necessity. AA-related 'Alconym' *A B C*  =&n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.12.19

June 12th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 12, 2019* *Tradition Six* An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Twelve Traditions,) Appendix One Thought to Ponder Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. AA-related 'Alconym' *A L C O H O L I C S*  =  A Life Consisting ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.11.19

June 11th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 11, 2019* *Simple, But Not Easy* 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 New ideals and new attitudes bring ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.10.19

June 10th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 10, 2019* *Step Six* If we can answer to our satisfaction, we then look at Step Six. We have emphasized willingness as being indispensable. Are we now ready to let God remove from us all the things which we have admitted are objectionable? Can He now take them all—every one? If we still cling to something we will not let go, we ask God to help us be willing.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action,) p. 76 Thought to Ponder The task ahead of us is never as gre ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.08.19

June 9th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 9, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Design for Living* We, in our turn, sought the same escape with all the desperation of drowning men. What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of God. A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, "a design for living" that really works.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution,) p. 28  Thought to Ponder The Twelve Steps — a manuscript for rational living.  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.08.19

June 8th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 8, 2019* *I Am Responsible . . .* When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible. Declaration of 30th Anniversary A. A. International Convention, 1965  - As Bill Sees It, (I Am Responsible,) No. 332 Thought to Ponder I may be the only "Big Book" another alcoholic has seen. AA-related 'Alconym' *P R O G R A M*  =  People Relying On God Relaying A Message. Thanks to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.07.19

June 7th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 7, 2019* *Helpfulness to Others* Your job now is to be at the place where you may be of maximum helpfulness to others, so never hesitate to go anywhere if you can be helpful. You should not hesitate to visit the most sordid spot on earth on such an errand. Keep on the firing line of life with these motives and God will keep you unharmed.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others,) p.102 Thought to Ponder Trust God. Clean house. Help others. AA-related ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.06.19

June 6th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 6, 2019* *Precisely How* 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, (Foreword to First Edition,) p.xiii Thought to Ponder When all else fail ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.05.19

June 5th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 5, 2019* *Inspiration* Being still inexperienced and having just made conscious contact with God, it is not probable that we are going to be inspired at all times. We might pay for this presumption in all sorts of absurd actions and ideas. Nevertheless, we find that our thinking will, as time passes, be more and more on the plane of inspiration. We come to rely upon it.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action,) p. 87 Thought to Ponder The Three "P's" ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.04.19

June 4th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 4, 2019* *Vital to Recovery* This seemed to prove that one alcoholic could affect another as no nonalcoholic could. It also indicated that strenuous work, one alcoholic with another, was vital to permanent recovery.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Foreward To Second Edition,) pp. xvi - xvii Thought to Ponder To keep it, you have to give it away. AA-related 'Alconym' *W O R K*  =  What Our Recovery Knows. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.03.19

June 3rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 3, 2019* *Resentments* Though we did not like their symptoms and the way these disturbed us, they, like ourselves, were sick too. We asked God to help us show them the same tolerance, pity, and patience that we would cheerfully grant a sick friend. When a person offended we said to ourselves,"This is a sick man. How can I be helpful to him? God save me from being angry. Thy will be done."  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 67 Thought to Po ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.02.19

June 2nd 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 2, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Selfishness* That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 84  Thought to Ponder If I self-forget, I find.  AA-related 'Alconym' *C H A N G E D*  =  Choosing Humility Allows New Growth Each Day.&n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.01.19

June 1st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 1, 2019* *Unselfishness and Love* Since the home has suffered more than anything else, it is well that a man exert himself there. He is not likely to get far in any direction if he fails to show unselfishness and love under his own roof. We know there are difficult wives and families, but the man who is getting over alcoholism must remember he did much to make them so.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward,) p. 127 Thought to Ponder The first step in ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.31.19

May 31st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 31, 2019* *Faith* 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 Faith is like a muscle, the more we use it, the more it grows. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.30.19

May 30th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 30, 2019* *Our Families* We ought to sit down with the family and frankly analyze the past as we now see it, being very careful not to criticize them. Their defects may be glaring, but the chances are that our own actions are partly responsible. So we clean house with the family, asking each morning in meditation that our Creator show us the way of patience, tolerance, kindliness and love.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 83 Thought to Ponder The Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.29.18

May 29th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 29, 2019* *The Alcoholic Illness* But not so with the alcoholic illness, for with it there goes annihilation of all the things worth while in life. It engulfs all whose lives touch the sufferer's. It brings misunderstanding, fierce resentment, financial insecurity, disgusted friends and employers, warped lives of blameless children, sad wives and parents—anyone can increase the list.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 18 Thought to Ponder Righ ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.28.19

May 28th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 28, 2019* *Prayer and Meditation* 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.  - Twelve Steps a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.27.19

May 27th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 27, 2019* *Temptation* In our belief any scheme of combating alcoholism which proposes to shield the sick man from temptation is doomed to failure. If the alcoholic tries to shield himself he may succeed for a time, but he usually winds up with a bigger explosion than ever. We have tried these methods. These attempts to do the impossible have always failed.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 101 Thought to Ponder Faith makes the impossible pos ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.26.19

May 26th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 26, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Checking Our Motives* But in other instances only the closest scrutiny will reveal what our true motives were. There are cases where our ancient enemy, rationalization, has stepped in and has justified conduct which was really wrong. The temptation here is to imagine that we had good motives and reasons when we really didn't.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 94  Thought to Ponder Don't believe everyt ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.25.19

May 25th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 25, 2019* *Faith Without Works* Faith without works was dead, he said. And how appallingly true for the alcoholic! For if an alcoholic failed to perfect and enlarge his spiritual life through work and self-sacrifice for others, he could not survive the certain trials and low spots ahead. If he did not work, he would surely drink again, and if he drank, he would surely die. Then faith would be dead indeed. With us it is just like that.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.24.19

May 24th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 24, 2019* *Happy, Joyous and Free* We are sure God wants us to be happy, joyous, and free. We cannot subscribe to the belief that this life is a vale of tears, though it once was just that for many of us. But it is clear that we made our own misery. God didn’t do it.   - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 133 Thought to Ponder Happiness and peace of mind are always here, open and free to anyone. AA-related 'Alconym' *F R E E*  =  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.23.19

May 23rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 23, 2019* *Morning Meditation* If not members of religious bodies, we sometimes select and memorize a few set prayers which emphasize the principles we have been discussing. There are many helpful books also. Suggestions about these may be obtained from one’s priest, minister, or rabbi. Be quick to see where religious people are right. Make use of what they offer.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 87 Thought to Ponder Prayer asks the question. Medita ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.22.19

May 22nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 22, 2019* *Alcoholics Anonymous* We are not an organization in the conventional sense of the word. There are no fees or dues whatsoever. The only requirement for membership is an honest desire to stop drinking. We are not allied with any particular faith, sect or denomination, nor do we oppose anyone. We simply wish to be helpful to those who are afflicted.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Foreward to the First Edition,) pp. xiii - xiv Thought to Ponder The Twelve ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.21.19

May 21st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 21, 2019* *Anger* If we were to live, we had to be free of anger. The grouch and the brainstorm were not for us. They maybe the dubious luxury of normal men, but for alcoholics these things are poison.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works,) p. 66 Thought to Ponder When anger rises, think of the consequences. AA-related 'Alconym' *C A L M*  =  *C*an *A*nger *L*eave *M*e? Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.20.19

May 20th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 20, 2019* *Step Eight* Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. Having carefully surveyed this whole area of human relations, and having decided exactly what personality traits in us injured and disturbed others, we can now commence to ransack memory for the people to whom we have given offense. To put a finger on the nearby and most deeply damaged ones shouldn't be hard to do.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Tradit ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.19.19

May 19th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 19, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Ceased Fighting* That is the miracle of it. We are not fighting it, neither are we avoiding temptation. We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality - safe and protected. We have not even sworn off. Instead, the problem has been removed. It does not exist for us. We are neither cocky nor are we afraid. That is our experience. That is how we react so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition.  - Alcoholics ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.18.19

May 18th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 18, 2019* *Self-Deception* Despite all we can say, many who are real alcoholics are not going to believe they are in that class. By every form of self-deception and experimentation, they will try to prove themselves exceptions to the rule, therefore nonalcoholic.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 31 Thought to Ponder I would rather go through life sober, believing I am an alcoholic; than go through life drunk, trying to convince myself that ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.17.19

May 17th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 17, 2019* *Reliance* When we saw others solve their problems by a simple reliance upon the Spirit of the Universe, we had to stop doubting the power of God. Our ideas did not work. But the God idea did.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 52 Thought to Ponder Reliance on God enables me to match calamity with serenity. AA-related 'Alconym' *F R O G*  =  *F*ully *R*ely *O*n *G*od. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.16.19

May 16th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 16, 2019* *Meditation* Meditation is something which can always be further developed. It has no boundaries, either of width or height. Aided by such instruction and example as we can find, it is essentially an individual adventure, something which each one of us works out in his own way. But its object is always the same: to improve our conscious contact with God, with His grace, wisdom, and love.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 101 T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.15.19

May 15th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 15, 2019* *Action* The program of action, though entirely sensible, was pretty drastic. It meant I would have to throw several lifelong conceptions out of the window. That was not easy. But the moment I made up my mind to go through with the process, I had the curious feeling that my alcoholic condition was relieved, as in fact it proved to be.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 42 Thought to Ponder What is now proved was once only imagined. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.14.19

May 14th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 14, 2019* *Twisted Relations* But it is from our twisted relations with family, friends, and society at large that many of us have suffered the most. We have been especially stupid and stubborn about them. The primary fact that we fail to recognize is our total inability to form a true partnership with another human being.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) p. 53 Thought to Ponder Ask yourself, "What would an adult do in this situation?& ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.13.19

May 13th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 13, 2019* *Foundation of Willingness* Upon a foundation of complete willingness I might build what I saw in my friend. Would I have it? Of course I would! Thus was I convinced that God is concerned with us humans when we want Him enough. At long last I saw, I felt, I believed. Scales of pride and prejudice fell from my eyes. A new world came into view.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill's Story) p. 12 Thought to Ponder I came. I came to. I came to believe. AA-r ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.12.19

May 12th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 12, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Amends* We are there to sweep off our side of the street, realizing that nothing worth while can be accomplished until we do so, never trying to tell him what he should do. His faults are not discussed. We stick to our own. If our manner is calm, frank, and open, we will be gratified with the result.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) pp. 77 - 78  Thought to Ponder It is the highest form of self-respect to  adm ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.11.19

May 11th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 11, 2019* *Assets* 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 Is the life I'm living the life that wants to live in me? AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*&n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.10.19

May 10th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 10, 2019* *Building of Character* If we ask, God will certainly forgive our derelictions. But in no case does He render us white as snow and keep us that way without our cooperation. That is something we are supposed to be willing to work toward ourselves. He asks only that we try as best we know how to make progress in the building of character.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Six) p. 65 Thought to Ponder Character is what I am; reputation is w ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.09.19

May 9th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 9, 2019* *Quick Inventory* 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 I can’t fix ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.08.19

May 8th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 8, 2019* *Guidance For Our Lives* We discover that we do receive guidance for our lives to just about the extent that we stop making demands upon God to give it to us on order and on our terms. Almost any experienced A.A. will tell how his affairs have taken remarkable and unexpected turns for the better as he tried to improve his conscious contact with God.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) pp. 104 - 105 Thought to Ponder The Three " ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.07.19

May 7th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 7, 2019* *Success* Now that we're in A.A. and sober, and winning back the esteem of our friends and business associates, we find that we still need to exercise special vigilance. 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 P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.06.19

May 6th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 6, 2019* *Spiritual Matters* 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 The ultimate defense against the fi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.05.19

May 5th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 5, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Bondage of Self* We were now at Step Three. Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him: "God, I offer myself to Thee—to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!"  - Alcoholics Anony ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.04.19

May 4th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 4, 2019* *Building an Arch* Carefully reading the first five proposals we ask if we have omitted anything, for we are building an arch through which we shall walk a free man at last. Is our work solid so far? Are the stones properly in place? Have we skimped on the cement put into the foundation? Have we tried to make mortar without sand? If we can answer to our satisfaction, we then look at Step Six.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) pp. 75 - 76 Though ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.03.19

May 3rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 3, 2019* *Pocket Our Pride* 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.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 75 Thought to Ponder Swallowing my pride will not get me drunk. AA-rela ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.02.19

May 2nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 2, 2019* *Step Five* Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. This is perhaps difficult—especially discussing our defects with another person. We think we have done well enough in admitting these things to ourselves. There is doubt about that. In actual practice, we usually find a solitary self-appraisal insufficient. Many of us thought it necessary to go much further.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.01.19

May 1st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 1, 2019* *Tradition One* "Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity." Eventually, of course, we cooperate because we really wish to; we see that without substantial unity there can be no A.A., and that without A.A. there can be little lasting recovery for anyone. We gladly set aside personal ambitions whenever these might harm A.A. We humbly confess that we are but "a small part of a great whole."  - ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.30.19

April 30th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 30, 2019* *Alcoholic Or Not?* We do not like to pronounce any individual as alcoholic, but you can quickly diagnose yourself. Step over to the nearest barroom and try some controlled drinking. Try to drink and stop abruptly. Try it more than once. It will not take long for you to decide, if you are honest with yourself about it. It may be worth a bad case of jitters if you get a full knowledge of your condition.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.29.19

April 29th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 29, 2019* *The Right Thing* When I am willing to do the right thing, I am rewarded with an inner peace no amount of liquor could ever provide. When I am unwilling to do the right thing, I become restless, irritable, and discontent. It is always my choice. Through the Twelve Steps, I have been granted the gift of choice. I am no longer at the mercy of a disease that tells me the only answer is to drink.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (My Chance to Live) p. 317 T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.28.19

April 28th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 28, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Quit Playing God* 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 things followed. We had a new Employer. Being all powerful, He provided what we needed, if we kept close to Him and performed His work well.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.27.19

April 27th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 27, 2019* *Pride In Reverse* As we morbidly pursue this melancholy activity, we may sink to such a point of despair that nothing but oblivion looks possible as a solution. Here, of course, we have lost all perspective, and therefore all genuine humility. For this is pride in reverse. This is not a moral inventory at all; it is the very process by which the depressive has so often been led to the bottle and extinction.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.26.19

April 26th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 26, 2019* *Pride* For pride, leading to self-justification, and always spurred by conscious or unconscious fears, is the basic breeder of most human difficulties, the chief block to true progress. Pride lures us into making demands upon ourselves or upon others which cannot be met without perverting or misusing our God-given instincts.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) pp. 48 - 49 Thought to Ponder Swallowing my pride will not get me drun ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.25.19

April 25th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 25, 2019* *"Number One" Offender* 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.24.19

April 24th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 24, 2019* *Fear* Sometimes we think fear ought to be classed with stealing. It seems to cause more trouble. We reviewed our fears thoroughly. We put them on paper, even though we had no resentment in connection with them. We asked ourselves why we had them. Wasn’t it because self-reliance failed us? Self-reliance was good as far as it went, but it didn’t go far enough.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) pp. 67 - 68 Thought to Ponder Breathe in faith, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.23.19

April 23rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 23, 2019* *Sane and Sound Ideal* We reviewed our own conduct over the years past. Where had we been selfish, dishonest, or inconsiderate? Whom had we hurt? Did we unjustifiably arouse jealousy, suspicion or bitterness? Where were we at fault, what should we have done instead? We got this all down on paper and looked at it. In this way we tried to shape a sane and sound ideal for our future sex life. We subjected each relation to this test—was it selfish or not?& ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.22.19

April 22nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 22, 2019* *Recovered* You may already have asked yourself why it is that all of us became so very ill from drinking. Doubtless you are curious to discover how and why, in the face of expert opinion to the contrary, we have recovered from a hopeless condition of mind and body. If you are an alcoholic who wants to get over it, you may already be asking—"What do I have to do?" It is the purpose of this book to answer such questions specifically. We shall ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.21.19

April 21st 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 21, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *A Fair Hearing* We looked at the human defects of these people, and sometimes used their shortcomings as a basis of wholesale condemnation. We talked of intolerance, while we were intolerant ourselves. We missed the reality and the beauty of the forest because we were diverted by the ugliness of some of its trees. We never gave the spiritual side of life a fair hearing.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 50  T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.20.19

April 20th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 20, 2019* *Honestly Sought* Even so has God restored us all to our right minds. To this man, the revelation was sudden. Some of us grow into it more slowly. But He has come to all who have honestly sought Him. When we drew near to Him He disclosed Himself to us!  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 57 Thought to Ponder I came; I came to; I came to believe. AA-related 'Alconym' *A B C*  =  *A*cceptance, *B*elief, *C*hange. Thanks to all o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.19.19

April 19th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 19, 2019* *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 threa ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.18.19

April 18th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 18, 2019* *Seriously Disturbed* But in A.A. we slowly learned that something had to be done about our vengeful resentments, self-pity, and unwarranted pride. We had to see that every time we played the big shot, we turned people against us. We had to see that when we harbored grudges and planned revenge for such defeats, we were really beating ourselves with the club of anger we had intended to use on others. We learned that if we were seriously disturbed, our f ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.17.19

April 17th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 17, 2019* *Thy Will Be Done* We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day "Thy will be done." We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions. We become much more efficient. We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning up energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange life to suit ourselves.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.16.19

April 16th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 16, 2019* *A Square Look* 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) ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.15.19

April 15th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 15, 2019* Dearest Readers, The Daily Thought from yesterday should read page 60, not page 85.  My apologies.  *Honesty* Somehow, being alone with God doesn't seem as embarrassing as facing up to another person. Until we actually sit down and talk aloud about what we have so long hidden, our willingness to clean house is still largely theoretical. When we are honest with another person, it confirms that we have been honest with ourselves and with God.& ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.14.19

April 14th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 14, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Three Pertinent Ideas* Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas: *(a)* That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives. *(b)* That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism. *(c)* That God could and would if He were sought.   - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 85  Thought to Ponder I can ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.13.19

April 13th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 13, 2019* *Complete Abandon* Remember that we deal with alcohol—cunning, baffling, powerful! Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all power—that One is God. May you find Him now! Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) pp. 58 - 59 Thought to Ponder When we surrender to our Higher Power, the journey begins. AA-related ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.12.19

April 12th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 12, 2019* *Intolerance* We are careful never to show intolerance or hatred of drinking as an institution. Experience shows that such an attitude is not helpful to anyone. Every new alcoholic looks for this spirit among us and is immensely relieved when he finds we are not witch-burners. A spirit of intolerance might repel alcoholics whose lives could have been saved, had it not been for such stupidity.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.11.19

April 11th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 11, 2019* *The Needed Power* If a mere code of morals or a better philosophy of life were sufficient to overcome alcoholism, many of us would have recovered long ago. But we found that such codes and philosophies did not save us, no matter how much we tried. We could wish to be moral, we could wish to be philosophically comforted, in fact, we could will these things with all our might, but the needed power wasn’t there.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostic ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.10.19

April 10th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 10, 2019* *Direction* 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 thinkin ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.09.19

April 9th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 9, 2019* *Harmony* Courtesy, kindness, justice, and love are the keynotes by which we may come into harmony with practically anybody. When in doubt we can always pause, saying, "Not my will, but Thine, be done." And we can often ask ourselves, "Am I doing to others as I would have them do to me—today?"  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 93 Thought to Ponder I cannot add to the peace and good will of the world if I fai ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.08.19

April 8th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 8, 2019* *Self-pity* No words can tell of the loneliness and despair I found in that bitter morass of self-pity. Quicksand stretched around me in all directions. I had met my match. I had been overwhelmed. Alcohol was my master.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill's Story) p. 8 Thought to Ponder Self-pity is followed by isolation is followed by a drink. AA-related 'Alconym' *P L O M*  =  *P*oor *L*ittle *O*ld *M*e. Thanks to all of you for sharing ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.07.19

April 7th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 7, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Daily Reprieve* We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God’s will into all of our activities. "How can I best serve Thee—Thy will (not mine) be done." These are thoughts which must go with us constantly.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 85  Thought to Ponder I ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.06.19

April 6th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 6, 2019* *Excuses* Some drinkers have excuses with which they are satisfied part of the time. But in their hearts they really do not know why they do it. Once this malady has a real hold, they are a baffled lot. There is the obsession that somehow, someday, they will beat the game. But they often suspect they are down for the count. How true this is, few realize.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 23 Thought to Ponder Alcohol — cunning, baf ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.05.19

April 5th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 5, 2019* *Our Big Book* To you, some of the ideas which it contains are novel. Perhaps you are not quite in sympathy with the approach we suggest. By no means do we offer it as the last word on this subject, but so far as we are concerned, it has worked with us. After all, are you not looking for results rather than methods?  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (To Employers) p. 144 Thought to Ponder When all else fails, the directions are in the Big Book. AA-relate ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.04.19

April 4th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 4, 2019* *Faith and Courage* 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. We ask Him to remove our fear and direct our attention to what He would have us be. At once, we commence to outgrow fear.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 68 Thought to Ponder Courage is faith that has said its prayers. AA-re ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.03.19

April 3rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 3, 2019* *No Such Thing* Neither does there appear to be any kind of treatment which will make alcoholics of our kind like other men. We have tried every imaginable remedy. In some instances there has been brief recovery, followed always by a still worse relapse. Physicians who are familiar with alcoholism agree there is no such thing as making a normal drinker out of an alcoholic. Science may one day accomplish this, but it hasn’t done so yet.  - Alcoholic ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.02.19

April 2nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 2, 2019* *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.   - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.01.19

April 1st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 1, 2019* *Causes and Conditions* Next we launched out on a course of vigorous action, the first step of which is a personal housecleaning, which many of us had never attempted. Though our decision was a vital and crucial step, it could have little permanent effect unless at once followed by a strenuous effort to face, and to be rid of, the things in ourselves which had been blocking us. Our liquor was but a symptom. So we had to get down to causes and conditions ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.31.19

March 31st 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 31, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Happy, Joyous and Free* We are sure God wants us to be happy, joyous, and free. We cannot subscribe to the belief that this life is a vale of tears, though it once was just that for many of us. But it is clear that we made our own misery. God didn’t do it.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 133  Thought to Ponder Happiness is part of the journey, not some distant destination.  AA-related 'Alconym ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.30.19

March 30th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 30, 2019* *Unthinking* The alcoholic is like a tornado roaring his way through the lives of others. Hearts are broken. Sweet relationships are dead. Affections have been uprooted. Selfish and inconsiderate habits have kept the home in turmoil. We feel a man is unthinking when he says that sobriety is enough.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 82 Thought to Ponder We're not living just to be sober; we are living to learn, to serve and to love. AA-r ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.29.19

March 29th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 29, 2019* *Power and Simplicity* In any meeting, anywhere, A.A.’s share experience, strength, and hope with each other, in order to stay sober and help other alcoholics. Modem-to-modem or face-to-face, A.A.’s speak the language of the heart in all its power and simplicity.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Foreward to the Fourth Edition) p. xxiv Thought to Ponder Within our wonderful new world, we have found freedom from our fatal obsession. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.28.19

March 28th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 28, 2019* *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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.27.19

March 27th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 27, 2019* *Dividends* Joy at our release from a lifetime of frustration knew no bounds. Father feels he has struck something better than gold. For a time he may try to hug the new treasure to himself. He may not see at once that he has barely scratched a limitless lode which will pay dividends only if he mines it for the rest of his life and insists on giving away the entire product.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) pp. 128 - 129 Thought to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.26.19

March 26th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 26, 2019* *Carry This Message* 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 In AA we don't carry the alcoholic; we carry the message. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A W O L*  =  *A* *A* *W*ay *O*f *L*ife. Thanks to all of you for sharing so gen ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.25.19

March 25th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 25, 2019* *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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.24.19

March 24th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 24, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *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 - 181&n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.23.19

March 23rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 23, 2019* *Grudges and Revenge* We had to see that when we harbored grudges and planned revenge for such defeats, we were really beating ourselves with the club of anger we had intended to use on others. We learned that if we were seriously disturbed, our first need was to quiet that disturbance, regardless of who or what we thought caused it.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) p. 47 Thought to Ponder Expectations are premeditated resentmen ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.22.19

March 22nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 22, 2019* *Acquiring Faith* We have no desire to convince anyone that there is only one way by which faith can be acquired. If what we have learned and felt and seen means anything at all, it means that all of us, whatever our race, creed, or color are the children of a living Creator with whom we may form a relationship upon simple and understandable terms as soon as we are willing and honest enough to try.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.21.19

March 21st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 21, 2019* *Ready* Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it—then you are ready to take certain steps.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 58 Thought to Ponder Sobriety without action is fantasy. AA-related 'Alconym' *S T E P S*  =  *S*olutions *T*hrough *E*ach *P*owerful *S*tep. Thanks to a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.20.19

March 20th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 20, 2019* *Pride Blindness* When we early AAs got our first glimmer of how spiritually prideful we could be, we coined this expression: "Don't try to get too damned good by Thursday!" That old-time admonition may look like another one of those handy alibis that can excuse us from trying our best. Yet a closer view reveals just the contrary. This is our AA way of warning against pride-blindness, and the imaginary perfections we do not possess.  - T ...Continue Reading
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