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Daily Thought 12.10.18

December 10th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 10, 2018* *Attitudes and Actions* 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 wi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.09.18

December 9th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 9, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *New Power* More and more we became interested in seeing what we could contribute to life. As we felt new power flow in, as we enjoyed peace of mind, as we discovered we could face life successfully, as we became conscious of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter. We were reborn.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "How It Works," p. 63 Thought to Ponder The power within me is far grea ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.08.18

December 8th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 8, 2018* *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 Honesty is the absence of the intent to deceive. AA-related 'Alconym' *W I L ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.07.18

December 7th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 7, 2018* *Work* 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, "Bill's Story," pp. 14 - 15 Thought to Ponder While it isn't always easy, if I keep it s ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.06.18

December 6th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 6, 2018* *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. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*&n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.05.18

December 5th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 5, 2018* *Amends* Above all, we should try to be absolutely sure that we are not delaying because we are afraid. For the readiness to take the full consequences of our past acts, and to take responsibility for the well-being of others at the same time, is the very spirit of Step Nine. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, "Step Nine" p. 87 Thought to Ponder It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them. AA-re ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.04.18

December 4th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 4, 2018* *Spiritual Progress First* The head of the house ought to remember that he is mainly to blame for what befell his home. He can scarcely square the account in his lifetime. But he must see the danger of over-concentration on financial success. Although financial recovery is on the way for many of us, we found we could not place money first. For us, material well-being always followed spiritual progress; it never preceded. - Alcoholics Anonymous, "Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.03.18

December 3rd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 3, 2018* *A Real Chance* We have learned that the satisfaction of instincts cannot be the sole end and aim of our lives. If we place instincts first, we have got the cart before the horse; we shall be pulled backward into disillusionment. But when we are willing to place spiritual growth first—then and only then do we have a real chance. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, "Step Twelve" p. 114 Thought to Ponder Growing old is inevitable, growing ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.02.18

December 2nd 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 2, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Forgiveness* This vital Step was also the means by which we began to get the feeling that we could be forgiven, no matter what we had thought or done. Often it was while working on this Step with our sponsors or spiritual advisers that we first felt truly able to forgive others, no matter how deeply we felt they had wronged us.  - Twelve Steps andTwelve Traditions, "Step Five," pp. 57 - 58 Thought to Ponder To b ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.01.18

December 1st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 1, 2018* *Humility* To those of us who have hitherto known only excitement, depression, or anxiety—in other words, to all of us—this newfound peace is a priceless gift. Something new indeed has been added. Where humility had formerly stood for a forced feeding on humble pie, it now begins to mean the nourishing ingredient which can give us serenity. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, "Step Seven" p. 74 Thought to Ponder Humility is not thinking ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.30.18

November 30th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 30, 2018* *Willingness* But now it appears that there are certain things which only the individual can do. All by himself, and in the light of his own circumstances, he needs to develop the quality of willingness. When he acquires willingness, he is the only one who can make the decision to exert himself. Trying to do this is an act of his own will. All of the Twelve Steps require sustained and personal exertion to conform to their principles and so, we trust ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.29.18

November 29th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 29, 2018* *Sold on the Ideas* His alcoholic problem was so complex, and his depression so great, that we felt his only hope would be through what we then called "moral psychology," and we doubted if even that would have any effect. However, he did become "sold" on the ideas contained in this book. He has not had a drink for a great many years. I see him now and then and he is as fine a specimen of manhood as one could wish to meet. - Alco ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.28.18

November 28th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 28, 2018* *A Genuine Reliance* We could actually have earnest religious beliefs which remained barren because we were still trying to play God ourselves. As long as we placed self-reliance first, a genuine reliance upon a Higher Power was out of the question. That basic ingredient of all humility, a desire to seek and do God's will, was missing. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 72 Thought to Ponder Action without prayer is self-reliance. Prayer with ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.27.18

November 27th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 27, 2018* *Faith* In this book you read again and again that faith did for us what we could not do for ourselves. We hope you are convinced now that God can remove whatever self-will has blocked you off from Him. If you have already made a decision, and an inventory of your grosser handicaps, you have made a good beginning. That being so you have swallowed and digested some big chunks of truth about yourself. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 70 - 71 Thought to P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.26.18

November 26th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 26, 2018* *A Few Simple Rules* On the other hand—and strange as this may seem to those who do not understand—once a psychic change has occurred, the very same person who seemed doomed, who had so many problems he despaired of ever solving them, suddenly finds himself easily able to control his desire for alcohol, the only effort necessary being that required to follow a few simple rules. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xxix Thought to Ponder A spiritual awakenin ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.25.18

November 25th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 25, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *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, p. 64 Thought to Ponder Resentment is like acid, eating away at ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.24.18

November 24th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 24, 2018* *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. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 76 Thought to Ponder All I have feare ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.23.18

November 23rd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 23, 2018* *Errors to Assets* Henry Ford once made a wise remark to the effect that experience is the thing of supreme value in life. That is true only if one is willing to turn the past to good account. We grow by our willingness to face and rectify errors and convert them into assets. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 124 Thought to Ponder The first step in overcoming mistakes is to admit them. AA-related 'Alconym' *F A I T H*  =  *F*acing *A*ll, *I*ntu ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.22.18

November 22nd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 22, 2018* *Blessings Received* Having so considered our day, not omitting to take due note of things well done, and having searched our hearts with neither fear nor favor, we can truly thank God for the blessings we have received and sleep in good conscience. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 95 Thought to Ponder Gratitude is a most effective painkiller for the alcoholic. AA-related 'Alconym' *B E S T*  =  *B*een *E*njoying *S*obriety *T*od ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.21.18

November 21st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 21, 2018* *Mental State* What sort of thinking dominates an alcoholic who repeats time after time the desperate experiment of the first drink? Friends who have reasoned with him after a spree which has brought him to the point of divorce or bankruptcy are mystified when he walks directly into a saloon. Why does he? Of what is he thinking? - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 35 Thought to Ponder Alcohol—cunning, baffling, powerful! AA-related 'Alconym' *I S M*  =& ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.20.18

November 20th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 20, 2018* *Reliance, Not Defiance* "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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.19.18

November 19th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 19, 2018* *Fearless Admission* Psychiatrists and psychologists point out the deep need every human being has for practical insight and knowledge of his own personality flaws and for a discussion of them with an understanding and trustworthy person. So far as alcoholics are concerned, A.A. would go even further. Most of us would declare that without a fearless admission of our defects to another human being we could not stay sober. It seems plain that the grac ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.18.18

November 18th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 18, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Vigorous Action* 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.17.18

November 17th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 17, 2018* *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 11.16.18

November 16th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 16, 2018* *Personal Relationships* Steps Eight and Nine are concerned with personal relationships. First, we take a look backward and try to discover where we have been at fault; next we make a vigorous attempt to repair the damage we have done; and third, having thus cleaned away the debris of the past, we consider how, with our newfound knowledge of ourselves, we may develop the best possible relations with every human being we know. - Twelve Steps and Twel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.15.18

November 15th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 15, 2018* *Fellowship* Still you may say: "But I will not have the benefit of contact with you who write this book." We cannot be sure. God will determine that, so you must remember that your real reliance is always upon Him. He will show you how to create the fellowship you crave. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 164 Thought to Ponder God grant that AA may ever stay simple. AA-related 'Alconym' *F E L L O W S H I P*  =  *F*aith, *E*mpathy, *L ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.14.18

November 14th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 14, 2018* *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, p. 51 Thought to Ponder Hope leads to faith if you let it. AA-related 'Alconym' *F A I T H*& ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.13.18

November 13th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 13, 2018* *Prayer* Prayer, as commonly understood, is a petition to God. Having opened our channel as best we can, we try to ask for those right things of which we and others are in the greatest need. And we think that the whole range of our needs is well defined by that part of Step Eleven which says: ". . . knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out." A request for this fits in any part of our day. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Tradi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.12.18

November 12th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 12, 2018* *Perspective* Where other people were concerned, we had to drop the word “blame” from our speech and thought. This required great willingness even to begin. But once over the first two or three high hurdles, the course ahead began to look easier. For we had started to get perspective on ourselves, which is another way of saying that we were gaining in humility. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 47 - 48 Thought to Ponder Learning is the ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.11.18

November 11th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 11, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Straighten out the Past* Under no condition do we criticize such a person or argue. Simply we tell him that we will never get over drinking until we have done our utmost to straighten out the past. We are there to sweep off our side of the street, realizing that nothing worth while can be accomplished until we do so, never trying to tell him what he should do. His faults are not discussed. We stick to our own.  - Alcohol ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.10.18

November 10th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 10. 2018* *Opportunity to Recover* 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, p. 19 Thought to Ponder When all el ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.09.18

November 9th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 9. 2018* *Results of Prayer* In A.A. we have found that the actual good results of prayer are beyond question. They are matters of knowledge and experience. All those who have persisted have found strength not ordinarily their own. They have found wisdom beyond their usual capability. And they have increasingly found a peace of mind which can stand firm in the face of difficult circumstances. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 104 Thought to Ponder Try ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.08.18

November 8th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 8. 2018* *Willingness 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, p. 46 Thought to Ponder God seldom becomes a reality until God becomes a necessity. AA-related 'Alcon ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.07.18

November 7th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 7. 2018* *Our First Attempt* Therefore our problem now becomes just how and by what specific means shall we be able to let Him in? Step Three represents our first attempt to do this. In fact, the effectiveness of the whole A.A. program will rest upon how well and earnestly we have tried to come to “a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 34 - 35 Thought to Ponder Avoid ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.06.18

November 6th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 6. 2018* *Astonished* To be gravely affected, one does not necessarily have to drink a long time nor take the quantities some of us have. This is particularly true of women. Potential female alcoholics often turn into the real thing and are gone beyond recall in a few years. Certain drinkers, who would be greatly insulted if called alcoholics, are astonished at their inability to stop. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 33 Thought to Ponder When we try to control ou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.05.18

November 5th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 5. 2018* *Indecision* In thinking about our day we may face indecision. We may not be able to determine which course to take. Here we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision. We relax and take it easy. We don’t struggle. We are often surprised how the right answers come after we have tried this for a while. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 86 Thought to Ponder With God's help, intuition and inspiration are possible. AA-related 'Alconym' *F A I ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.04.18

November 4th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 4, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Change in Attitude* During this process of learning more about humility, the most profound result of all was the change in our attitude toward God. And this was true whether we had been believers or unbelievers. We began to get over the idea that the Higher Power was a sort of bush-league pinch hitter, to be called upon only in an emergency. The notion that we would still live our own lives, God helping a little now and then, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.03.18

November 3rd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 3. 2018* *Listed and Analyzed* If we have been thorough about our personal inventory, we have written down a lot. We have listed and analyzed our resentments. We have begun to comprehend their futility and their fatality. We have commenced to see their terrible destructiveness. We have begun to learn tolerance, patience and good will toward all men, even our enemies, for we look on them as sick people. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 70 Thought to Ponder We are p ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.02.18

November 2nd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 2, 2018* *Misdirected Instincts* Nearly every serious emotional problem can be seen as a case of misdirected instinct. When that happens, our great natural assets, the instincts, have turned into physical and mental liabilities. Step Four is our vigorous and painstaking effort to discover what these liabilities in each of us have been, and are. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions p. 42 Thought to Ponder Uncover to Recover. AA-related 'Alconym' *G I F T S*& ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.01.18

November 1st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *November 1, 2018* *My Master* 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, p. 8 Thought to Ponder The gritty pain of alcoholism is the traction of recovery. AA-related 'Alconym' *H O P E*  =  *H*old *O*n, *P*ain *E*nds. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of you ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.31.18

October 31st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 31, 2018* *Rocketed* 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 pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet. We have found much of heaven and we have been rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence of which we had not even dreamed. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.30.18

October 30th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 30, 2018* *Ageless Truth* When we refuse air, light, or food, the body suffers. And when we turn away from meditation and prayer, we likewise deprive our minds, our emotions, and our intuitions of vitally needed support. As the body can fail its purpose for lack of nourishment, so can the soul. We all need the light of God's reality, the nourishment of His strength, and the atmosphere of His grace. To an amazing extent the facts of A.A. Life confirm this agele ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.29.18

October 29th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 29, 2018* *Unshakable Foundation* 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, p. 98 Thought to Ponder Today I pray over the things that I used to drink over. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A*ttitude *A*djustment. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.28.18

October 28th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 28, 2018 ~ 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, p. 60 Thought to Ponder I can't, God can, I'll a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.27.18

October 27th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 27, 2018* *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, p. 64 T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.26.18

October 26th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 26, 2018* *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, p. 66 Thought to Ponder Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.25.18

October 25th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 25, 2018* *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, pp. 70 - 71 Thought to Ponder Faith is like a muscle, the more we use it, the more it grows. AA-relat ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.24.18

October 24th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 24, 2018* *The Power* The unselfishness of these men as we have come to know them, the entire absence of profit motive, and their community spirit, is indeed inspiring to one who has labored long and wearily in this alcoholic field. They believe in themselves, and still more in the Power which pulls chronic alcoholics back from the gates of death. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xxvii Thought to Ponder The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.23.18

October 23rd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 23, 2018* *Soul-Sickness* This perverse soul-sickness is not pleasant to look upon. Instincts on rampage balk at investigation. The minute we make a serious attempt to probe them, we are liable to suffer severe reactions. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 44 - 45 Thought to Ponder We need to uncover in order to recover. AA-related 'Alconym' *S O L U T I O N S*  =  *S*aving *O*ur *L*ives *U*sing *T*he *I*nventory *O*f *N*eeded *S*teps. Thanks ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.22.18

October 22nd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 22, 2018* *Step Twelve* "Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs." Outline the program of action, explaining how you made a self-appraisal, how you straightened out your past and why you are now endeavoring to be helpful to him. It is important for him to realize that your attempt to pass this on to him plays a vital part in your ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.21.18

October 21st 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 21, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Great Fact* 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, p. 164 Thought to Ponder Life didn't end when I got sober -- it started. AA-related 'Alconym' *F E A R*  =  *F*ew ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.20.18

October 20th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 20, 2018* *Our Big Book* In it alcoholism was described from the alcoholic's view, the spiritual idea of the Society was codified for the first time in the Twelve Steps, and the application of these Steps to the alcoholic's dilemma was made clear. The remainder of the book was devoted to thirty stories or case histories in which the alcoholics described their drinking experiences and recoveries. This established identification with alcoholic readers and proved ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.19.18

October 19th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 19, 2018* *Meditation* Perhaps the real trouble was our almost total inability to point imagination toward the right objectives. There's nothing the matter with constructive imagination; all sound achievement rests upon it. After all, no man can build a house until he first envisions a plan for it. Well, meditation is like that, too; it helps to envision our spiritual objective before we try to move toward it. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 100 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.18.18

October 18th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 18, 2018* *It Matters* We could cheerfully perform humble labor without worrying about tomorrow. If our circumstances happened to be good, we no longer dreaded a change for the worse, for we had learned that these troubles could be turned into great values. It did not matter too much what our material condition was, but it did matter what our spiritual condition was. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 121 - 122 Thought to Ponder Spirituality is not base ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.17.18

October 17th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 17, 2018* *Step Five* “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” ALL OF A.A.'s Twelve Steps ask us to go contrary to our natural desires . . . they all deflate our egos. When it comes to ego deflation, few Steps are harder to take than Five. But scarcely any Step is more necessary to longtime sobriety and peace of mind than this one. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 55 Thought to Ponder Guilt is in the ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.16.18

October 16th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 16, 2018* *Children of Chaos* Over the years, every conceivable deviation from our Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions has been tried. That was sure to be, since we are so largely a band of ego-driven individuals. Children of chaos, we have defiantly played with every brand of fire, only to emerge unharmed and, we think, wiser. These very deviations created a vast process of trial and error, which under the grace of God, has brought us to where we stand today. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.15.18

October 15th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 15, 2018* *Forgiveness* We've repeatedly strained the patience of our best friends to a snapping point, and have brought out the very worst in those who didn't think much of us to begin with. In many instances we are really dealing with fellow sufferers, people whose woes we have increased. If we are now about to ask forgiveness for ourselves, why shouldn't we start out by forgiving them, one and all? - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 78 Thought to Pon ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.14.18

October 14th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 14, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ My apologies for the late delivery of your Daily Thought today.  It seems we had a glitch on our server and the scheduler did not send when it should have. *Affirmative Action* Like all the remaining Steps, Step Three calls for affirmative action, for it is only by action that we can cut away the self-will which has always blocked the entry of God—or, if you like, a Higher Power—into our lives. Faith, to be sure, is neces ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.13.18

October 13th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 13, 2018* *The Miracle* And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone—even alcohol. For by this time sanity will have returned. We will seldom be interested in liquor. If tempted, we recoil from it as from a hot flame. We react sanely and normally, and we will find that this has happened automatically. We will see that our new attitude toward liquor has been given us without any thought or effort on our part. It just comes! That is the miracle of it. - Alcoh ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.12.18

October 12th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 12, 2018* *Step Eleven* Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 59 Thought to Ponder Prayer asks the question. Meditation listens for the answer. AA-related 'Alconym' *A S A P*  =  *A*lways *S*ay *A* *P*rayer. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.11.18

October 11th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 11, 2018* *Vital Faith* But he will be curious to learn why his own convictions have not worked and why yours seem to work so well. He may be an example of the truth that faith alone is insufficient. To be vital, faith must be accompanied by self sacrifice and unselfish, constructive action. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 93 Thought to Ponder If faith without works is dead; then willingness without action is fantasy. AA-related 'Alconym' *H O W*  =  *H* ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.10.18

October 10th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 10, 2018* *Solid Ground* 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, p. 102 Thought to Ponder A spiritual awakening is our greatest gift. AA-related 'Alconym' *S O B ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.09.18

October 9th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 9, 2018* *Save the Day* But I soon found that when all other measures failed, work with another alcoholic would save the day. Many times I have gone to my old hospital in despair. On talking to a man there, I would be amazingly lifted up and set on my feet. It is a design for living that works in rough going. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 15 Thought to Ponder New ideals and new attitudes bring a new life. AA-related 'Alconym' *H E L P*  =  *H*ope, *E*n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.08.18

October 8th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 8, 2018* *A Sick Man* 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, p. 102 Thought to Ponder What if I we ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.07.18

October 7th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 7, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Enjoying Life* We have been speaking to you of serious, sometimes tragic things. We have been dealing with alcohol in its worst aspect. But we aren’t a glum lot. If newcomers could see no joy or fun in our existence, they wouldn’t want it. We absolutely insist on enjoying life.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 132 Thought to Ponder Alcoholics Anonymous is the only place in the world where you can walk into a room full of total ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.06.18

October 6th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 6, 2018* *Our Job* 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, p. 102 Thought to Ponder Trust God. Clean house. Help others. AA-related 'Alconym' *W O R K*  =  *W*hat ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.05.18

October 5th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 5, 2018* *Fifth Step* Having made our personal inventory, what shall we do about it? We have been trying to get a new attitude, a new relationship with our Creator, and to discover the obstacles in our path. 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.04.18

October 4th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 4, 2018* *Actual Experience* Of far more importance was the fact that he was the first living human with whom I had ever talked, who knew what he was talking about in regard to alcoholism from actual experience. In other words, he talked my language. He knew all the answers, and certainly not because he had picked them up in his reading. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 180 Thought to Ponder Get it - Give it - Grow in it. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.03.18

October 3rd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 3, 2018* *Regret* We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 83 - 84 Thought to Ponder I made decisions that I regret, and tod ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.02.18

October 2nd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 2, 2018* *Strength and Direction* Although these reparations take innumerable forms, there are some general principles which we find guiding. Reminding ourselves that we have decided to go to any lengths to find a spiritual experience, we ask that we be given strength and direction to do the right thing, no matter what the personal consequences may be. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 79 Thought to Ponder The Three A's .. Awareness, Acceptance, Action. AA-related ' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.01.18

October 1st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *October 1, 2018* *Tradition Four* When A.A.'s Traditions were first published, in 1946, we had become sure that an A.A. group could stand almost any amount of battering. We saw that the group, exactly like the individual, must eventually conform to whatever tested principles would guarantee survival. We had discovered that there was perfect safety in the process of trial and error. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 146 Thought to Ponder The Twelve Steps tell u ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.30.18

September 30th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 30, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Seemingly Hopeless* 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.29.18

September 29th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 29, 2018* *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, p. 43 Thought to Ponder The ultimate defense against the first drink is a spiritual one. AA-related 'Alconym' *H E L P*  =  *H*is *E*ver-*L*oving *P*resence. Thanks ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.28.18

September 28th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 28, 2018* *Rallying Point* Therefore, Step Two is the rallying point for all of us. Whether agnostic, atheist, or former believer, we can stand together on this Step. True humility and an open mind can lead us to faith, and every A.A. meeting is an assurance that God will restore us to sanity if we rightly relate ourselves to Him. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 33 Thought to Ponder Let go and let God. AA-related 'Alconym' *F A I T H*  =  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.27.18

September 27th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 27, 2018* *An Arch* Returning home we find a place where we can be quiet for an hour, carefully reviewing what we have done. We thank God from the bottom of our heart that we know Him better. Taking this book down from our shelf we turn to the page which contains the twelve steps. Carefully reading the first five proposals we ask if we have omitted anything, for we are building an arch through which we shall walk a free man at last. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.26.18

September 26th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 26, 2018* *Absolutely Necessary* When our friend related his experience, the man agreed that no amount of will power he might muster could stop his drinking for long. A spiritual experience, he conceded, was absolutely necessary, but the price seemed high upon the basis suggested. He told how he lived in constant worry about those who might find out about his alcoholism. He had, of course, the familiar alcoholic obsession that few knew of his drinking. - Alc ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.25.18

September 25th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 25, 2018* *Spiritually-Minded* People of faith have a logical idea of what life is all about. Actually, we used to have no reasonable conception whatever. We used to amuse ourselves by cynically dissecting spiritual beliefs and practices when we might have observed that many spiritually-minded persons of all races, colors, and creeds were demonstrating a degree of stability, happiness and usefulness which we should have sought ourselves. - Alcoholics Anonymo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.24.18

September 24th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 24, 2018* *Self-Justification* For most of us, self-justification was the maker of excuses; excuses, of course, for drinking, and for all kinds of crazy and damaging conduct. We had made the invention of alibis a fine art. We had to drink because times were hard or times were good. We had to drink because at home we were smothered with love or got none at all . . . . . . And so it went, ad infinitum. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 46 - 47 Though ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.23.18

September 23rd 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 23, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Denial* Fred would not believe himself an alcoholic, much less accept a spiritual remedy for his problem. We told him what we knew about alcoholism. He was interested and conceded that he had some of the symptoms, but he was a long way from admitting that he could do nothing about it himself.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 39 - 40 Thought to Ponder Don't believe everything you think. AA-related 'Alconym' *Y E T*  =&n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.22.18

September 22nd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 22, 2018* *Insecurity* Our egomania digs two disastrous pitfalls. Either we insist upon dominating the people we know, or we depend upon them far too much.  If we lean too heavily on people, they will sooner or later fail us, for they  are human, too, and cannot possibly meet our incessant demands.  In this way our insecurity grows and festers. /- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions,/ p. 53 *Thought to Ponder . . .* No God, no peace --- know ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.21.18

September 21st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 21, 2018* *Serenity* "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Thy will, not mine, be done." - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 41 Thought to Ponder Serenity isn't freedom from the storm; it is peace within the storm.   AA-related 'Alconym' *K I S S*  =  *K*eep *I*t *S*erenely *S*imple. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generousl ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.20.18

September 20th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 20, 2018* *Helping Others* Never talk down to an alcoholic from any moral or spiritual hilltop; simply lay out the kit of spiritual tools for his inspection. Show him how they worked with you. Offer him friendship and fellowship. Tell him that if he wants to get well you will do anything to help. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 95 Thought to Ponder Sobriety is the adventure of a lifetime. And it begins the moment we ask AA for help.  AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.19.18

September 19th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 19, 2018* *First Attempt* Faith, to be sure, is necessary, but faith alone can avail nothing. We can have faith, yet keep God out of our lives. Therefore our problem now becomes just how and by what specific means shall we be able to let Him in? Step Three represents our first attempt to do this. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 34 Thought to Ponder Take a walk with God. He will meet you at the Steps.  AA-related 'Alconym' *H O P E*  =&n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.18.18

September 18th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 18, 2018* *Ugly Facts* "For God’s sake, how did I ever get started again?"’ Only to have that thought supplanted by "Well, I’ll stop with the sixth drink." Or "What’s the use anyhow?" When this sort of thinking is fully established in an individual with alcoholic tendencies, he has probably placed himself beyond human aid, and unless locked up, may die or go permanently insane. These stark and ugly facts have been confirmed by l ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.17.18

September 17th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 17, 2018* *Rationalization* "Maybe I can postpone dealing with some of my problems indefinitely." Of course, this won't do. Such a bluffing of oneself will have to go the way of many another pleasant rationalization. At the very least, we shall have to come to grips with some of our worst character defects and take action toward their removal as quickly as we can. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 69 Thought to Ponder Rationalizing is a de ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.16.18

September 16th 2018

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 16, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *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, p. 72 Thought to Pon ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.15.18

September 15th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 15, 2018* *Change* Change is the characteristic of all growth. From drinking to sobriety, from dishonesty to honesty, from conflict to serenity, from hate to love, from childish dependence to adult responsibility -- all this and infinitely more represent change for the better. . . Only God is unchanging; only He has all the truth there is. - As Bill Sees It, p. 76 Thought to Ponder If I don't change, my sobriety date will.  AA-related 'Alconym' *C H ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.14.18

September 14th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 14, 2018* *Lost Faith* Sometimes A.A, comes harder to those who have lost or rejected faith than to those who never had any faith at all, for they think they have tried faith and found it wanting. They have tried the way of faith and the way of no faith. Since both ways have proved bitterly disappointing, they have concluded there is no place whatever for them to go. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 28 Thought to Ponder Hope leads to faith if you l ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.13.18

September 13th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 13, 2018* *A Spiritual Experience* On the third day the lawyer gave his life to the care and direction of his Creator, and said he was perfectly willing to do anything necessary. His wife came, scarcely daring to be hopeful, though she thought she saw something different about her husband already. He had begun to have a spiritual experience. That afternoon he put on his clothes and walked from the hospital a free man. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 158 Thought ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.12.18

September 12th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 12, 2018* *Prayer* All of us, without exception, pass through times when we can pray only with the greatest exertion of will. Occasionally we go even further than this. We are seized with a rebellion so sickening that we simply won't pray. When these things happen we should not think too ill of ourselves. We should simply resume prayer as soon as we can, doing what we know to be good for us. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 105 Thought to Ponder Tr ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.11.18

September 11th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 11, 2018* *Step Three* All we need is a key, and the decision to swing the door open. There is only one key, and it is called willingness. Once unlocked by willingness, the door opens almost of itself, and looking through it, we shall see a pathway beside which is an inscription. It reads: “This is the way to a faith that works.” - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 34 Thought to Ponder Faith makes the impossible possible.  AA-related 'Alconym' * ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.10.18

September 10th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 10, 2018* *Obsession*Never could we recapture the great moments of the past. There was an insistent yearning to enjoy life as we once did and a heartbreaking obsession that some new miracle of control would enable us to do it. There was always one more attempt—and one more failure. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 151 Thought to PonderWithin our wonderful new world, we have found freedom from our fatal obsession.  AA-related 'Alconym'*H O P E*  =  *H* ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.09.18

September 9th 2018

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 9, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Fellowship*Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. - Preamble, The AA Grapevine, Inc. Thought to PonderIn AA, we discover that it is impossible to give without receiving, or receive without giving. AA-related 'Alconym'*F E L L O W S H I P*  =  *F*aith, *E*m ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.08.18

September 8th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 8, 2018* *Bankruptcy*Beginning with Step Four, we commenced to search out the things in ourselves which had brought us to physical, moral, and spiritual bankruptcy. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 107 Thought to PonderCourage is not the absence of fear, but taking the action in spite of the fear.  AA-related 'Alconym'*F E A R*  =  *F*ace *E*verything *A*nd *R*ecover. Thanks to all of you ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.07.18

September 7th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 7, 2018* *Consequences*But even in this type of beginning we are obliged to admit that our justification for a spree was insanely insufficient in the light of what always happened. We now see that when we began to drink deliberately, instead of casually, there was little serious or effective thought during the period of premeditation of what the terrific consequences might be.- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 37 Thought to PonderWhen I choose the behavior, I choose t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.06.18

September 6th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 6, 2018* *Excuses*Therefore, the main problem of the alcoholic centers in his mind, rather than in his body. If you ask him why he started on that last bender, the chances are he will offer you any one of a hundred alibis. Sometimes these excuses have a certain plausibility, but none of them really makes sense in the light of the havoc an alcoholic’s drinking bout creates.- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 23 Thought to PonderInsanity is doing the same thing over and ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.05.18

September 5th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 5, 2018* *Entire Abstinence*All these, and many others, have one symptom in common: they cannot start drinking without developing the phenomenon of craving. This phenomenon, as we have suggested, may be the manifestation of an allergy which differentiates these people, and sets them apart as a distinct entity. It has never been, by any treatment with which we are familiar, permanently eradicated. The only relief we have to suggest is entire abstinence.- Alcohol ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.04.18

September 4th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 4, 2018* *Our Traditions*We alcoholics see that we must work together and hang together, else most of us will finally die alone. The "12 Traditions" of Alcoholics Anonymous are, we A.A.’s believe, the best answers that our experience has yet given to those ever-urgent questions, "How can A.A. best function?" and, "How can A.A. best stay whole and so survive?"- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 561 Thought to PonderThe Steps help me live wi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.03.18

September 3rd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *September 3, 2018* *Revolutionized*The great fact is just this, and nothing less: That we have had deep and effective spiritual experiences* which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows and toward God’s universe. 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.- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 25 (*Fully explained—Appendix II.) Thought to Pond ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.02.18

September 2nd 2018

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 2, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Willing and Honest*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, p. 28 Thought to PonderHonesty is the absence of the intent to deceive. AA-related 'Alconym'*H O ...Continue Reading
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