Daily Thought Archives

 

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

Daily Thought 03.19.19

March 19th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 19, 2019* *A Basic Solution* We were having trouble with personal relationships, we couldn’t control our emotional natures, we were a prey to misery and depression, we couldn’t make a living, we had a feeling of uselessness, we were full of fear, we were unhappy, we couldn’t seem to be of real help to other people—was not a basic solution of these bedevilments more important than whether we should see newsreels of lunar flight? Of course it was.  - Alcoholi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.18.19

March 18th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 18, 2019* *Freedom* This is the how and why of it. First of all, we had to quit playing God. It didn’t work. Next, we decided that hereafter in this drama of life, God was going to be our Director. He is the Principal; we are His agents. He is the Father, and we are His children. Most good ideas are simple, and this concept was the keystone of the new and triumphant arch through which we passed to freedom.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 62 Thou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.16.19

March 16th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 16, 2019* *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, (The Family Afterward) p. 132 Thought to Ponder Laughter is the sound of recovery. AA-related 'Alconym' *A L O H A*  =  *A* *L*ot *O*f ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.15.19

March 15th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 15, 2019* *Self-restraint* We must avoid quick-tempered criticism and furious, power-driven argument. The same goes for sulking or silent scorn. These are emotional booby traps baited with pride and vengefulness. Our first job is to sidestep the traps. When we are tempted by the bait, we should train ourselves to step back and think. For we can neither think nor act to good purpose until the habit of self-restraint has become automatic.  - Twelve Steps and ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.14.19

March 14th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 14, 2019* *One Of Them Too* Further on, clear-cut directions are given showing how we recovered. These are followed by forty-two personal experiences. . . Our hope is that many alcoholic men and women, desperately in need, will see these pages, and we believe that it is only by fully disclosing ourselves and our problems that they will be persuaded to say, "Yes, I am one of them too; I must have this thing."  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.13.19

March 13th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 13, 2019* *Control* The old pleasures were gone. They were but memories. Never could we recapture the great moments of the past. There was an insistent yearning to enjoy life as we once did and a heartbreaking obsession that some new miracle of control would enable us to do it. There was always one more attempt—and one more failure.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision For You) p. 151 Thought to Ponder When we try to control our drinking, we have already los ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.12.19

March 12th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 12, 2019* *Any Length* If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it—then you are ready to take certain steps. At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 58 Thought to Ponder Sobriety without action is fantasy. AA-relat ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.11.19

March 11th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 11, 2019* *Life Without Alcohol* Inwardly he would give anything to take half a dozen drinks and get away with them. He will presently try the old game again, for he isn’t happy about his sobriety. He cannot picture life without alcohol. Some day he will be unable to imagine life either with alcohol or without it. Then he will know loneliness such as few do. He will be at the jumping-off place. He will wish for the end.   - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision F ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.10.19

March 10th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 10, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Acceptance* For it is only by accepting and solving our problems that we can begin to get right with ourselves and with the world about us, and with Him who presides over us all. Understanding is the key to right principles and attitudes, and right action is the key to good living; therefore the joy of good living is the theme of A.A.’s Twelfth Step.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 125  Thought ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.09.19

March 9th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 9, 2019* *Anger* Nor were we ever skillful in separating justified from unjustified anger. As we saw it, our wrath was always justified. Anger, that occasional luxury of more balanced people, could keep us on an emotional jag indefinitely. These emotional “dry benders” often led straight to the bottle. Other kinds of disturbances—jealousy, envy, self-pity, or hurt pride—did the same thing.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 90 Thought to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.08.19

March 8th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 8, 2019* *Self-Seeking* Admitting he may be somewhat at fault, he is sure that other people are more to blame. He becomes angry, indignant, self-pitying. What is his basic trouble? Is he not really a self-seeker even when trying to be kind? Is he not a victim of the delusion that he can wrest satisfaction and happiness out of this world if he only manages well?  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 61 Thought to Ponder When I choose the behavior, I ch ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.07.19

March 7th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 7, 2019* *Willing to Grow* Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 60 Thought to Ponder Spiritual progress isn't what gets us sober, it's ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.06.19

March 6th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 6, 2019* *Dark Past* Showing others who suffer how we were given help is the very thing which makes life seem so worth while to us now. Cling to the thought that, in God’s hands, the dark past is the greatest possession you have—the key to life and happiness for others. With it you can avert death and misery for them.   - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 124 Thought to Ponder We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. AA-r ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.05.19

March 5th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 5, 2019* *Beyond Human Aid* "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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.04.19

March 4th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 4, 2019* *Fortunate Indeed* We who are alcoholics can consider ourselves fortunate indeed. Each of us has had his own near-fatal encounter with the juggernaut of self-will, and has suffered enough under its weight to look for something better. So it is by circumstance rather than any virtue that we have been driven to AA, have admitted defeat, have acquired the rudiments of faith, and now want to make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to a Higher Po ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.03.19

March 3rd 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 3, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *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 The ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.02.19

March 2nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 2, 2019* *It Works* Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 89 Thought to Ponder Into service, out of self. AA-related 'Alconym' *S P O N S O R*  =  *S*ober *P*erson *O*ffering *N*ewcomers *S*uggestions *O*n *R*ecovery. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your ex ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.01.19

March 1st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 1, 2019* *Running the Show* The first requirement is that we be convinced that any life run on self-will can hardly be a success. On that basis we are almost always in collision with something or somebody, even though our motives are good. Most people try to live by self-propulsion. Each person is like an actor who wants to run the whole show; is forever trying to arrange the lights, the ballet, the scenery and the rest of the players in his own way.  - Alc ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.28.19

February 28th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 28, 2019* *Insane Idea* But there was always the curious mental phenomenon that parallel with our sound reasoning there inevitably ran some insanely trivial excuse for taking the first drink. Our sound reasoning failed to hold us in check. The insane idea won out. Next day we would ask ourselves, in all earnestness and sincerity, how it could have happened.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 37 Thought to Ponder The ultimate defense aga ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.27.19

February 27th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 27, 2019* *Probably Alcoholic* If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably alcoholic. If that be the case, you may be suffering from an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 44 Thought to Ponder Hope leads to faith if you let it. AA-related 'Alconym' *F A I T H*  =  *F* ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.26.19

February 26th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 26, 2019* *Willingness* Once we have placed the key of willingness in the lock and have the door ever so slightly open, we find that we can always open it some more. Though self-will may slam it shut again, as it frequently does, it will always respond the moment we again pick up the key of willingness.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Three) p. 35 Thought to Ponder Take a walk with God. He will meet you at the Steps. AA-related 'Alconym' * ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.25.19

February 25th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 25, 2019* *Spiritual Experience* Most of our experiences are what the psychologist William James calls the "educational variety" because they develop slowly over a period of time. Quite often friends of the newcomer are aware of the difference long before he is himself. He finally realizes that he has undergone a profound alteration in his reaction to life; that such a change could hardly have been brought about by himself alone.  - Alcoholics ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.24.19

February 24th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 24, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Suggestions* When he sees you know all about the drinking game, commence to describe yourself as an alcoholic. Tell him how baffled you were, how you finally learned that you were sick. Give him an account of the struggles you made to stop. Show him the mental twist which leads to the first drink of a spree. We suggest you do this as we have done it in the chapter on alcoholism. If he is alcoholic, he will understand you at o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.23.19

February 23rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 23, 2019* *Character-Building* But whenever we had to choose between character and comfort, the  character-building was lost in the dust of our chase after what we  thought was happiness. Seldom did we look at character-building as  something desirable in itself, something we would like to strive for whether  our instinctual needs were met or not. We never thought of making honesty,  tolerance, and true love of man and God the daily b ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.22.19

February 22nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 22, 2019* *Inventory* We want to find exactly how, when, and where our natural desires have warped us. We wish to look squarely at the unhappiness this has caused others and ourselves. By discovering what our emotional deformities are, we can move toward their correction. Without a willing and persistent effort to do this, there can be little sobriety or contentment for us. Without a searching and fearless moral inventory, most of us have found that the faith ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.21.19

February 21st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 21, 2019* *Baffling* Many of us felt that we had plenty of character. There was a tremendous urge to cease forever. Yet we found it impossible. This is the baffling feature of alcoholism as we know it—this utter inability to leave it alone, no matter how great the necessity or the wish.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 34 Thought to Ponder Alcohol — cunning, baffling, powerful! AA-related 'Alconym' *F E A R*  =  *F*ew *E*ve ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.20.19

February 20th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 20, 2019* *Dependence* He clamors for this or that, claiming he cannot master alcohol until his material needs are cared for. Nonsense. Some of us have taken very hard knocks to learn this truth: Job or no job—wife or no wife—we simply do not stop drinking so long as we place dependence upon other people ahead of dependence on God.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 98 Thought to Ponder In AA we don't carry the alcoholic; we carry the mes ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.19.19

February 19th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 19, 2019* *To Be Helpful* That the man who is making the approach has had the same difficulty, that he obviously knows what he is talking about, that his whole deportment shouts at the new prospect that he is a man with a real answer, that he has no attitude of Holier Than Thou, nothing whatever except the sincere desire to be helpful; that there are no fees to pay, no axes to grind, no people to please, no lectures to be endured—these are the conditions we h ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.18.19

February 18th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 18, 2019* *Prayer* Step Eleven suggests prayer and meditation. We shouldn’t be shy on this matter of prayer. Better men than we are using it constantly. It works, if we have the proper attitude and work at it.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) pp. 85 - 86 Thought to Ponder Life is fragile, handle with prayer. AA-related 'Alconym' *P R A Y E R*  =  *P*raying *R*egularly *A*llows *Y*our *E*veryday *R*ecovery. Thanks to all of you for shar ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.17.19

February 17th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 17, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Humility* For without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at all. Nearly all A.A.'s have found, too, that unless they develop much more of this precious quality than may be required just for sobriety, they still haven't much chance of becoming truly happy. Without it, they cannot live to much useful purpose, or, in adversity, be able to summon the faith that can meet any emergency.  - Twelve Steps and Tw ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.16.19

February 16th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 16, 2019* *Daily Reprieve* It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. 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.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 85 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.15.19

February 15th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 15, 2019* *Faith* There is, however, a vast amount of fun about it all. I suppose some would be shocked at our seeming worldliness and levity. But just underneath there is deadly earnestness. Faith has to work twenty-four hours a day in and through us, or we perish.   - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill's Story) p. 16 Thought to Ponder It is when you act on faith that you actually have it. AA-related 'Alconym' *F A I T H*  =  *F*acing *A*ll, *I*ntu ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.14.19

February 14th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 14, 2019* *Spiritual Terms* When, therefore, we speak to you of God, we mean your own conception of God. This applies, too, to other spiritual expressions which you find in this book. Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter you from honestly asking yourself what they mean to you.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 47 Thought to Ponder God grant that AA may ever stay simple. AA-related 'Alconym' *P R O G R A M*   ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.13.19

February 13th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 13, 2019* *Made a Beginning* Every man and woman who has joined A.A. and intends to stick has, without realizing it, made a beginning on Step Three. Isn't it true that in all matters touching upon alcohol, each of them has decided to turn his or her life over to the care, protection, and guidance of Alcoholics Anonymous? Already a willingness has been achieved to cast out one's own will and one's own ideas about the alcohol problem in favor of those sugg ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.12.19

February 12th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 12, 2019* *Gift of Faith* We saw that we had to reconsider or die. We found many in A.A, who once thought as we did. They helped us to get down to our right size. By their example they showed us that humility and intellect could be compatible, provided we placed humility first. When we began to do that, we received the gift of faith, a faith which works. This faith is for you, too.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (Step Two) p. 30 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.11.19

February 11th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 11, 2019* *Our Will* It is when we try to make our will conform with God's that we begin to use it rightly. To all of us, this was a most wonderful revelation. Our whole trouble had been the misuse of willpower. We had tried to bombard our problems with it instead of attempting to bring it into agreement with God's intention for us.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Three) p. 40 Thought to Ponder I can't do His will my way. AA-related 'Alcon ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.10.19

February 10th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 10, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *A Trivial Reason* They had said that though I did raise a defense, it would one day give way before some trivial reason for having a drink. Well, just that did happen and more, for what I had learned of alcoholism did not occur to me at all. I knew from that moment that I had an alcoholic mind. I saw that will power and self-knowledge would not help in those strange mental blank spots.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More Abou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.09.19

February 9th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 9, 2019* *Ultimately Destroy* The tyrant alcohol wielded a double-edged sword over us: first we were smitten by an insane urge that condemned us to go on drinking, and then by an allergy of the body that insured we would ultimately destroy ourselves in the process. Few indeed were those who, so assailed, had ever won through in singlehanded combat.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (Step One) p. 22 Thought to Ponder It's hard to fight an enemy who h ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.08.19

February 8th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 8, 2019* *The Allergy* These allergic types can never safely use alcohol in any form at all; and once having formed the habit and found they cannot break it, once having lost their self-confidence, their reliance upon things human, their problems pile up on them and become astonishingly difficult to solve.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Doctor's Opinion,) p. xxviii Thought to Ponder The Twelve Steps; a manuscript for rational living. AA-related 'Alconym ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.07.19

February 7th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 7, 2019* *Abstinence* All these, and many others, have one symptom in common: they cannot start drinking without developing the phenomenon of craving. . . . . .It has never been, by any treatment with which we are familiar, permanently eradicated. The only relief we have to suggest is entire abstinence.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Doctor's Opinion,) p. xxx Thought to Ponder If we want to quit drinking, we are going to have to quit drinking. AA-relate ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.06.19

February 6th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 6, 2019* *A Regular Habit* For the wise have always known that no one can make much of his life until self-searching becomes a regular habit, until he is able to admit and accept what he finds, and until he patiently and persistently tries to correct what is wrong.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 88 Thought to Ponder I can’t fix something if I don’t know what’s wrong. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A*ccountable *A*ctions ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.05.19

February 5th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 5, 2019* *This Book* I earnestly advise every alcoholic to read this book through, and though perhaps he came to scoff, he may remain to pray.   - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Doctor's Opinion,) p. xxxii Thought to Ponder It works -- it really does. AA-related 'Alconym' *P U S H*  =  *P*ray *U*ntil *S*omething *H*appens. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength and hope in carrying the AA message. Grateful to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.04.19

February 4th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 4, 2019* *Simple 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 God seldom becomes a reality until God becomes a necessity. AA-related 'Alconym' *G R O W T H*  =  *G*od *R*eveals *O*ther *W*ays *T*o *H*eal. Thanks to all of you for sha ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.03.19

February 3rd 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 3, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Spiritual Awakening* What often takes place in a few months could seldom have been accomplished by years of self-discipline. With few exceptions our members find that they have tapped an unsuspected inner resource which they presently identify with their own conception of a Power greater than themselves.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Spiritual Experience, Appendix II,) p. 567  Thought to Ponder Change is the heartbeat o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.02.19

February 2nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 2, 2019* *Faith* To clergymen, doctors, friends, and families, the alcoholic who means well and tries hard is a heartbreaking riddle. To most A.A.'s, he is not. There are too many of us who have been just like him, and have found the riddle's answer. This answer has to do with the quality of faith rather than its quantity. This has been our blind spot.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Two) p. 32 Thought to Ponder Faith is mighty. Action with ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.01.19

February 1st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 1, 2019* *To Grow (Step 10)* We vigorously commenced this way of living as we cleaned up the past. We have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in understanding and effectiveness. This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime. Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear. When these crop up, we ask God at once to remove them.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 84 Thought to Po ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.31.19

January 31st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 31, 2019* *Step Two* "Sanity" is defined as "soundness of mind." Yet no alcoholic, soberly analyzing his destructive behavior, whether the destruction fell on the dining-room furniture or his own moral fiber, can claim "soundness of mind" for himself. Therefore, Step Two is the rallying point for all of us. Whether agnostic, atheist, or former believer, we can stand together on this Step.   - Twelve Steps and Twelve Tradition ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.30.19

January 30th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 30, 2019* *A Higher Power* We needed to ask ourselves but one short question.  "Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?" As soon as a man can say that he does believe, or is willing to believe, we emphatically assure him that he is on his way. It has been repeatedly proven among us that upon this simple cornerstone a wonderfully effective spiritual structure can be built.  - Alcohol ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.29.19

January 29th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 29, 2019* *Emotional Hangovers* When a drunk has a terrific hangover because he drank heavily yesterday, he cannot live well today. But there is another kind of hangover which we all experience whether we are drinking or not. That is the emotional hangover, the direct result of yesterday's and sometimes today's excesses of negative emotion—anger, fear, jealousy, and the like. If we would live serenely today and tomorrow, we certainly need to eliminate these ha ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.28.19

January 28th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 28, 2019* *Without Defense* The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink. Our so-called will power becomes practically nonexistent. We are unable, at certain times, to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago. We are without defense against the first drink.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "There Is A Solution," p. 24 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.27.19

January 27th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 27, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *We Were Reborn* More and more we became interested in seeing what we could contribute to life. As we felt new power flow in, as we enjoyed peace of mind, as we discovered we could face life successfully, as we became conscious of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter. We were reborn. We were now at Step Three.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "How It Works" p. 63  Thought to P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.26.19

January 26th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 26, 2019* *Care and Direction* Next day found the prospect more receptive. He had been thinking it over. "Maybe you’re right," he said. "God ought to be able to do anything." Then he added, "He sure didn't do much for me when I was trying to fight this booze racket alone." 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.  - Alcoholi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.25.19

January 25th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 25, 2019* *Strangely Insane* However intelligent we may have been in other respects, where alcohol has been involved, we have been strangely insane. It’s strong language—but isn’t it true?  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "More About Alcoholism," p. 38 Thought to Ponder Insanity: doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results. AA-related 'Alconym' *F A I T H*  =  *F*acing *A*n *I*nner *T*ruth *H*eals. Thanks to all ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.24.19

January 24th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 24, 2019* *Sanity Returned* He was on thin ice. Again it was the old, insidious insanity—that first drink. But what about his responsibilities—his family and the men who would die because they would not know how to get well, ah—yes, those other alcoholics? There must be many such in this town. He would phone a clergyman. His sanity returned and he thanked God. Selecting a church at random from the directory, he stepped into a booth and lifted the receiver. &nb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.23.19

January 23rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 23, 2019* *Giving * These men had found something brand new in life. Though they knew they must help other alcoholics if they would remain sober, that motive became secondary. It was transcended by the happiness they found in giving themselves for others.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "A Vision for You," p. 158 Thought to Ponder In AA, we discover that it is impossible to give  without receiving or receive without giving. AA-related 'Alco ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.22.19

January 22nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 22, 2019* *The Real Alcoholic* But what about the real alcoholic? He may start off as a moderate drinker; he may or may not become a continuous hard drinker; but at some stage of his drinking career he begins to lose all control of his liquor consumption, once he starts to drink.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "There Is A Solution," p. 21 Thought to Ponder When we try to control our drinking, we have already lost control. AA-related 'Alconym' *F E A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.21.19

January 21st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 21, 2019* *Our Solution* The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution. We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action. This is the great news this book carries to those who suffer from alcoholism.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "There Is A Solution," p. 17 Thought to Ponder The solution is simple. The solution is spiritual. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.20.19

January 20th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 20, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Our Choice* When we became alcoholics, crushed by a self-imposed crisis we could not postpone or evade, we had to fearlessly face the proposition that either God is everything or else He is nothing. God either is, or He isn’t. What was our choice to be?  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "We Agnostics" p. 53  Thought to Ponder I saw, I felt, I believed.  AA-related 'Alconym' *W I L L I N G*  =  *W*he ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.19.19

January 19th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 19, 2019* *Virtually Impossible* We know that while the alcoholic keeps away from drink, as he may do for months or years, he reacts much like other men. We are equally positive that once he takes any alcohol whatever into his system, something happens, both in the bodily and mental sense, which makes it virtually impossible for him to stop. The experience of any alcoholic will abundantly confirm this.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "There is a Solution,&q ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.18.19

January 18th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 18, 2019* *Defense* Once more: The alcoholic at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink. Except in a few cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense. His defense must come from a Higher Power.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "More About Alcoholism," p. 43 Thought to Ponder I can't, He can, I'll let Him. AA-related 'Alconym' *F R O G*  =  *F*ully *R*ely *O*n *G*od. Thanks to all of yo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.17.19

January 17th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 17, 2019* *Phenomenon of Craving* They took a drink a day or so prior to the date, and then the phenomenon of craving at once became paramount to all other interests so that the important appointment was not met. These men were not drinking to escape; they were drinking to overcome a craving beyond their mental control.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "The Doctor's Opinion,"pp. xxix - xxx Thought to Ponder Within our wonderful new world, we have found ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.16.19

January 16th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 16, 2019* *Plain Insanity* He had much knowledge about himself as an alcoholic. Yet all reasons for not drinking were easily pushed aside in favor of the foolish idea that he could take whiskey if only he mixed it with milk! Whatever the precise definition of the word may be, we call this plain insanity. How can such a lack of proportion, of the ability to think straight, be called anything else?  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "More About Alcoholism," ...Continue Reading
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