Daily Thought Archives

 

Daily Thought 07.09.18

July 9th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 9, 2018* *Transformed*Our eyes begin to open to the immense values which have come straight out of painful ego-puncturing. Until now, our lives have been largely devoted to running from pain and problems. We fled from them as from a plague. We never wanted to deal with the fact of suffering. Escape via the bottle was always our solution. Character-building through suffering might be all right for saints, but it certainly didn't appeal to us. Then, in A.A., we looked ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.08.18

July 8th 2018

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 8, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Carry This Message*The unique ability of each A.A. to identify himself with, and bring recovery to, the newcomer in no way depends upon his learning, eloquence, or on any special individual skills. The only thing that matters is that he is an alcoholic who has found a key to sobriety. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 150 - 151 Thought to PonderIn AA we don't carry the alcoholic; we carry the message. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.07.18

July 7th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 7, 2018* *Permanent Assets*Learning daily to spot, admit, and correct these flaws is the essence of character-building and good living. An honest regret for harms done, a genuine gratitude for blessings received, and a willingness to try for better things tomorrow will be the permanent assets we shall seek. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 95 Thought to PonderGratitude is a tool, a form of perspective, reminding me to appreciate the simple things. AA-re ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.06.18

July 6th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 6, 2018* *Spiritual Infancy*He will perceive that his spiritual growth is lopsided, that for an average man like himself, a spiritual life which does not include his family obligations may not be so perfect after all. If the family will appreciate that dad’s current behavior is but a phase of his development, all will be well. In the midst of an understanding and sympathetic family, these vagaries of dad’s spiritual infancy will quickly disappear. - Alcoholics ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.05.18

July 5th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 5, 2018* *Failed*All went well for a time, but he failed to enlarge his spiritual life. To his consternation, he found himself drunk half a dozen times in rapid succession. On each of these occasions we worked with him, reviewing carefully what had happened. He agreed he was a real alcoholic and in a serious condition. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 35 Thought to PonderThe ultimate defense against the first drink is a spiritual one. AA-related 'Alconym'*I S M* &nbs ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.04.18

July 4th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 4, 2018* *True Freedom*To get completely away from our aversion to the idea of being humble, to gain a vision of humility as the avenue to true freedom of the human spirit, to be willing to work for humility as something to be desired for itself, takes most of us a long, long time. A whole lifetime geared to self-centeredness cannot be set in reverse all at once. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 73 Thought to PonderHumility begins with 'please' and 'tha ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.03.18

July 3rd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 3, 2018* *A Fair Hearing*Instead, 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, p. 50 Thought to PonderSpirituality is not based o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.02.18

July 2nd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 2, 2018* Tradition Ten“Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.” We conceive the survival and spread of Alcoholics Anonymous to be something of far greater importance than the weight we could collectively throw back of any other cause. Since recovery from alcoholism is life itself to us, it is imperative that we preserve in full strength our means of survival. - Twelve Steps and Twe ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.01.18

July 1st 2018

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 1, 2018 ~ 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, p. 133 Thought to PonderHappiness and peace of mind are always here, open and free to anyone. AA-related 'Alconym'*F R E E*  =  *F*ortunately, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.30.18

June 30th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 30, 2018* *Family*We ought to sit down with the family and frankly analyze the past as we now see it, being very careful not to criticize them. Their defects may be glaring, but the chances are that our own actions are partly responsible. So we clean house with the family, asking each morning in meditation that our Creator show us the way of patience, tolerance, kindliness and love. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 83 Thought to PonderRight actions for the future are ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.29.18

June 29th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 29, 2018* *Fearless Admission*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 grace of God will not enter to expel our destructive obsessions until we are willing to try this. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 56 - 57 Thought to PonderA fear faced is a fear erased. AA-related 'Alconym'*F E A R* ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.28.18

June 28th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 28, 2018* *Rationalizing*We alcoholics are the biggest rationalizers in the world. Fortified with the excuse that we are doing great things for A.A., we can, through broken anonymity, resume our old and disastrous pursuit of personal power and prestige, public honors, and money -- the same implacable urges that, when frustrated, once caused us to drink. - As Bill Sees It, p. 160 Thought to PonderThe difference between pride and humility: Pride is who is right. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.27.18

June 27th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 27, 2018* *Your Belief*We can only clear the ground a bit. If our testimony helps sweep away prejudice, enables you to think honestly, encourages you to search diligently within yourself, then, if you wish, you can join us on the Broad Highway. With this attitude you cannot fail. The consciousness of your belief is sure to come to you. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 55 Thought to PonderKeep an open mind. AA-related 'Alconym'*H O W*  =  *H*onesty, *O*pen-m ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.26.18

June 26th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 26, 2018* *Miracles*It may seem incredible that these men are to become happy, respected, and useful once more. How can they rise out of such misery, bad repute and hopelessness? The practical answer is that since these things have happened among us, they can happen with you. Should you wish them above all else, and be willing to make use of our experience, we are sure they will come. The age of miracles is still with us. Our own recovery proves that! - Alcohol ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.25.18

June 25th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 25, 2018* *A Substitute*We have shown how we got out from under. You say, “Yes, I’m willing. But am I to be consigned to a life where I shall be stupid, boring and glum, like some righteous people I see? I know I must get along without liquor, but how can I? Have you a sufficient substitute?” Yes, there is a substitute and it is vastly more than that. It is a fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 152 Thought to PonderSobriety is the adv ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.24.18

June 24th 2018

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 24, 2018 ~ 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.’’ - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 85 Thought to PonderAA is not something we join; it's a way of life. AA-related 'Alconym'*A B C*  =  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.23.18

June 23rd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 23, 2018* *Defects*We who have escaped these extremes are apt to congratulate ourselves. Yet can we? After all, hasn't it been self-interest, pure and simple, that has enabled most of us to escape? Not much spiritual effort is involved in avoiding excesses which will bring us punishment anyway. But when we face up to the less violent aspects of these very same defects, then where do we stand? - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 66 Thought to PonderA " ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.22.18

June 22nd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 22, 2018* *Pain*Someone who knew what he was talking about once remarked that pain was the touchstone of all spiritual progress. How heartily we A.A.'s can agree with him, for we know that the pains of drinking had to come before sobriety, and emotional turmoil before serenity. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 93 - 94 Thought to PonderThe gritty pain of alcoholism is the traction of recovery. AA-related 'Alconym'*H O P E*  =  *H*old *O*n, *P* ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.21.18

June 21st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 21, 2018* *Ready*Under the lash of alcoholism, we are driven to A.A., and there we discover the fatal nature of our situation. Then, and only then, do we become as open-minded to conviction and as willing to listen as the dying can be. We stand ready to do anything which will lift the merciless obsession from us. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 24 Thought to PonderToday, my brain has cleared with the grace of clarity. AA-related 'Alconym'*H O W   ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.20.18

June 20th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 20, 2018* *Readiness*Are we now ready to let God remove from us all the things which we have admitted are objectionable? Can He now take them all—every one? If we still cling to something we will not let go, we ask God to help us be willing. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 76 Thought to PonderThe Three "P's" -- Pause, Pray, Proceed. AA-related 'Alconym'*K I S S*  =  *K*eep *I*t *S*imple, *S*urrender. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.19.18

June 19th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 19, 2018* *Inventory*But all who are in the least reasonable will agree upon one point: that there is plenty wrong with us alcoholics about which plenty will have to be done if we are to expect sobriety, progress, and any real ability to cope with life. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 48 Thought to PonderI need to uncover in order to recover. AA-related 'Alconym'*F A I T H*  =  *F*acing *A*n *I*nner *T*ruth *H*eals. Thanks to all of you for s ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.18.18

June 18th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 18, 2018* *New Life*Regardless of worldly success or failure, regardless of pain or joy, regardless of sickness or health or even of death itself, a new life of endless possibilities can be lived if we are willing to continue our awakening, through the practice of A.A.'s Twelve Steps. - As Bill Sees It, p. 8 Thought to PonderThe AA way of life is meant to be bread for daily use, not cake for special occasions. AA-related 'Alconym'*A R T*  =  *A*lways ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.17.18

June 17th 2018

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 17, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Prayer and Meditation*We usually conclude the period of meditation with a prayer that we be shown all through the day what our next step is to be, that we be given whatever we need to take care of such problems. We ask especially for freedom from self-will, and are careful to make no request for ourselves only. We may ask for ourselves, however, if others will be helped. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 87 Thought to PonderPrayer is n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.16.18

June 16th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 16, 2018* *Progress*"Day by day, we try to move a little toward God's perfection. So we need not be consumed by maudlin guilt for failure to achieve His likeness and image by Thursday next. Progress is our aim, and His perfection is the beacon, light-years away, that draws us on." - As Bill Sees It, p. 15 Thought to PonderSpiritual progress isn't what gets us sober, it's what keeps us sober. AA-related 'Alconym'*F R O G*  =  *F*ully *R*ely * ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.15.18

June 15th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 15, 2018* *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, p. 93 Thought to PonderThe Three "C's" -- Concern, Compassion, Consideration. AA-related 'Alconym'*H E L P*   ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.14.18

June 14th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 14, 2018* *Self-pity*"Self-pity is one of the most unhappy and consuming defects that we know. It is a bar to all spiritual progress and can cut off all effective communication with our fellows because of its inordinate demands for attention and sympathy. It is a maudlin form of martyrdom, which we can ill afford." - As Bill Sees It, p. 238 Thought to PonderThe smallest package in the world is an alcoholic all wrapped up in himself. AA-related 'Alcony ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.13.18

June 13th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 13, 2018* *An Approach*He should not be pushed or prodded by you, his wife, or his friends. If he is to find God, the desire must come from within. If he thinks he can do the job in some other way, or prefers some other spiritual approach, encourage him to follow his own conscience. We have no monopoly on God; we merely have an approach that worked with us. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 95 Thought to PonderTake a walk with God. He will meet you at the Steps. AA-re ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.12.18

June 12th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 12, 2018* *Without a Defense*The almost certain consequences that follow taking even a glass of beer do not crowd into the mind to deter us. If these thoughts occur, they are hazy and readily supplanted with the old threadbare idea that this time we shall handle ourselves like other people. There is a complete failure of the kind of defense that keeps one from putting his hand on a hot stove. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 24 Thought to PonderThe ultimate defense a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.11.18

June 11th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 11, 2018* *Complete Willingness*Upon a foundation of complete willingness I might build what I saw in my friend. Would I have it? Of course I would! Thus was I convinced that God is concerned with us humans when we want Him enough. At long last I saw, I felt, I believed. Scales of pride and prejudice fell from my eyes. A new world came into view. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 12 Thought to PonderI came. I came to. I came to believe. AA-related 'Alconym'*I S M* &nb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.10.18

June 10th 2018

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 10, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Honesty*We went back through our lives. Nothing counted but thoroughness and honesty. When we were finished we considered it carefully. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 65 Thought to PonderWillingness, honesty and open-mindedness are the essentials of recovery. AA-related 'Alconym'*C H A N G E*  =  *C*hoosing *H*onesty *A*llows *N*ew *G*rowth *E*veryday.   A Member Shares:Hi everyone. Craig, another alcoholic. Step one ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.09.18

June 9th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 9, 2018* *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, p. 47 Thought to PonderGod grant that AA may ever stay simple. AA-related 'Alconym'*P R O G R A M*  =  *P*eople *R*elying *O ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.08.18

June 8th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 8, 2018* *Our Problems*After all, our problems were of our own making. Bottles were only a symbol. Besides, we have stopped fighting anybody or anything. We have to! - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 103 Thought to PonderWe need to share our problems to find our solutions. AA-related 'Alconym'*A A*  =  *A*ltered *A*ttitudes Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength and hope in carrying the AA message. Grateful to serve, peyt ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.07.18

June 7th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 7, 2018* *Our Big Book*Thus we grow. And so can you, though you be but one man with this book in your hand. We believe and hope it contains all you need to begin. We know what you are thinking. You are saying to yourself: "I'm jittery and alone. I couldn't do that." But you can. You forget that you have just now tapped a source of power greater than yourself. To duplicate, with such backing, what we have accomplished is only a matter of willingness, patien ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.06.18

June 6th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 6, 2018* *Peace*If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 83 - 84 Thought to PonderWe cannot find peace by avoiding life. AA-related 'Alconym'*S T E P*  =  *S*omething *T*hat *E*nhan ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.05.18

June 5th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 5, 2018* *The Jumping-off Place*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, p. 152 Thought to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.04.18

June 4th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 4, 2018* *Resentments*Few people have been more victimized by resentments than have we alcoholics. It mattered little whether our resentments were justified or not. A burst of temper could spoil a day, and a well-nursed grudge could make us miserably ineffective. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 90 Thought to PonderResentment is like acid, eating away at the vessel it is stored in. AA-related 'Alconym'*F E A R*  =  *F*rustration, *E*go, *A*nge ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.03.18

June 3rd 2018

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 3, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Principles*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, p. 125 Thought to PonderIs the life I'm liv ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.02.18

June 2nd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 2, 2018* *Transformed*Until now, our lives have been largely devoted to running from pain and problems. We fled from them as from a plague. We never wanted to deal with the fact of suffering. Escape via the bottle was always our solution. Character-building through suffering might be all right for saints, but it certainly didn't appeal to us. Then, in A.A., we looked and listened. Everywhere we saw failure and misery transformed by humility into priceless assets.&nb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.01.18

June 1st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 1, 2018* *The Actor*More than most people, the alcoholic leads a double life. He is very much the actor. To the outer world he presents his stage character. This is the one he wants his fellows to see. He wants to enjoy a certain reputation, but knows in his heart he doesn't deserve it. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 73 Thought to PonderCharacter is what I am; reputation is what people think I am. AA-related 'Alconym'*F E A R*  =  *F*ighting *E*go *A*gain ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.31.18

May 31st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 31, 2018* *Disturbances*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 first need was ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.30.18

May 30th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 30, 2018* *Debris*Now we go out to our fellows and repair the damage done in the past. We attempt to sweep away the debris which has accumulated out of our effort to live on self-will and run the show ourselves. If we haven’t the will to do this, we ask until it comes. Remember it was agreed at the beginning we would go to any lengths for victory over alcohol. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 76 Thought to PonderDon't mess up an amend with an excuse. AA-related ' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.29.18

May 29th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 29, 2018* *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, p. 40 Thought to PonderI can't do His will my way. AA-related 'Alconym'*S W A T*  =   ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.28.18

May 28th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 28, 2018* *Guidance*We discover that we do receive guidance for our lives to just about the extent that we stop making demands upon God to give it to us on order and on our terms. Almost any experienced A.A. will tell how his affairs have taken remarkable and unexpected turns for the better as he tried to improve his conscious contact with God. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 104 Thought to PonderThe Three "P's" -- Pause, Pray, Proceed. AA-rel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.27.18

May 27th 2018

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 27, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Alcoholic Mind*They had said that though I did raise a defense, it would one day give way before some trivial reason for having a drink. Well, just that did happen and more, for what I had learned of alcoholism did not occur to me at all. I knew from that moment that I had an alcoholic mind. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 42 Thought to PonderI want the gift of an untroubled mind. AA-related 'Alconym'*E S H*  =  *E*xperienc ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.26.18

May 26th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 26, 2018* *Humility *All of us saw, for example, that we lacked honesty and tolerance, that we were beset at times by attacks of self-pity or delusions of personal grandeur. But while this was a humiliating experience, it didn't necessarily mean that we had yet acquired much actual humility. Though now recognized, our defects were still there. Something had to be done about them. - 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, p. 58 Thought to PonderHumility is not thinking less ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.25.18

May 25th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 25, 2018* *A Prospect*We find it a waste of time to keep chasing a man who cannot or will not work with you. If you leave such a person alone, he may soon become convinced that he cannot recover by himself. To spend too much time on any one situation is to deny some other alcoholic an opportunity to live and be happy. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 96 Thought to PonderA.A. is not for people who need it, it's for people who want it. AA-related 'Alconym'*A L C O H O L ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.24.18

May 24th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 24, 2018* *Growing*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 & Twelve Traditions, p. 114 Thought to PonderA spiritual awakening is our greatest gift. AA-related 'Alconym'*G R ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.23.18

May 23rd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 23, 2018* *Our Defects*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. The moment we say, “No, never!” our minds close against the grace of God. Delay is dangerous, and rebellion may be fatal. This is the exact point at which we abandon limited objectives, and move toward God's will for us. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 69 Thought to PonderIf I want G ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.22.18

May 22nd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 21, 2018* *Causes and Conditions*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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 64 Thought to PonderDelay is the deadliest form of denial. AA-related 'Alconym'*A B C*  =  *A*ccept, *B*e ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.21.18

May 21st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 21, 2018* *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, p. 21 Thought to PonderWhen we try to control our drinking, we have already lost control. AA-related 'Alconym'*T H I N K*  =  *T*hank *H*eavens, *I* *N*ow * ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.20.18

May 20th 2018

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 20, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Step Five*This is perhaps difficult—especially discussing our defects with another person. We think we have done well enough in admitting these things to ourselves. There is doubt about that. In actual practice, we usually find a solitary self-appraisal insufficient. Many of us thought it necessary to go much further. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 72 Thought to PonderWe need to share our problems to find our solutions. AA-related ' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.19.18

May 19th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 19, 2018* *Certain Steps*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, p. 58 Thought to PonderSobriety without action is fantasy. AA-related 'Alconym'*F E A R*  =  *F*ace *E*verything *A*nd *R*ecover. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.18.18

May 18th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 18, 2018* *Troubles*Our basic troubles are the same as everyone else's, but when an honest effort is made “to practice these principles in all our affairs,” well-grounded A.A.'s seem to have the ability, by God's grace, to take these troubles in stride and turn them into demonstrations of faith. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 114 Thought to PonderReliance on God enables me to match calamity with serenity. AA-related 'Alconym'*F A I T H*  =   ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.17.18

May 17th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 17, 2018* *New Meaning*Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends—this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it. Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 89 Thought to PonderGet it - Give it - Grow in it. AA-related 'Alconym'*A A* & ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.16.18

May 16th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 16, 2018* *Basic Principles*The basic principles of the A.A. program, it appears, hold good for individuals with many different lifestyles, just as the program has brought recovery to those of many different nationalities. The Twelve Steps that summarize the program may be called los Doce Pasos in one country, les Douze Etapes in another, but they trace exactly the same path to recovery that was blazed by the earliest members of Alcoholics Anonymous. - Alcoholic ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.15.18

May 15th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 15, 2018* *Obsession*It is not surprising that our drinking careers have been characterized by countless vain attempts to prove we could drink like other people. The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 30 Thought to PonderWhen we try to control our drinking, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.14.18

May 14th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 14, 2018* *A Power*Lack of power, that was our dilemma. We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. Obviously. But where and how were we to find this Power? Well, that’s exactly what this book is about. Its main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 45 Thought to PonderWillpower ... our will-ingness to use a Higher Power. AA-relat ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.13.18

May 13th 2018

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 13, 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 PonderI can't, God can, I'll ask Him to. AA-rel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.12.18

May 12th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 12, 2018* *Freedom from Fear*When, with God’s help, we calmly accepted our lot, then we found we could live at peace with ourselves and show others who still suffered the same fears that they could get over them, too. We found that freedom from fear was more important than freedom from want. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 122 Thought to PonderSituations I fear are rarely as bad as the fear itself. AA-related 'Alconym'*F E A R*  =  *F*ace *E*v ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.11.18

May 11th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 11, 2018* *A Simpler Level*When people presented us with spiritual approaches, how frequently did we all say, "I wish I had what that man has. I’m sure it would work if I could only believe as he believes. But I cannot accept as surely true the many articles of faith which are so plain to him." So it was comforting to learn that we could commence at a simpler level.- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 47 Thought to PonderThe solution is simple. The solution is spirit ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.10.18

May 10th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 10, 2018* *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, p. 16 Thought to PonderIt is when you act on faith that you actually have it. AA-related 'Alconym'*F A I T H*  =  *F*acing *A*ll, *I*ntuitively *T*rusting *H*im. Than ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.09.18

May 9th 2018

AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 9, 2018* Spiritually Sick*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 PonderResentments are like submarines. They run really deep. AA-related 'Alcony ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.08.18

May 8th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 8, 2018* *Psychic Change*After they have succumbed to the desire again, as so many do, and the phenomenon of craving develops, they pass through the well-known stages of a spree, emerging remorseful, with a firm resolution not to drink again. This is repeated over and over, and unless this person can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope of his recovery. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xxix Thought to PonderPain is the measure of our resistanc ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.07.18

May 7th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 7, 2018* *Step Ten*The quick inventory is aimed at our daily ups and downs, especially those where people or new events throw us off balance and tempt us to make mistakes. In all these situations we need self-restraint, honest analysis of what is involved, a willingness to admit when the fault is ours, and an equal willingness to forgive when the fault is elsewhere. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 91 Thought to PonderI can’t fix something if I don’t kno ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.06.18

May 6th 2018

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 6, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Fearless and Thorough*At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 58 Thought to PonderThe Twelve Steps -- a manuscript for rational living. AA-related ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.05.18

May 5th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 5, 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 PonderI never i ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.04.18

May 4th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 4, 2018* *Fellowship of the Spirit*Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny. May God bless you and keep you—until then. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 164 Thought to PonderSobriety is not a destination, but a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.03.18

May 3rd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 3, 2018* *Language of the Heart*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 4th edition, p. XIII Thought to PonderSeven days without an AA meeting makes one weak. AA-related 'Alconym'*E S H*  =  *E*xperience, *S*trength ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.02.18

May 2nd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 2, 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, pp. XVI - XVII Thought to PonderOnly in giving do we receive in full measure. AA-related 'Alco ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.01.18

May 1st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 1, 2018* *Step Three*Many of us said to our Maker, /as we understood Him:/ “God, I offer myself to Thee—to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!’’ We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.30.18

April 30th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 30, 2018* *Anger*If we were to live, we had to be free of anger. The grouch and the brainstorm were not for us. They maybe the dubious luxury of normal men, but for alcoholics these things are poison. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 66 Thought to PonderAnger is just one letter short of danger. AA-related 'Alconym'*A N G E R*  =  *A*ny *N*ew *G*rudge *E*ndangers *R*ecovery. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength and hop ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.29.18

April 29th 2018

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 29, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Bankruptcy*No other kind of bankruptcy is like this one. Alcohol, now become the rapacious creditor, bleeds us of all self-sufficiency and all will to resist its demands. Once this stark fact is accepted, our bankruptcy as going human concerns is complete. But upon entering AA we soon take quite another view of this absolute humiliation. We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps toward liberatio ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.28.18

April 28th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 28, 2018* *Safe and Protected*We are not fighting it, neither are we avoiding temptation. We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality—safe and protected. We have not even sworn off. Instead, the problem has been removed. It does not exist for us. We are neither cocky nor are we afraid. That is our experience. That is how we react so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 85 Thought to PonderSpiritual progres ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.27.18

April 27th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 27, 2018* *Overcome Misery*I have seen men come out of asylums and resume a vital place in the lives of their families and communities. Business and professional men have regained their standing. There is scarcely any form of trouble and misery which has not been overcome among us. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 15 Thought to PonderFaith makes the impossible possible. AA-related 'Alconym'*A C T I O N*  =  *A*ny *C*hange *T*o *I*mprove *O*ur *N*ature. Tha ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.26.18

April 26th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 26, 2018* *We Have 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 sh ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.25.18

April 25th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 25, 2018* *Prospect*When you discover a prospect for Alcoholics Anonymous, find out all you can about him. If he does not want to stop drinking, don’t waste time trying to persuade him. You may spoil a later opportunity. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 90 Thought to PonderAA is not for people who need it, it's for people who want it. AA-related 'Alconym'*H O L D*  =  *H*elping *O*thers *L*ive *D*aily. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.24.18

April 24th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 24, 2018* *Permanent Recovery*This seemed to prove that one alcoholic could affect another as no nonalcoholic could. It also indicated that strenuous work, one alcoholic with another, was vital to permanent recovery. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. pgs. xvi - xvii Thought to PonderTo keep it, you have to give it away. AA-related 'Alconym'*A L C O H O L I C S*  =  *A* *L*ife *C*onsisting *O*f *H*elping *O*thers *L*ived *I*n *C*onstant *S*obriety. Thanks t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.23.18

April 23rd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 23, 2018* *Rarely*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, p. 58 Thought to PonderHonesty is the absence of the intent to deceive. AA-related 'Alconym'*W I L L I N G*  =  *W*hen *I* *L*ive *L*ife, * ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.22.18

April 22nd 2018

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 22, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Powerless*But upon entering A.A. we soon take quite another view of this absolute humiliation. We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps toward liberation and strength. Our admissions of personal powerlessness finally turn out to be firm bedrock upon which happy and purposeful lives may be built.. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 21 Thought to PonderWillpower ... our will-ingness to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.21.18

April 21st 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 21, 2018* *Character*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, p. 34 Thought to PonderAlcohol — cunning, baffling, powerful! AA-related 'Alconym'*K I S S*  =  *K*eep *I*t *S*imple; *S*urrender. Thanks to a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.20.18

April 20th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 20, 2018* *Fortunate*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 Power.  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.19.18

April 19th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 19, 2018* *Restored*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, p. 57 Thought to PonderFrom darkness comes light. AA-related 'Alconym'*A R T*  =  *A*lways *R*emain *T*eachable. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experie ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.18.18

April 18th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 18, 2018* *Children of a Creator*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, p. 28 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.17.18

April 17th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 17, 2018* *Profound Change*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. What often takes place in a few months could seldom have been accomplished by years of self-discipline. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 567 Thought to PonderChange is the heartbeat of grow ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.16.18

April 16th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 16, 2018* *Tradition Four*With respect to its own affairs, each A.A. group should be responsible to no other authority than its own conscience. But when its plans concern the welfare of neighboring groups also, those groups ought to be consulted. And no group, regional committee, or individual should ever take any action that might greatly affect A.A. as a whole without conferring with the trustees of the General Service Board. On such issues our common welfare is ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.15.18

April 15th 2018

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 15, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *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. - Alc ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.14.18

April 14th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 14, 2018* *Amends*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 PonderIt is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends fo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.13.18

April 13th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 13, 2018* *Fellowship*There you will find release from care, boredom and worry. Your imagination will be fired. Life will mean something at last. The most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead. Thus we find the fellowship, and so will you. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 152 Thought to PonderAlcoholics Anonymous is the only place in the world where you can walk into a room full of total strangers and reminisce. AA-related 'Alconym'*F E L L O W S H I P* &nb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.12.18

April 12th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 12, 2018* *Selfishness*So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn’t think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kills us! God makes that possible.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 62 Thought to PonderThe smallest package in the world is an alcoholic all wrapped up in himself. AA-related 'A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.11.18

April 11th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 11, 2018* *Step Five**"Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs."* We pocket our pride and go to it, illuminating every twist of character, every dark cranny of the past. Once we have taken this step, withholding nothing, we are delighted. We can look the world in the eye. We can be alone at perfect peace and ease. Our fears fall from us. We begin to feel the nearness of our Creator. - Alcoholics Anonym ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.10.18

April 10th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 10, 2018* *Diagnosis*We do not like to pronounce any individual as alcoholic, but you can quickly diagnose yourself. Step over to the nearest barroom and try some controlled drinking. Try to drink and stop abruptly. Try it more than once. It will not take long for you to decide, if you are honest with yourself about it. It may be worth a bad case of jitters if you get a full knowledge of your condition.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 31 - 32 Thought to PonderIf ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.09.18

April 9th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 9, 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, p. 28 Thought to PonderThe Twelve Steps — a manuscript for rational living. AA-related 'Alconym'*A A*  =  *A*nswer *A*vailable. Tha ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.08.18

April 8th 2018

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 8, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Step Six*If we can answer to our satisfaction, we then look at /Step Six/. We have emphasized willingness as being indispensable. Are we now ready to let God remove from us all the things which we have admitted are objectionable? Can He now take them all—every one? If we still cling to something we will not let go, we ask God to help us be willing. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 76 Thought to PonderWhat have I been given today? Am ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.07.18

April 7th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 7, 2018* *Self-Centered*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, p. 61 Thought to PonderWhen I choose the behavior, I choose the consequences ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.06.18

April 6th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 6, 2018* *Four Horsemen*Some of us sought out sordid places, hoping to find understanding companionship and approval. Momentarily we did—then would come oblivion and the awful awakening to face the hideous Four Horsemen—Terror, Bewilderment, Frustration, Despair. Unhappy drinkers who read this page will understand! - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 151 Thought to PonderFrom darkness comes light. AA-related 'Alconym'*A A*  =  *A*lcoholic's *A*nswer. Thanks t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.05.18

April 5th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 5, 2018* *True Motives*But in other instances only the closest scrutiny will reveal what our true motives were. There are cases where our ancient enemy, rationalization, has stepped in and has justified conduct which was really wrong. The temptation here is to imagine that we had good motives and reasons when we really didn't. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 94 Thought to PonderDon't believe everything you think. AA-related 'Alconym'*W I S D O M* &n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.04.18

April 4th 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 4, 2018* *Immunity*Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 89 Thought to PonderInto 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 experience, strength and hop ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.03.18

April 3rd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 3, 2018* *Help*Many of us had moral and philosophical convictions galore, but we could not live up to them even though we would have liked to. Neither could we reduce our self-centeredness much by wishing or trying on our own power. We had to have God’s help. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 62 Thought to PonderFaith makes the impossible possible. AA-related 'Alconym'*B I G   B O O K*  =  *B*elieving *I*n *G*od *B*eats *O*ur *O*ld *K*nowledge. Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.02.18

April 2nd 2018

*AA Thought for the Day*(courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 2, 2018* *Inventory*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 which really works in daily living is still out of reach. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 43 Thought to PonderTrust God.  Clean House.  Help Other ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.01.18

April 1st 2018

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 1, 2018 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Humility*Indeed, the attainment of greater humility is the foundation principle of each of A.A.'s Twelve Steps. 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. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 70 Thought t ...Continue Reading
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