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Daily Thought 09.02.17

September 2nd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 2, 2017 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 became conscious of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter. We were reborn. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p 63 Thought to Ponder The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.01.17

September 1st 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 1, 2017 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 Ponder Reliance on God enables me to match calamity ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.31.17

August 31st 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 31, 2017 Good Living 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. Twelfth Step. ~ Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 125 Thought to Ponder . . ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.30.17

August 30th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 30, 2017 The Ladder No one who drank as I did wakes up on the edge of the abyss one morning and says: Things look pretty scary; I think I'd better stop drinking before I fall in. I was convinced I could go as far as I wanted, and then climb back out when it wasn't fun anymore. What happened was, I found myself at the bottom of the canyon thinking I'd never see the sun again. AA didn't pull me out of that hole. It did give me t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.29.17

August 29th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 29, 2017 Self-Reliance We could actually have earnest religious beliefs which remained barren because we were still trying to play God ourselves. As long as we placed self-reliance first, a genuine reliance upon a Higher Power was out of the question. That basic ingredient of all humility, a desire to seek and do God's will, was missing. - - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 72 Thought to Ponder Humility is not think ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.28.17

August 28th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 28, 2017 Unreasonable Demands We can try to stop making unreasonable demands upon those we love. We can show kindness where we had shown none. With those we dislike we can begin to practice justice and courtesy, perhaps going out of our way to understand and help them. Whenever we fail any of these people, we can promptly admit it—to ourselves always, and to them also, when the admission would be helpful. - - Twelve Steps and Tw ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.27.17

August 27th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 27, 2017 Instincts We have learned that the satisfaction of instincts cannot be the sole end and aim of our lives. If we place instincts first, we have got the cart before the horse; we shall be pulled backward into disillusionment. But when we are willing to place spiritual growth first—then and only then do we have a real chance. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp, 114 - 115 Thought to Ponder . . . Get it - Give it - ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.26.17

August 26th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 26, 2017 Profound Change "It has often been said of A.A. that we are interested only on 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, p. 1 Thought to Ponder If I don't change, my sobrie ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.25.17

August 25th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 25, 2017 Reality I lived in a dream world. A.A. led me gently from this fantasizing to embrace reality with open arms. And I found it beautiful! For, at last, I was at peace with myself. And with others. And with God. - Alcoholics Anonymous,p. 559 Thought to Ponder . From darkness comes light. AA-related 'Alconym' G I F T = God Is Forever There Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.24.17

August 24th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 24, 2017 Three Pertinent Ideas Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas: (a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives. (b) That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism. (c) That God could and would if He were sought. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 60 Thought to Ponder I can't, God can, I'll ask Him ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.23.17

August 23rd 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 23, 2017 A Family Disease It is important for me to realize that, as an alcoholic, I not only hurt myself, but also those around me. Meaking amends to my family, and to the families of alcoholics still suffering, will always be important. Understanding the havoc I created and trying to repair the destruction, will be a lifelong endeavor. The example of my sobriety may give others hope, and faith to help themselves. - Daily Ref ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.22.17

August 22nd 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 22, 2017 Guilt and Pride Guilt is really the reserve side of the coin of pride. Guilt aims at self-destruction, and pride aims at the destruction of others. - As Bill Sees It, p. 140 Thought to Ponder Swallowing my pride will not get me drunk. AA-related 'Alconym' C H A N G E = Choosing Humility Allows New Gifts and Energy. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength and hope in carrying ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.21.17

August 21st 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 21, 2017 Step Eleven "Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out." In Step Eleven we saw that if a Higher Power had restored us to sanity and had enabled us to live with some peace of mind in a sorely troubled world, then such a Higher Power was worth knowing better, by as direct c ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.20.17

August 20th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 20, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Fully Concede We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery. The delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 30 Thought to Ponder The Twelve Steps -- a manuscript for rational living. AA-related 'Alconym' A B C = Acceptance, Belief, Change. A M ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.19.17

August 19th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 19, 2017 Progress "Day by day, we try to move a little toward God's perfection. So we need not be consumed by maudlin guilt for failure to achieve His likeness and image by Thursday next. Progress is our aim, and His perfection is the beacon, light-years away, that draws us on." - As Bill Sees It, p. 15 Thought to Ponder Spiritual progress isn't what gets us sober, it's what keeps us sober. AA-related 'Alconym' K I ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.18.17

August 18th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 18, 2017 Our Behavior To escape looking at the wrongs we have done another, we resentfully focus on the wrong he has done us. This is especially true if he has, in fact, behaved badly at all. Triumphantly we seize upon his misbehavior as the perfect excuse for minimizing or forgetting our own. Right here we need to fetch ourselves up sharply. . . Let's remember that alcoholics are not the only ones bedeviled by sick emotions. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.17.17

August 17th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 17, 2017 Our Dilemma 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 Ponder No God, no peace — ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.16.17

August 16th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 16, 2017 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, p. 24 Thou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.15.17

August 15th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 15, 2017 Step Eight "Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all." We might next ask ourselves what we mean when we say that we have “harmed” other people. What kinds of “harm” do people do one another, anyway? To define the word “harm” in a practical way, we might call it the result of instincts in collision, which cause physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual damage to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.14.17

August 14th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 14, 2017 Carry This Message To watch the eyes of men and women open with wonder as they move from darkness into light, to see their lives quickly fill with new purpose and meaning, to see whole families reassembled, to see the alcoholic outcast received back into his community in full citizenship, and above all to watch these people awaken to the presence of a loving God in their lives—these things are the substance of what we ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.13.17

August 13th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 13, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Dependence on God When World War II broke out, this spiritual principle had its first major test. A.A.'s entered the services and were scattered all over the world. Would they be able to take discipline, stand up under fire, and endure the monotony and misery of war? Would the kind of dependence they had learned in A.A. carry them through? Well, it did. They had even fewer alcoholic lapses o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.12.17

August 12th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 12, 2017 Twenty-Four Hour Living "The idea of `twenty-four-hour living' applies primarily to the emotional life of the individual. Emotionally speaking, we must not live in yesterday, nor in tomorrow." "But I have never been able to see that this means the individual, the group, or A.A. as a whole should give no thought whatever to how to function tomorrow or even in the more distant future. Faith alone never const ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.11.17

August 11th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 11, 2017 An Unnatural Act When men and women pour so much alcohol into themselves that they destroy their lives, they commit a most unnatural act. Defying their instinctive desire for self-preservation, they seem bent upon self-destruction. They work against their own deepest instinct. As they are humbled by the terrific beating administered by alcohol, the grace of God can enter them and expel their obsession. - 12 Steps & ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.10.17

August 10th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 10, 2017 Daily Inventory Then comes the acid test: can we stay sober, keep in emotional balance, and live to good purpose under all conditions? A continuous look at our assets and liabilities, and a real desire to learn and grow by this means, are necessities for us. We alcoholics have learned this the hard way. More experienced people, of course, in all times and places have practiced unsparing self-survey and criticism. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.09.17

August 9th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 9, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Problem Removed We will see that our new attitude toward liquor has been given us without any thought or effort on our part. It just comes! That is the miracle of it. We are not fighting it, neither are we avoiding temptation. 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.08.17

August 8th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 8, 2017 Meditation Meditation is something which can always be further developed. It has no boundaries, either of width or height. Aided by such instruction and example as we can find, it is essentially an individual adventure, something which each one of us works out in his own way. But its object is always the same: to improve our conscious contact with God, with His grace, wisdom, and love. - 12 Steps & 12 Traditions ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.07.17

August 7th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 7, 2017 Defects Practically every body wishes to be rid of his most glaring and destructive handicaps. No one wants to be so proud that he is scorned as a braggart, nor so greedy that he is labeled a thief. . . 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.06.17

August 6th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 6, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Honest and Willing 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 Ponder Sobriety is not a destination, but an everlasting j ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.05.17

August 5th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 5, 2017 Lost Faith "The here and now was good enough for us. The will to win would carry us through. But then alcohol began to have its way with us. Finally, when all our score cards read 'zero,' and we saw that one more strike would put us out of the game forever, we had to look for our lost faith. It was in A.A, that we rediscovered it. And so can you.” - 12 Steps & 12 Traditions, p. 29 Thought to Ponder Fait ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.04.17

August 4th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 4, 2017 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 Ponder When I choose th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.03.17

August 3rd 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 3, 2017 Persistence Both you and the new man must walk day by day in the path of spiritual progress. If you persist, remarkable things will happen. 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 100 Thought to Ponder The Three P's -- Patience, Persistence, Peace. AA-related 'Alconym' G R O W ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.02.17

August 2nd 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 2, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ New Life We, in our turn, sought the same escape with all the desperation of drowning men. What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of God. A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, "a design for living" that really works. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 28 Thought to Ponder The Twelve Steps -- a manuscript for rational living. AA-re ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.01.17

August 1st 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 1, 2017 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 Po ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.31.17

July 31st 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 31, 2017 Liabilities “Nearly every serious emotional problem can be seen as a case of misdirected instinct. When that happens, our great natural assets, the instincts, have turned into physical and mental liabilities. Step Four is our vigorous and painstaking effort to discover what these liabilities in each of us have been, and are. - 12 Steps & 12 Traditions, p. 42 Thought to Ponder The Three A's .. Awareness, Accept ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.30.17

July 30th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 30, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Fears 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 75 Thought to Ponder What I fear I create. AA-related 'Alconym' F E A R = Fear ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.29.17

July 29th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 29, 2017 Defiance “When we encountered A.A., the fallacy of our defiance was revealed. At no time had we asked what God's will was for us; instead we had been telling Him what it ought to be. No man, we saw, could believe in God and defy Him, too. Belief meant reliance, not defiance." - 12 Steps & 12 Traditions, p. 31 Thought to Ponder Today, my brain has cleared with the grace of clarity. AA-related 'Alconym' F R ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.28.17

July 28th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 28, 2017 A Power Let us make haste to reassure you. We found that as soon as we were able to lay aside prejudice and express even a willingness to believe in a Power greater than ourselves, we commenced to get results, even though it was impossible for any of us to fully define or comprehend that Power, which is God. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 46 Thought to Ponder Willpower ... our will-ingness to use a Higher Power. AA- ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.27.17

July 27th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 27, 2017 Amends 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 Ponder It is the highest f ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.26.17

July 26th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 26, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ 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 Ponder Sobriety without action is fantasy. AA-related 'Alconym' S T E P S = Solutions Through Ea ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.25.17

July 25th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 25, 2017 Failure "In God's economy, nothing is wasted. Through failure, we learn a lesson in humility, which is probably needed, painful though it is.” - As Bill Sees It, p. 31 Thought to Ponder This thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down. AA-related 'Alconym' F A I L U R E = Fearful, Arrogant, Insecure, Lonely, Uncertain, Resentful, Empty. Thanks to all of you for sharing s ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.24.17

July 24th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 24, 2017 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 Ponder Faith makes the impossible possible. AA-related 'Alconym' B I G B O O K = Believing In God Beats Our Old Knowledge. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.23.17

July 23rd 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 23, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Step Seven When ready, we say something like this: "My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen." We have then completed Step Seven. - ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.22.17

July 22nd 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 22, 2017 Bankruptcy Beginning with Step Four, we commenced to search out the things in ourselves which had brought us to physical, moral, and spiritual bankruptcy. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory. - Twelve Steps & 12 Traditions, pp. 107 - 108 Thought to Ponder I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. AA-related 'Alconym' S O L U T I O N S = Saving Our Lives Using The Inventory ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.21.17

July 21st 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 21, 2017 Courage We never apologize to anyone for depending upon our Creator. We can laugh at those who think spirituality the way of weakness. Paradoxically, it is the way of strength. The verdict of the ages is that faith means courage. All men of faith have courage. They trust their God. We never apologize for God. Instead we let Him demonstrate, through us, what He can do. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 68 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.20.17

July 20th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 20, 2017 Fifth Step Having made our personal inventory, what shall we do about it? We have been trying to get a new attitude, a new relationship with our Creator, and to discover the obstacles in our path. We have admitted certain defects; we have ascertained in a rough way what the trouble is; we have put our finger on the weak items in our personal inventory. Now these are about to be cast out. This requires action on our part ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.19.17

July 18th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 19, 2017 Enjoying Life We have been speaking to you of serious, sometimes tragic things. We have been dealing with alcohol in its worst aspect. But we aren’t a glum lot. If newcomers could see no joy or fun in our existence, they wouldn’t want it. We absolutely insist on enjoying life. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 132 Thought to Ponder Laughter is the sound of recovery. AA-related 'Alconym' A L O H A = A Lot Of Happy Alcoh ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.18.17

July 18th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 18, 2017 Faith In this book you read again and again that faith did for us what we could not do for ourselves. We hope you are convinced now that God can remove whatever self-will has blocked you off from Him. If you have already made a decision, and an inventory of your grosser handicaps, you have made a good beginning. That being so you have swallowed and digested some big chunks of truth about yourself. - Alcoholics Anonymous ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.17.17

July 17th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 17, 2017 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 Ponder We are prisoners of our own resentments. F ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.16.17

July 16th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 16, 2017 Anger If we were to live, we had to be free of anger. The grouch and the brainstorm were not for us. They may be the dubious luxury of normal men, but for alcoholics these things are poison. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 66 Thought to Ponder If we were to live, we had to be free of anger. AA-related 'Alconym' A N G E R = Any New Grudge Endangers Recovery. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experie ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.15.17

July 15th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 15, 2017 A Question Our friend’s gorge rose as he bitterly cried out: "If there is a God, He certainly hasn’t done anything for me!" But later, alone in his room, he asked himself this question: "Is it possible that all the religious people I have known are wrong?" While pondering the answer he felt as though he lived in hell. Then, like a thunderbolt, a great thought came. It crowded out all else: "Who are ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.14.17

July 14th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 14, 2017 Helping Others If you are satisfied that he is a real alcoholic, begin to dwell on the hopeless feature of the malady. Show him, from your own experience, how the queer mental condition surrounding that first drink prevents normal functioning of the will power. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 92 Thought to Ponder Trust God. Clean house. Help others. AA-related 'Alconym' A L C O H O L I C S = A Life Centered On Helping O ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.13.17

July 13th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 13, 2017 A Tornado 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. He is like the farmer who came up out of his cyclone cellar to find his home ruined. To his wife, he remarked, "Don’t see ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.12.17

July 12th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 12, 2017 We Review Returning home we find a place where we can be quiet for an hour, carefully reviewing what we have done. We thank God from the bottom of our heart that we know Him better. Taking this book down from our shelf we turn to the page which contains the twelve steps. Carefully reading the first five proposals we ask if we have omitted anything, for we are building an arch through which we shall walk a free man at last. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.11.17

July 11th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 11, 2017 Amends We are there to sweep off our side of the street, realizing that nothing worth while can be accomplished until we do so, never trying to tell him what he should do. His faults are not discussed. We stick to our own. If our manner is calm, frank, and open, we will be gratified with the result. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 77 - 78 Thought to Ponder It is the highest form of self-respect to admi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.10.17

July 10th 2017

Daily Thought AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 10, 2017 Daily Inventory 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. We need not be discouraged when we fall into the error of our old ways, for these disciplines are not easy. We shall look for progress, not for perfection. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p 86 Tho ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.09.17

July 9th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 9, 2017 Forgiveness If we ask, God will certainly forgive our derelictions. But in no case does He render us white as snow and keep us that way without our cooperation. That is something we are supposed to be willing to work toward ourselves. He asks only that we try as best we know how to make progress in the building of character. - Twelve Steps & 12 Traditions, p. 65 Thought to Ponder . . . Forgiveness is the key to m ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.08.17

July 8th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 8, 2017 Prayer and Meditation Perhaps one of the greatest rewards of meditation and prayer is the sense of belonging that comes to us. We no longer live in a completely hostile world. We are no longer lost and frightened and purposeless. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 105 Thought to Ponder . . . Trying to pray is praying. AA-related 'Alconym' . . . P U S H = Pray Until Something Happens. Thanks to all of you ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.07.17

July 7th 2017

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 7, 2017 Rebellion A whole lifetime geared to self-centeredness cannot be set in reverse all at once. Rebellion dogs our every step at first. When we have finally admitted without reservation that we are powerless over alcohol, we are apt to breathe a great sigh of relief, saying, "Well, thank God that's over! I'll never have to go through that again!" Then we learn, often to our consternation, that this is only the first ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.06.17

July 6th 2017

Daily Thought 07.06.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 6, 2017 Two Alternatives If you are as seriously alcoholic as we were, we believe there is no middle-of-the-road solution. We were in a position where life was becoming impossible, and if we had passed into the region from which there is no return through human aid, we had but two alternatives: One was to go on to the bitter end, blotting out the consciousness of our intolerable situation as best we could ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.05.17

July 5th 2017

Daily Thought 07.05.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 5, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Why They Fell Time after time newcomers have tried to keep to themselves certain facts about their lives. Trying to avoid this humbling experience, they have turned to easier methods. Almost invariably they got drunk. Having persevered with the rest of the program, they wondered why they fell. We think the reason is that they never completed their housecleaning. Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.04.17

July 4th 2017

Daily Thought 07.04.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 4, 2017 A New Freedom 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 Ponder . . . Serenity isn't freedom from the storm; ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.03.17

July 3rd 2017

Daily Thought 07.03.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 3, 2017 Program of Action The program of action, though entirely sensible, was pretty drastic. It meant I would have to throw several lifelong conceptions out of the window. That was not easy. But the moment I made up my mind to go through with the process, I had the curious feeling that my alcoholic condition was relieved, as in fact it proved to be. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 42 Thought to Ponder . ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.02.17

July 2nd 2017

Daily Thought 07.02.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 2, 2017 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.01.17

July 1st 2017

Daily Thought 07.01.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 1, 2017 Our Hope 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, p. 29 Thought to Ponder . . . Hope is the key that unlocks the door of discouragement. AA-related 'Alcony ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.30.17

June 30th 2017

Daily Thought 06.30.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 30, 2017 It Never Fails If you still think you are strong enough to beat the game alone, that is your affair. But if you really and truly want to quit drinking liquor for good and all, and sincerely feel that you must have some help, we know that we have an answer for you. It never fails, if you go about it with one half the zeal you have been in the habit of showing when you were getting another drink ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.29.17

June 29th 2017

Daily Thought 06.29.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 29, 2017 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. - 12 Steps & 12 Traditions, pp. 48 - 49 Thought to Ponder . . . ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.28.17

June 28th 2017

Daily Thought 06.28.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 28, 2017 The Bright Spot 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.27.17

June 27th 2017

Daily Thought 06.27.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 27, 2017 A Double-Edged Sword 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. It was a statistical fact that alcoholics almost never re ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.26.17

June 26th 2017

Daily Thought 06.26.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 26, 2017 We Asked God Though we did not like their symptoms and the way these disturbed us, they, like ourselves, were sick too. We asked God to help us show them the same tolerance, pity, and patience that we would cheerfully grant a sick friend. When a person offended we said to ourselves, "This is a sick man. How can I be helpful to him? God save me from being angry. Thy will be done." - A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.25.17

June 25th 2017

Daily Thought 06.25.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 25, 2017 At Once Followed 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 Ponder . . . Delay is the deadliest form of de ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.24.17

June 23rd 2017

Daily Thought 06.24.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 24, 2017 Shortcomings I have shortcomings and defects of character. I never have been and never can be perfect. As that realization became a part of me -- and it took time -- it brought me one of the greatest of the many blessings that have come to me from AA. I learned to accept myself as a fallible human being. I do not have to strive for perfection. Mistakes are permissible. I have the right to be wron ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.23.17

June 23rd 2017

Daily Thought 06.23.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 23, 2017 Seeking Humility We saw we needn't always be bludgeoned and beaten into humility. It could come quite as much from our voluntary reaching for it as it could from unremitting suffering. A great turning point in our lives came when we sought for humility as something we really wanted, rather than as something we must have. - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 75 Thought to Ponder . . . Humil ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.22.17

June 22nd 2017

Daily Thought 06.22.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 22, 2017 Independence And the facts seem to be these: The more we become willing to depend upon a Higher Power, the more independent we actually are. Therefore dependence, as A.A. practices it, is really a means of gaining true independence of the spirit. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 36 Thought to Ponder . . . If faith without works is dead; then willingness without action is fantasy. AA- ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.21.17

June 21st 2017

Daily Thought 06.21.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 21, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Ready 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, p 58 Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.20.17

June 20th 2017

Daily Thought 06.20.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 20, 2017 Inventory We did exactly the same thing with our lives. We took stock honestly. First, we searched out the flaws in our make-up which caused our failure. Being convinced that self, manifested in various ways, was what had defeated us, we considered its common manifestations. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 64 Thought to Ponder . . . I must walk into darkness to find the light. AA-related 'Alconym ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.19.17

June 19th 2017

Daily Thought 06.19.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 19, 2017 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. - 12 Steps & 12 Traditions, p. 40 Thought to Ponder . . . Willpow ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.18.17

June 18th 2017

Daily Thought 06.18.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 18, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Rough Going This sometimes nearly drove me back to drink, but I soon found that when all other measures failed, work with another alcoholic would save the day. Many times I have gone to my old hospital in despair. On talking to a man there, I would be amazingly lifted up and set on my feet. It is a design for living that works in rough going. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 15 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.17.17

June 17th 2017

Daily Thought 06.17.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 17, 2017 Prayer Those of us who have come to make regular use of prayer would no more do without it than we would refuse air, food, or sunshine. And for the same reason. When we refuse air, light, or food, the body suffers. And when we turn away from meditation and prayer, we likewise deprive our minds, our emotions, and our intuitions of vitally needed support. - 12 Steps & 12 Traditions, p. 97 Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.16.17

June 16th 2017

Daily Thought 06.16.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 16, 2017 Spiritual Life For if an alcoholic failed to perfect and enlarge his spiritual life through work and self-sacrifice for others, he could not survive the certain trials and low spots ahead. If he did not work, he would surely drink again, and if he drank, he would surely die. Then faith would be dead indeed. With us it is just like that. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 14 - 15 Thought to Ponder . ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.15.17

June 15th 2017

Daily Thought 06.15.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 15, 2017 Step Eleven Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 59 Thought to Ponder . . . Prayer asks the question. Meditation listens for the answer. AA-related 'Alconym' . . . A S A P = Always Say A Prayer. Thanks to all of you for ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.14.17

June 14th 2017

Daily Thought 06.14.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 14, 2017 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 Ponder . . . From darkness comes light. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.13.17

June 13th 2017

Daily Thought 06.13.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 13, 2017 Absolutely Necessary When our friend related his experience, the man agreed that no amount of will power he might muster could stop his drinking for long. A spiritual experience, he conceded, was absolutely necessary, but the price seemed high upon the basis suggested. He told how he lived in constant worry about those who might find out about his alcoholism. He had, of course, the familiar al ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.11.17

June 11th 2017

Daily Thought 06.11.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 11, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ A Lifetime Process 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. . . - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 52 Thought to Ponder . . . ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.10.17

June 10th 2017

Daily Thought 06.10.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 10, 2017 The Doctor's Opinion Frothy emotional appeal seldom suffices. The message which can interest and hold these alcoholic people must have depth and weight. In nearly all these cases, their ideals must be grounded in a power greater than themselves, if they are to re-create their lives. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xxviii Thought to Ponder . . . God seldom becomes a reality until God becomes a necessi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.09.17

June 9th 2017

Daily Thought 06.09.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 9, 2017 Defects and 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 &am ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.08.17

June 8th 2017

Daily Thought 06.08.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 8, 2017 Honesty 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. - 12 Steps & 12 Traditions, p. 60 Thought to Ponder . . . Honesty is the absence of the intent to deceive. AA-related 'Alconym' . . . A A = ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.07.17

June 6th 2017

Daily Thought 06.07.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 7, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p 58 Thought to Ponder . . . Sobriety without action is fantasy. AA-related 'Alconym' . . . S W A T = S ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.06.17

June 6th 2017

Daily Thought 06.06.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 6, 2017 Helpfulness Your job now is to be at the place where you may be of maximum helpfulness to others, so never hesitate to go anywhere if you can be helpful. You should not hesitate to visit the most sordid spot on earth on such an errand. Keep on the firing line of life with these motives and God will keep you unharmed. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 102 Thought to Ponder . . . Trust God. Clean ho ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.05.17

June 5th 2017

Daily Thought 06.05.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 5, 2017 Rationalizations 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. - 12 Steps & 12 Traditions,, p. 94 Thought to Ponder . . . Wisdom is ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.04.17

June 4th 2017

Daily Thought 06.04.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 4, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Balance As the day goes on, we can pause where situations must be met and decisions made, and renew the simple request: “Thy will, not mine, be done.” If at these points our emotional disturbance happens to be great, we will more surely keep our balance, provided we remember, and repeat to ourselves, a particular prayer or phrase that has appealed to us in our reading ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.03.17

June 3rd 2017

Daily Thought 06.03.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 3, 2017 Tolerance Most of us sense that real tolerance of other people’s shortcomings and viewpoints and a respect for their opinions are attitudes which make us more useful to others. Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers, depend upon our constant thought of others and how we may help meet their needs. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 19 - 20 Thought to Ponder . . . Love and tolerance of others is our ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.02.17

June 1st 2017

Daily Thought 06.02.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) Dear Readers, I must apologize for the incorrect page number on yesterday's Daily Thought reference. The correct page number is page 76. June 2, 2017 The Truth Hence it was most evident that a solitary self-appraisal, and the admission of our defects based upon that alone, wouldn't be nearly enough. We'd have to have outside help if we were surely to know and admit the truth about ourselves——the help o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.01.17

June 1st 2017

Daily Thought 06.01.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 1, 2017 Amends Let’s look at Steps Eight and Nine. We have a list of all persons we have harmed and to whom we are willing to make amends. We made it when we took inventory. We subjected ourselves to a drastic self-appraisal. Now we go out to our fellows and repair the damage done in the past. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 39 Thought to Ponder . . . It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mist ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.31.17

May 31st 2017

Daily Thought 05.31.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 31, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Character We pocket our pride and go to it, illuminating every twist of character, every dark cranny of the past. Once we have taken this step, withholding nothing, we are delighted. We can look the world in the eye. We can be alone at perfect peace and ease. Our fears fall from us. We begin to feel the nearness of our Creator. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 75 Tho ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.30.17

May 29th 2017

Daily Thought 05.30.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 30, 2017 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. - 12 Steps & 12 Tradition ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.29.17

May 29th 2017

Daily Thought 05.29.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 29, 2017 Conditions We thought “conditions” drove us to drink, and when we tried to correct these conditions and found that we couldn't to our entire satisfaction, our drinking went out of hand and we became alcoholics. It never occurred to us that we needed to change ourselves to meet conditions, whatever they were. - 12 Steps & 12 Traditions, p. 47 Thought to Ponder . . . Learn to change, chan ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.28.17

May 27th 2017

Daily Thought 05.28.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 28, 2017 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Laughter So we think cheerfulness and laughter make for usefulness. Outsiders are sometimes shocked when we bust into merriment over a seemingly tragic experience out of the past. But why shouldn’t we laugh? We have recovered, and have been given the power to help others. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p 132 Thought to Ponder . . . Laughter is the sound of recovery. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.26.17

May 25th 2017

Daily Thought 05.26.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 26, 2017 A Reminder As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 87 - 88 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.25.17

May 24th 2017

Daily Thought 05.25.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 25, 2017 Fellowship 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 Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.24.17

May 24th 2017

Daily Thought 05.24.17 AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 24, 2017 Humility On his desk, Dr. Bob had a plaque defining humility: "Perpetual quietness of heart. It is to have no trouble. It is never to be fretted or vexed, irritable or sore; to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised, it is to have a blessed home in myself where I can go in and shut the ...Continue Reading
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