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Daily Thought 04.07.20

April 7th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 7, 2020* *Extravagant Promises?* We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves. Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 84 Thought to Ponder Sobriety is not a destination, but an ever ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.06.20

April 6th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 6, 2020* *Harmed Other People* 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 people. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eight) p. 80 Thought to Ponder I want the g ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.05.20

April 5th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 5, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Review Our Day* When we retire at night, we constructively review our day. Were we resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid? Do we owe an apology? Have we kept something to ourselves which should be discussed with another person at once? Were we kind and loving toward all? What could we have done better? . . . After making our review we ask God’s forgiveness and inquire what corrective measures should be taken.  - Alcoholics ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.04.20

April 4th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 4, 2020* *Amends* Nevertheless, with a person we dislike, we take the bit in our teeth. It is harder to go to an enemy than to a friend, but we find it much more beneficial to us. We go to him in a helpful and forgiving spirit, confessing our former ill feeling and expressing our regret. Under no condition do we criticize such a person or argue. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 77 Thought to Ponder Don't mess up an amend with an excuse. AA-related 'Alc ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.03.20

April 3rd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 3, 2020* *Willing* 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, (More About Alcoholism) p. 30 Thought to Ponder The task ahead of us is never as ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.02.20

April 2nd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 2, 2020* *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. We alcoholics are men and women who have lost the ability to control our drinking. We know that no real alcoholic ever recovers control. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 30 Thought to Ponder When we try to control ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.01.20

April 1st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 1, 2020* *Unworkable Relations* Our demand for emotional security, for our own way, had constantly thrown us into unworkable relations with other people. Though we were sometimes quite unconscious of this, the result always had been the same. Either we had tried to play God and dominate those about us, or we had insisted on being overdependent upon them. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 115 Thought to Ponder One of the many differences bet ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.31.20

March 31st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 31 2020* *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, (Step Twelve) p. 122 Thought to Ponder Situations I fear are rarely as bad as the fear itself. AA-related 'Alconym' *F E A R*  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.30.20

March 30th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 30, 2020* *Complacency* It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 85 Thought to Ponder The alcoholic is in no greater peril than when he takes sobriety for granted. AA-related 'Alconym' *S ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.29.20

March 29th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 29, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Willing to Believe* Circumstances made him willing to believe. He humbly offered himself to his Maker—then he knew. Even so has God restored us all to our right minds. To this man, the revelation was sudden. Some of us grow into it more slowly. But He has come to all who have honestly sought Him. When we drew near to Him He disclosed Himself to us!  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 57  Thought to Ponder Hold ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.28.20

March 28th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 28, 2020* *Sick Too* Though we did not like their symptoms and the way these disturbed us, they, like ourselves, were sick too. We asked God to help us show them the same tolerance, pity, and patience that we would cheerfully grant a sick friend. When a person offended we said to ourselves, "This is a sick man. How can I be helpful to him? God save me from being angry. Thy will be done." - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 67 Thought to Ponder T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.27.20

March 27th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 27, 2020* *First Major Test* 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 or emotional binges than A.A.'s safe at home did. - Twelve Ste ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.26.20

March 26th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 26, 2020* *Direct Our Thinking* On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead. We consider our plans for the day. Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives. Under these conditions we can employ our mental faculties with assurance, for after all God gave us brains to use. Our thought-life will be placed on a much higher plane when our thinking is cleare ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.25.20

March 25th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 25, 2020* *Moment of Stress* 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 or meditation. Just saying it over and over will often enable us to clear a channel choked up with anger, fear, frustration, or misunderstanding, and permit us to return to the surest help of all—our search for God's ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.24.20

March 24th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 24, 2020* *Outgrow Fear* The verdict of the ages is that faith means courage. All men of faith have courage. They trust their God. We never apologize for God. Instead we let Him demonstrate, through us, what He can do. We ask Him to remove our fear and direct our attention to what He would have us be. At once, we commence to outgrow fear. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 68 Thought to Ponder Fear is not an admission of weakness; fear is an opportunity ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.23.20

March 23rd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 23, 2020* *Daily Inventory* Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear. When these crop up, we ask God at once to remove them. We discuss them with someone immediately and make amends quickly if we have harmed anyone. Then we resolutely turn our thoughts to someone we can help. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 84 Thought to Ponder Sobriety is not a destination, but an everlasting journey. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.22.20

March 22nd 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 22, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *The Steps* A.A.'s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in   their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Foreward) p. 15  Thought to Ponder The Three A's .. Awareness, Acceptance, Action.  AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A*nswer *A*vailable.&nbs ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.21.20

March 21st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 21, 2020* *Language of the Heart* Taking advantage of technological advances, for example, A.A. members with computers can participate in meetings online, sharing with fellow alcoholics across the country or around the world. 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. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.20.20

March 20th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 20, 2020* *Tolerance and Respect* 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, (There Is A Solution) pp. 19 - 20 Thought to Ponder Love and tolerance of others is our code. AA-related 'Alconym' *P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.19.20

March 19th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 19, 2020* *Progressive Illness* All of us felt at times that we were regaining control, but such intervals—usually brief—were inevitably followed by still less control, which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization. We are convinced to a man that alcoholics of our type are in the grip of a progressive illness. Over any considerable period we get worse, never better. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 30 Thought to Ponder When ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.18.20

March 18th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 18, 2020* *Utopia* Most of us feel we need look no further for Utopia. We have it with us right here and now. Each day my friend’s simple talk in our kitchen multiplies itself in a widening circle of peace on earth and good will to men. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill's Story) p. 16 Thought to Ponder I had to get sober to be amazed. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A*mazing *A*dventure. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.17.20

March 17th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 17, 2020* *Spiritual Malady* Resentment is the “number one’’ offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 64 Thought to Ponder We are prisoners of our own resentments. Forgiveness unlocks the door ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.16.20

March 16th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 16, 2020* *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 you to say there is no God? ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.15.20

March 15th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 15, 2020* *The Turning Point* Remember that we deal with alcohol—cunning, baffling, powerful! Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all power—that One is God. May you find Him now! Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) pp. 58 - 59 Thought to Ponder When we surrender to our Higher Power, the journey begins. AA-related ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.14.20

March 14th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 14, 2020* *Sense of Relief* Once we have a complete willingness to take inventory, and exert ourselves to do the job thoroughly, a wonderful light falls upon this foggy scene. As we persist, a brand-new kind of confidence is born, and the sense of relief at finally facing ourselves is indescribable. These are the first fruits of Step Four. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) pp. 49 - 50 Thought to Ponder Clear vision for tomorrow comes only after ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.13.20

March 13th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 13, 2020* *Fortunate Indeed* Therefore, 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.12.20

March 12th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 12, 2020* *Fooling Ourselvess* Actually we were fooling ourselves, for deep down in every man, woman, and child, is the fundamental idea of God. It may be obscured by calamity, by pomp, by worship of other things, but in some form or other it is there. For faith in a Power greater than ourselves, and miraculous demonstrations of that power in human lives, are facts as old as man himself. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 55 Thought to Ponder Take a walk ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.11.20

March 11th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 11, 2020* *Basic Principles* The basic principles of A.A., as they are known today, were borrowed mainly from the fields of religion and medicine, though some ideas upon which success finally depended were the result of noting the behavior and needs of the Fellowship itself. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Foreword) p. 16 Thought to Ponder Hope leads to faith if you let it. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A*mazing *A*dventure. Thanks to all o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.10.20

March 10th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 10, 2020* *A New Foundation* By now the newcomer has probably arrived at the following conclusions: that his character defects, representing instincts gone astray, have been the primary cause of his drinking and his failure at life; that unless he is now willing to work hard at the elimination of the worst of these defects, both sobriety and peace of mind will still elude him; that all the faulty foundation of his life will have to be torn out and built anew on ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.09.20

March 9th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 9, 2020* *Temptation* In our belief any scheme of combating alcoholism which proposes to shield the sick man from temptation is doomed to failure. If the alcoholic tries to shield himself he may succeed for a time, but he usually winds up with a bigger explosion than ever. We have tried these methods. These attempts to do the impossible have always failed. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 101 Thought to Ponder The Three A's .. Awareness, Accepta ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.08.20

March 8th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 8, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *High Hurdles* First of all, we had to admit that we had many of these defects, even though such disclosures were painful and humiliating. Where other people were concerned, we had to drop the word “blame” from our speech and thought. This required great willingness even to begin. But once over the first two or three high hurdles, the course ahead began to look easier.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) pp. 47 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.07.20

March 7th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 7, 2020* *A Genuine Reliance* We could actually have earnest religious beliefs which remained barren because we were still trying to play God ourselves. As long as we placed self-reliance first, a genuine reliance upon a Higher Power was out of the question. That basic ingredient of all humility, a desire to seek and do God's will, was missing. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 72 Thought to Ponder Action without prayer is self-reliance. Pra ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.06.20

March 6th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 6, 2020* *We Ask* 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, (Into Action) p. 87 Thought to Ponder Life is fragile, handle with pray ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.05.20

March 5th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 5, 2020* *Sanity Returned* And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone—even alcohol. For by this time sanity will have returned. We will seldom be interested in liquor. If tempted, we recoil from it as from a hot flame. We react sanely and normally, and we will find that this has happened automatically. We will see that our new attitude toward liquor has been given us without any thought or effort on our part. It just comes! That is the miracle of it. - Alcoh ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.04.20

March 4th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 4, 2020* *A Good Beginning* In this book you read again and again that faith did for us what we could not do for ourselves. We hope you are convinced now that God can remove whatever self-will has blocked you off from Him. If you have already made a decision, and an inventory of your grosser handicaps, you have made a good beginning. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) pp. 70 - 71 Thought to Ponder If I have the courage to begin, I have the courage to succee ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.03.20

March 3rd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 3, 2020* *Self-Restraint* The quick inventory is aimed at our daily ups and downs, especially those where people or new events throw us off balance and tempt us to make mistakes. In all these situations we need self-restraint, honest analysis of what is involved, a willingness to admit when the fault is ours, and an equal willingness to forgive when the fault is elsewhere. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 91 Thought to Ponder Nothing pays off ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.02.20

March 2nd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *March 2, 2020* *Virtually Impossible* We know that while the alcoholic keeps away from drink, as he may do for months or years, he reacts much like other men. We are equally positive that once he takes any alcohol whatever into his system, something happens, both in the bodily and mental sense, which makes it virtually impossible for him to stop. The experience of any alcoholic will abundantly confirm this. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There is a Solution) pp. 22 - 23 Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.01.20

March 1st 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 1, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Common Solution* The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution. We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action. This is the great news this book carries to those who suffer from alcoholism.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 17  Thought to Ponder The solution is simple. The solution is spiritual.&nbs ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.29.20

February 29th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 29, 2020* *Phenomenon of Craving* They took a drink a day or so prior to the date, and then the phenomenon of craving at once became paramount to all other interests so that the important appointment was not met. These men were not drinking to escape; they were drinking to overcome a craving beyond their mental control. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Doctor's Opinion) pp. xxix - xxx Thought to Ponder It's the first drink that gets you drunk. AA-related 'Alcon ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.28.20

February 28th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 28, 2020* *Spirituality* I finally began to separate the religious aspects of my life from A.A.’s spiritual program. Now the big difference to me is that religion is the ritual, and we all differ there, and spirituality is the way we feel about what we do. It’s about my personal contact with my personal Higher Power, as I understand Him. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Drunk, Like You) p. 406 Thought to Ponder A spiritual awakening is our greatest gift. AA-relat ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.27.20

February 27th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 27, 2020* *Persistent Effort* 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. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) p. 43 Thought to Ponder In ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.26.20

February 26th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 26, 2020* *Hundreds of Experiences* Why does he behave like this? If hundreds of experiences have shown him that one drink means another debacle with all its attendant suffering and humiliation, why is it he takes that one drink? Why can’t he stay on the water wagon? What has become of the common sense and will power that he still sometimes displays with respect to other matters? - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 22 Thought to Ponder The first ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.25.20

February 25th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 25, 2020* *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, (A Vision For ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.24.20

February 24th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 24, 2020* *Keynotes* Courtesy, kindness, justice, and love are the keynotes by which we may come into harmony with practically anybody. When in doubt we can always pause, saying, "Not my will, but Thine, be done." And we can often ask ourselves, "Am I doing to others as I would have them do to me—today?" - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 93 Thought to Ponder The Three "C's" -- Concern, Compassion, Consideration ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.23.20

February 23rd 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 23, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Key to the Future* We turned back to the list, for it held the key to the future. We were prepared to look at it from an entirely different angle. We began to see that the world and its people really dominated us. In that state, the wrong-doing of others, fancied or real, had power to actually kill. How could we escape? We saw that these resentments must be mastered, but how?  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 66 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.22.20

February 22nd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 22, 2020* *A Real Answer* That the man who is making the approach has had the same difficulty, that he obviously knows what he is talking about, that his whole deportment shouts at the new prospect that he is a man with a real answer, that he has no attitude of Holier Than Thou, nothing whatever except the sincere desire to be helpful; that there are no fees to pay, no axes to grind, no people to please, no lectures to be endured—these are the conditions we h ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.21.20

February 21st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 21, 2020* *Resistance* Besides a seeming inability to accept much on faith, we often found ourselves handicapped by obstinacy, sensitiveness, and unreasoning prejudice. Many of us have been so touchy that even casual reference to spiritual things made us bristle with antagonism. This sort of thinking had to be abandoned. Though some of us resisted, we found no great difficulty in casting aside such feelings. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) pp. 47 - 48 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.20.20

February 20th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 20, 2020* *Fit Spiritual Condition* 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, (How It Works) p. 85 Thought to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.19.20

February 19th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 19, 2020* *Resentments* To conclude that others were wrong was as far as most of us ever got. The usual outcome was that people continued to wrong us and we stayed sore. Sometimes it was remorse and then we were sore at ourselves. But the more we fought and tried to have our own way, the worse matters got. As in war, the victor only seemed to win. Our moments of triumph were short-lived. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 66 Thought to Ponder Resentme ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.18.20

February 18th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 18, 2020* *Most Profound Result* During this process of learning more about humility, the most profound result of all was the change in our attitude toward God. And this was true whether we had been believers or unbelievers. We began to get over the idea that the Higher Power was a sort of bush-league pinch hitter, to be called upon only in an emergency. The notion that we would still live our own lives, God helping a little now and then, began to evaporate. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.17.20

February 17th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 17, 2020* *Meditation* 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. And let's always remember that meditation is in reality intensely practical. One of its first fruits is emotional balance. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.16.20

February 16th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 16, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Complete Defeat* Proved beyond doubt by an immense experience, this is one of the facts of A.A. life. The principle that we shall find no enduring strength until we first admit complete defeat is the main taproot from which our whole Society has sprung and flowered.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) pp. 21 - 22  Thought to Ponder No God, no peace -- know God, know peace.  AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.15.20

February 15th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 15, 2020* *Design for Living* We, in our turn, sought the same escape with all the desperation of drowning men. What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of God. A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, "a design for living" that really works. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution,) p. 28 Thought to Ponder The Twelve Steps—a manuscript for rational living. AA-related 'Alconym' *F A I T H*  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.14.20

February 14th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 14, 2020* By the Grace of God Now that we're in A.A. and sober, and winning back the esteem of our friends and business associates, we find that we still need to exercise special vigilance. As an insurance against “big-shot-ism” we can often check ourselves by remembering that we are today sober only by the grace of God and that any success we may be having is far more His success than ours. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 92 Thought to P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.13.20

February 13th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 13, 2020* *Hit Bottom* Why all this insistence that every A.A. must hit bottom first? The answer is that few people will sincerely try to practice the A.A. program unless they have hit bottom. For practicing A.A.'s remaining eleven Steps means the adoption of attitudes and actions that almost no alcoholic who is still drinking can dream of taking. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) p. 24 Thought to Ponder Sobriety without action is fantasy. AA ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.12.20

February 12th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 12, 2020* *A Priceless Gift* We enjoy moments in which there is something like real peace of mind. To those of us who have hitherto known only excitement, depression, or anxiety—in other words, to all of us—this newfound peace is a priceless gift. Something new indeed has been added. Where humility had formerly stood for a forced feeding on humble pie, it now begins to mean the nourishing ingredient which can give us serenity. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Tradit ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.11.20

February 11th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 11, 2020* *Spiritual Experience* Most of our experiences are what the psychologist William James calls the "educational variety" because they develop slowly over a period of time. Quite often friends of the newcomer are aware of the difference long before he is himself. He finally realizes that he has undergone a profound alteration in his reaction to life; that such a change could hardly have been brought about by himself alone. - Alcoholics Anony ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.10.20

February 10th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 10, 2020* *Take the Lead* Yes, there is a long period of reconstruction ahead. We must take the lead. A remorseful mumbling that we are sorry won’t fill the bill at all. 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 83 Thought to Ponder The spiri ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.09.20

February 9th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 9, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Thoroughly Followed* RARELY HAVE we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not, completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 58  Thought to Ponder The Three A's .. Awareness, Acceptance, Action.  AA-re ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.08.20

February 8th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 8, 2020* *Inspiration* Being still inexperienced and having just made conscious contact with God, it is not probable that we are going to be inspired at all times. We might pay for this presumption in all sorts of absurd actions and ideas. Nevertheless, we find that our thinking will, as time passes, be more and more on the plane of inspiration. We come to rely upon it. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 87 Thought to Ponder Today, my brain has cleared ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.07.20

February 7th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 7, 2020* *Strangely Insane* However intelligent we may have been in other respects, where alcohol has been involved, we have been strangely insane. It’s strong language—but isn’t it true? - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 38 Thought to Ponder Insanity: doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results. AA-related 'Alconym' *F E A R*  =  *F*ighting *E*go *A*gainst *R*eality. Thanks to all of you for sharing so ge ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.06.20

February 6th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 6, 2020* *Dependence on God* He clamors for this or that, claiming he cannot master alcohol until his material needs are cared for. Nonsense. Some of us have taken very hard knocks to learn this truth: Job or no job—wife or no wife—we simply do not stop drinking so long as we place dependence upon other people ahead of dependence on God. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 98 Thought to Ponder In AA we don't carry the alcoholic; we carry the mes ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.05.20

February 5th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 5, 2020* *Open Minded* Faced with alcoholic destruction, we soon became as open minded on spiritual matters as we had tried to be on other questions. In this respect alcohol was a great persuader. It finally beat us into a state of reasonableness. Sometimes this was a tedious process; we hope no one else will be prejudiced for as long as some of us were. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 48 Thought to Ponder Minds are like parachutes -- they won't wo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.04.20

February 4th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 4, 2020* *This Kind of Giving* And then he discovers that by the divine paradox of this kind of giving he has found his own reward, whether his brother has yet received anything or not. His own character may still be gravely defective, but he somehow knows that God has enabled him to make a mighty beginning, and he senses that he stands at the edge of new mysteries, joys, and experiences of which he had never even dreamed. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.03.20

February 3rd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 3, 2020* *Suffering From an Illness* If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably alcoholic. If that be the case, you may be suffering from an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 44 Thought to Ponder The ultimate defense against the first drink is a spiritual one. AA-related 'Alconym' *A B ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.02.20

February 2nd 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 2, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *The Great Fact* Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in order. But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven’t got. See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others. This is the Great Fact for us.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision For You) p. 164  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.01.20

February 1st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *February 1, 2020* *Gossip* In a perverse way we can actually take satisfaction from the fact that many people annoy us, for it brings a comfortable feeling of superiority. Gossip barbed with our anger, a polite form of murder by character assassination, has its satisfactions for us, too. Here we are not trying to help those we criticize; we are trying to proclaim our own righteousness. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Six) p. 67 Thought to Ponder One of th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.31.20

January 31st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 31, 2020* *Simple Kit* When, therefore, we were approached by those in whom the problem had been solved, there was nothing left for us but to pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet.  We have found much of heaven and we have been rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence of which we had not even dreamed. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 25 Thought to Ponder The solution is simple. The solution is spiritual AA-relat ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.30.20

January 30th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 30, 2020* *Self-Searching* There is a solution. Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process requires for its successful consummation. But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been living it. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 25 Thought to Ponder We need to uncover to recover. AA-related 'A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.29.20

January 29th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 29, 2020* *Soul Sickness* Alcoholics especially should be able to see that instinct run wild in themselves is the underlying cause of their destructive drinking. We have drunk to drown feelings of fear, frustration, and depression. We have drunk to escape the guilt of passions, and then have drunk again to make more passions possible. We have drunk for vainglory—that we might the more enjoy foolish dreams of pomp and power. This perverse soul-sickness is not p ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.28.20

January 28th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 28, 2020* *Comforted and Assured* Now and then we may be granted a glimpse of that ultimate reality which is God's kingdom. And we will be comforted and assured that our own destiny in that realm will be secure for so long as we try, however falteringly, to find and do the will of our own Creator. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 98 Thought to Ponder The will of God will never take me where the grace of God will not protect me. AA-relat ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.27.20

January 27th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 27, 2020* *Tolerance and Respect* 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, (There is a Solution) pp. 19 - 20 Thought to Ponder What if I were caring rather than judgmental? AA-related 'Alcony ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.26.20

January 26th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 26, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Quit Playing God* First of all, we had to quit playing God. It didn’t work. Next, we decided that hereafter in this drama of life, God was going to be our Director. He is the Principal; we are his agents. He is the Father, and we are His children. Most good ideas are simple, and this concept was the keystone of the new and triumphant arch through which we passed to freedom.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 62&nb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.25.20

January 25th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 25, 2020* *What We Have Done* Doubtless you are curious to discover how and why, in the face of expert opinion to the contrary, we have recovered from a hopeless condition of mind and body. If you are an alcoholic who wants to get over it, you may already be asking—"What do I have to do?" It is the purpose of this book to answer such questions specifically. We shall tell you what we have done. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 20 Thou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.24.20

January 24th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 24, 2020* *But a Symptom* Next we launched out on a course of vigorous action, the first step of which is a personal housecleaning, which many of us had never attempted. Though our decision was a vital and crucial step, it could have little permanent effect unless at once followed by a strenuous effort to face, and to be rid of, the things in ourselves which had been blocking us. Our liquor was but a symptom. So we had to get down to causes and conditions. - A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.23.20

January 23rd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 23, 2020* *Describe Yourself* When he sees you know all about the drinking game, commence to describe yourself as an alcoholic. Tell him how baffled you were, how you finally learned that you were sick. Give him an account of the struggles you made to stop. Show him the mental twist which leads to the first drink of a spree. We suggest you do this as we have done it in the chapter on alcoholism. If he is alcoholic, he will understand you at once. - Alcoholics ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.22.20

January 22nd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 22, 2020* *No Control* He has lost control. At a certain point in the drinking of every alcoholic he passes into a state where the most powerful desire to stop drinking is of absolutely no avail. This tragic situation has already arrived in practically every case long before it is suspected. The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) pp. 23 - 24 Thought to P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.21.20

January 21st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 21, 2020* *Soundness of Mind* "Sanity" is defined as "soundness of mind." Yet no alcoholic, soberly analyzing his destructive behavior, whether the destruction fell on the dining-room furniture or his own moral fiber, can claim "soundness of mind" for himself. Therefore, Step Two is the rallying point for all of us. Whether agnostic, atheist, or former believer, we can stand together on this Step. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Tradit ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.20.20

January 20th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 20, 2020* *Daily Inventory* In most cases our motives won't be hard to see and understand. When prideful, angry, jealous, anxious, or fearful, we acted accordingly, and that was that. Here we need only recognize that we did act or think badly, try to visualize how we might have done better, and resolve with God's help to carry these lessons over into tomorrow, making, of course, any amends still neglected. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 94 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.19.20

January 19th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 19, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Try Prayer* Finally, and I shall never know how much later it was, one clear thought came to me: Try prayer. You can't lose, and maybe God will help you—just maybe, mind you. Having no one else to turn to, I was willing to give Him a chance, although with considerable doubt. I got down on my knees for the first time in thirty years.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Man Who Mastered Fear) p. 251  Thought to Ponder No Go ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.18.20

January 18th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 18, 2020* *The Only Condition* Burn the idea into the consciousness of every man that he can get well regardless of anyone. The only condition is that he trust in God and clean house. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 98 Thought to Ponder Sobriety without action is fantasy. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A*chieve *A*nything. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength and hope in carrying the AA mes ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.17.20

January 17th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) Dear Readers, My deepest apologies for the misquoted source of yesterday's Daily Thought.  The Thought is actually from Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. *January 17, 2020* *An Opportunity* 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 o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.16.20

January 16th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 16, 2020* *Steps Eight and Nine* Steps Eight and Nine are concerned with personal relationships. First, we take a look backward and try to discover where we have been at fault; next we make a vigorous attempt to repair the damage we have done; and third, having thus cleaned away the debris of the past, we consider how, with our newfound knowledge of ourselves, we may develop the best possible relations with every human being we know. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (S ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.15.20

January 15th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 15, 2020* *Intolerance* We are careful never to show intolerance or hatred of drinking as an institution. Experience shows that such an attitude is not helpful to anyone. Every new alcoholic looks for this spirit among us and is immensely relieved when he finds we are not witch-burners. A spirit of intolerance might repel alcoholics whose lives could have been saved, had it not been for such stupidity. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 103 Tho ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.14.20

January 14th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 14, 2020* *Another Excuse* We also clutch at another wonderful excuse for avoiding an inventory. Our present anxieties and troubles, we cry, are caused by the behavior of other people—people who really need a moral inventory. We firmly believe that if only they'd treat us better, we'd be all right. Therefore we think our indignation is justified and reasonable—that our resentments are the "right kind." We aren't the guilty ones. They are! - Twel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.13.20

January 13th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 13, 2020* *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." - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Two) p. 31 Thought to Ponder Faith dares the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see. AA-related 'Alconym' *E G O*  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.12.19

January 12th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 12, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *The Great Obsession* Therefore, 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, (More ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.11.20

January 11th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 11, 2020* *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. Avoid then, the deliberate manufacture of misery, but if trouble comes, cheerfully capitalize it as an opportunity to demonstrate His omnipotence. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.10.20

January 10th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 10, 2020* *Faith* We have no desire to convince anyone that there is only one way by which faith can be acquired. If what we have learned and felt and seen means anything at all, it means that all of us, whatever our race, creed, or color are the children of a living Creator with whom we may form a relationship upon simple and understandable terms as soon as we are willing and honest enough to try. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 28 Thought t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.09.20

January 9th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 9, 2020* *The Real Alcoholic* But what about the real alcoholic? He may start off as a moderate drinker; he may or may not become a continuous hard drinker; but at some stage of his drinking career he begins to lose all control of his liquor consumption, once he starts to drink. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 21 Thought to Ponder When we try to control our drinking, we have already lost control. AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*  =  *A*n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.08.19

January 8th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 8, 2020* *Serenity* In all times of emotional disturbance or indecision, we can pause, ask for quiet, and in the stillness simply say: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Thy will, not mine, be done." - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Three) pp. 40 - 41 Thought to Ponder Reliance on God enables me to match calamity with serenity. AA-related ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.07.20

January 7th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 7, 2020* *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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.06.20

January 6th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 6, 2020* *Gift of Faith* We saw that we had to reconsider or die. We found many in A.A, who once thought as we did. They helped us to get down to our right size. By their example they showed us that humility and intellect could be compatible, provided we placed humility first. When we began to do that, we received the gift of faith, a faith which works. This faith is for you, too. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Two) p. 30 Thought to Ponder Faith ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.05.20

January 5th 2020

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 5, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Not a Glum Lot!* We have been speaking to you of serious, sometimes tragic things. We have been dealing with alcohol in its worst aspect. But we aren't a glum lot. If newcomers could see no joy or fun in our existence, they wouldn't want it. We absolutely insist on enjoying life.   - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 132  Thought to Ponder Laughter is the sound of recovery.  AA-related 'Alconym' * ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.04.20

January 4th 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 4, 2020* *The Great Fact* Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in order. But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven’t got. See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others. This is the Great Fact for us. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision For You) p. 164 Thought to Ponder Trust God. Clea ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.03.20

January 3rd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 3, 2020* *Simple and Personal* In spite of the great increase in the size and the span of this Fellowship, at its core it remains simple and personal. Each day, somewhere in the world, recovery begins when one alcoholic talks with another alcoholic, sharing experience, strength, and hope. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Foreword to the Third Edition) p. xxii Thought to Ponder Times change, alcoholism doesn't. AA-related 'Alconym' *H O P E*  =  *H*old *O*n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.02.20

January 2nd 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 2, 2020* *Change Has Occurred* On the other hand—and strange as this may seem to those who do not understand—once a psychic change has occurred, the very same person who seemed doomed, who had so many problems he despaired of ever solving them, suddenly finds himself easily able to control his desire for alcohol, the only effort necessary being that required to follow a few simple rules. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Doctor's Opinion) p. xxix Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.01.20

January 1st 2020

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *January 1, 2020* *Talked My Language* He gave me information about the subject of alcoholism which was undoubtedly helpful. Of far more importance was the fact that he was the first living human with whom I had ever talked, who knew what he was talking about in regard to alcoholism from actual experience. In other words, he talked my language. He knew all the answers, and certainly not because he had picked them up in his reading. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Doctor Bob's ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.31.19

December 31st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 31, 2019* *Road Of Happy Destiny* 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, (A Vision For You) p. 164. Thought to Ponder Sobriety is ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.30.19

December 30th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *December 30, 2019* *Vital Spiritual Experiences* "Here and there, once in a while, alcoholics have had what are called vital spiritual experiences. To me these occurrences are phenomena. They appear to be in the nature of huge emotional displacements and rearrangements. Ideas, emotions, and attitudes which were once the guiding forces of the lives of these men are suddenly cast to one side, and a completely new set of conceptions and motives begin to dominate the ...Continue Reading
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