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Daily Thought 03.24.22

March 24th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 24, 2022 Spiritual Awakening Maybe there are as many definitions of spiritual awakening as there are people who have had them. But certainly each genuine one has something in common with all the others. And these things which they have in common are not too hard to understand. When a man or a woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important meaning of it is that he has now become able to do, feel, and believe that which he could not do before on his unaided stre ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.23.22

March 23rd 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 23, 2022 Inventory-Taking When evening comes, perhaps before going to sleep, many of us draw up a balance sheet for the day. This is a good place to remember that inventory-taking is not always done in red ink. It's a poor day indeed when we haven't done something right. As a matter of fact, the waking hours are usually well filled with things that are constructive. Even when we have tried hard and failed, we may chalk that up as one of the greatest credits of all. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.22.22

March 22nd 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 22, 2022 Faith and Utopia There is, however, a vast amount of fun about it all. I suppose some would be shocked at our seeming worldliness and levity. But just underneath there is deadly earnestness. Faith has to work twenty-four hours a day in and through us, or we perish. Most of us feel we need look no further for Utopia. We have it with us right here and now. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill's Story) p. 15 Thought to Ponder It is when you act on faith that you ac ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.21.22

March 21st 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 21, 2022 Accurate Self-Appraisal Must A.A.'s spend most of their waking hours drearily rehashing their sins of omission or commission? Well, hardly. The emphasis on inventory is heavy only because a great many of us have never really acquired the habit of accurate self-appraisal. Once this healthy practice has become grooved, it will be so interesting and profitable that the time it takes won't be missed. For these minutes and sometimes hours spent in self-examinat ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.20.22

March 20th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 20, 2022 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ All or Nothing? Acceptance and faith are capable of producing 100 per cent sobriety. In fact, they usually do; and they must, else we could have no life at all. But the moment we carry these attitudes into our emotional problems, we find that only relative results are possible. Nobody can, for example, become completely free from fear, anger, and pride. Hence, in this life we shall attain nothing like perfect humility and love. So ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.19.22

March 19th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 19, 2022 Diagnose Yourself We do not like to pronounce any individual as alcoholic, but you can quickly diagnose yourself. Step over to the nearest barroom and try some controlled drinking. Try to drink and stop abruptly. Try it more than once. It will not take long for you to decide, if you are honest with yourself about it. It may be worth a bad case of jitters if you get a full knowledge of your condition. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) pp. 31 - ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.18.22

March 18th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 18, 2022 Instincts Nearly every serious emotional problem can be seen as a case of misdirected instinct. When that happens, our great natural assets, the instincts, have turned into physical and mental liabilities. Step Four is our vigorous and painstaking effort to discover what these liabilities in each of us have been, and are. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) p. 47 Thought to Ponder Instincts on rampage balk at investigation. AA-related 'Alco ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.17.22

March 17th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 17, 2022 Without Defense The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink. Our so-called willpower becomes practically nonexistent. We are unable, at certain times, to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago. We are without defense against the first drink. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 24 Thought to Ponder The fir ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.16.22

March 16th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 16, 2022 Morning Meditation If not members of religious bodies, we sometimes select and memorize a few set prayers which emphasize the principles we have been discussing. There are many helpful books also. Suggestions about these may be obtained from one’s priest, minister, or rabbi. Be quick to see where religious people are right. Make use of what they offer. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 87 Thought to Ponder Trying to pray is praying. AA-related 'Al ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.15.22

March 15th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 15, 2022 A Great Thought 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.14.22

March 14th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 14, 2022 The Main Problem 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. These observations would be academic and pointless if our friend never took the first drink, thereby setting the terrible cycle in motion. Therefore, the main problem of the alcoholic centers ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.13.22

March 13th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 13, 2022 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Three Pertinent Ideas Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas: (a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives. (b) That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism. (c) That God could and would if He were sought. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 60  Thought to Ponder I can't, God can, I' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.12.22

March 12th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 12, 2022 The Usual Outcome 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 It takes st ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.11.22

March 11th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 11, 2022 Emotional Insecurity The most common symptoms of emotional insecurity are worry, anger, self-pity, and depression. These stem from causes which sometimes seem to be within us, and at other times to come from without. To take inventory in this respect we ought to consider carefully all personal relationships which bring continuous or recurring trouble. It should be remembered that this kind of insecurity may arise in any area where instincts are threatened. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.10.22

March 10th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 10, 2022 Unreasonable Demands Each of us would like to live at peace with himself and with his fellows. We would like to be assured that the grace of God can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. We have seen that character defects based upon shortsighted or unworthy desires are the obstacles that block our path toward these objectives. We now clearly see that we have been making unreasonable demands upon ourselves, upon others, and upon God.. - Twelve Steps a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.09.22

March 9th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 9, 2022 Tradition Three (The Long Form) Our membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism. Hence we may refuse none who wish to recover. Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money or conformity. Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition) p. 563 Thought to Ponder You're an A.A. mem ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.08.22

March 8th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 8, 2022 Alcoholic Illness An illness of this sort—and we have come to believe it an illness—involves those about us in a way no other human sickness can. If a person has cancer all are sorry for him and no one is angry or hurt. But not so with the alcoholic illness, for with it there goes annihilation of all the things worth while in life. It engulfs all whose lives touch the sufferer's. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 18 Thought to Ponder The gri ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.07.22

March 7th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 7, 2022 Essentials of Recovery Most emphatically we wish to say that any alcoholic capable of honestly facing his problems in the light of our experience can recover, provided he does not close his mind to all spiritual concepts. He can only be defeated by an attitude of intolerance or belligerent denial. We find that no one need have difficulty with the spirituality of the program. Willingness, honesty and open mindedness are the essentials of recovery. But these ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.06.22

March 6th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 6, 2022 Design For Living I was not too well at the time, and was plagued by waves of self-pity and resentment.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, ( ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.05.22

March 5th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 5, 2022 Motives 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 Thought to Pond ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.04.22

March 4th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 4, 2022 Living Creator We have no desire to convince anyone that there is only one way by which faith can be acquired. If what we have learned and felt and seen means anything at all, it means that all of us, whatever our race, creed, or color are the children of a living Creator with whom we may form a relationship upon simple and understandable terms as soon as we are willing and honest enough to try. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 28 Thought t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.03.22

March 3rd 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 3, 2022 Demonstrations of Faith 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 and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 114 Thought to Ponder People of faith have a logical idea of what life is all about. AA-relat ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.02.22

March 2nd 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 2, 2022 Unshakable Foundation There is a direct linkage among self-examination, meditation, and prayer. Taken separately, these practices can bring much relief and benefit. But when they are logically related and interwoven, the result is an unshakable foundation for life. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 98 Thought to Ponder Today I pray over the things that I used to drink over. AA-related 'Alconym' A G O  =   Another Growth Oppo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.01.22

March 1st 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) March 1, 2022 Thy Will Always 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!" - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 63 Thought to Ponder Take a walk wi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.28.22

February 28th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 28, 2022 Not Cured It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God’s will into all of our activities. "How can I best serve Thee—Thy will (not mine) be done." - Alcoholics ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.27.22

February 27th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 27, 2022 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Easier, Softer Way At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 58  Thought to Ponder Learn to change, change to learn.  AA ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.26.22

February 26th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 26, 2022 Advice and Direction We'd have to have outside help if we were surely to know and admit the truth about ourselves—the help of God and another human being. Only by discussing ourselves, holding back nothing, only by being willing to take advice and accept direction could we set foot on the road to straight thinking, solid honesty, and genuine humility. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Five) p. 59 Thought to Ponder Is the life I'm living the l ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.25.22

February 25th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 25, 2022 Resentment 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 02.24.22

February 24th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 24, 2022 Dear Friends, There was apparently a problem with the email server during the sending of today's Daily Thought as a number of you have not received your Thought.  I apologise for the problem and am sending it to all again now. 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 F ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.23.22

February 23rd 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 23, 2022 Causes and Conditions Next we launched out on a course of vigorous action, the first step of which is a personal housecleaning, which many of us had never attempted. Though our decision was a vital and crucial step, it could have little permanent effect unless at once followed by a strenuous effort to face, and to be rid of, the things in ourselves which had been blocking us. Our liquor was but a symptom. So we had to get down to causes and conditions. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.22.22

February 22nd 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 22, 2022 I Am Responsible . . . When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible. Declaration of 30th Anniversary A. A. International Convention, 1965 - As Bill Sees It, (I Am Responsible) No. 332 Thought to Ponder I may be the only "Big Book" another alcoholic has seen. AA-related 'Alconym' P R O G R A M  =   People Relying On God Relaying A Message. Thanks to all of y ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.21.22

February 20th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 21, 2022 Fellowship Yes, there is a substitute and it is vastly more than that. It is a fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. There you will find release from care, boredom and worry. Your imagination will be fired. Life will mean something at last. The most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead. Thus we find the fellowship, and so will you. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision For You) p. 152 Thought to Ponder Alcoholics Anonymous is the only place in the ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.20.22

February 20th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 20, 2022 Fear The chief activator of our defects has been self-centered fear—primarily fear that we would lose something we already possessed or would fail to get something we demanded. Living upon a basis of unsatisfied demands, we were in a state of continual disturbance and frustration. Therefore, no peace was to be had unless we could find a means of reducing these demands. The difference between a demand and a simple request is plain to anyone. - Twelve Ste ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.19.22

February 19th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 19, 2022 Direction and Strength I was to test my thinking by the new God-consciousness within. Common sense would thus become uncommon sense. I was to sit quietly when in doubt, asking only for direction and strength to meet my problems as He would have me. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill's Story) p. 13 Thought to Ponder Spirituality is not based on logic, it is faith-driven. AA-related 'Alconym' F A I T H  =   Found Always In Trusting Him. Thanks to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.18.22

February 18th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 18, 2022 Insecurity The most common symptoms of emotional insecurity are worry, anger, self-pity, and depression. These stem from causes which sometimes seem to be within us, and at other times to come from without. To take inventory in this respect we ought to consider carefully all personal relationships which bring continuous or recurring trouble. It should be remembered that this kind of insecurity may arise in any area where instincts are threatened. - Twel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.17.22

February 17th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 17, 2022 An Alcoholic Mind They had said that though I did raise a defense, it would one day give way before some trivial reason for having a drink. Well, just that did happen and more, for what I had learned of alcoholism did not occur to me at all. I knew from that moment that I had an alcoholic mind. I saw that will power and self-knowledge would not help in those strange mental blank spots. I had never been able to understand people who said that a problem h ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.16.22

February 16th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 16, 2022 Discipline Unless each A.A. member follows to the best of his ability our suggested Twelve Steps to recovery, he almost certainly signs his own death warrant. His drunkenness and dissolution are not penalties inflicted by people in authority; they result from his personal disobedience to spiritual principles. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Tradition Nine) p. 174 Thought to Ponder Great suffering and great love are A.A.'s disciplinarians; we nee ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.15.22

February 15th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 15, 2022 Wonderful Revelation All of the Twelve Steps require sustained and personal exertion to conform to their principles and so, we trust, to God's 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 fo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.14.22

February 14th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 14, 2022 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. AA- ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.13.22

February 13th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 13, 2022 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Group of Principles 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 If you want to stay protected, you have to be connected  AA-related 'Alconym' P R O G R A M  =  People Relyi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.12.22

February 12th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 11, 2022 Step Eight There were cases, too, where we had damaged others who were still happily unaware of being hurt. Why, we cried, shouldn't bygones be bygones? Why do we have to think of these people at all? These were some of the ways in which fear conspired with pride to hinder our making a list of all the people we had harmed. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eight) p. 78 Thought to Ponder A fear faced is a fear erased. AA-related 'Alconym' F E ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.11.22

February 11th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 11, 2022 The Actor Most people try to live by self-propulsion. Each person is like an actor who wants to run the whole show; is forever trying to arrange the lights, the ballet, the scenery and the rest of the players in his own way. If his arrangements would only stay put, if only people would do as he wished, the show would be great. Everybody, including himself, would be pleased. Life would be wonderful. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 60 - 61 Thou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.10.22

February 10th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 10, 2022 Gratitude I try to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits. When brimming with gratitude, one's heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion that we can ever know. - As Bill Sees It, (Into Action) p. 37 Thought to Ponder When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around. AA-related 'Alconym' H E L P  =   Hope, Encouragement, Love, Patience. Thanks to all of y ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.09.22

February 9th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 9, 2022 The Spiritual Life The spiritual life is not a theory. We have to live it. Unless one’s family expresses a desire to live upon spiritual principles we think we ought not to urge them. We should not talk incessantly to them about spiritual matters. They will change in time. Our behavior will convince them more than our words. We must remember that ten or twenty years of drunken- ness would make a skeptic out of anyone. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.08.22

February 8th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 8, 2022 Stark and Ugly Facts "Well, I’ll stop with the sixth drink." Or "What’s the use anyhow?" When this sort of thinking is fully established in an individual with alcoholic tendencies, he has probably placed himself beyond human aid, and unless locked up, may die or go permanently insane. These stark and ugly facts have been confirmed by legions of alcoholics throughout history. But for the grace of God, there would have been thousands mo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.07.22

February 7th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 7, 2022 The Closed Mind It wasn't A.A, that had the closed mind, it was me. The minute I stopped arguing, I could begin to see and feel. Right there, Step Two gently and very gradually began to infiltrate my life. I can't say upon what occasion or upon what day I came to believe in a Power greater than myself, but I certainly have that belief now. To acquire it, I had only to stop fighting and practice the rest of A.A.'s program as enthusiastically as I could. - ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.06.22

February 6th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 6, 2022 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ They Believe The unselfishness of these men as we have come to know them, the entire absence of profit motive, and their community spirit, is indeed inspiring to one who has labored long and wearily in this alcoholic field. They believe in themselves, and still more in the Power which pulls chronic alcoholics back from the gates of death. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Doctor's Opinion) p. xxvii  Thought to Ponder The Twelve ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.05.22

February 5th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 5, 2022 Twelfth Step Work We sit in A.A. meetings and listen, not only to receive something ourselves, but to give the reassurance and support which our presence can bring. If our turn comes to speak at a meeting, we again try to carry A.A.'s message. Whether our audience is one or many, it is still Twelfth Step work. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 110 Thought to Ponder Only in giving do we receive in full measure. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.04.22

February 4th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 4, 2022 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 Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 86 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.03.22

February 3rd 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 3, 2022 Spiritual Approach "As to two of you men, whose stories I have heard, there is no doubt in my mind that you were 100% hopeless, apart from divine help. Had you offered yourselves as patients at this hospital, I would not have taken you, if I had been able to avoid it. People like you are too heartbreaking. Though not a religious person, I have profound respect for the spiritual approach in such cases as yours. For most cases, there is virtually no o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.02.22

February 2nd 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 2, 2022 Tormenting Ghosts If we have swept the searchlight of Step Four back and forth over our careers, and it has revealed in stark relief those experiences we'd rather not remember, if we have come to know how wrong thinking and action have hurt us and others, then the need to quit living by ourselves with those tormenting ghosts of yesterday gets more urgent than ever. We have to talk to somebody about them. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Five) ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.01.22

February 1st 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) February 1, 2022 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. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) p. 47 Thought to Ponder If you want to change who you are, change what you do. AA-rela ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.31.22

January 31st 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 31, 2022 Only You Can Decide Consider your drinking carefully in the light of what you may learn from these pages. Determine, for yourself, whether or not alcohol has truly become a problem for you. And remember that you will always be most welcome to join the thousands of men and women in A.A. who have put their drinking problems behind them and now lead "normal" lives of constructive, day-by-day sobriety. - This Is A.A. An introduction to the A.A. Rec ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.30.22

January 30th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 30, 2022 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Rigorous Honesty Who wishes to be rigorously honest and tolerant? Who wants to confess his faults to another and make restitution for harm done? . . . No, the average alcoholic, self-centered in the extreme, doesn't care for this prospect—unless he has to do these things in order to stay alive himself. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) p. 24  Thought to Ponder Honesty is the absence of the intent to deceive. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.29.22

January 29th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 29, 2022 Entirely Ready So Step Six—"Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character"—is A.A.'s way of stating the best possible attitude one can take in order to make a beginning on this lifetime job. This does not mean that we expect all our character defects to be lifted out of us as the drive to drink was. A few of them may be, but with most of them we shall have to be content with patient improvement. The key words "entir ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.28.22

January 28th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 28, 2022 A Vital Part Outline the program of action, explaining how you made a self-appraisal, how you straightened out your past and why you are now endeavoring to be helpful to him. It is important for him to realize that your attempt to pass this on to him plays a vital part in your own recovery. Actually, he may be helping you more than you are helping him. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 94 Thought to Ponder We must give it away to keep it. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.27.22

January 27th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 27, 2022 Decide for Himself If he is sincerely interested and wants to see you again, ask him to read this book in the interval. After doing that, he must decide for himself whether he wants to go on. He should not be pushed or prodded by you, his wife, or his friends. If he is to find God, the desire must come from within. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 95 Thought to Ponder Expectations are premeditated resentments. AA-related 'Alconym' D E T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.26.22

January 26th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 26, 2022 New Treasure Joy at our release from a lifetime of frustration knew no bounds. Father feels he has struck something better than gold. For a time he may try to hug the new treasure to himself. He may not see at once that he has barely scratched a limitless lode which will pay dividends only if he mines it for the rest of his life and insists on giving away the entire product. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) pp. 128 - 129 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.25.22

January 25th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 25, 2022 This Physical Factor It did not satisfy us to be told that we could not control our drinking just because we were maladjusted to life, that we were in full flight from reality, or were outright mental defectives. These things were true to some extent, in fact, to a considerable extent with some of us. But we are sure that our bodies were sickened as well. In our belief, any picture of the alcoholic which leaves out this physical factor is incomplete. - A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.24.22

January 24th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 24, 2022 Tradition One Our A.A. experience has taught us that: Each member of Alcoholics Anonymous is but a small part of a great whole. A.A. must continue to live or most of us will surely die. Hence our common welfare comes first. But individual welfare follows close afterward. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition) p. 563 Thought to Ponder There is no strength without unity. AA-related 'Alconym' A A's - R - U S  =   Alcoholics Ano ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.23.22

January 23rd 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 23, 2022 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Step Two "Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity." "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. - Twelve Ste ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.22.22

January 22nd 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 22, 2022 Continue to Watch 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. Love and tolerance of others is our code. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 84 Thought to Ponder The 3 A’s -- Awareness, Acceptance, Action. AA-related 'Al ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.21.22

January 21st 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 21, 2022 Making Good Sometimes we hear an alcoholic say that the only thing he needs to do is to keep sober. Certainly he must keep sober, for there will be no home if he doesn’t. But he is yet a long way from making good to the wife or parents whom for years he has so shockingly treated. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 82 Thought to Ponder Without change I am just a non-drinking drunk. AA-related 'Alconym' A C T I O N  =   Any Change To Impr ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.20.22

January 20th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 20, 2022 Convinced From this doctor, the broker had learned the grave nature of alcoholism. Though he could not accept all the tenets of the Oxford Groups, he was convinced of the need for moral inventory, confession of personality defects, restitution to those harmed, helpfulness to others, and the necessity of belief in and dependence upon God. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Foreword To The Second Edition) p. xvi Thought to Ponder AA is not something we join; it's a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.19.22

January 19th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 19, 2022 A 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, (There Is A Solution) p. 28 Thought to Ponder The Twelve Steps — a manuscript for rational living. AA-related 'Alconym' A A  =   Alcoholic's ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.18.22

January 18th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 18, 2022 Root of Our Troubles Selfishness—self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles. Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate. Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, but we invariably find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on self which later placed us in a position to be hurt. So our troubles, we think, are bas ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.17.22

January 17th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 17, 2022 Essential Requirements Belief in the power of God, plus enough willingness, honesty and humility to establish and maintain the new order of things, were the essential requirements. Simple, but not easy; a price had to be paid. It meant destruction of self-centeredness. I must turn in all things to the Father of Light who presides over us all. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill's Story) pp. 13 - 14 Thought to Ponder While it isn't always easy, if I keep it si ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.16.22

January 16th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 16, 2022 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Prayer In A.A. we have found that the actual good results of prayer are beyond question. They are matters of knowledge and experience. All those who have persisted have found strength not ordinarily their own. They have found wisdom beyond their usual capability. And they have increasingly found a peace of mind which can stand firm in the face of difficult circumstances. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 104 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.15.22

January 15th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 15, 2022 Amends Above all, we should try to be absolutely sure that we are not delaying because we are afraid. For the readiness to take the full consequences of our past acts, and to take responsibility for the well-being of others at the same time, is the very spirit of Step Nine. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Nine) p. 87 Thought to Ponder It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.14.22

January 14th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 14, 2022 Daily Ups and Downs 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 o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.13.22

January 13th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 13, 2022 Liberation and Strength No other kind of bankruptcy is like this one. Alcohol, now become the rapacious creditor, bleeds us of all self-sufficiency and all will to resist its demands. Once this stark fact is accepted, our bankruptcy as going human concerns is complete. But upon entering AA we soon take quite another view of this absolute humiliation. We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps toward liberation and stre ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.12.22

January 12th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 12, 2022 Faith Means 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, (How It Works) p. 68 Thought to Ponder Fear is not ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.11.22

January 11th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 11, 2022 Self-Knowledge But the actual or potential alcoholic, with hardly an exception, will be absolutely unable to stop drinking on the basis of self-knowledge. This is a point we wish to emphasize and re-emphasize, to smash home upon our alcoholic readers as it has been revealed to us out of bitter experience. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 39 Thought to Ponder Pride in my intelligence blinded me to how much I did not know. AA-related 'A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.10.22

January 10th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 10, 2022 Resentments We saw that these resentments must be mastered, but how? We could not wish them away any more than alcohol. This was our course: We realized that the people who wronged us were perhaps spiritually sick. Though we did not like their symptoms and the way these disturbed us, they, like ourselves, were sick too. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) pp. 66 - 67 Thought to Ponder Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other perso ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.09.22

January 9th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 9, 2022 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ A Revolutionary Change They flatly declare that since they have come to believe in a Power greater than themselves, to take a certain attitude toward that Power, and to do certain simple things, there has been a revolutionary change in their way of living and thinking. In the face of collapse and despair, in the face of the total failure of their human resources, they found that a new power, peace, happiness, and sense of directi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.08.22

January 8th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 8, 2022 Great Obsession 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. We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 30 Thought to Ponder When we try to control ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.07.22

January 7th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 7, 2022 Our Mistakes Putting out of our minds the wrongs others had done, we resolutely looked for our own mistakes. Where had we been selfish, dishonest, self-seeking and frightened? Though a situation had not been entirely our fault, we tried to disregard the other person involved entirely. Where were we to blame? The inventory was ours, not the other man’s. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 67 Thought to Ponder The first step in overcoming mistakes is ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.06.22

January 6th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 6, 2022 No Respecter How can a person with a fine family, an attractive home, an excellent position, and high standing in an important city become an alcoholic? As I later found out through Alcoholics Anonymous, alcohol is no respecter of economic status, social and business standing, or intelligence. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (It Might Have Been Worse) p. 348 Thought to Ponder I would rather go through life sober, believing I am an alcoholic, than go through life ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.05.22

January 5th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 5, 2022 Futility and Unhappiness It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness. To the precise extent that we permit these, do we squander the hours that might have been worth while. But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment is infinitely grave. We found that it is fatal. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 66 Thought to Ponder We a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.04.22

January 4th 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 4, 2022 It Really Worked 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. When, therefore, we were approached by those in whom the problem had been solved, there was nothing left for us but to pi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.03.22

January 3rd 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 3, 2022 Self-Destruction When men and women pour so much alcohol into themselves that they destroy their lives, they commit a most unnatural act. Defying their instinctive desire for self-preservation, they seem bent upon self-destruction. They work against their own deepest instinct. As they are humbled by the terrific beating administered by alcohol, the grace of God can enter them and expel their obsession. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Six) p. 6 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.02.22

January 2nd 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 2, 2022 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Prayer and Meditation Of course we finally did experiment, and when unexpected results followed, we felt different; in fact we knew different; and so we were sold on meditation and prayer. And that, we have found, can happen to anybody who tries. It has been well said that "almost the only scoffers at prayer are those who never tried it enough." - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.01.22

January 1st 2022 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 1, 2022 Sobriety Every Day God willing, we members of A.A. may never again have to deal with drinking, but we have to deal with sobriety every day. How do we do it? By learning—through practicing the Twelve Steps and through sharing at meetings—how to cope with the problems that we looked to booze to solve, back in our drinking days. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (To Handle Sobriety) p. 559 Thought to Ponder Sobriety is not a destination, but an everlasting journey. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.31.21

December 31st 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 31, 2021 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. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) p. 22 Thought to Ponder It's hard to fight an enemy who has outpo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.30.21

December 30th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 30, 2021 Constructive Imagination There's nothing the matter with constructive imagination; all sound achievement rests upon it. After all, no man can build a house until he first envisions a plan for it. Well, meditation is like that, too; it helps to envision our spiritual objective before we try to move toward it. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 100 Thought to Ponder Meditation is our step out into the sun. AA-related 'Alconym' T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.29.21

December 29th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 29, 2021 Personality Change "It has often been said of A.A. that we are interested only in alcoholism. That is not true. We have to get over drinking in order to stay alive. But anyone who knows the alcoholic personality by firsthand contact knows that no true alky ever stops drinking permanently without undergoing a profound personality change.". - As Bill Sees It, (Letter 1940) p. 1 Thought to Ponder If I don't change, my sobriety date will. AA-rel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.28.21

December 28th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 28, 2021 Uniquely Useful Ministers and doctors are competent and you can learn much from them if you wish, but it happens that because of your own drinking experience you can be uniquely useful to other alcoholics. So cooperate; never criticize. To be helpful is our only aim. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 89 Thought to Ponder Trust God. Clean house. Help others. AA-related 'Alconym' H O P E  =   Hold On, Possibilities Exist. Thank ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.27.21

December 27th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 27, 2021 No Boundaries 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. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 101 Thoug ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.26.21

December 26th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 26, 2021 Real 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, (There is a Solution) pp. 19 - 20 Thought to Ponder Love and tolerance of others is our code. AA-related 'Alconym' P U T  = ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.25.21

December 25th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 25, 2021 Extravagant Promises? Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.24.21

December 24th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 24, 2021 Troubles Overcome I have seen hundreds of families set their feet in the path that really goes somewhere; have seen the most impossible domestic situations righted; feuds and bitterness of all sorts wiped out. I have seen men come out of asylums and resume a vital place in the lives of their families and communities. Business and professional men have regained their standing. There is scarcely any form of trouble and misery which has not been overcome a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.23.21

December 23rd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 23, 2021 Delighted 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. We may have had certain spiritual beliefs, but now we begin to have a spiritual experience. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Actio ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.22.21

December 22nd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 22, 2021 Common Solution The feeling of having shared in a common peril is one element in the powerful cement which binds us. But that in itself would never have held us together as we are now joined. 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 fro ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.21.21

December 21st 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 21, 2021 To Summon the Faith For without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at all. Nearly all A.A.'s have found, too, that unless they develop much more of this precious quality than may be required just for sobriety, they still haven't much chance of becoming truly happy. Without it, they cannot live to much useful purpose, or, in adversity, be able to summon the faith that can meet any emergency. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step S ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.20.21

December 20th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 20, 2021 A Mighty Beginning 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 Stepsand Twelve Traditions, (Step ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.19.21

December 19th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 19, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ The Jumping-Off Place 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 You) p. 152  Thought to Ponder When I ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.18.21

December 18th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 18, 2021 Social Occasions Go or stay away, whichever seems best. But be sure you are on solid spiritual ground before you start and that your motive in going is thoroughly good. Do not think of what you will get out of the occasion. Think of what you can bring to it. But if you are shaky, you had better work with another alcoholic instead! - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 102 Thought to Ponder Life didn't end when I got sober, it started.. AA-r ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.17.21

December 17th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 17, 2021 Transformed In a very real sense he has been transformed, because he has laid hold of a source of strength which, in one way or another, he had hitherto denied himself. He finds himself in possession of a degree of honesty, tolerance, unselfishness, peace of mind, and love of which he had thought himself quite incapable. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 107 Thought to Ponder We're not living just to be sober; we are living to lear ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.16.21

December 16th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 16, 2021 Freedom From Fear It did not matter too much what our material condition was, but it did matter what our spiritual condition was. . . 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.15.21

December 15th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 15, 2021 Spiritual Principles 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 Twelve Steps -- a manuscript for rational living. AA-related 'Alconym' S T E P S  =   Solutions Through Each Powerful Step. Thanks to all o ...Continue Reading
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