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Daily Thought 01.04.21

January 4th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 4, 2021 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 Meditation is our step out into the sun. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.03.21

January 3rd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 3, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Step Eleven Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 59  Thought to Ponder The Three "P's" -- Pause, Pray, Proceed.  AA-related 'Alconym' *A S A P*  =  Always Say A Prayer.  A Member Shares: My name is Tom, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.02.21

January 2nd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 2, 2021 Emotional Stability When we developed still more, we discovered the best possible source of emotional stability to be God Himself. We found that dependence upon His perfect justice, forgiveness, and love was healthy, and that it would work where nothing else would. If we really depended upon God, we couldn’t very well play God to our fellows nor would we feel the urge wholly to rely on human protection and care. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.01.21

January 1st 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) January 1, 2021 An Answer Upon therapy for the alcoholic himself, we surely have no monopoly. Yet it is our great hope that all those who have as yet found no answer may begin to find one in the pages of this book and will presently join us on the high road to a new freedom. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Foreward to Second Edition) p. xxi Thought to Ponder Within our wonderful new world, we have found freedom from our fatal obsession. AA-related 'Alconym' A A  =   ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.31.20

December 31st 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 31, 2020 Spirit of 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.30.20

December 30th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 30, 2020 Spirit of the Universe 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. The feeling that the drink problem has disappeared will often come strongly. We feel we are on the Broad Highway, walking hand in hand with the Spirit of the Universe. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 75 Thought to Ponder The ultimate defense against the first drink is a spiritual one. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.29.20

December 29th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 29, 2020 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 them." - A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.28.20

December 28th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 28, 2020 Worse, Never Better 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 we ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.27.20

December 27th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 27, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.26.20

December 26th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 26, 2020 Quick Inventory 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 12.25.20

December 25th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 25, 2020 A Christmas Greeting Dear Friends: Gratitude is just about the finest attribute we can have, and how deeply we of AA realize this at Christmastime. We know that our very lives, our miraculous new chance to live, to learn, to grow and to serve, is the supreme gift of Grace which has come to us from Him who presides over us all. May we joyfully meditate upon these precious blessings as never before. -- Bill W. - AA Grapevine, The December 1963 magazine T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.24.20

December 24th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 24, 2020 Design for Living 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, (Bill's Story) p. 15 Thought to Ponder In AA, we discover that it is impossible to give without receiving, or receive without g ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.23.20

December 23rd 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 23, 2020 More Useful 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  = &n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.22.20

December 22nd 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 22, 2020 Miracle of Healing What is this but a miracle of healing? Yet its elements are simple. 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 57 Thought to Ponder I came; I came to; I came to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.21.20

December 21st 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 21, 2020 Thoroughness Calm, thoughtful reflection upon personal relations can deepen our insight. We can go far beyond those things which were superficially wrong with us, to see those flaws which were basic, flaws which sometimes were responsible for the whole pattern of our lives. Thoroughness, we have found, will pay—and pay handsomely. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eight) p. 80 Thought to Ponder I need to uncover in order to recover. AA-relat ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.20.20

December 20th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 20, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ The Essentials 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.19.20

December 19th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 19, 2020 Pause As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day "Thy will be done." - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) pp. 87 - 88 Thought to Ponder I can't do His will my way. AA-related 'Alconym' P A U S E  =   Pay Attention, Use Step Eleven. Thanks to all of you for sha ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.18.20

December 18th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 18, 2020 Insane Urge 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 outposts in yo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.17.20

December 17th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 17, 2020 Chilling Vapor As we became subjects of King Alcohol, shivering denizens of his mad realm, the chilling vapor that is loneliness settled down. It thickened, ever becoming blacker. Some of us sought out sordid places, hoping to find understanding companionship and approval. Momentarily we did—then would come oblivion and the awful awakening to face the hideous Four Horsemen—Terror, Bewilderment, Frustration, Despair. Unhappy drinkers who read this page w ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.16.20

December 16th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 16, 2020 Sanity Returned He was on thin ice. Again it was the old, insidious insanity—that first drink. But what about his responsibilities—his family and the men who would die because they would not know how to get well, ah—yes, those other alcoholics? There must be many such in this town. He would phone a clergyman. His sanity returned and he thanked God. Selecting a church at random from the directory, he stepped into a booth and lifted the receiver. - Alcoho ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.15.20

December 15th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 15, 2020 Catapulted Everyone became resigned to the certainty that I would have to be shut up somewhere, or would stumble along to a miserable end. How dark it is before the dawn! In reality that was the beginning of my last debauch. I was soon to be catapulted into what I like to call the fourth dimension of existence. I was to know happiness, peace, and usefulness, in a way of life that is incredibly more wonderful as time passes. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.14.20

December 14th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 14, 2020 Extreme Example So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn't think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kills us! God makes that possible. And there often seems no way of entirely getting rid of self without His aid. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 62 Thought to Pon ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.13.20

December 13th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 13, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Key to Good Living For it is only by accepting and solving our problems that we can begin to get right with ourselves and with the world about us, and with Him who presides over us all. Understanding is the key to right principles and attitudes, and right action is the key to good living; therefore the joy of good living is the theme of A.A.'s Twelfth Step.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 125  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.12.20

December 12th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 12, 2020 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 12.11.20

December 11th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 11, 2020 One More Attempt The old pleasures were gone. They were but memories. Never could we recapture the great moments of the past. There was an insistent yearning to enjoy life as we once did and a heartbreaking obsession that some new miracle of control would enable us to do it. There was always one more attempt—and one more failure. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision For You) p. 151 Thought to Ponder When we try to control our drinking, we have already los ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.10.20

December 10th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 10, 2020 Repair the Damage Now we need more action, without which we find that "Faith without works is dead." Let's look at Steps Eight and Nine. We have a list of all persons we have harmed and to whom we are willing to make amends. We made it when we took inventory. We subjected ourselves to a drastic self-appraisal. Now we go out to our fellows and repair the damage done in the past. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 76 Thought to Ponder It ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.09.20

December 9th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 9, 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, (Foreward to Third Edition) p. xxii Thought to Ponder Every recovery from alcoholism begins with one sober hour. AA-related 'Alconym' H O P E  = &nb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.08.20

December 8th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 8, 2020 Third Step Prayer We were now at 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!" - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 63 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.07.20

December 7th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 7, 2020 The Old Game 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 You) p. 152 Tho ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.06.20

December 6th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 6, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Willing to Believe Stress the spiritual feature freely. If the man be agnostic or atheist, make it emphatic that he does not have to agree with your conception of God. He can choose any conception he likes, provided it makes sense to him. The main thing is that he be willing to believe in a Power greater than himself and that he live by spiritual principles.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 93  Thoug ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.05.20

December 5th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 5, 2020 Control The old pleasures were gone. They were but memories. Never could we recapture the great moments of the past. There was an insistent yearning to enjoy life as we once did and a heartbreaking obsession that some new miracle of control would enable us to do it. There was always one more attempt—and one more failure. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision For You) p. 151 Thought to Ponder When we try to control our drinking, we have already lost control ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.04.20

December 4th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 4, 2020 Inventory Beginning with Step Four, we commenced to search out the things in ourselves which had brought us to physical, moral, and spiritual bankruptcy. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory. Looking at Step Five, we decided that an inventory, taken alone, wouldn't be enough. We knew we would have to quit the deadly business of living alone with our conflicts, and in honesty confide these to God and another human being. - Twelve Steps and Twe ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.03.20

December 3rd 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 3, 2020 Faith in a Power 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 People of faith h ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.02.20

December 2nd 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 2, 2020 It's Our Inventory 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 mist ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.01.20

December 1st 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) December 1, 2020 Direction On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead. We consider our plans for the day. Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 86 Thought to Ponder True ambition is not what we thought it was. AA-related 'Alconym' F A I T H  =   For All I Trust Him. Thanks to all of you for sharing s ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.30.20

November 30th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 30, 2020 Direct Contact In Step Eleven we saw that if a Higher Power had restored us to sanity and had enabled us to live with some peace of mind in a sorely troubled world, then such a Higher Power was worth knowing better, by as direct contact as possible. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) pp. 108 - 109 Thought to Ponder Relationships are built with communication; so we pray. AA-related 'Alconym' A S A P  =   Always Say A Prayer. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.29.20

November 29th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 29, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Lack of Power Our human resources, as marshalled by the will, were not sufficient; they failed utterly. Lack of power, that was our dilemma. We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. Obviously. But where and how were we to find this Power? Well, that’s exactly what this book is about. Its main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve yo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.28.20

November 28th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 28, 2020 Reason Hence, we saw that reason isn’t everything. Neither is reason, as most of us use it, entirely dependable, though it emanate from our best minds. What about people who proved that man could never fly? Yet we had been seeing another kind of flight, a spiritual liberation from this world, people who rose above their problems. They said God made these things possible, and we only smiled. We had seen spiritual release, but liked to tell ourselves it w ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.27.20

November 27th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 27, 2020 Assets Learning daily to spot, admit, and correct these flaws is the essence of character-building and good living. An honest regret for harms done, a genuine gratitude for blessings received, and a willingness to try for better things tomorrow will be the permanent assets we shall seek. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 95 Thought to Ponder Gratitude is a tool, a form of perspective, reminding me to appreciate the simple things. AA- ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.26.20

November 26th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 26, 2020 No Monopoly He should not be pushed or prodded by you, his wife, or his friends. If he is to find God, the desire must come from within. If he thinks he can do the job in some other way, or prefers some other spiritual approach, encourage him to follow his own conscience. We have no monopoly on God; we merely have an approach that worked with us. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 95 Thought to Ponder AA is not for people who need it, it' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.25.20

November 25th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 25, 2020 Taking Action Your candidate may give reasons why he need not follow all of the program. He may rebel at the thought of a drastic housecleaning which requires discussion with other people. Do not contradict such views. Tell him you once felt as he does, but you doubt whether you would have made much progress had you not taken action. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 94 Thought to Ponder Sobriety without action is fantasy. AA-related 'A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.24.20

November 24th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 24, 2020 Common Journey High and low, rich and poor, these are future fellows of Alcoholics Anonymous. Among them you will make lifelong friends. You will be bound to them with new and wonderful ties, for you will escape disaster together and you will commence shoulder to shoulder your common journey. Then you will know what it means to give of yourself that others may survive and rediscover life. You will learn the full meaning of "Love thy neighbor as thy ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.23.20

November 23rd 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 23, 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 Thou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.22.20

November 22nd 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 22, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Spiritual Condition 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 Twelve Steps⁠—a manuscript for rational living.  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.21.20

November 21st 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 21, 2020 Honesty Somehow, being alone with God doesn't seem as embarrassing as facing up to another person. Until we actually sit down and talk aloud about what we have so long hidden, our willingness to clean house is still largely theoretical. When we are honest with another person, it confirms that we have been honest with ourselves and with God. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Five) p. 60 Thought to Ponder Honesty is the absence of the intent to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.20.20

November 20th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 20, 2020 The Key Practicing Step Three is like the opening of a door which to all appearances is still closed and locked. All we need is a key, and the decision to swing the door open. There is only one key, and it is called willingness. Once unlocked by willingness, the door opens almost of itself, and looking through it, we shall see a pathway beside which is an inscription. It reads: "This is the way to a faith that works." - Twelve Steps and Twelve ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.19.20

November 19th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 19, 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 133 Thought to Ponder Happiness is part of the journey, not some distant destination. AA-related 'Alconym' A L O H A  =   A Lot Of Happy Al ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.18.20

November 18th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 18, 2020 Looking for Results To return to the subject matter of this book: It contains full suggestions by which the employee may solve his problem. To you, some of the ideas which it contains are novel. Perhaps you are not quite in sympathy with the approach we suggest. By no means do we offer it as the last word on this subject, but so far as we are concerned, it has worked with us. After all, are you not looking for results rather than methods? - Alcoholics A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.17.20

November 17th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 17, 2020 Deprived Ourselves The notion that we would still live our own lives, God helping a little now and then, began to evaporate. Many of us who had thought ourselves religious awoke to the limitations of this attitude. Refusing to place God first, we had deprived ourselves of His help. But now the words "Of myself I am nothing, the Father doeth the works" began to carry bright promise and meaning. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.16.20

November 16th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 16, 2020 Pain Someone who knew what he was talking about once remarked that pain was the touchstone of all spiritual progress. How heartily we A.A.'s can agree with him, for we know that the pains of drinking had to come before sobriety, and emotional turmoil before serenity. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) pp. 93 - 94 Thought to Ponder The gritty pain of alcoholism is the traction of recovery. AA-related 'Alconym' H O P E  =   Hold ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.15.20

November 15th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 15, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Step One "We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable." Many less desperate alcoholics tried A.A., but did not succeed because they could not make the admission of hopelessness. It is a tremendous satisfaction to record that in the following years this changed. Alcoholics who still had their health, their families, their jobs, and even two cars in the garage, began to recognize ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.14.20

November 14th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 14, 2020 Sunlight My friend suggested what then seemed a novel idea. He said, "Why don’t you choose your own conception of God?" That statement hit me hard. It melted the icy intellectual mountain in whose shadow I had lived and shivered many years. I stood in the sunlight at last. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill's Story) p. 12 Thought to Ponder Hope leads to faith if you let it. AA-related 'Alconym' A A  =   Altered Attitudes. Thanks to all ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.13.20

November 13th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 13, 2020 Step Eight "Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all." What real harm, therefore, had we done? No more, surely, than we could easily mend with a few casual apologies. This attitude, of course, is the end result of purposeful forgetting. It is an attitude which can only be changed by a deep and honest search of our motives and actions. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eight) p. 79 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.12.20

November 12th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 12, 2020 Twelfth Step Call 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. He will match your ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.11.20

November 11th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 1, 2020 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 Nightmare) ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.10.20

November 10th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 10, 2020 Unity - Tradition One Realization dawns that he is but a small part of a great whole; that no personal sacrifice is too great for preservation of the Fellowship. He learns that the clamor of desires and ambitions within him must be silenced whenever these could damage the group. It becomes plain that the group must survive or the individual will not. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Tradition One) p. 130 Thought to Ponder There is no strength wit ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.09.20

November 9th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 9, 2020 The Actor More than most people, the alcoholic leads a double life. He is very much the actor. To the outer world he presents his stage character. This is the one he likes his fellows to see. He wants to enjoy a certain reputation, but knows in his heart he doesn't deserve it. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 73 Thought to Ponder Character is what I am; reputation is what people think I am. AA-related 'Alconym' F E A R  =   Frantic Ef ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.08.20

November 8th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 8, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Step Five In actual practice, we usually find a solitary self-appraisal insufficient. Many of us thought it necessary to go much further. We will be more reconciled to discussing ourselves with another person when we see good reasons why we should do so. The best reason first: If we skip this vital step, we may not overcome drinking.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 72  Thought to Ponder I cannot mend if I b ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.07.20

November 7th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 7, 2020 Our Instincts We have learned that the satisfaction of instincts cannot be the sole end and aim of our lives. If we place instincts first, we have got the cart before the horse; we shall be pulled backward into disillusionment. But when we are willing to place spiritual growth first—then and only then do we have a real chance. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 114 Thought to Ponder Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.06.20

November 6th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 6, 2020 Gravely Affected To be gravely affected, one does not necessarily have to drink a long time nor take the quantities some of us have. This is particularly true of women. Potential female alcoholics often turn into the real thing and are gone beyond recall in a few years. Certain drinkers, who would be greatly insulted if called alcoholics, are astonished at their inability to stop. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 33 Thought to Ponder W ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.05.20

November 5th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 5, 2020 Permanent Recovery But when the broker gave him Dr. Silkworth’s description of alcoholism and its hopelessness, the physician began to pursue the spiritual remedy for his malady with a willingness he had never before been able to muster. He sobered, never to drink again up to the moment of his death in 1950. This seemed to prove that one alcoholic could affect another as no nonalcoholic could. It also indicated that strenuous work, one alcoholic with ano ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.04.20

November 4th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 4, 2020 Newfound Peace To those of us who have hitherto known only excitement, depression, or anxiety—in other words, to all of us—this newfound peace is a priceless gift. Something new indeed has been added. Where humility had formerly stood for a forced feeding on humble pie, it now begins to mean the nourishing ingredient which can give us serenity. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 74 Thought to Ponder Humility is not thinking less of my ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.03.20

November 3rd 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 3, 2020 Complete Defeat Who cares to admit complete defeat? Practically no one, of course. Every natural instinct cries out against the idea of personal powerlessness. It is truly awful to admit that, glass in hand, we have warped our minds into such an obsession for destructive drinking that only an act of Providence can remove it from us. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) p. 21 Thought to Ponder Avoidance is not the key; surrender opens the doo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.02.20

November 2nd 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 2, 2020 Meeting Conditions An alcoholic who cannot meet them, still has an alcoholic mind; there is something the matter with his spiritual status. His only chance for sobriety would be some place like the Greenland Ice Cap, and even there an Eskimo might turn up with a bottle of scotch and ruin everything! Ask any woman who has sent her husband to distant places on the theory he would escape the alcohol problem. In our belief any scheme of combating alcoholism ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 11.01.20

November 1st 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) November 1, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Carry This Message Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. This is our twelfth suggestion: Carry this message to other alcoholics! You can help when no one else can.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 89  Thought to Ponder In AA, we discover that it is impossible to give without rece ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.31.20

October 31st 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 31, 2020 This 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 10.30.20

October 30th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 30, 2020 Becoming Impossible If you are as seriously alcoholic as we were, we believe there is no middle-of-the-road solution. We were in a position where life was becoming impossible, and if we had passed into the region from which there is no return through human aid, we had but two alternatives: One was to go on to the bitter end, blotting out the consciousness of our intolerable situation as best we could; and the other, to accept spiritual help. - Alcoholics ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.29.20

October 29th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 29, 2020 Anger If we were to live, we had to be free of anger. The grouch and the brainstorm were not for us. They may be the dubious luxury of normal men, but for alcoholics these things are poison. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 66 Thought to Ponder Anger is but a mask for fear. AA-related 'Alconym' C A L M  =   Cause Anger Left Me. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength and hope in carrying the AA me ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.28.20

October 28th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 28, 2020 Fearlessly Face When we became alcoholics, crushed by a self-imposed crisis we could not postpone or evade, we had to fearlessly face the proposition that either God is everything or else He is nothing. God either is, or He isn’t. What was our choice to be? - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 53 Thought to Ponder I came; I came to; I came to believe. AA-related 'Alconym' G I F T  =   God Is Forever There. Thanks to all of you for shari ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.27.20

October 27th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 27, 2020 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'll ask Him to. AA-related 'Al ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.26.20

October 26th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 26, 2020 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 I can’t fix something if I don’t know what’s wrong. AA-rel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.25.20

October 25th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 25, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Our Steps 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 an ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.24.20

October 24th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 24, 2020 Simple Reliance When we saw others solve their problems by a simple reliance upon the Spirit of the Universe, we had to stop doubting the power of God. Our ideas did not work. But the God idea did. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 52 Thought to Ponder Hope leads to faith if you let it. AA-related 'Alconym' G R O W T H  =   God Reveals Other Ways To Heal. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength an ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.23.20

October 23rd 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 23, 2020 Utter Defeat 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 strength. - Twe ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.22.20

October 22nd 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 22, 2020 Continue For Our Lifetime This thought brings us to Step Ten, which suggests we continue to take personal inventory and continue to set right any new mistakes as we go along. We vigorously commenced this way of living as we cleaned up the past. We have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in understanding and effectiveness. This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.21.20

October 21st 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 21, 2020 Building Of Character If we ask, God will certainly forgive our derelictions. But in no case does He render us white as snow and keep us that way without our cooperation. That is something we are supposed to be willing to work toward ourselves. He asks only that we try as best we know how to make progress in the building of character. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Six) p. 65 Thought to Ponder Character is what I am; reputation is what peop ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.20.20

October 20th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 20, 2020 Alcoholic Life Men and women drink essentially because they like the effect produced by alcohol. The sensation is so elusive that, while they admit it is injurious, they cannot after a time differentiate the true from the false. To them, their alcoholic life seems the only normal one. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Doctor's Opinion) p. xxviii Thought to Ponder Don't believe everything you think. AA-related 'Alconym' D E N I A L   ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.19.20

October 19th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 19, 2020 Honest Effort 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 Reliance on God enables me to match calamity with serenity. AA-related 'Alcony ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.18.20

October 18th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 18, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Honestly Sought Even so has God restored us all to our right minds. To this man, the revelation was sudden. Some of us grow into it more slowly. But He has come to all who have honestly sought Him. When we drew near to Him He disclosed Himself to us!  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 57  Thought to Ponder The Three A's .. Awareness, Acceptance, Action.  AA-related 'Alconym' *F R O G*  =  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.17.20

October 17th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 17, 2020 The Acid Test We are certain that our intelligence, backed by willpower, can rightly control our inner lives and guarantee us success in the world we live in. This brave philosophy, wherein each man plays God, sounds good in the speaking, but it still has to meet the acid test: how well does it actually work? One good look in the mirror ought to be answer enough for any alcoholic. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Three) p. 37 Thought to Ponde ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.16.20

October 16th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 16, 2020 A Prospect When you discover a prospect for Alcoholics Anonymous, find out all you can about him. If he does not want to stop drinking, don’t waste time trying to persuade him. You may spoil a later opportunity. This advice is given for his family also. They should be patient, realizing they are dealing with a sick person. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 90 Thought to Ponder AA is not for people who need it, it's for ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.15.20

October 15th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 15, 2020 Withholding Nothing 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, In ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.14.20

October 14th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 14, 2020 Greatest Possession Showing others who suffer how we were given help is the very thing which makes life seem so worth while to us now. Cling to the thought that, in God’s hands, the dark past is the greatest possession you have—the key to life and happiness for others. With it you can avert death and misery for them. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 124 Thought to Ponder We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. AA-r ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.13.20

October 13th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 13, 2020 A Working Faith This lack of anchorage to any permanent values, this blindness to the true purpose of our lives, produced another bad result. For just so long as we were convinced that we could live exclusively by our own individual strength and intelligence, for just that long was a working faith in a Higher Power impossible. This was true even when we believed that God existed. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 72 Thought to P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.12.20

October 12th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 12, 2020 Psychic Change After they have succumbed to the desire again, as so many do, and the phenomenon of craving develops, they pass through the well-known stages of a spree, emerging remorseful, with a firm resolution not to drink again. This is repeated over and over, and unless this person can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope of his recovery. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Doctor's Opinion) p. xxix Thought to Ponder Pain is the m ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.11.20

October 11th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 11, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Amazed If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) pp. 83 - 84  Thought to Ponder We cannot find peace by avoiding life.  AA-related ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.10.20

October 10th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 10, 2020 Grudges We had to see that when we harbored grudges and planned revenge for such defeats, we were really beating ourselves with the club of anger we had intended to use on others. We learned that if we were seriously disturbed, our first need was to quiet that disturbance, regardless of who or what we thought caused it. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) p. 47 Thought to Ponder Resentment is like acid, eating away at the vessel it is stor ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.09.20

October 9th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 9, 2020 We Ask God In thinking about our day we may face indecision. We may not be able to determine which course to take. Here we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision. We relax and take it easy. We don’t struggle. We are often surprised how the right answers come after we have tried this for a while. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 86 Thought to Ponder Today I pray over the things that I used to drink over. AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.08.20

October 8th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 8, 2020 The Miracle 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. - Alcoholics An ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.07.20

October 7th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 7, 2020 Harmony Courtesy, kindness, justice, and love are the keynotes by which we may come into harmony with practically anybody. When in doubt we can always pause, saying, "Not my will, but Thine, be done." And we can often ask ourselves, "Am I doing to others as I would have them do to me—today?" - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 93 Thought to Ponder The Three "C's" -- Concern, Compassion, Consideration. AA-rel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.06.20

October 6th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 6, 2020 Spiritual Progress We told him what we knew of alcoholism and the answer we had found. He made a beginning. His family was re-assembled, and he began to work as a salesman for the business he had lost through drinking. All went well for a time, but he failed to enlarge his spiritual life. To his consternation, he found himself drunk half a dozen times in rapid succession. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 35 Thought to Ponder Spiritual p ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.05.20

October 5th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 5, 2020 Spiritual Experiences 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 Anonymous, (A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.04.20

October 4th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 4, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Seventh Step When ready, we say something like this: "My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen."  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 76  Thought to Ponder If I want God to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.03.20

October 3rd 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 3, 2020 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 wo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.02.20

October 2nd 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 2, 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. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Foreward to Fourth Edition) p. Thought to Ponder Modem-to-modem or face-to-face, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.01.20

October 1st 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 1, 2020 Inventory When AA suggests a fearless moral inventory, it must seem to every newcomer that more is being asked of him than he can do. Both his pride and his fear beat him back every time he tries to look inside himself. Pride says, "You need not pass this way," and Fear says, "You dare not look!" But the testimony of AA's who have really tried a moral inventory is that pride and fear of this sort turn out to be bogeymen, nothing else. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.30.20

September 30th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 30, 2020 Faith Without Works Faith without works was dead, he said. And how appallingly true for the alcoholic! For if an alcoholic failed to perfect and enlarge his spiritual life through work and self-sacrifice for others, he could not survive the certain trials and low spots ahead. If he did not work, he would surely drink again, and if he drank, he would surely die. Then faith would be dead indeed. With us it is just like that. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.29.20

September 29th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 29, 2020 A Wide Variation In our personal stories you will find a wide variation in the way each teller approaches and conceives of the Power which is greater than himself. Whether we agree with a particular approach or conception seems to make little difference. Experience has taught us that these are matters about which, for our purpose, we need not be worried. They are questions for each individual to settle for himself. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.28.20

September 28th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 28, 2020 A Greater Challenge Like most people, we have found that we can take our big lumps as they come. But also like others, we often discover a greater challenge in the lesser and more continuous problems of life. Our answer is in still more spiritual development. Only by this means can we improve our chances for really happy and useful living. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 114 Thought to Ponder Life is a steady drizzle of small th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.27.20

September 27th 2020 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 27, 2020 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Growing 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.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eight) p. 77  Thought to ...Continue Reading
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