Daily Thought Archives

 

Daily Thought 08.04.19

August 4th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 4, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *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 us ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.03.19

August 3rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 3, 2019* *Step Eight* 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 Thought to Ponder A fear faced is a fear erased. AA-related 'Alconym' *W I S D O M*  =  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.02.19

August 2nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 2, 2019* *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-examination ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.01.19

August 1st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *August 1, 2019* *Obsession* 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) ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.31.19

July 31st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 31, 2019* *Yes, I Believe* If you have a drinking problem, we hope that you may pause in reading one of the forty-two personal stories and think: “Yes, that happened to me”; or, more important, “Yes, I’ve felt like that”; or, most important, “Yes, I believe this program can work for me too.”  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Preface) p. xii Thought to Ponder Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right. AA-related 'Alconym' *H O P E*  =  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.30.19

July 30th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 30, 2019* *Spiritual Principles* "Quite as important was the discovery that spiritual principles would solve all my problems.  I have since been brought into a way of living infinitely more satisfying and, I hope, more useful than the life I lived before. My old manner of life was by no means a bad one, but I would not exchange its best moments for the worst I have now. I would not go back to it even if I could."  - Alcoholics Anonymous, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.29.19

July 29th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 29, 2019* *Trust, Reliance, Serenity* Perhaps there is a better way—we think so. For we are now on a different basis; the basis of trusting and relying upon God. We trust infinite God rather than our finite selves. We are in the world to play the role He assigns. Just to the extent that we do as we think He would have us, and humbly rely on Him, does He enable us to match calamity with serenity.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 68 Thought to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.28.19

July 28th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 28, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *To Grow* 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) p. 84  Thought to Ponder Spiritual progress isn't what gets us sober, it's what keeps us sober.  AA-related 'Alconym' *A S A P*  =  Always Say A Prayer.  A Member Shares: My na ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.27.19

July 27th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 27, 2019* *Seeking Humility* We saw we needn't always be bludgeoned and beaten into humility. It could come quite as much from our voluntary reaching for it as it could from unremitting suffering. A great turning point in our lives came when we sought for humility as something we really wanted, rather than as something we must have.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 75 Thought to Ponder Humility is not a station we arrive at; it's a way ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.26.19

July 26th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 26, 2019* *Intensive Work* 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. You can secure their confidence when others fail.  - Alcoholics Anonymous (Working With Others) p. 89 Thought to Ponder All of AA's suggestions are free. The ones I d ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.25.19

July 25th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 25, 2019* *Actual Experience* 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.24.19

July 24th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 24, 2019* *Demands* 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.  - ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.23.19

July 23rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 23, 2019* *Self-Reliance* We could actually have earnest religious beliefs which remained barren because we were still trying to play God ourselves. As long as we placed self-reliance first, a genuine reliance upon a Higher Power was out of the question. That basic ingredient of all humility, a desire to seek and do God's will, was missing.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 72 Thought to Ponder Humility is not thinking less of myself, b ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.22.19

July 22nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 22, 2019* *Virtually Impossible* Opinions vary considerably as to why the alcoholic reacts differently from normal people. We are not sure why, once a certain point is reached, little can be done for him. We cannot answer the riddle. 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.21.19

July 21st 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 21, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Acceptance* We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery. The delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed. We alcoholics are men and women who have lost the ability to control our drinking. We know that no real alcoholic ever recovers control.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 30  Thought ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.20.19

July 20th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 20, 2019* *Defiance* “When we encountered A.A., the fallacy of our defiance was revealed. At no time had we asked what God's will was for us; instead we had been telling Him what it ought to be. No man, we saw, could believe in God and defy Him, too. Belief meant reliance, not defiance."  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Two) p. 31 Thought to Ponder A spiritual awakening is our greatest gift. AA-related 'Alconym' *E G O*  =  Edgin ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.19.19

July 19th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 19, 2019* *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 Our AA freedoms create the soil in which genuine ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.18.19

July 18th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 18, 2019* *Life Without Faith* Imagine life without faith! Were nothing left but pure reason, it wouldn’t be life. But we believed in life—of course we did. We could not prove life in the sense that you can prove a straight line is the shortest distance between two points, yet, there it was.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, "We Agnostics," p. 54 Thought to Ponder Faith dares the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see. AA-related 'Alconym' *F A I T H*&nb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.17.19

July 17th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 17, 2019* *Facts* 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 Faith is ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.16.19

July 16th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 16, 2019* *Vision of Humility* To get completely away from our aversion to the idea of being humble, to gain a vision of humility as the avenue to true freedom of the human spirit, to be willing to work for humility as something to be desired for itself, takes most of us a long, long time. A whole lifetime geared to self-centeredness cannot be set in reverse all at once.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 73 Thought to Ponder Learning is ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.15.19

July 15th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 15, 2019* *Willingness, Patience and Labor* Thus we grow. And so can you, though you be but one man with this book in your hand. We believe and hope it contains all you will need to begin. We know what you are thinking. You are saying to yourself: “I’m jittery and alone. I couldn’t do that.” But you can. You forget that you have just now tapped a source of power much greater than yourself. To duplicate, with such backing, what we have accomplished is only a matte ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.14.19

July 14th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 14, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Step Ten* 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.13.19

July 13th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 13, 2019* *Thoroughness* Whatever the defects, they have finally ambushed us into alcoholism and misery. Therefore, thoroughness ought to be the watchword when taking inventory. In this connection, it is wise to write out our questions and answers. It will be an aid to clear thinking and honest appraisal. It will be the first tangible evidence of our complete willingness to move forward.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) p. 54 Thought ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.12.19

July 12th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 12, 2019* *Choice and Control* He has lost control. At a certain point in the drinking of every alcoholic, he passes into a state where the most powerful desire to stop drinking is of absolutely no avail. This tragic situation has already arrived in practically every case long before it is suspected. The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) pp. 23 - 24 T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.11.19

July 11th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 11, 2019* *Desire From Within* 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.10.19

July 10th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 10, 2019* *Lose Our Fear* More and more we became interested in seeing what we could contribute to life. As we felt new power flow in, as we enjoyed peace of mind, as we discovered we could face life successfully, as we became conscious of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter. We were reborn.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 63 Thought to Ponder The Power behind us is much greater than any fear in front of u ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.09.19

July 9th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 9, 2019* *Your Belief* We can only clear the ground a bit. If our testimony helps sweep away prejudice, enables you to think honestly, encourages you to search diligently within yourself, then, if you wish, you can join us on the Broad Highway. With this attitude you cannot fail. The consciousness of your belief is sure to come to you.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 55 Thought to Ponder Hold your face up to the Light, even though for the moment ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.08.19

July 8th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 8, 2019* *Continuous Action* More sobriety brought about by the admission of alcoholism and by attendance at a few meetings is very good indeed, but it is bound to be a far cry from permanent sobriety and a contented, useful life. That is just where the remaining Steps of the A.A. program come in. Nothing short of continuous action upon these as a way of life can bring the much-desired result.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Three) pp. 39 - 40 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.07.19

July 7th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 7, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *The Needed Power* If a mere code of morals or a better philosophy of life were sufficient to overcome alcoholism, many of us would have recovered long ago. But we found that such codes and philosophies did not save us, no matter how much we tried. We could wish to be moral, we could wish to be philosophically comforted, in fact, we could will these things with all our might, but the needed power wasn’t there.  - Alcoholics An ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.06.19

July 6th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 6, 2019* *Miraculous* The great fact is just this, and nothing less: That we have had deep and effective spiritual experiences* which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows and toward God’s universe. The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 25 (*Fully explained—Appen ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.05.19

July 5th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 5, 2019* *Prayer, Meditation, Belonging* Perhaps one of the greatest rewards of meditation and prayer is the sense of belonging that comes to us. We no longer live in a completely hostile world. We are no longer lost and frightened and purposeless.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 105 Thought to Ponder We will suffer a great poverty until we know that God lives in us and we can see Him there. AA-related 'Alconym' *Y A N A*  =&nb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.04.19

July 4th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 4, 2019* *Fellowship* We are people who normally would not mix. But there exists among us a fellowship, a friendliness, and an understanding which is indescribably wonderful. We are like the passengers of a great liner the moment after rescue from shipwreck when camaraderie, joyousness and democracy pervade the vessel from steerage to Captain’s table. Unlike the feelings of the ship’s passengers, however, our joy in escape from disaster does not subside as we go ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.03.19

July 3rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 3, 2019* *Dependence On God* He clamors for this or that, claiming he cannot master alcohol until his material needs are cared for. Nonsense. Some of us have taken very hard knocks to learn this truth: Job or no job—wife or no wife—we simply do not stop drinking so long as we place dependence upon other people ahead of dependence on God.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 98 Thought to Ponder We never apologize to anyone for depending upon ou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.02.19

July 2nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 2, 2019* *One Key* 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 Traditions, (Step Three) p. 34 Thought to Ponder Faith makes the impossible possible. AA-related 'Alconym' *F A I T H*  =  Facing All, Intuitively T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.01.19

July 1st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *July 1, 2019* *Step Seven* When ready, we say something like this: "My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen." We have then completed Step Seven.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 76 Thought to Ponder If I want God ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.30.19

June 30th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 30, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *True Kinship* But we soon discovered that while we weren't alone any more in a social sense, we still suffered many of the old pangs of anxious apartness. Until we had talked with complete candor of our conflicts, and had listened to someone else do the same thing, we still didn't belong. Step Five was the answer. It was the beginning of true kinship with man and God.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Five) p. 57& ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.29.19

June 29th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 29, 2019* *All Inclusive* As soon as we admitted the possible existence of a Creative Intelligence, a Spirit of the Universe underlying the totality of things, we began to be possessed of a new sense of power and direction, provided we took other simple steps. We found that God does not make too hard terms with those who seek Him. To us, the Realm of Spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive; never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek. It is open, we b ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.28.19

June 28th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 28, 2019* *Joy of Living* The joy of living is the theme of A.A.’s Twelfth Step, and action is its key word. Here we turn outward toward our fellow alcoholics who are still in distress. Here we experience the kind of giving that asks no rewards. Here we begin to practice all Twelve Steps of the program in our daily lives so that we and those about us may find emotional sobriety.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 106 Thought to Ponder A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.27.19

June 27th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 27, 2019* *Faith Applied* Let him see that you are not there to instruct him in religion. Admit that he probably knows more about it than you do, but call to his attention the fact that however deep his faith and knowledge, he could not have applied it or he would not drink. Perhaps your story will help him see where he has failed to practice the very precepts he knows so well.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 93 Thought to Ponder If faith ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.26.19

June 26th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 26, 2019* *Laughter* So we think cheerfulness and laughter make for usefulness. Outsiders are sometimes shocked when we burst into merriment over a seemingly tragic experience out of the past. But why shouldn’t we laugh? We have recovered, and have been given the power to help others.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 132 Thought to Ponder Laughter is medicine for the sober spirit. AA-related 'Alconym' *H J F*  =  Happy, Joyous, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.25.19

June 25th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 25, 2019* *Amends* Nevertheless, with a person we dislike, we take the bit in our teeth. It is harder to go to an enemy than to a friend, but we find it much more beneficial to us. We go to him in a helpful and forgiving spirit, confessing our former ill feeling and expressing our regret. Under no condition do we criticize such a person or argue.   - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 77 Thought to Ponder Don't mess up an amend with an excuse. AA-relat ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.24.19

June 24th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 24, 2019* *Humility* Another great dividend we may expect from confiding our defects to another human being is humility—a word often misunderstood. To those who have made progress in A.A., it amounts to a clear recognition of what and who we really are, followed by a sincere attempt to become what we could be.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Five) p. 58 Thought to Ponder Learning is the very essence of humility; the two walk hand in hand. AA-r ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.23.19

June 23rd 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 23, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Resentments* We turned back to the list, for it held the key to the future. We were prepared to look at it from an entirely different angle. We began to see that the world and its people really dominated us. In that state, the wrong-doing of others, fancied or real, had power to actually kill. How could we escape? We saw that these resentments must be mastered, but how?  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 66  Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.22.19

June 22nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 22, 2019* *A Double Life* 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*  =&n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.21.19

June 21st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 21, 2019* *Self-Confidence* When first challenged to admit defeat, most of us revolted. We had approached A.A. expecting to be taught self-confidence. Then we had been told that so far as alcohol is concerned, self-confidence was no good whatever; in fact, it was a total liability.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One,) p. 22 Thought to Ponder Avoidance is not the key; surrender opens the door. AA-related 'Alconym' *W O W*  =  Willing ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.20.19

June 20th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 20, 2019* *More Action* If we have carefully followed directions, we have begun to sense the flow of His Spirit into us. To some extent we have become God-conscious. We have begun to develop this vital sixth sense. But we must go further and that means more action.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action,) p. 85 Thought to Ponder Faith is mighty. Action with faith is mightier. AA-related 'Alconym' *A B C*  =  Action, Belief, Continue. Thanks to al ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.19.19

June 19th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 19, 2019* *A Good Beginning* In this book you read again and again that faith did for us what we could not do for ourselves. We hope you are convinced now that God can remove whatever self-will has blocked you off from Him. If you have already made a decision, and an inventory of your grosser handicaps, you have made a good beginning.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works,) pp. 70 - 71 Thought to Ponder If I have the courage to begin, I have the courage to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.18.19

June 18th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 18, 2019* *A Gift* 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 strength and resources alone. He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of consciousness and being. He has been set on a path which tells him he is really going somewhere, that life is not a dead end, not something to be endured or mastered.  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.17.19

June 17th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 17, 2019* *Entire 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 Doctors Opinion,) p. xxix Thought to Pond ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.16.19

June 16th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 16, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Tradition Five* Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be a spiritual entity having but one primary purpose—that of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Twelve Traditions, Appendix 1) p. 563  Thought to Ponder In AA we don't carry the alcoholic; we carry the message.  AA-related 'Alconym' *B E S T*  =  Been Enjoying Sobriety Today?  A Member ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.15.19

June 15th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 15, 2019* *Fearful* At heart we had all been abnormally fearful. It mattered little whether we had sat on the shore of life drinking ourselves into forgetfulness or had plunged in recklessly and willfully beyond our depth and ability. The result was the same—all of us had nearly perished in a sea of alcohol. But today, in well-matured A.A.'s, these distorted drives have been restored to something like their true purpose and direction.  - Twelve Steps and Twe ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.14.19

June 14th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 14, 2019* *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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.13.19

June 13th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 13, 2019* *Depth and Weight* Frothy emotional appeal seldom suffices. The message which can interest and hold these alcoholic people must have depth and weight. In nearly all cases, their ideals must be grounded in a power greater than themselves, if they are to re-create their lives.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Doctors Opinion,) p. xxviii Thought to Ponder God seldom becomes a reality until God becomes a necessity. AA-related 'Alconym' *A B C*  =&n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.12.19

June 12th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 12, 2019* *Tradition Six* An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Twelve Traditions,) Appendix One Thought to Ponder Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. AA-related 'Alconym' *A L C O H O L I C S*  =  A Life Consisting ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.11.19

June 11th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 11, 2019* *Simple, But Not Easy* 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 New ideals and new attitudes bring ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.10.19

June 10th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 10, 2019* *Step Six* If we can answer to our satisfaction, we then look at Step Six. We have emphasized willingness as being indispensable. Are we now ready to let God remove from us all the things which we have admitted are objectionable? Can He now take them all—every one? If we still cling to something we will not let go, we ask God to help us be willing.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action,) p. 76 Thought to Ponder The task ahead of us is never as gre ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.08.19

June 9th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 9, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Design for Living* We, in our turn, sought the same escape with all the desperation of drowning men. What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of God. A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, "a design for living" that really works.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution,) p. 28  Thought to Ponder The Twelve Steps — a manuscript for rational living.  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.08.19

June 8th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 8, 2019* *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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.07.19

June 7th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 7, 2019* *Helpfulness to Others* Your job now is to be at the place where you may be of maximum helpfulness to others, so never hesitate to go anywhere if you can be helpful. You should not hesitate to visit the most sordid spot on earth on such an errand. Keep on the firing line of life with these motives and God will keep you unharmed.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others,) p.102 Thought to Ponder Trust God. Clean house. Help others. AA-related ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.06.19

June 6th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 6, 2019* *Precisely How* WE, OF Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book. For them, we hope these pages will prove so convincing that no further authentication will be necessary.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Foreword to First Edition,) p.xiii Thought to Ponder When all else fail ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.05.19

June 5th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 5, 2019* *Inspiration* Being still inexperienced and having just made conscious contact with God, it is not probable that we are going to be inspired at all times. We might pay for this presumption in all sorts of absurd actions and ideas. Nevertheless, we find that our thinking will, as time passes, be more and more on the plane of inspiration. We come to rely upon it.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action,) p. 87 Thought to Ponder The Three "P's" ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.04.19

June 4th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 4, 2019* *Vital to Recovery* This seemed to prove that one alcoholic could affect another as no nonalcoholic could. It also indicated that strenuous work, one alcoholic with another, was vital to permanent recovery.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Foreward To Second Edition,) pp. xvi - xvii Thought to Ponder To keep it, you have to give it away. AA-related 'Alconym' *W O R K*  =  What Our Recovery Knows. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.03.19

June 3rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 3, 2019* *Resentments* Though we did not like their symptoms and the way these disturbed us, they, like ourselves, were sick too. We asked God to help us show them the same tolerance, pity, and patience that we would cheerfully grant a sick friend. When a person offended we said to ourselves,"This is a sick man. How can I be helpful to him? God save me from being angry. Thy will be done."  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 67 Thought to Po ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.02.19

June 2nd 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) June 2, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Selfishness* That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 84  Thought to Ponder If I self-forget, I find.  AA-related 'Alconym' *C H A N G E D*  =  Choosing Humility Allows New Growth Each Day.&n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 06.01.19

June 1st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *June 1, 2019* *Unselfishness and Love* Since the home has suffered more than anything else, it is well that a man exert himself there. He is not likely to get far in any direction if he fails to show unselfishness and love under his own roof. We know there are difficult wives and families, but the man who is getting over alcoholism must remember he did much to make them so.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward,) p. 127 Thought to Ponder The first step in ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.31.19

May 31st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 31, 2019* *Faith* Leaving aside the drink question, they tell why living was so unsatisfactory. They show how the change came over them. When many hundreds of people are able to say that the consciousness of the Presence of God is today the most important fact of their lives, they present a powerful reason why one should have faith.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 51 Thought to Ponder Faith is like a muscle, the more we use it, the more it grows. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.30.19

May 30th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 30, 2019* *Our Families* We ought to sit down with the family and frankly analyze the past as we now see it, being very careful not to criticize them. Their defects may be glaring, but the chances are that our own actions are partly responsible. So we clean house with the family, asking each morning in meditation that our Creator show us the way of patience, tolerance, kindliness and love.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 83 Thought to Ponder The Th ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.29.18

May 29th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 29, 2019* *The Alcoholic Illness* 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. It brings misunderstanding, fierce resentment, financial insecurity, disgusted friends and employers, warped lives of blameless children, sad wives and parents—anyone can increase the list.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 18 Thought to Ponder Righ ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.28.19

May 28th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 28, 2019* *Prayer and Meditation* We liked A.A. all right, and were quick to say that it had done miracles. But we recoiled from meditation and prayer as obstinately as the scientist who refused to perform a certain experiment lest it prove his pet theory wrong. 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.  - Twelve Steps a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.27.19

May 27th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 27, 2019* *Temptation* In our belief any scheme of combating alcoholism which proposes to shield the sick man from temptation is doomed to failure. If the alcoholic tries to shield himself he may succeed for a time, but he usually winds up with a bigger explosion than ever. We have tried these methods. These attempts to do the impossible have always failed.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 101 Thought to Ponder Faith makes the impossible pos ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.26.19

May 26th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 26, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Checking Our Motives* But in other instances only the closest scrutiny will reveal what our true motives were. There are cases where our ancient enemy, rationalization, has stepped in and has justified conduct which was really wrong. The temptation here is to imagine that we had good motives and reasons when we really didn't.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 94  Thought to Ponder Don't believe everyt ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.25.19

May 25th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 25, 2019* *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, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.24.19

May 24th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 24, 2019* *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 and peace of mind are always here, open and free to anyone. AA-related 'Alconym' *F R E E*  =  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.23.19

May 23rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 23, 2019* *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 Prayer asks the question. Medita ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.22.19

May 22nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 22, 2019* *Alcoholics Anonymous* We are not an organization in the conventional sense of the word. There are no fees or dues whatsoever. The only requirement for membership is an honest desire to stop drinking. We are not allied with any particular faith, sect or denomination, nor do we oppose anyone. We simply wish to be helpful to those who are afflicted.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Foreward to the First Edition,) pp. xiii - xiv Thought to Ponder The Twelve ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.21.19

May 21st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 21, 2019* *Anger* If we were to live, we had to be free of anger. The grouch and the brainstorm were not for us. They maybe the dubious luxury of normal men, but for alcoholics these things are poison.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works,) p. 66 Thought to Ponder When anger rises, think of the consequences. AA-related 'Alconym' *C A L M*  =  *C*an *A*nger *L*eave *M*e? Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.20.19

May 20th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 20, 2019* *Step Eight* Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. Having carefully surveyed this whole area of human relations, and having decided exactly what personality traits in us injured and disturbed others, we can now commence to ransack memory for the people to whom we have given offense. To put a finger on the nearby and most deeply damaged ones shouldn't be hard to do.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Tradit ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.19.19

May 19th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 19, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Ceased Fighting* That is the miracle of it. We are not fighting it, neither are we avoiding temptation. We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality - safe and protected. We have not even sworn off. Instead, the problem has been removed. It does not exist for us. We are neither cocky nor are we afraid. That is our experience. That is how we react so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition.  - Alcoholics ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.18.19

May 18th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 18, 2019* *Self-Deception* Despite all we can say, many who are real alcoholics are not going to believe they are in that class. By every form of self-deception and experimentation, they will try to prove themselves exceptions to the rule, therefore nonalcoholic.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 31 Thought to Ponder I would rather go through life sober, believing I am an alcoholic; than go through life drunk, trying to convince myself that ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.17.19

May 17th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 17, 2019* *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 Reliance on God enables me to match calamity with serenity. AA-related 'Alconym' *F R O G*  =  *F*ully *R*ely *O*n *G*od. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.16.19

May 16th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 16, 2019* *Meditation* Meditation is something which can always be further developed. It has no boundaries, either of width or height. Aided by such instruction and example as we can find, it is essentially an individual adventure, something which each one of us works out in his own way. But its object is always the same: to improve our conscious contact with God, with His grace, wisdom, and love.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 101 T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.15.19

May 15th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 15, 2019* *Action* The program of action, though entirely sensible, was pretty drastic. It meant I would have to throw several lifelong conceptions out of the window. That was not easy. But the moment I made up my mind to go through with the process, I had the curious feeling that my alcoholic condition was relieved, as in fact it proved to be.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 42 Thought to Ponder What is now proved was once only imagined. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.14.19

May 14th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 14, 2019* *Twisted Relations* But it is from our twisted relations with family, friends, and society at large that many of us have suffered the most. We have been especially stupid and stubborn about them. The primary fact that we fail to recognize is our total inability to form a true partnership with another human being.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) p. 53 Thought to Ponder Ask yourself, "What would an adult do in this situation?& ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.13.19

May 13th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 13, 2019* *Foundation of Willingness* Upon a foundation of complete willingness I might build what I saw in my friend. Would I have it? Of course I would! Thus was I convinced that God is concerned with us humans when we want Him enough. At long last I saw, I felt, I believed. Scales of pride and prejudice fell from my eyes. A new world came into view.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill's Story) p. 12 Thought to Ponder I came. I came to. I came to believe. AA-r ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.12.19

May 12th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 12, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Amends* We are there to sweep off our side of the street, realizing that nothing worth while can be accomplished until we do so, never trying to tell him what he should do. His faults are not discussed. We stick to our own. If our manner is calm, frank, and open, we will be gratified with the result.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) pp. 77 - 78  Thought to Ponder It is the highest form of self-respect to  adm ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.11.19

May 11th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 11, 2019* *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 Is the life I'm living the life that wants to live in me? AA-related 'Alconym' *A A*&n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.10.19

May 10th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 10, 2019* *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 w ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.09.19

May 9th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 9, 2019* *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 I can’t fix ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.08.19

May 8th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 8, 2019* *Guidance For Our Lives* We discover that we do receive guidance for our lives to just about the extent that we stop making demands upon God to give it to us on order and on our terms. Almost any experienced A.A. will tell how his affairs have taken remarkable and unexpected turns for the better as he tried to improve his conscious contact with God.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) pp. 104 - 105 Thought to Ponder The Three " ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.07.19

May 7th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 7, 2019* *Success* Now that we're in A.A. and sober, and winning back the esteem of our friends and business associates, we find that we still need to exercise special vigilance. As an insurance against "big-shot-ism" we can often check ourselves by remembering that we are today sober only by the grace of God and that any success we may be having is far more His success than ours.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 92 Thought to P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.06.19

May 6th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 6, 2019* *Spiritual Matters* Faced with alcoholic destruction, we soon became as open minded on spiritual matters as we had tried to be on other questions. In this respect alcohol was a great persuader. It finally beat us into a state of reasonableness. Sometimes this was a tedious process; we hope no one else will be prejudiced for as long as some of us were.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 48 Thought to Ponder The ultimate defense against the fi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.05.19

May 5th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) May 5, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Bondage of Self* 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 Anony ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.04.19

May 4th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 4, 2019* *Building an Arch* Carefully reading the first five proposals we ask if we have omitted anything, for we are building an arch through which we shall walk a free man at last. Is our work solid so far? Are the stones properly in place? Have we skimped on the cement put into the foundation? Have we tried to make mortar without sand? If we can answer to our satisfaction, we then look at Step Six.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) pp. 75 - 76 Though ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.03.19

May 3rd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 3, 2019* *Pocket Our Pride* We pocket our pride and go to it, illuminating every twist of character, every dark cranny of the past. Once we have taken this step, withholding nothing, we are delighted. We can look the world in the eye. We can be alone at perfect peace and ease. Our fears fall from us. We begin to feel the nearness of our Creator.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 75 Thought to Ponder Swallowing my pride will not get me drunk. AA-rela ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.02.19

May 2nd 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 2, 2019* *Step Five* Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. This is perhaps difficult—especially discussing our defects with another person. We think we have done well enough in admitting these things to ourselves. There is doubt about that. In actual practice, we usually find a solitary self-appraisal insufficient. Many of us thought it necessary to go much further.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.01.19

May 1st 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *May 1, 2019* *Tradition One* "Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity." Eventually, of course, we cooperate because we really wish to; we see that without substantial unity there can be no A.A., and that without A.A. there can be little lasting recovery for anyone. We gladly set aside personal ambitions whenever these might harm A.A. We humbly confess that we are but "a small part of a great whole."  - ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.30.19

April 30th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 30, 2019* *Alcoholic Or Not?* 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 Alcoholi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.29.19

April 29th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 29, 2019* *The Right Thing* When I am willing to do the right thing, I am rewarded with an inner peace no amount of liquor could ever provide. When I am unwilling to do the right thing, I become restless, irritable, and discontent. It is always my choice. Through the Twelve Steps, I have been granted the gift of choice. I am no longer at the mercy of a disease that tells me the only answer is to drink.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (My Chance to Live) p. 317 T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.28.19

April 28th 2019

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) April 28, 2019 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ *Quit Playing God* He is the Father, and we are His children. Most good ideas are simple, and this concept was the keystone of the new and triumphant arch through which we passed to freedom. When we sincerely took such a position, all sorts of remarkable things followed. We had a new Employer. Being all powerful, He provided what we needed, if we kept close to Him and performed His work well.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.27.19

April 27th 2019

*AA Thought for the Day* (courtesy AA-Alive.net) *April 27, 2019* *Pride In Reverse* As we morbidly pursue this melancholy activity, we may sink to such a point of despair that nothing but oblivion looks possible as a solution. Here, of course, we have lost all perspective, and therefore all genuine humility. For this is pride in reverse. This is not a moral inventory at all; it is the very process by which the depressive has so often been led to the bottle and extinction.  - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, ...Continue Reading
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