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Daily Thought 10.25.21

October 25th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 25, 2021 Isolation What are we likely to receive from Step Five? For one thing, we shall get rid of that terrible sense of isolation we've always had. Almost without exception, alcoholics are tortured by loneliness. Even before our drinking got bad and people began to cut us off, nearly all of us suffered the feeling that we didn't quite belong. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Five) p. 57 Thought to Ponder An alcoholic is someone who wants to be held ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.24.21

October 24th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 24, 2021 An Answer If you still think you are strong enough to beat the game alone, that is your affair. But if you really and truly want to quit drinking liquor for good and all, and sincerely feel that you must have some help, we know that we have an answer for you. It never fails, if you go about it with one half the zeal you have been in the habit of showing when you were getting another drink. Your Heavenly Father will never let you down! - Alcoholics Anonym ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.23.21

October 23rd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 23, 2021 Willingness But now it appears that there are certain things which only the individual can do. All by himself, and in the light of his own circumstances, he needs to develop the quality of willingness. When he acquires willingness, he is the only one who can make the decision to exert himself. Trying to do this is an act of his own will. All of the Twelve Steps require sustained and personal exertion to conform to their principles and so, we trust, to Go ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.22.21

October 22nd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 22, 2021 A.A.'s Growth Literature has played a major role in A.A.’s growth, and a striking phenomenon of the past quarter-century has been the explosion of translations of our basic literature into many languages and dialects. In country after country where the A.A. seed was planted, it has taken root, slowly at first, then growing by leaps and bounds when literature has become available. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Foreword to Fourth Edition) p. xxiii Thought to P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.21.21

October 21st 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 21, 2021 Self-Centered Fear The chief activator of our defects has been self-centered fear—primarily fear that we would lose something we already possessed or would fail to get something we demanded. Living upon a basis of unsatisfied demands, we were in a state of continual disturbance and frustration. Therefore, no peace was to be had unless we could find a means of reducing these demands. The difference between a demand and a simple request is plain to anyone. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.20.21

October 20th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 20, 2021 Bluffing of Oneself "Maybe I can postpone dealing with some of my problems indefinitely." Of course, this won't do. Such a bluffing of oneself will have to go the way of many another pleasant rationalization. At the very least, we shall have to come to grips with some of our worst character defects and take action toward their removal as quickly as we can. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Six) p. 69 Thought to Ponder Rationalizing i ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.19.21

October 19th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 19, 2021 Never Enough For thousands of years we have been demanding more than our share of security, prestige, and romance. When we seemed to be succeeding, we drank to dream still greater dreams. When we were frustrated, even in part, we drank for oblivion. Never was there enough of what we thought we wanted. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 71 Thought to Ponder Happiness isn't getting all you want, it's wanting what you alre ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.18.21

October 18th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 18, 2021 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 Thought to Ponder The Three A's .. Awareness, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.17.21

October 17th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 17, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Self-Restraint Our first objective will be the development of self-restraint. This carries a top priority rating. When we speak or act hastily or rashly, the ability to be fair-minded and tolerant evaporates on the spot. One unkind tirade or one willful snap judgment can ruin our relation with another person for a whole day, or maybe a whole year. Nothing pays off like restraint of tongue and pen. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Tradi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.16.21

October 16th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 16, 2021 Kindliness and Love 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 Thr ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.15.21

October 15th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 15, 2021 Persistent Effort We want to find exactly how, when, and where our natural desires have warped us. We wish to look squarely at the unhappiness this has caused others and ourselves. By discovering what our emotional deformities are, we can move toward their correction. Without a willing and persistent effort to do this, there can be little sobriety or contentment for us. Without a searching and fearless moral inventory, most of us have found that the fait ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.14.21

October 14th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 14, 2021 Thy Will Be Done We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day "Thy will be done." We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions. We become much more efficient. We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning up energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange life to suit ourselves. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Act ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.13.21

October 13th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 13, 2021 Willing to Grow Many of us exclaimed, "What an order! I can't go through with it." Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 60 Thought to Ponder Spiritual progress isn't what gets us sober, it's what keeps us sober. AA-related 'Alconym' G R O ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.12.21

October 12th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 12, 2021 Unreasonable Fears When a job still looked like a mere means of getting money rather than an opportunity for service, when the acquisition of money for financial independence looked more important than a right dependence upon God, we were still the victims of unreasonable fears. And these were fears which would make a serene and useful existence, at any financial level, quite impossible. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 121 Thought ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.11.21

October 11th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 11, 2021 Exceptions 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 am unique, just like everyone else. AA-related 'Alconym' D E N I A L  =   Don't Even Notice I Am Lying. Thanks to all of y ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.10.21

October 10th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 10, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Powerlessness We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps toward liberation and strength. Our admissions of personal powerlessness finally turn out to be firm bedrock upon which happy and purposeful lives may be built. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) p. 21  Thought to Ponder The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.  AA-related 'Alcony ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.09.21

October 9th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 9, 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 10.08.21

October 8th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 8, 2021 Abnormal Condition Cessation of drinking is but the first step away from a highly strained, abnormal condition. A doctor said to us, "Years of living with an alcoholic is almost sure to make any wife or child neurotic. The entire family is, to some extent, ill." Let families realize, as they start their journey, that all will not be fair weather. Each in his turn may be footsore and may straggle. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.07.21

October 7th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 7, 2021 Spiritual Growth First 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 A spiritual awakening is our greatest gift. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.06.21

October 6th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 6, 2021 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 What if I were caring rather than judgmental? AA-related 'Alconym' P U T  = ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.05.21

October 5th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 5, 2021 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 Thought t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.04.21

October 4th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 4, 2021 Deprived Others If you leave such a person alone, he may soon become convinced that he cannot recover by himself. To spend too much time on any one situation is to deny some other alcoholic an opportunity to live and be happy. One of our Fellowship failed entirely with his first half dozen prospects. He often says that if he had continued to work on them, he might have deprived many others, who have since recovered, of their chance. - Alcoholics Anonymous ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.03.21

October 3rd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 3, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Amends These conversations can begin in a casual or natural way. But if no such opportunity presents itself, at some point we will want to summon all our courage, head straight for the person concerned, and lay our cards on the table. We needn't wallow in excessive remorse before those we have harmed, but amends at this level should always be forthright and generous. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Nine) pp. 85 - 86&n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.02.21

October 2nd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 2, 2021 Assets and Liabilities Then comes the acid test: can we stay sober, keep in emotional balance, and live to good purpose under all conditions? A continuous look at our assets and liabilities, and a real desire to learn and grow by this means, are necessities for us. We alcoholics have learned this the hard way. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 88 Thought to Ponder Inventory-taking is not always done in red ink. AA-related 'Alconym' H O ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 10.01.21

October 1st 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) October 1, 2021 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. - Alcoholi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.30.21

September 30th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 30, 2021 Inspiration and Reliance 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 09.29.21

September 29th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 29, 2021 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 09.28.21

September 28th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 28, 2021 Vain Attempts Most of us have been unwilling to admit we were real alcoholics. No person likes to think he is bodily and mentally different from his fellows. Therefore, it is not surprising that our drinking careers have been characterized by countless vain attempts to prove we could drink like other people. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 30 Thought to Ponder I would rather go through life sober, believing I am an alcoholic, than g ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.27.21

September 27th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 27, 2021 Change Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 84 Thought to Ponder Life will take on new meaning. AA-related 'Alconym' F R E E  =   Fortunate ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.26.21

September 26th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 26, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Great Reality Sometimes we had to search fearlessly, but He was there. He was as much a fact as we were. We found the Great Reality deep down within us. In the last analysis it is only there that He may be found. It was so with us. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 55  Thought to Ponder I saw, I felt, I believed.  AA-related 'Alconym' W I L L I N G  =  When I Live Life, I Need God. A Member Share ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.25.21

September 25th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 25, 2021 Laughter So we think cheerfulness and laughter make for usefulness.Outsiders are sometimes shocked when we bust into merriment over a seemingly tragic experience out of the past. But why shouldn’t we laugh? We have recovered, and have been given the power to help others. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 132 Thought to Ponder Take time to laugh -- it is the music of the soul. AA-related 'Alconym' H J F  =   Happy, Joyous,&nb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.23.21 (with apologies)

September 24th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) Dearest Readers, my deepest apologies for yesterday's Daily Thought not being sent.  I made an error in the scheduling date for it to send. Due to having very dusty work done in our home all day yesterday, I was unable to get to my computer until this morning and saw that it did not send.  Again, I'm so very sorry. September 23, 2021 Faith and Action But he will be curious to learn why his own convictions have not worked and why yours seem to wor ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.24.21

September 24th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 24, 2021 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 Twelve Tra ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.22.21

September 22nd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 22, 2021 This Power Like myself, he had admitted complete defeat. Then he had, in effect, been raised from the dead, suddenly taken from the scrap heap to a level of life better than the best he had ever known! Had this power originated in him? Obviously it had not. There had been no more power in him than there was in me at that minute; and this was none at all. That floored me. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill's Story) p. 11 Thought to Ponder No God, no peace - ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.21.21

September 21st 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 21, 2021 Relationship With God Let no alcoholic say he cannot recover unless he has his family back. This just isn’t so. In some cases the wife will never come back for one reason or another. Remind the prospect that his recovery is not dependent upon people. It is dependent upon his relationship with God. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) pp. 99 - 100 Thought to Ponder Dependence on God is our chief source of strength. AA-rela ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.20.21

September 20th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 20, 2021 Astonished 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 When ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.19.21

September 19th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 19, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Hitting Bottom Why all this insistence that every A.A. must hit bottom first? The answer is that few people will sincerely try to practice the A.A. program unless they have hit bottom. For practicing A.A.'s remaining eleven Steps means the adoption of attitudes and actions that almost no alcoholic who is still drinking can dream of taking. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) p. 24  Thought to Ponder Sobriet ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.18.21

September 18th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 18, 2021 I'm sorry for the late arrival of your Daily Thought today. We should be back on track tomorrow. Willing to Believe 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 W ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.17.21

September 17th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 17, 2021 Progress 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 people think I ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.16.21

September 16th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 16, 2021 Our Health God has abundantly supplied this world with fine doctors, psychologists, and practitioners of various kinds. Do not hesitate to take your health problems to such persons. Most of them give freely of themselves, that their fellows may enjoy sound minds and bodies. Try to remember that though God has wrought miracles among us, we should never belittle a good doctor or psychiatrist. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 133 Thought ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.15.21

September 15th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 15, 2021 Sit Quietly I was to test my thinking by the new God-consciousness within. Common sense would thus become uncommon sense. I was to sit quietly when in doubt, asking only for direction and strength to meet my problems as He would have me. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill's Story) p. 13 Thought to Ponder Spirituality is not based on logic, it is faith-driven. AA-related 'Alconym' F A I T H  =   Found Always In Trusting Him. Thanks to all o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.14.21

September 14th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 14, 2021 Participate Taking advantage of technological advances, for example, A.A. members with computers can participate In any meeting, anywhere, in meetings online, sharing with fellow alcoholics across the country or around the world. A.A.’s share experience, strength, and hope with each other, in order to stay sober and help other alcoholics. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Foreward to the 4th Edition) p. xxiv Thought to Ponder Modem-to-modem or face-to-face, A. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.13.21

September 13th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 13, 2021 Step Nine - Amends Reminding ourselves that we have decided to go to any lengths to find a spiritual experience, we ask that we be given strength and direction to do the right thing, no matter what the personal consequences may be. We may lose our position or reputation or face jail, but we are willing. We have to be. We must not shrink at anything. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 79 Thought to Ponder Life begins at the end of our comfort zon ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.12.21

September 12th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 12, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Our Next Step We usually conclude the period of meditation with a prayer that we be shown all through the day what our next step is to be, that we be given whatever we need to take care of such problems. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 87  Thought to Ponder Prayer asks the question. Meditation listens for the answer.  AA-related 'Alconym' P U S H  =  Pray Until Something Happens. A Member Share ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.11.21

September 11th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 11, 2021 Faith That Works 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.10.21

September 10th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 10, 2021 Spiritual Awakening 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 mas ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.09.21

September 9th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 9, 2021 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' S T O P  =   Sobriety Tops Our Priorities. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experienc ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.08.21

September 8th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 8, 2021 God-conscious Much has already been said about receiving strength, inspiration, and direction from Him who has all knowledge and power. 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. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.07.21

September 7th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 7, 2021 Thoroughness Since defective relations with other human beings have nearly always been the immediate cause of our woes, including our alcoholism, no field of investigation could yield more satisfying and valuable rewards than this one. 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 respons ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.06.21

September 6th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 6, 2021 Harder 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 It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.05.21

September 5th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 5, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Search Diligently 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 What are you coming to believe? Belief is a continuing action.& ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.04.21

September 4th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 4, 2021 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 Reliance on God enables me to match calamity with serenity. AA-related 'Alconym' F A I T H  =   Found Always In Trusting Him. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your ex ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.03.21

September 3rd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 3, 2021 A Basic Solution We were having trouble with personal relationships, we couldn’t control our emotional natures, we were a prey to misery and depression, we couldn’t make a living, we had a feeling of uselessness, we were full of fear, we were unhappy, we couldn’t seem to be of real help to other people—was not a basic solution of these bedevilments more important than whether we should see newsreels of lunar flight? Of course it was. - Alcoholics Anonym ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.02.21

September 2nd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 2, 2021 The Discovery "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, (More About Alcoholism) p ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 09.01.21

September 1st 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) September 1, 2021 Step Nine Now we go out to our fellows and repair the damage done in the past. We attempt to sweep away the debris which has accumulated out of our effort to live on self-will and run the show ourselves. If we haven’t the will to do this, we ask until it comes. Remember it was agreed at the beginning we would go to any lengths for victory over alcohol. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 76 Thought to Ponder It is the highest form of self-respect ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.31.21

August 31st 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 31, 2021 Prayer Those of us who have come to make regular use of prayer would no more do without it than we would refuse air, food, or sunshine. And for the same reason. When we refuse air, light, or food, the body suffers. And when we turn away from meditation and prayer, we likewise deprive our minds, our emotions, and our intuitions of vitally needed support. As the body can fail its purpose for lack of nourishment, so can the soul. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Tr ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.30.21

August 30th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 30, 2021 Program of Action The program of action, though entirely sensible, was pretty drastic. It meant I would have to throw several lifelong conceptions out of the window. That was not easy. But the moment I made up my mind to go through with the process, I had the curious feeling that my alcoholic condition was relieved, as in fact it proved to be. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 42 Thought to Ponder What is now proved was once only imagine ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.29.21

August 29th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 29, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Fit Spiritual Condition We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality—safe and protected. We have not even sworn off. Instead, the problem has been removed. It does not exist for us. We are neither cocky nor are we afraid. That is our experience. That is how we react so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 85  Thought to Ponder If you want to stay protected ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.28.21

August 28th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 28, 2021 Emotionally Secure It became clear that if we ever were to feel emotionally secure among grown-up people, we would have to put our lives on a give-and-take basis; we would have to develop the sense of being in partnership or brotherhood with all those around us. We saw that we would need to give constantly of ourselves without demands for repayment. When we persistently did this we gradually found that people were attracted to us as never before. And even ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.27.21

August 27th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 27, 2021 Prepare Ourselves This feeling of being at one with God and man, this emerging from isolation through the open and honest sharing of our terrible burden of guilt, brings us to a resting place where we may prepare ourselves for the following Steps toward a full and meaningful sobriety. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Five) p. 62 Thought to Ponder Once we clear a hurdle, it doesn't seem so high. AA-related 'Alconym' C H A N G E D  =   ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.26.21

August 26th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 26, 2021 The Big Book Further on, clear-cut directions are given showing how we recovered. These are followed by forty-two personal experiences. . . Our hope is that many alcoholic men and women, desperately in need, will see these pages, and we believe that it is only by fully disclosing ourselves and our problems that they will be persuaded to say, "Yes, I am one of them too; I must have this thing." - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 29 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.25.21

August 25th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 25, 2021 Lessons and Courage 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. He will also report that out of every season of grief or suffering, when the hand of God seemed heavy or even unjust, new lessons for living were learned, new resources of courage were uncovered, and that finally, inescapably, the conviction came that God does "move ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.24.21

August 24th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 24, 2021 Step Eight Every A.A. has found that he can make little headway in this new adventure of living until he first backtracks and really makes an accurate and unsparing survey of the human wreckage he has left in his wake. To a degree, he has already done this when taking moral inventory, but now the time has come when he ought to redouble his efforts to see how many people he has hurt, and in what ways. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eight) p. 7 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.23.21

August 23rd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 23, 2021 Our Intelligence 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 Pon ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.22.21

August 22nd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 22, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ A Psychic Change On the other hand—and strange as this may seem to those who do not understand—once a psychic change has occurred, the very same person who seemed doomed, who had so many problems he despaired of ever solving them, suddenly finds himself easily able to control his desire for alcohol, the only effort necessary being that required to follow a few simple rules.  - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Doctor's Opinion) p. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.21.21

August 21st 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 21, 2021 Worth Knowing Better 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' P R A Y E R  =   Praying Regul ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.20.21

August 20th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 20, 2021 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 li ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.19.21

August 19th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 19, 2021 "Justifiable" Anger It is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us. If somebody hurts us and we are sore, we are in the wrong also. But are there no exceptions to this rule? What about "justifiable" anger? If somebody cheats us, aren't we entitled to be mad? Can't we be properly angry with self-righteous folk? For us of A.A. these are dangerous exceptions. We ha ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.18.21

August 18th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 18, 2021 No Such Thing We have tried every imaginable remedy. In some instances there has been brief recovery, followed always by a still worse relapse. Physicians who are familiar with alcoholism agree there is no such thing as making a normal drinker out of an alcoholic. Science may one day accomplish this, but it hasn’t done so yet. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 31 Thought to Ponder When we try to control our drinking, we have already lost ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.17.21

August 17th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 17, 2021 Quiet That Disturbance 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 If I don't change, my sobriety date will. AA-r ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.16.21

August 16th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 16, 2021 Our Basic Troubles Our basic troubles are the same as everyone else's, but when an honest effort is made "to practice these principles in all our affairs," well-grounded A.A.'s seem to have the ability, by God's grace, to take these troubles in stride and turn them into demonstrations of faith. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 114 Thought to Ponder Reliance on God enables me to match calamity with serenity. AA-related 'Al ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.15.21

August 15th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 15, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ From Darkness Into Light To watch the eyes of men and women open with wonder as they move from darkness into light, to see their lives quickly fill with new purpose and meaning, to see whole families reassembled, to see the alcoholic outcast received back into his community in full citizenship, and above all to watch these people awaken to the presence of a loving God in their lives—these things are the substance of what we rece ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.14.21

August 14th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 14, 2021 No Defense Once more: The alcoholic at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink. Except in a few cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense. His defense must come from a Higher Power. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 43 Thought to Ponder I can't, He can, I'll ask Him to. AA-related 'Alconym' F R O G  =   Fully Rely On God. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.13.21

August 13th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 13, 2021 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 AA is not s ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.12.21

August 12th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 12, 2021 Alcoholism An illness of this sort—and we have come to believe it an illness—involves those about us in a way no other human sickness can. If a person has cancer all are sorry for him and no one is angry or hurt. But not so with the alcoholic illness, for with it there goes annihilation of all the things worth while in life. It engulfs all whose lives touch the sufferer’s. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 18 Thought to Ponder Right action ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.11.21

August 11th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 11, 2021 True Ambition That we need no longer be square pegs in round holes but can fit and belong in God's scheme of things—these are the permanent and legitimate satisfactions of right living for which no amount of pomp and circumstance, no heap of material possessions, could possibly be substitutes. True ambition is not what we thought it was. True ambition is the deep desire to live usefully and walk humbly under the grace of God. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Tra ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.10.21

August 10th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 10, 2021 Freedom From Fear It did not matter too much what our material condition was, but it did matter what our spiritual condition was. Money gradually became our servant and not our master. It became a means of exchanging love and service with those about us. When, with God’s help, we calmly accepted our lot, then we found we could live at peace with ourselves and show others who still suffered the same fears that they could get over them, too. We found that f ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.09.21

August 9th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 9, 2021 Self He decides to exert himself more. He becomes, on the next occasion, still more demanding or gracious, as the case may be. Still the play does not suit him. Admitting he may be somewhat at fault, he is sure that other people are more to blame. He becomes angry, indignant, self-pitying. What is his basic trouble? Is he not really a self-seeker even when trying to be kind? Is he not a victim of the delusion that he can wrest satisfaction and happiness ou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.08.21

August 8th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 8, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Indecision 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 The Three "P's" -- Pause, Pray ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.07.21

August 7th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 7, 2021 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 Faith without works ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.06.21

August 6th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 6, 2021 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 Through adversity, we find strength. AA-related 'Alconym' H O L D & ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.05.21

August 5th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 5, 2021 For Each Individual 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 08.04.21

August 4th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 4, 2021 A Fair Hearing We looked at the human defects of these people, and sometimes used their shortcomings as a basis of wholesale condemnation. We talked of intolerance, while we were intolerant ourselves. We missed the reality and the beauty of the forest because we were diverted by the ugliness of some of its trees. We never gave the spiritual side of life a fair hearing. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 50 Thought to Ponder If you want to change wh ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.03.21

August 3rd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 3, 2021 Experience Henry Ford once made a wise remark to the effect that experience is the thing of supreme value in life. That is true only if one is willing to turn the past to good account. We grow by our willingness to face and rectify errors and convert them into assets. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 124 Thought to Ponder If you want to change who you are, change what you do. AA-related 'Alconym' A C T I O N  =   Any Change To ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.02.21

August 2nd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 2, 2021 Step Eight "Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all." We might next ask ourselves what we mean when we say that we have "harmed" other people. What kinds of "harm" do people do one another, anyway? To define the word "harm" in a practical way, we might call it the result of instincts in collision, which cause physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual damage to people. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 08.01.21

August 1st 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) August 1, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ 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 "God save me from being angry. Thy will be done."  AA-related 'Alconym' C A L M  =  Cause Anger Left Me. A Member Shares: Hi All. I'm Donna ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.31.21

July 31st 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 31, 2021 Insanity He had much knowledge about himself as an alcoholic. Yet all reasons for not drinking were easily pushed aside in favor of the foolish idea that he could take whiskey if only he mixed it with milk! Whatever the precise definition of the word may be, we call this plain insanity. How can such a lack of proportion, of the ability to think straight, be called anything else? - Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) pp. 36 - 37 Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.30.21

July 30th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 30, 2021 A New Life Is sobriety all that we are to expect of a spiritual awakening? No, sobriety is only a bare beginning; it is only the first gift of the first awakening. If more gifts are to be received, our awakening has to go on. As it does go on, we find that bit by bit we can discard the old life -- the one that did not work -- for a new life that can and does work under any conditions whatever. - As Bill Sees It, No. 8 Thought to Ponder Sobriety is not a d ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.29.21

July 29th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 29, 2021 If We Are Painstaking 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 'Alconym' S T E P  =   ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.28.21

July 28th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 28, 2021 Lose All Control But what about the real alcoholic? He may start off as a moderate drinker; he may or may not become a continuous hard drinker; but at some stage of his drinking career he begins to lose all control of his liquor consumption, once he starts to drink. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 21 Thought to Ponder When we try to control our drinking, we have already lost control. AA-related 'Alconym' C H A O S  =   Can't Han ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.27.21

July 27th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 27, 2021 Without Defense The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink. Our so-called willpower becomes practically nonexistent. We are unable, at certain times, to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago. We are without defense against the first drink. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 24 Thoug ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.26.21

July 26th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 26, 2021 No Fight I woke up. This had to be stopped. I saw I could not take so much as one drink. I was through forever. Before then, I had written lots of sweet promises, but my wife happily observed that this time I meant business. And so I did. Shortly afterward I came home drunk. There had been no fight. Where had been my high resolve? I simply didn’t know. It hadn’t even come to mind. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill's Story) p. 5 Thought to Ponder The ultimate d ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.25.21

July 25th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 25, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Revolutionary Change They flatly declare that since they have come to believe in a Power greater than themselves, to take a certain attitude toward that Power, and to do certain simple things, there has been a revolutionary change in their way of living and thinking. In the face of collapse and despair, in the face of the total failure of their human resources, they found that a new power, peace, happiness, and sense of direction ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.24.21

July 24th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 24, 2021 Fearless and Thorough If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it—then you are ready to take certain steps. At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 58 Thought to Ponder Sobriety without action is fantasy. AA-related ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.23.21

July 23rd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 23, 2021 Excuses Some drinkers have excuses with which they are satisfied part of the time. But in their hearts they really do not know why they do it. Once this malady has a real hold, they are a baffled lot. There is the obsession that somehow, someday, they will beat the game. But they often suspect they are down for the count. How true this is, few realize. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 23 Thought to Ponder Alcohol — cunning, baffling, powerf ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.22.21

July 22nd 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 22, 2021 The Touchstone 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 alcoholism had to come before sobriety, and emotional turmoil before serenity. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) pp. 93 - 94 Thought to Ponder Pain is the measure of our resistance to change. AA-related 'Alconym' H O P E  =   Hold On ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.21.21

July 21st 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 21, 2021 Ceased Fighting 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.20.21

July 20th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 20, 2021 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 dec ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.19.21

July 19th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 19, 2021 Real Purpose At the moment we are trying to put our lives in order. But this is not an end in itself. Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God and the people about us. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 77 Thought to Ponder Trust God. Clean house. Help others. AA-related 'Alconym' H O L D  =   Helping Others Live Daily. Thanks to all of you for sharing so generously of your experience, strength and hope in carr ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 07.18.21

July 18th 2021 EDT

AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) July 18, 2021 ~ Scroll Down for Share ~ Change in Attitude During this process of learning more about humility, the most profound result of all was the change in our attitude toward God. And this was true whether we had been believers or unbelievers. We began to get over the idea that the Higher Power was a sort of bush-league pinch hitter, to be called upon only in an emergency. The notion that we would still live our own lives, God helping a little now and then, began ...Continue Reading

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