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Daily Thought 05.27.24

May 27th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 27, 2024This Lifetime JobSo Step Six—"Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character"—is A.A.'s way of stating the best possible attitude one can take in order to make a beginning on this lifetime job. This does not mean that we expect all our character defects to be lifted out of us as the drive to drink was. A few of them may be, but with most of them we shall have to be content with patient improvement. The key words "entirely read ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.26.24

May 26th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 26, 2024We Carry A.A.'s MessageTo 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 receive as we carry A.A.'s message to the ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.25.24

May 25th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 25, 2024A Priceless GiftWe enjoy moments in which there is something like real peace of mind. To those of us who have hitherto known only excitement, depression, or anxiety—in other words, to all of us—this newfound peace is a priceless gift. Something new indeed has been added. Where humility had formerly stood for a forced feeding on humble pie, it now begins to mean the nourishing ingredient which can give us serenity. - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.24.24

May 24th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 24, 2024We Trust GodPerhaps 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. 68Thought to Ponder . . .Serenity isn't freedom from t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.23.24

May 23rd 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 23, 2024PrayerTherefore, we ought to consider each request carefully to see what its real merit is. Even so, when making specific requests, it will be well to add to each one of them this qualification: "…if it be Thy will." We ask simply that throughout the day God place in us the best understanding of His will that we can have for that day, and that we be given the grace by which we may carry it out.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 102Tho ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.22.24

May 22nd 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 22, 2024RecoveredWe, 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, (Foreward To First Edition) p. xiiiThought to Ponder . . ..Walk softly and carry a Big Book.AA-related ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.21.24

May 21st 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 21, 2024The Root of Our TroublesSelfishness—self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles. Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate. Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, but we invariably find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on self which later placed us in a position to be hurt. So our troubles, we think, are basically ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.20.24

May 20th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 20, 2024Freedom From FearWhen, with God’s help, we calmly accepted our lot, then we found we could live at peace with ourselves and show others who still suffered the same fears that they could get over them, too. We found that freedom from fear was more important than freedom from want.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 122Thought to Ponder . . .Situations I fear are rarely as bad as the fear itself.AA-related 'Alconym'F E A R  =   Face Ever ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.19.24

May 19th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 19, 2024A.A.'s Simple PrayerWith each passing day of our lives, may every one of us sense more deeply the inner meaning of A.A.'s simple prayer: God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, Courage to change the things we can. And wisdom to know the difference.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 125Thought to Ponder . . .Serenity isn't freedom from the storm; it is peace within the storm.AA-related 'Alconym'P A U S E  =   P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.18.24

May 18th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 18, 2024Our ChoiceWhen we became alcoholics, crushed by a self-imposed crisis we could not postpone or evade, we had to fearlessly face the proposition that either God is everything or else He is nothing. God either is, or He isn’t. What was our choice to be?- Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 53Thought to Ponder . . .No God, no peace --- know God, know peace.AA-related 'Alconym'W I L L I N G  =   When I Live Life, I Need God.To Unsubscribe - Click Here_Su ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.17.24

May 17th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 17, 2024A Common SolutionThe feeling of having shared in a common peril is one element in the powerful cement which binds us. But that in itself would never have held us together as we are now joined. The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 17Thought to Ponder . . .The solution is simple. The solution is spiritual.AA-related 'Alconym'F R O G  =   Fully Rely On God.To Un ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.16.24

May 16th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 16, 2024A Real AnswerThat the man who is making the approach has had the same difficulty, that he obviously knows what he is talking about, that his whole deportment shouts at the new prospect that he is a man with a real answer, that he has no attitude of Holier Than Thou, nothing whatever except the sincere desire to be helpful; that there are no fees to pay, no axes to grind, no people to please, no lectures to be endured—these are the conditions we have found most eff ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.15.24

May 15th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 15, 2024Simply Resume PrayerAll of us, without exception, pass through times when we can pray only with the greatest exertion of will. Occasionally we go even further than this. We are seized with a rebellion so sickening that we simply won't pray. When these things happen we should not think too ill of ourselves. We should simply resume prayer as soon as we can, doing what we know to be good for us.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 105Thought to Pond ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.14.24

May 14th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 14, 2024Thy Will Be DoneWe 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 Action) pp. 87 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.13.24

May 13th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 13, 2024Great Sense of PurposeThis dream world has been replaced by a great sense of purpose, accompanied by a growing consciousness of the power of God in our lives. We have come to believe He would like us to keep our heads in the clouds with Him, but that our feet ought to be firmly planted on earth. That is where our fellow travelers are, and that is where our work must be done.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 130Thought to Ponder . . .Faith is our gr ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.12.24

May 12th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 12, 2024The Quick InventoryIn 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. We need not be discouraged when we fall into the error of our old ways, for these disciplines are not easy. We shall look for progress, not for perfection.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 91Thought to Ponder . . .Forgiveness is anoth ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.11.24

May 11th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 11, 2024Came to BelieveThe minute I stopped arguing, I could begin to see and feel. Right there, Step Two gently and very gradually began to infiltrate my life. I can't say upon what occasion or upon what day I came to believe in a Power greater than myself, but I certainly have that belief now. To acquire it, I had only to stop fighting and practice the rest of A.A.'s program as enthusiastically as I could.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Two) p. 27Thought to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.10.24

May 10th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 10, 2024A TornadoThe alcoholic is like a tornado roaring his way through the lives of others. Hearts are broken. Sweet relationships are dead. Affections have been uprooted. Selfish and inconsiderate habits have kept the home in turmoil. We feel a man is unthinking when he says that sobriety is enough. He is like the farmer who came up out of his cyclone cellar to find his home ruined. To his wife, he remarked, "Don’t see anything the matter here, Ma. Ain’t it grand ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.09.24

May 9th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 9, 2024An Easier, Softer WayAt some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 58Thought to Ponder . . .If I always do what I've always done, I'll always get what I've always gotten.AA-re ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.08.24

May 8th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 8, 2024IndecisionIn 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. 86Thought to Ponder . . .Life is fragile, handle with prayer.AA-related 'Alconym'P A U S E  =   Pray A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.07.24

May 7th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 7, 2024InventoryBy 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 faith which really works in daily living is still out of reach.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) p. 43Thought to Ponder . . .In order to recover we have to uncover.AA-rela ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.06.24

May 6th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 6, 2024Holding Back NothingWe'd have to have outside help if we were surely to know and admit the truth about ourselves—the help of God and another human being. Only by discussing ourselves, holding back nothing, only by being willing to take advice and accept direction could we set foot on the road to straight thinking, solid honesty, and genuine humility.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Five) p. 59Thought to Ponder . . .We need to share our problems to find o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.05.24

May 5th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 5, 2024Higher PowerIn 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) p. 50Thought to P ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.04.24

May 4th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 4, 2024HumilityIt was only by repeated humiliations that we were forced to learn something about humility. It was only at the end of a long road, marked by successive defeats and humiliations, and the final crushing of our self-sufficiency, that we began to feel humility as something more than a condition of groveling despair.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 72Thought to Ponder . . .Humility is born of the spirit, humiliation of the ego.AA-related 'Al ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.03.24

May 3rd 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 3, 2024Our Own PowerMany of us had moral and philosophical convictions galore, but we could not live up to them even though we would have liked to. Neither could we reduce our self-centeredness much by wishing or trying on our own power. We had to have God’s help.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 62Thought to Ponder . . .I can't think my way into right acting, but I can act my way into right thinking.AA-related 'Alconym'F A I T H  =   Found Always In Tru ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.02.24

May 2nd 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 2, 2024Our Next StepWe 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. 87Thought to Ponder . . .Life is fragile, handle with prayer.AA-related 'Alconym'P R A Y E R  =   Praying Regularly Allows Your Everyday Recovery.To Unsubscribe - Click Here_Subscription Reminder_   You're ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 05.01.24

May 1st 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)May 1, 2024Road of Happy DestinyAbandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny. May God bless you and keep you—until then.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision For You) p. 164Thought to Ponder . . .Trust God. Clean house. Help o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.30.24

April 30th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 30, 2024The ImpossibleIn 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. 101Thought to Ponder . . .Sobriety without action is fantasy.AA-rel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.29.24

April 29th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 29, 2024Step Three PrayerMany of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him: "God, I offer myself to Thee—to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always."- Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 63Thought to Ponder . . .I can't do God's ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.28.24

April 28th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net)April 28, 2024~ Scroll Down for Share ~A Daily ReprieveIt is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 85Thought to PonderWe will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.AA-re ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.27.24

April 27th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 27, 2024Our TroublesSo our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn't think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kills us! God makes that possible. And there often seems no way of entirely getting rid of self without His aid.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 62Thought to Ponder . . .Let go ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.26.24

April 26th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 26, 2024Complete DefeatWho cares to admit complete defeat? Practically no one, of course. Every natural instinct cries out against the idea of personal powerlessness. It is truly awful to admit that, glass in hand, we have warped our minds into such an obsession for destructive drinking that only an act of Providence can remove it from us.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) p. 21Thought to Ponder . . .We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.25.24

April 25th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 25, 2024Dear Friends, I have no idea why the Daily Thought did not send today.  The schedule was set up correctly but it did not send.  My apologies.  I'll be digging this afternoon to see if I can discover the reason and endeavor to make sure it doesn't happen again.Valuable RewardsWhile the purpose of making restitution to others is paramount, it is equally necessary that we extricate from an examination of our personal relations every bit of informatio ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.24.24

April 24th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 24, 2024Central FactThe 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. He has commenced to accomplish those things for us which we could never do by ourselves.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 25Thought to Ponder . . .I can't, God can, I'll ask Him to.AA-related 'Alconym'F R O G  =   Fully Rely On God.To Unsubscribe - Click Here_Subscription Re ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.23.24

April 23rd 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 23, 2024One Short QuestionWe needed to ask ourselves but one short question. "Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?" As soon as a man can say that he does believe, or is willing to believe, we emphatically assure him that he is on his way. It has been repeatedly proven among us that upon this simple cornerstone a wonderfully effective spiritual structure can be built..- Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.22.24

April 22nd 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 22, 2024Prayer and MeditationThose 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 Twe ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.21.24

April 21st 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net)April 21, 2024~ Scroll Down for Share ~AngerFinally, we begin to see that all people, including ourselves, are to some extent emotionally ill as well as frequently wrong, and then we approach true tolerance and see what real love for our fellows actually means. It will become more and more evident as we go forward that it is pointless to become angry, or to get hurt by people who, like us, are suffering from the pains of growing up.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.20.24

April 20th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 20, 2024Lose Our FearMore 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. 63Thought to Ponder . . .Breathe in faith, breathe out fear.AA-related 'Alconym'F E A R  =   Fa ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.19.24

April 19th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 19, 2024EmotionsThe moment we ponder a twisted or broken relationship with another person, our emotions go on the defensive. To escape looking at the wrongs we have done another, we resentfully focus on the wrong he has done us. This is especially true if he has, in fact, behaved badly at all. Triumphantly we seize upon his misbehavior as the perfect excuse for minimizing or forgetting our own. Right here we need to fetch ourselves up sharply.- Twelve Steps and Twelve T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.18.24

April 18th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 18, 2024ForgivenessWe've repeatedly strained the patience of our best friends to a snapping point, and have brought out the very worst in those who didn't think much of us to begin with. In many instances we are really dealing with fellow sufferers, people whose woes we have increased. If we are now about to ask forgiveness for ourselves, why shouldn't we start out by forgiving them, one and all?- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eight) p. 78Thought to Ponder . ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.17.24

April 17th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 17, 2024The Great FactAsk Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in order. But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven’t got. See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others. This is the Great Fact for us.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision For You) p. 164Thought to Ponder . . .Trust God. Clean house. Hel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.16.24

April 16th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 16, 2024Enjoying LifeWe have been speaking to you of serious, sometimes tragic things. We have been dealing with alcohol in its worst aspect. But we aren't a glum lot. If newcomers could see no joy or fun in our existence, they wouldn't want it. We absolutely insist on enjoying life.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 132Thought to Ponder . . .Laughter is medicine for the sober spirit.AA-related 'Alconym'A L O H A  =   A Lot Of Happy Alcoholics.T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.15.24

April 15th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 15, 2024Emotional StabilityWhen 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.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 116Thought to Ponder . . .No God, no peace — know God, know peace.AA-related 'Alconym'F R O G  =   Fully Rely On God.To Unsubscribe - Cli ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.14.24

April 14th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net)April 14, 2024~ Scroll Down for Share ~Priceless AssetsEverywhere we saw failure and misery transformed by humility into priceless assets. We heard story after story of how humility had brought strength out of weakness. In every case, pain had been the price of admission into a new life. But this admission price had purchased more than we expected. It brought a measure of humility, which we soon discovered to be a healer of pain.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Sev ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.13.24

April 13th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 13, 2024Free of AngerFor when harboring such feelings we shut ourselves off from the sunlight of the Spirit. The insanity of alcohol returns and we drink again. And with us, to drink is to die. 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. 66Thought to Ponder . . .Those who anger me, conquer m ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.12.24

April 12th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 12, 2024*Human Failings*Let's take a universally recognized list of major human failings—the Seven Deadly Sins of pride, greed, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth. It is not by accident that pride heads the procession. For pride, leading to self-justification, and always spurred by conscious or unconscious fears, is the basic breeder of most human difficulties, the chief block to true progress.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) p. 48Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.11.24

April 11th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 11, 2024The BedevilmentsWe 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 Anonymous, (We Ag ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.10.24

April 10th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 10, 2024The Only ConditionBurn the idea into the consciousness of every man that he can get well regardless of anyone. The only condition is that he trust in God and clean house.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 98Thought to Ponder . . .Who we are is not dependent upon someone else's opinion.AA-related 'Alconym'T R U S T  =   Try Really Using Step Three.To Unsubscribe - Click Here_Subscription Reminder_   You're Subscribed to: &nb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.09.24

April 9th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 9, 2024Receive GuidanceWe 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 - 105Thought to Ponder . . .Relationships are built with communic ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.08.24

April 8th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 8, 2024Do Not HesitateGod 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. Their services are often indispensable in treating a newcomer and in ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.07.24

April 7th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 7, 2024Moments of TriumphTo conclude that others were wrong was as far as most of us ever got. The usual outcome was that people continued to wrong us and we stayed sore. Sometimes it was remorse and then we were sore at ourselves. But the more we fought and tried to have our own way, the worse matters got. As in war, the victor onlyseemed to win. Our moments of triumph were short-lived.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 66Thought to Ponder . . .It takes strength ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.06.24

April 6th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 6, 2024Continue to WatchContinue 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. 84Thought to Ponder . . .The 3 A’s -- Awareness, Acceptance, Action.AA-related 'Alconym'A A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.05.24

April 5th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 5, 2024NonsenseHe 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. 98Thought to Ponder . . .In AA we don't carry the alcoholic; we carry the message.AA-related 'Alcony ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.04.24

April 4th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 4, 2024Insanity and DenialThey are always "going on the wagon for keeps." They are over- remorseful and make many resolutions, but never a decision. There is the type of man who is unwilling to admit that he cannot take a drink. He plans various ways of drinking. He changes his brand or his environment. There is the type who always believes that after being entirely free from alcohol for a period of time he can take a drink without danger.- Alcoholics Anonymou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.03.24

April 3rd 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 3, 2024Reviewed Our Own ConductWe reviewed our own conduct over the years past. Where had we been selfish, dishonest, or inconsiderate? Whom had we hurt? Did we unjustifiably arouse jealousy, suspicion or bitterness? Where were we at fault, what should we have done instead? We got this all down on paper and looked at it.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 69Thought to Ponder . . .The first step in overcoming mistakes is to admit them.AA-related 'Alconym'A A   ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.02.24

April 2nd 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 2, 2024Fundamental Idea of GodActually 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. 55Thought to Ponder . . .People of faith ha ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 04.01.24

April 1st 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)April 1, 2024Arch to FreedomThis is the how and why of it. First of all, we had to quit playing God. It didn’t work. Next, we decided that hereafter in this drama of life, God was going to be our Director. He is the Principal; we are His agents. He is the Father, and we are His children. Most good ideas are simple, and this concept was the keystone of the new and triumphant arch through which we passed to freedom.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 62Thought to Ponder . ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.31.24

March 31st 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net)March 31, 2024~ Scroll Down for Share ~ExpectationsI must keep my magic magnifying mind on my acceptance and off my expectations, for my serenity is directly proportional to my level of acceptance. When I remember this, I can see I’ve never had it so good. Thank God for A.A.!- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Acceptance Was The Answer) p. 420Thought to PonderMy disappointments are equal to my expectations.AA-related 'Alconym'A A  =  Acknowledge Acceptance. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.30.24

March 30th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 30, 2024Our FamiliesWe 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. The spiritual life is not a theory. We have to live it.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.29.24

March 29th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 29, 2024Fit Spiritual ConditionWe are not fighting it, neither are we avoiding temptation. We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality—safe and protected. We have not even sworn off. Instead, the problem has been removed. It does not exist for us. We are neither cocky nor are we afraid. That is our experience. That is how we react so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 85Thought to Ponder . . .Spiritua ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.28.24

March 28th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 28, 2024Willing to BelieveI stood in the sunlight at last. It was only a matter of being willing to believe in a Power greater than myself. Nothing more was required of me to make my beginning. I saw that growth could start from that point. Upon a foundation of complete willingness I might build what I saw in my friend. Would I have it? Of course I would!- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill's Story) p. 12Thought to Ponder . . .Hope leads to faith if you let it.AA-related 'Alco ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.27.24

March 27th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 27, 2024DisciplineIt works—it really does. We alcoholics are undisciplined. So we let God discipline us in the simple way we have just outlined. But this is not all. There is action and more action. "Faith without works is dead."- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 88Thought to Ponder . . .Motivation may get you going, but discipline keeps you growing.AA-related 'Alconym'F A I T H  =   For All I Trust Him.To Unsubscribe - Click Here_Subscription ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.26.24

March 26th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 26, 2024Yes, I Am OneFurther 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. 29Thought t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.25.24

March 25th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 25, 2024Great NewsThe tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution. We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action. This is the great news this book carries to those who suffer from alcoholism.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 17Thought to Ponder . . .Together we can do what we could never do alone.AA-related 'Alconym'A C T I O N  =   Any Chang ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.24.24

March 24th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 24, 2024This SolutionBut the ex-problem drinker who has found this solution, who is properly armed with facts about himself, can generally win the entire confidence of another alcoholic in a few hours. Until such an understanding is reached, little or nothing can be accomplished.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 18Thought to Ponder . . ."He talked my language."AA-related 'Alconym'E S & H  =   Experience, Strength and Hope.To Unsubs ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.23.24

March 23rd 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 23, 2024Beyond Their Mental ControlThey took a drink a day or so prior to the date, and then the phenomenon of craving at once became paramount to all other interests so that the important appointment was not met. These men were not drinking to escape; they were drinking to overcome a craving beyond their mental control.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Doctor's Opinion) pp. xxix - xxxThought to Ponder . . .The first drink has the last say.AA-related 'Alconym'A A  = &nb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.22.24

March 22nd 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 22, 2024The Primary CauseBy now the newcomer has probably arrived at the following conclusions: that his character defects, representing instincts gone astray, have been the primary cause of his drinking and his failure at life; that unless he is now willing to work hard at the elimination of the worst of these defects, both sobriety and peace of mind will still elude him; that all the faulty foundation of his life will have to be torn out and built anew on bedrock.- Tw ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.21.24

March 21st 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 21, 2024The Real AlcoholicBut 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. 21Thought to Ponder . . .Non-alcoholics do not have to control their drinking.AA-related 'Alconym'A A  =   Alcoholic's Answer.To Unsubscribe ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.20.24

March 20th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 20, 2024Good ResultsIn A.A. we have found that the actual good results of prayer are beyond question. They are matters of knowledge and experience. All those who have persisted have found strength not ordinarily their own. They have found wisdom beyond their usual capability. And they have increasingly found a peace of mind which can stand firm in the face of difficult circumstances.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 104Thought to Ponder . . .Today I ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.19.24

March 19th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 19, 2024Self-SearchingAs we have seen, self-searching is the means by which we bring new vision, action, and grace to bear upon the dark and negative side of our natures. It is a step in the development of that kind of humility that makes it possible for us to receive God's help. Yet it is only a step. We will want to go further.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) p. 98Thought to Ponder . . .There is only one corner of the universe I can be certain of im ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.18.24

March 18th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 18, 2024A Double LifeMore 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. 73Thought to Ponder . . .Character is what I am; reputation is what people think I am.AA-related 'Alconym'F E A R  =   Fighting Ego Aga ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.17.24

March 17th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net)March 17, 2024~ Scroll Down for Share ~The Alcoholic IllnessBut 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. 18Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.16.24

March 16th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 16, 2024Set On A PathWhen 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.- Twelve St ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.15.24

March 15th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 15, 2024A Design for LivingI was not too well at the time, and was plagued by waves of self-pity and resentment.This sometimes nearly drove me back to drink, but I soon found that when all other measures failed, work with another alcoholic would save the day. Many times I have gone to my old hospital in despair. On talking to a man there, I would be amazingly lifted up and set on my feet. It is a design for living that works in rough going.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.14.24

March 14th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 14, 2024Faith Means CourageThe verdict of the ages is that faith means courage. All men of faith have courage. They trust their God. We never apologize for God. Instead we let Him demonstrate, through us, what He can do. We ask Him to remove our fear and direct our attention to what He would have us be. At once, we commence to outgrow fear.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 68Thought to Ponder . . .Courage is not the absence of fear, but taking action in spite of ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.13.24

March 13th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 13, 2024Quickly Diagnose YourselfWe do not like to pronounce any individual as alcoholic, but you can quickly diagnose yourself. Step over to the nearest barroom and try some controlled drinking. Try to drink and stop abruptly. Try it more than once. It will not take long for you to decide, if you are honest with yourself about it. It may be worth a bad case of jitters if you get a full knowledge of your condition.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) pp. 31 - ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.12.24

March 12th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 12, 2024Kit of Spiritual ToolsYou will be most successful with alcoholics if you do not exhibit any passion for crusade or reform. Never talk down to an alcoholic from any moral or spiritual hilltop; simply lay out the kit of spiritual tools for his inspection. Show him how they worked with you. Offer him friendship and fellowship. Tell him that if he wants to get well you will do anything to help.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 95Thought to Ponder . . ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.11.24

March 11th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 11, 2024Self-Centered FearThe chief activator of our defects has been self-centered fear—primarily fear that we would lose something we already possessed or would fail to get something we demanded. Living upon a basis of unsatisfied demands, we were in a state of continual disturbance and frustration. Therefore, no peace was to be had unless we could find a means of reducing these demands. The difference between a demand and a simple request is plain to anyone.- Twelve ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.10.24

March 10th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net)March 10, 2024~ Scroll Down for Share ~Describe Yourself As An AlcoholicWhen he sees you know all about the drinking game, commence to describe yourself as an alcoholic. Tell him how baffled you were, how you finally learned that you were sick. Give him an account of the struggles you made to stop. Show him the mental twist which leads to the first drink of a spree. We suggest you do this as we have done it in the chapter on alcoholism. If he is alcoholic, he will understand ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.09.24

March 9th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 9, 2024Children of a Loving CreatorWe have no desire to convince anyone that there is only one way by which faith can be acquired. If what we have learned and felt and seen means anything at all, it means that all of us, whatever our race, creed, or color are the children of a living Creator with whom we may form a relationship upon simple and understandable terms as soon as we are willing and honest enough to try.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 28Thoug ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.08.24

March 8th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 8, 2024The Insane IdeaBut there was always the curious mental phenomenon that parallel with our sound reasoning there inevitably ran some insanely trivial excuse for taking the first drink. Our sound reasoning failed to hold us in check. The insane idea won out. Next day we would ask ourselves, in all earnestness and sincerity, how it could have happened.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 37Thought to Ponder . . .One is too many and 100 is not enough.AA- ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.07.24

March 7th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 7, 2024No Effective Mental DefenseOnce 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. 43Thought to Ponder . . .The first drink has the last say.AA-related 'Alconym'F R O G  =   Fully Rely On God.To Unsubscribe - Click Here_Subscription ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.06.24

March 6th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 6, 2024The Full ConsequencesAbove all, we should try to be absolutely sure that we are not delaying because we are afraid. For the readiness to take the full consequences of our past acts, and to take responsibility for the well-being of others at the same time, is the very spirit of Step Nine.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Nine) p. 87Thought to Ponder . . .It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.AA-related 'Alco ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.05.24

March 5th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 5, 2024Contented, Useful LifeMore 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 - 40Thought to Ponde ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.04.24

March 4th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 4, 2024Carefully ReviewingReturning home we find a place where we can be quiet for an hour, carefully reviewing what we have done. We thank God from the bottom of our heart that we know Him better. Taking this book down from our shelf we turn to the page which contains the twelve steps. 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.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Ac ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.03.24

March 3rd 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net)March 3, 2024~ Scroll Down for Share ~A Sufficient Substitute"I know I must get along without liquor, but how can I? Have you a sufficient substitute?" Yes, there is a substitute and it is vastly more than that. It is a fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. There you will find release from care, boredom and worry. Your imagination will be fired. Life will mean something at last. The most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.02.24

March 2nd 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 2, 2024Lack of PowerOur human resources, as marshalled by the will, were not sufficient; they failed utterly. Lack of power, that was our dilemma. We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. Obviously. But where and how were we to find this Power? Well, that’s exactly what this book is about. Its main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (We ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.01.24

March 1st 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 1, 2024A Daily ReprieveWe are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God's will into all of our activities. "How can I best serve Thee—Thy will (not mine) be done." - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 85Thought to Ponder . . .Spiritual progress isn't what gets us sober, it's what keeps us sober.AA-related 'Alconym'S O B E ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.29.24

February 29th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 29, 2024Apologies for the late arrival of your Daily Thought today. Apparently our server doesn't "understand" leap years.Casting AsideBesides a seeming inability to accept much on faith, we often found ourselves handicapped by obstinacy, sensitiveness, and unreasoning prejudice. Many of us have been so touchy that even casual reference to spiritual things made us bristle with antagonism. This sort of thinking had to be abandoned. Though some of us resisted ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.28.24

February 28th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 28, 2024Causes and ConditionsNext we launched out on a course of vigorous action, the first step of which is a personal housecleaning, which many of us had never attempted. Though our decision was a vital and crucial step, it could have little permanent effect unless at once followed by a strenuous effort to face, and to be rid of, the things in ourselves which had been blocking us. Our liquor was but a symptom. So we had to get down to causes and conditions.- Alcoho ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.27.24

February 27th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 27, 2024Step SevenWhen 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. 76Thought to Ponder . . .I don’t get to choose whic ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.26.24

February 26th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 26, 2024Hadn't Cleaned HouseThe fact was we really hadn’t cleaned house so that the grace of God could enter us and expel the obsession. In no deep or meaningful sense had we ever taken stock of ourselves, made amends to those we had harmed, or freely given to any other human being without any demand for reward. We had not even prayed rightly. We had always said, “Grant me my wishes” instead of “Thy will be done.”- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Two) p. 32 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.25.24

February 25th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 25, 2024You Are ReadyOur stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. 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.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 58Thought to Ponder . . .When I got busy, I got better.AA-related 'Alconym'A C T I O N  =   Any Change To Improve Our NatureTo Unsubscribe - Click Here_Subscription ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.24.24

February 24th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 24, 2024Futility and UnhappinessIt is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness. To the precise extent that we permit these, do we squander the hours that might have been worth while. But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment is infinitely grave. We found that it is fatal.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 66Thought to Ponder . . .We are ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.23.24

February 23rd 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 23, 2024A Free GiftHe finds himself in possession of a degree of honesty, tolerance, unselfishness, peace of mind, and love of which he had thought himself quite incapable. What he has received is a free gift, and yet usually, at least in some small part, he has made himself ready to receive it. A.A.’s manner of making ready to receive this gift lies in the practice of the Twelve Steps in our program.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 107Thought t ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.22.24

February 22nd 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 22, 2024Much KnowledgeHe 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 - 37Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.21.24

February 21st 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 21, 2024Willing to BelieveStress the spiritual feature freely. If the man be agnostic or atheist, make it emphatic that he does not have to agree with your conception of God. He can choose any conception he likes, provided it makes sense to him. The main thing is that he be willing to believe in a Power greater than himself and that he live by spiritual principles.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 93Thought to Ponder . . .I came; I came to; I came to b ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.20.24

February 20th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 20, 2024Somehow, SomedayThe idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death. We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 30Thought to Ponder . . .When we try to control our ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.19.24

February 19th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 19, 2024Intensive WorkPractical 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. Remember they are very ill.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 89Thought to Ponder . . .Get it - Give it - Grow in it. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.18.24

February 18th 2024 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net)February 18, 2024~ Scroll Down for Share ~Useful to OthersMost 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 - 20Thought to PonderSobriety is not a destination, but an everlasting journey.AA- ...Continue Reading

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