Daily Thought Archives

 

Daily Thought 03.20.23

March 20th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 20, 2023ResentmentsWe saw that these resentments must be mastered, but how? We could not wish them away any more than alcohol. This was our course: We realized that the people who wronged us were perhaps spiritually sick. Though we did not like their symptoms and the way these disturbed us, they, like ourselves, were sick too.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) pp. 66 - 67Thought to Ponder . . .What if I were caring rather than judgmental?AA-related 'Alconym'A A &nbs ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.19.23

March 19th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net)March 19, 2023~ Scroll Down for Share ~DependenceAnd the facts seem to be these: The more we become willing to depend upon a Higher Power, the more independent we actually are. Therefore dependence, as A.A. practices it, is really a means of gaining true independence of the spirit.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Three) p. 36  Thought to PonderAvoidance is not the key; surrender opens the door.  AA-related 'Alconym'F A I T H  =  For All I Trust ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.18.23

March 18th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 18, 2023Lack 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, (W ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.17.23

March 17th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 17, 2023Value of ExperienceHenry 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. 124Thought to Ponder . . .If you want to change who you are, change what you do.AA-related 'Alconym'A C T  =   Action Changes Thin ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.16.23

March 16th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 16, 2023Acquire FaithWe 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. 28Thought to Ponder . ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.15.23

March 15th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 15, 2023Baffling FeatureMany of us felt that we had plenty of character. There was a tremendous urge to cease forever. Yet we found it impossible. This is the baffling feature of alcoholism as we know it—this utter inability to leave it alone, no matter how great the necessity or the wish.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 34Thought to Ponder . . .Alcohol—cunning, baffling, powerful!AA-related 'Alconym'H O P E  =   Hearing Other People's Experi ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.14.23

March 14th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 14, 2023PowerlessnessWho 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 . . .When I share my story and remember the last days of my dri ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.13.23

March 13th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 13, 2023Tradition Three - The Long FormOur membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism. Hence we may refuse none who wish to recover. Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money or conformity. Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Appendix One, The A.A. Tradition) p. 563Thought to Ponder . . ."You're an A.A. ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.12.23

March 12th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net)March 12, 2023~ Scroll Down for Share ~Precisely How We Have RecoveredWe, 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. xiii  Thought to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.11.23

March 11th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 11, 2023HumilityIt 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 telling the truth about yourself. Humiliation is when ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.10.23

March 10th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 10, 2023We Pause and AskAs we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day "Thy will be done." We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) pp. 87 - 88Thought to Ponder . . .I can't do His will my way.AA-rel ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.09.23

March 9th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 9, 2023EgoAll of A.A.'s Twelve Steps ask us to go contrary to our natural desires . . . they all deflate our egos. When it comes to ego deflation, few Steps are harder to take than Five. But scarcely any Step is more necessary to longtime sobriety and peace of mind than this one.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Five) p. 55Thought to Ponder . . .The difference between pride and humility: Pride is who is right. Humility is what is right.AA-related 'Alconym'A A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.08.23

March 8th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 8, 2023Maximum HelpfulnessYour job now is to be at the place where you may be of maximum helpfulness to others, so never hesitate to go anywhere if you can be helpful. You should not hesitate to visit the most sordid spot on earth on such an errand. Keep on the firing line of life with these motives and God will keep you unharmed.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p.102Thought to Ponder . . .We're not living just to be sober; we are living to learn, to s ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.07.23

March 7th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 7, 2023The Emotional HangoverBut there is another kind of hangover which we all experience whether we are drinking or not. That is the emotional hangover, the direct result of yesterday's and sometimes today's excesses of negative emotion—anger, fear, jealousy, and the like. If we would live serenely today and tomorrow, we certainly need to eliminate these hangovers. This doesn't mean we need to wander morbidly around in the past. It requires an admission and correction ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.06.23

March 6th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 6, 2023TemptationIn 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-related ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.05.23

March 5th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net)March 5, 2023~ Scroll Down for Share ~Humility and FaithIndeed, the attainment of greater humility is the foundation principle of each of A.A.'s Twelve Steps. For without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at all. Nearly all A.A.'s have found, too, that unless they develop much more of this precious quality than may be required just for sobriety, they still haven't much chance of becoming truly happy. Without it, they cannot live to much useful purpose, or, ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.04.23

March 4th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 4, 2023Greatest PossessionShowing 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. 124Thought to Ponder . . .We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.AA-related 'Al ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.03.23

March 3rd 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 3, 2023Blessings ReceivedHaving so considered our day, not omitting to take due note of things well done, and having searched our hearts with neither fear nor favor, we can truly thank God for the blessings we have received and sleep in good conscience.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 95Thought to Ponder . . .Gratitude is a most effective painkiller for the alcoholic.AA-related 'Alconym'B E S T  =   Been Enjoying Sobriety Today?Thank yo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.02.23

March 2nd 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 2, 2023ProgressMany 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. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 60Thought to Ponder . ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 03.01.23

March 1st 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)March 1, 2023Self-willThe first requirement is that we be convinced that any life run on self-will can hardly be a success. On that basis we are almost always in collision with something or somebody, even though our motives are good.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 60Thought to Ponder . . .If I don't change, my sobriety date will.AA-related 'Alconym'C H A N G E  =   Choosing Humility Allows New Gifts and Energy.Thank you for sharing so generously of yo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.28.23

February 28th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 28, 2023Self JustificationFirst off, they can be told that the majority of A.A. members have suffered severely from self-justification during their drinking days. For most of us, self-justification was the maker of excuses; excuses, of course, for drinking, and for all kinds of crazy and damaging conduct. We had made the invention of alibis a fine art.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) p. 46Thought to Ponder . . .The first step in overcoming mistakes i ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.27.23

February 27th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 27, 2023Diagnose 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 ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.26.23

February 26th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net)February 26, 2023~ Scroll Down for Share ~A Design For LivingWe, in our turn, sought the same escape with all the desperation of drowning men. What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of God. A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, "a design for living" that really works.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 28  Thought to PonderThe Twelve Steps -- a manuscript for rational living.  AA-related 'Al ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.25.23

February 25th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 25, 2023LiabilitiesNearly every serious emotional problem can be seen as a case of misdirected instinct. When that happens, our great natural assets, the instincts, have turned into physical and mental liabilities. Step Four is our vigorous and painstaking effort to discover what these liabilities in each of us have been, and are.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) p. 42Thought to Ponder . . .The Three A's .. Awareness, Acceptance, Action.AA-related 'Al ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.24.23

February 24th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 24, 2023ConditionsWe thought “conditions” drove us to drink, and when we tried to correct these conditions and found that we couldn’t to our entire satisfaction, our drinking went out of hand and we became alcoholics. It never occurred to us that we needed to change ourselves to meet conditions, whatever they were.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) p. 47Thought to Ponder . . .If you want to change who you are, change what you do.AA-related 'Alconym'A C ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.23.23

February 23rd 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 23, 2023The Old Game AgainNow and then a serious drinker, being dry at the moment says, “I don’t miss it at all. Feel better. Work better. Having a better time.” As ex-problem drinkers, we smile at such a sally. We know our friend is like a boy whistling in the dark to keep up his spirits. He fools himself. Inwardly he would give anything to take half a dozen drinks and get away with them. He will presently try the old game again, for he isn’t happy about his sobriet ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.22.23

February 22nd 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 22, 2023The Insanity ReturnsBut 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. For 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.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 66Thought to Ponder . . .Resentment is like taking poison and ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.21.23

February 21st 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 21, 2023The Elder StatesmanThe elder statesman is the one who sees the wisdom of the group’s decision, who holds no resentment over his reduced status, whose judgment, fortified by considerable experience, is sound, and who is willing to sit quietly on the sidelines patiently awaiting developments.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Tradition Two) p. 135Thought to Ponder . . ."Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern."AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.20.23

February 20th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 20, 2023Meditation and PrayerWhen 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. We all need the light of God's reality, the nourishment of His strength, and the atmosphere of His grace.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) pp. 97 - 98Thou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.19.23

February 19th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net)February 19, 2023~ Scroll Down for Share ~Tradition TwoFor our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition) p. 562  Thought to PonderGod grant that AA may ever stay simple.  AA-related 'Alconym'T R U S T  =  Try Relying Upon Steps and Traditions.A Member Shares:Hi, I'm Ira and ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.18.23

February 18th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 18, 2023Three Pertinent IdeasOur description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas: (a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives. (b) That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism. (c) That God could and would if He were sought.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 60Thought to Ponder . . .I can't, God can, I'll ask Him to.AA-related 'Alconym'I ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.17.23

February 17th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 17, 2023Under All Conditions"Belief meant reliance, not defiance. In A.A. we saw the fruits of this belief: men and women spared from alcohol's final catastrophe. We saw them meet and transcend their other pains and trials. We saw them calmly accept impossible situations, seeking neither to run nor to recriminate. This was not only faith; it was faith that worked under all conditions."- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Two) p. 31Thought to Ponder . ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.16.23

February 16th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 16, 2023I'm sorry for the mess up on the 'alconym' yesterday. The word should have been PRAYER not CHAOS. I will say this, when things are chaotic, prayer is the answer.Thoroughness and HonestyWe went back through our lives. Nothing counted but thoroughness and honesty. When we were finished we considered it carefully. The first thing apparent was that this world and its people were often quite wrong. To conclude that others were wrong was as far as mo ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.15.23

February 15th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 15, 2023We Ask GodOn awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead. We consider our plans for the day. Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 86Thought to Ponder . . .Prayer asks the question. Meditation listens for the answer.AA-related 'Alconym'P R A Y E R  =   Praying Regularly Allows Your Ever-growing R ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.14.23

February 14th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 14, 2023Willful DesiresWhen we habitually try to manipulate others to our own willful desires, they revolt, and resist us heavily. Then we develop hurt feelings, a sense of persecution, and a desire to retaliate. As we redouble our efforts at control, and continue to fail, our suffering becomes acute and constant. We have not once sought to be one in a family, to be a friend among friends, to be a worker among workers, to be a useful member of society.- Twelve Steps ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.13.23

February 13th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 13, 2023Spiritual LifeThe spiritual life is not a theory. We have to live it. Unless one’s family expresses a desire to live upon spiritual principles we think we ought not to urge them. We should not talk incessantly to them about spiritual matters. They will change in time. Our behavior will convince them more than our words. We must remember that ten or twenty years of drunkenness would make a skeptic out of anyone.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 83Though ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.12.23

February 12th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net)February 12, 2023~ Scroll Down for Share ~Quantity or Quality"About this slip business -- I would not be too discouraged. I think you are suffering a great deal from a needless guilt. For some reason or other, the Lord has laid out tougher paths for some of us, and I guess you are treading one of them. God is not asking us to be successful. He is only asking us to try to be. That, you surely are doing, and have been doing. So I would not stay away from A.A. through any f ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.11.23

February 11th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 11, 2023MotivesBut in other instances only the closest scrutiny will reveal what our true motives were. There are cases where our ancient enemy, rationalization, has stepped in and has justified conduct which was really wrong. The temptation here is to imagine that we had good motives and reasons when we really didn't.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 94Thought to Ponder . . .Don't believe everything you think.AA-related 'Alconym'J A D E  = &nb ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.10.23

February 10th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 10, 2023Problems of LifeLike most people, we have found that we can take our big lumps as they come. But also like others, we often discover a greater challenge in the lesser and more continuous problems of life. Our answer is in still more spiritual development. Only by this means can we improve our chances for really happy and useful living.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 114Thought to Ponder . . .Life is a steady drizzle of small things -- c ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.09.23

February 9th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 9, 2023Lessons for LivingAlmost 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 in a my ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.08.23

February 8th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 8, 2023Step ThreeMany 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 . . .Let Go and Let God.AA ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.07.23

February 7th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 7, 2023Old IdeasWe 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 . . .Sobriety without action is fantasy.AA-related 'Alconym'S T E P S  =   Solutions Through Each Powerful Step.T ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.06.23

February 6th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 6, 2023ContinueWe have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in understanding and effectiveness. This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime. Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear. When these crop up, we ask God at once to remove them. We discuss them with someone immediately and make amends quickly if we have harmed anyone.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 84Thought to Ponder . . . ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.05.23

February 5th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net)February 5, 2023~ Scroll Down for Share ~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. 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 don ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.04.23

February 4th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 4, 2023IndispensableWe have emphasized willingness as being indispensable. Are we now ready to let God remove from us all the things which we have admitted are objectionable? Can He now take them all—every one? If we still cling to something we will not let go, we ask God to help us be willing.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 76Thought to Ponder . . .What have I been given today? Am I willing to reach out and grasp it?AA-related 'Alconym'K I S S  =   ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.03.23

February 3rd 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 3, 2023ThoroughnessBecause our surface record hasn’t looked too bad, we have frequently been abashed to find that this is so simply because we have buried these selfsame defects deep down in us under thick layers of self-justification. Whatever the defects, they have finally ambushed us into alcoholism and misery. Therefore, thoroughness ought to be the watchword when taking inventory.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Four) pp. 53 - 54Thought to Ponder . . ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.02.23

February 2nd 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 2, 2023Something HappensWe know that while the alcoholic keeps away from drink, as he may do for months or years, he reacts much like other men. We are equally positive that once he takes any alcohol whatever into his system, something happens, both in the bodily and mental sense, which makes it virtually impossible for him to stop. The experience of any alcoholic will abundantly confirm this.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (There is a Solution) pp. 22 - 23Thought to Ponder ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 02.01.23

February 1st 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)February 1, 2023FearSometimes we think fear ought to be classed with stealing. It seems to cause more trouble. We reviewed our fears thoroughly. We put them on paper, even though we had no resentment in connection with them. We asked ourselves why we had them. Wasn’t it because self-reliance failed us? Self-reliance was good as far as it went, but it didn’t go far enough.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) pp. 67 - 68Thought to Ponder . . .What I fear I create.AA-related ' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.31.23

January 31st 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 31, 2023A.A. LiteratureLiterature 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. Currently, "Alcoholics Anonymous" has been translated into forty-three ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.30.23

January 30th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 30, 2023Mental Blank SpotsThey had said that though I did raise a defense, it would one day give way before some trivial reason for having a drink. Well, just that did happen and more, for what I had learned of alcoholism did not occur to me at all. I knew from that moment that I had an alcoholic mind. I saw that will power and self-knowledge would not help in those strange mental blank spots. I had never been able to understand people who said that a problem had them ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.29.23

January 29th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net)January 29, 2023~ Scroll Down for Share ~Spiritual AwakeningWhen 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.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) pp. 106 - 107  Thought to PonderA spiritual awakening is our greatest gift.  AA-related 'Alconym'S O B E R  =  Spiritually On Beam; ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.28.23

January 28th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 28, 2023FaithOur 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. 114Thought to Ponder . . .Breathe in faith, breathe out fear.AA-related 'Alconym'F A I T H  =   Found Always ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.27.23

January 27th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 27, 2023Soundness of Mind"Sanity" is defined as "soundness of mind." Yet no alcoholic, soberly analyzing his destructive behavior, whether the destruction fell on the dining-room furniture or his own moral fiber, can claim "soundness of mind" for himself. Therefore, Step Two is the rallying point for all of us.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Two) p. 33Thought to Ponder . . .Today, my brain has cleared with the grace of clarity ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.26.23

January 26th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 26, 2023We Stand ReadyUnder the lash of alcoholism, we are driven to A.A., and there we discover the fatal nature of our situation. Then, and only then, do we become as open-minded to conviction and as willing to listen as the dying can be. We stand ready to do anything which will lift the merciless obsession from us.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step One) p. 24Thought to Ponder . . .Learn to listen; listen to learn.AA-related 'Alconym'H O W  =   Ho ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.25.23

January 25th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 25, 2023We Ask GodIn 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 . . .The Three "P's" -- Pause, Pray, Proceed.AA-related 'Alconym'A S A P &nbs ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.24.23

January 24th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 24, 2023We 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 fr ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.23.23

January 23rd 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 23, 2023Justified and ReasonableWe also clutch at another wonderful excuse for avoiding an inventory. Our present anxieties and troubles, we cry, are caused by the behavior of other people—people who really need a moral inventory. We firmly believe that if only they'd treat us better, we'd be all right. Therefore we think our indignation is justified and reasonable—that our resentments are the "right kind." We aren't the guilty ones. They are!- Twelve Steps ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.22.23

January 22nd 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net)January 22, 2023~ Scroll Down for Share ~Absolute CertaintyThe 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. 25  Thought to PonderI can't, God can, I'll ask Him to.  AA-related 'Alconym'W I L L I N G  =  When I Live Li ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.21.23

January 21st 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 21, 2023SelfishnessSo 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 . . .Avoida ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.20.23

January 20th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 20, 2023FaithLeaving aside the drink question, they tell why living was so unsatisfactory. They show how the change came over them. When many hundreds of people are able to say that the consciousness of the Presence of God is today the most important fact of their lives, they present a powerful reason why one should have faith.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 51Thought to Ponder . . .Faith dares the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see.AA-related 'Alconym' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.19.23

January 19th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 19, 2023Our 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 of our o ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.18.23

January 18th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 18, 2023The Entire FamilyCessation 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. 122Thou ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.17.23

January 17th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)My apologies for the error in yesterday's reading.  It should have read: "Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us."January 17, 2023Meditation and PrayerWe liked A.A. all right, and were quick to say that it had done miracles. But we recoiled from meditation and prayer as obstinately as the scientist who refused to perform a certain experiment lest it prove his pet theory wrong. Of course we finally did experiment, and when unexpected result ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.16.23

January 16th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 16, 2023Attitude and OutlookThat feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and 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 An ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.15.23

January 15th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net)January 15, 2023~ Scroll Down for Share ~Your Own ConceptionWhen, therefore, we speak to you of God, we mean your own conception of God. This applies, too, to other spiritual expressions which you find in this book. Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter you from honestly asking yourself what they mean to you.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (We Agnostics) p. 47  Thought to PonderHold your face up to the Light, even though for the moment you do not se ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.14.23

January 14th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 14, 2023New and Wonderful WorldBoth you and the new man must walk day by day in the path of spiritual progress. If you persist, remarkable things will happen. When we look back, we realize that the things which came to us when we put ourselves in God’s hands were better than anything we could have planned. Follow the dictates of a Higher Power and you will presently live in a new and wonderful world, no matter what your present circumstances!- Alcoholics Anonymous, (W ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.13.23

January 13th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 13, 2023Change in AttitudeDuring 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 to evaporate.- Twelve Steps an ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.12.23

January 12th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 12, 2023A 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 gr ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.11.23

January 11th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 11, 2023WillingOur 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. 58 Thought to Ponder . . .Willingness is doing the next right thing whether I want to or not.AA-related 'Alconym'H O W  =   Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.Thank ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.10.23

January 10th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 10, 2023LaughterSo we think cheerfulness and laughter make for usefulness. Outsiders are sometimes shocked when we burst into merriment over a seemingly tragic experience out of the past. But why shouldn’t we laugh? We have recovered, and have been given the power to help others. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 132Thought to Ponder . . .Laughter is the sound of recovery.AA-related 'Alconym'A L O H A  =   A Lot Of Happy Alcoholics.Thank  ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.09.23

January 9th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 9, 2023Step FiveWe have admitted certain defects; we have ascertained in a rough way what the trouble is; we have put our finger on the weak items in our personal inventory. Now these are about to be cast out. This requires action on our part, which, when completed, will mean that we have admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our defects.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 72Thought to Ponder . . .The Three A's .. Awarenes ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.08.23

January 8th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net)January 8, 2023~ Scroll Down for Share ~My InventoryPutting out of our minds the wrongs others had done, we resolutely looked for our own mistakes. Where had we been selfish, dishonest, self-seeking and frightened? Though a situation had not been entirely our fault, we tried to disregard the other person involved entirely. Where were we to blame? The inventory was ours, not the other man’s. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 67  Thought to PonderBless them. Change ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.07.23

January 7th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 7, 2023Dependence on GodThe minute we put our work on a service plane, the alcoholic commences to rely upon our assistance rather than upon God. He clamors for this or that, claiming he cannot master alcohol until his material needs are cared for. Nonsense. Some of us have taken very hard knocks to learn this truth: Job or no job—wife or no wife—we simply do not stop drinking so long as we place dependence upon other people ahead of dependence on God.- Alcoholics Anon ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.06.23

January 6th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 6, 2023Gates of DeathThe unselfishness of these men as we have come to know them, the entire absence of profit motive, and their community spirit, is indeed inspiring to one who has labored long and wearily in this alcoholic field. They believe in themselves, and still more in the Power which pulls chronic alcoholics back from the gates of death.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Doctor's Opinion) p. xxviiThought to Ponder . . .The task ahead of us is never as great as the ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.05.23

January 5th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 5, 2023Tradition TwoFor our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern. - Alcoholics Anonymous, (Appendix I) The A.A. Tradition, p. 562Thought to Ponder . . .The Twelve Steps tell us how it works; the Twelve Traditions tell us why it works.AA-related 'Alconym'T R U S T  =   Teaching Recovery Using Steps and Traditions.Thank you ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.04.23

January 4th 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 4, 2023Nourishing IngredientWe 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, (Ste ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.03.23

January 3rd 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 3, 2023AmendsAbove 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 . . .An amend always includes a change in my behavior.AA-related 'Alconym'A A  =   Accountable Actions.Thank& ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.02.23

January 2nd 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)January 2, 2023Perfect Peace and EaseWe pocket our pride and go to it, illuminating every twist of character, every dark cranny of the past. Once we have taken this step, withholding nothing, we are delighted. We can look the world in the eye. We can be alone at perfect peace and ease. Our fears fall from us. We begin to feel the nearness of our Creator.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Into Action) p. 75Thought to Ponder . . .Swallowing my pride will not get me drunk.AA-related 'Alco ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 01.01.23

January 1st 2023 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net)January 1, 2023~ Scroll Down for Share ~DependenceWhen 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 Tradition ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.31.22

December 31st 2022 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)December 31, 2022Face LifeMore 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 . . .Happiness and peace of mind are always here, open and free to anyone.AA-related ' ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.30.22

December 30th 2022 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)December 30, 2022TruthWe have seen the truth demonstrated again and again: "Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic." Commencing to drink after a period of sobriety, we are in a short time as bad as ever. If we are planning to stop drinking, there must be no reservation of any kind, nor any lurking notion that someday we will be immune to alcohol.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 33Thought to Ponder . . .Times change, alcoholism doesn't.AA-related 'A ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.29.22

December 29th 2022 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)December 29, 2022NourishmentAs the body can fail its purpose for lack of nourishment, so can the soul. We all need the light of God's reality, the nourishment of His strength, and the atmosphere of His grace. To an amazing extent the facts of A.A. Life confirm this ageless truth.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Eleven) pp. 97 - 98Thought to Ponder . . .I can't do God's Will my way.AA-related 'Alconym'W I L L I N G  =   When I Live Life, I Need God.Thank&n ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.28.22

December 28th 2022 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)December 28, 2022TransformedIn a very real sense he has been transformed, because he has laid hold of a source of strength which, in one way or another, he had hitherto denied himself. He finds himself in possession of a degree of honesty, tolerance, unselfishness, peace of mind, and love of which he had thought himself quite incapable.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) p. 107Thought to Ponder . . .We're not living just to be sober; we are living to learn, to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.27.22

December 27th 2022 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)December 27, 2022They Had Seen MiraclesHe and his wife would leave elated by the thought of what they could now do for some stricken acquaintance and his family. They knew they had a host of new friends; it seemed they had known these strangers always. They had seen miracles, and one was to come to them. They had visioned the Great Reality—their loving and All Powerful Creator.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (A Vision For You) pp. 160 - 161Thought to Ponder . . .I had to get sober to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.26.22

December 26th 2022 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)December 26, 2022Beyond Human Aid"Well, I’ll stop with the sixth drink." Or "What’s the use anyhow?" When this sort of thinking is fully established in an individual with alcoholic tendencies, he has probably placed himself beyond human aid, and unless locked up, may die or go permanently insane. These stark and ugly facts have been confirmed by legions of alcoholics throughout history. But for the grace of God, there would have been thousands more convinc ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.25.22

December 25th 2022 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy AA-Alive.net)December 25, 2022~ Scroll Down for Share ~  Essential RequirementsBelief in the power of God, plus enough willingness, honesty and humility to establish and maintain the new order of things, were the essential requirements. Simple, but not easy; a price had to be paid. It meant destruction of self-centeredness. I must turn in all things to the Father of Light who presides over us all.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill's Story) pp. 13 - 14  Thought to PonderWhile it isn't ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.24.22

December 24th 2022 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)December 24, 2022Give FreelyAbandon 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 other ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.23.22

December 23rd 2022 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)December 23, 2022  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 messag ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.22.22

December 22nd 2022 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)December 22, 2022A New LifeIs 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. 8Thought to Ponder . . .The greatest gift that can ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.21.22

December 21st 2022 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)December 21, 2022Deny An OpportunityWe find it a waste of time to keep chasing a man who cannot or will not work with you. 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.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 96Thought to Ponder . . .A.A. is not for people who need it, it's for people who work it.AA-relate ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.20.22

December 20th 2022 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)December 20, 2022Unity - The Heart of A.A."Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity." The unity of Alcoholics Anonymous is the most cherished quality our Society has. Our lives, the lives of all to come, depend squarely upon it. We stay whole, or A.A. dies. Without unity, the heart of A.A. would cease to beat; our world arteries would no longer carry the life-giving grace of God; His gift to us would be spent aimlessly.- Twelve ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.19.22

December 19th 2022 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)December 19, 2022Profound Personality Change"It has often been said of A.A. that we are interested only in alcoholism. That is not true. We have to get over drinking in order to stay alive. But anyone who knows the alcoholic personality by firsthand contact knows that no true alky ever stops drinking permanently without undergoing a profound personality change."- As Bill Sees It, (Letter, 1940) No. 1Thought to Ponder . . .If I don't change, my sobriety date will.AA- ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.18.22

December 18th 2022 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)December 18, 2022SolitudeWe realize a little solitude is necessary to think and to try to work some of the Steps. In solitude, we take our inventories. In solitude, we admit to ourselves the exact nature of our wrongs. In solitude, our spirits seek that Power greater than we are;  in solitude, we seek through prayer and meditation to be aware of God’s will for us.- Came to Believe . . ., p. 109Thought to Ponder . . .We can't grow without giv ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.17.22

December 17th 2022 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)December 17, 2022A Useful ProgramMany could recover if they had the opportunity we have enjoyed. How then shall we present that which has been so freely given us? We have concluded to publish an anonymous volume setting forth the problem as we see it. We shall bring to the task our combined experience and knowledge. This should suggest a useful program for anyone concerned with a drinking problem.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 19Thought to Ponder . . .When a ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.16.22

December 16th 2022 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)December 16, 2022MotivesIn most cases our motives won't be hard to see and understand. When prideful, angry, jealous, anxious, or fearful, we acted accordingly, and that was that. Here we need only recognize that we did act or think badly, try to visualize how we might have done better, and resolve with God's help to carry these lessons over into tomorrow, making, of course, any amends still neglected.- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Ten) p. 94Thought to Ponder . . ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.15.22

December 15th 2022 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)December 15, 2022ForgivenessWe'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 Ponde ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.14.22

December 14th 2022 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)December 14, 2022You Are ReadyIf 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. 58Thought to Ponder . . .What have I been given today? Am I willing to reach out ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.13.22

December 13th 2022 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)December 13, 2022Our MistakesPutting out of our minds the wrongs others had done, we resolutely looked for our own mistakes. Where had we been selfish, dishonest, self-seeking and frightened? Though a situation had not been entirely our fault, we tried to disregard the other person involved entirely. Where were we to blame? The inventory was ours, not the other man’s.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 67Thought to Ponder . . .The first step in overcoming mistakes is to ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.12.22

December 12th 2022 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)December 12, 2022Ups and DownsThe 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. 91Thought to Ponder . . .Nothing pays off like re ...Continue Reading

Daily Thought 12.11.22

December 11th 2022 UTC

AA Thought for the Day(courtesy aa-alive.net)December 11, 2022Faith and ActionBut he will be curious to learn why his own convictions have not worked and why yours seem to work so well. He may be an example of the truth that faith alone is insufficient. To be vital, faith must be accompanied by self sacrifice and unselfish, constructive action.- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 93Thought to Ponder . . .If faith without works is dead; then willingness without action is fantasy.AA-related 'Alconym'A C T &nbs ...Continue Reading
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