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Thought for the Day

Discussion in 'Spirituality' started by Freefly, May 19, 2008.

  1. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day

    May 13, 2011

    Primary Purpose

    May we never forget that we live by the grace of God -- on borrowed time;
    that anonymity is better than acclaim; that for us as a movement
    poverty is better than wealth. And may we reflect
    with ever deepening conviction,
    that we shall never be at our best except when
    we hew only to the primary spiritual aim of AA.
    That of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers alcoholism.
    - The Language of the Heart, p. 83

    Thought to Ponder . . .

    In AA we don't carry the alcoholic; we carry the message
     
  2. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day

    May 13, 2011

    Primary Purpose

    May we never forget that we live by the grace of God -- on borrowed time;
    that anonymity is better than acclaim; that for us as a movement
    poverty is better than wealth. And may we reflect
    with ever deepening conviction,
    that we shall never be at our best except when
    we hew only to the primary spiritual aim of AA.
    That of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers alcoholism.
    - The Language of the Heart, p. 83

    Thought to Ponder . . .

    In AA we don't carry the alcoholic; we carry the message
     
  3. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day

    May 16, 2011

    Meetings

    Meetings are living laboratories for the
    Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.
    They teach us to listen, to get along with our fellows,
    to take responsibility for our own actions, to be patient, to give service,
    to ask for help, and to reach out to those who need help. . .
    For one hour or so, we can set aside our apartness and become
    part of a spiritual gathering with a spiritual goal.
    A lot happens in an AA meeting.
    - Thank You For Sharing, p. 11


    Thought to Ponder . . .

    Meetings: a check-up from the neck up
     
  4. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day
    May 18, 2011
    Dry Drunk
    A dry drunk is mostly a childish tantrum, an interval of immaturity,
    a regression to those frantic drinking days of self-will run riot.
    Nevertheless, it can still be a perilous period
    for the alcoholic struggling for recovery.
    I know that there have been dark days
    when a will infinitely greater than my own
    has been responsible for my sobriety.
    - The Best Of The Grapevine [Vol. 1], p. 20


    Thought to Ponder . . .
    Without change I am just a non-drinking drunk.
     
  5. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day

    May 19, 2011

    Fear

    The foundation stone of freedom from fear is that of faith;
    a faith that, despite all worldly appearances to the contrary,
    causes me to believe that I live in a universe that makes sense.
    - As Bill Sees It, p. 51


    Thought to Ponder . . .

    The power within me is far greater than any fear before me.
     
  6. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day
    May 20, 2011
    Beginnings
    We have found that for us recovery began with not drinking
    -- with getting sober
    and staying completely free of alcohol in any amount,
    and in any form.
    We have also found that we have to stay away
    from other mind-changing drugs.
    We can move forward toward a full and satisfying life
    only when we stay sober.
    Sobriety is the launching pad for our recovery.
    - Living Sober, p. 4


    Thought to Ponder . . .
    Every recovery from alcoholism began with one sober hour.
     
  7. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day
    May 23, 2011
    First Things First
    When we view alcoholism as the life-or-death matter it is,
    the answer is plain.
    If we do not have our health -- our lives --
    then certainly we will have no family,
    no job, no friends. If we value family, job, and friends,
    we must first save our own lives in order to cherish all three.
    - Living Sober, p. 32


    Thought to Ponder . . .
    Keep your sobriety first to make it last.
     
  8. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day
    May 24, 2011
    Controversy
    Given enough anger, both unity and purpose are lost.
    Given still more 'righteous' indignation, the group can disintegrate;
    it can actually die. This is why we avoid controversy.
    This is why we prescribe no punishments for any misbehavior,
    no matter how grievous. Indeed, no alcoholic can be deprived
    of his membership for any reason whatever.
    - As Bill Sees It, p. 98


    Thought to Ponder . . .
    Punishment never heals. Only love can heal.
     
  9. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day
    May 25, 2011
    Make Coffee
    At my sponsor's suggestion, I stood by the coffeepot
    and welcomed everyone who came by.
    I must have experienced a million smiles in a very short time.
    And when I pushed the broom all I concentrated on was the dust rising from it
    as I moved across the floor.
    My troubles were gone for the time that I was doing these things.
    And so it can be for you.
    If you can't live and you can't die, make coffee.
    - The Home Group: Heartbeat Of AA, p. 43
    Thought to Ponder . . .
    Into service out of self.


    AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
     
  10. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day
    May 27, 2011
    Blind Faith
    I began with blind faith, but the proof of truth is that it works.
    I believed those who said they had suffered from alcoholism, but, through AA.
    were now enjoying sobriety. So the truth was there for me to see.
    But shortly I knew the truth from my own experience.
    I was not only released from the compulsion to drink;
    I was guided toward a compulsion to live!
    - Came To Believe . . ., p. 51

    Thought to Ponder . . .
    Life will take on new meaning.
     
  11. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day
    May 31, 2011
    Understanding
    God began to clear my channels so that real understanding began to come.
    Then was the time when full realization and acknowledgement came to me.
    It was realization and acknowledgement of the fact
    that I was full of self-pity and resentment,
    realization of the fact that I had not given my problems to God.
    I was still trying to do my own fixing.
    - Experience, Strength and Hope, p.22

    Thought to Ponder . . .
    So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains
    and we never even know we have the key.
     
  12. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day
    , 2011
    Mental Housecleaning
    Few people who have ever had a hangover could forget
    how unreasonably irritable it makes you feel.
    Sometimes, we took it out on family members, fellow workers, friends,
    or strangers who certainly had not earned our displeasure.
    That tendency can hang around awhile after we start staying sober,
    the way wraiths of stale smoke do in a closed-up barroom,
    reminding us of drinking days -- until we do a good mental housecleaning.
    - Living Sober p.22

    Thought to Ponder . . .
    Anger is the wind that blows out the light of reason.
     
  13. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day
    June 2, 2011
    The Journey
    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.
    My God bless you and keep you -- until then.
    - Alcoholics Anonymous, p.164

    Thought to Ponder . . .
    The joy is in the journey, so enjoy the ride.
     
  14. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day
    June 3, 2011
    Loneliness
    The less people tolerated us, the more we withdrew from society, from life itself.
    As we became subjects of King Alcohol, shivering denizens
    of his mad realm, the chilling vapor that is loneliness settled down.
    Some of us sought out sordid places, hoping to find understanding,
    companionship and approval. Momentarily we did -- then would come oblivion
    and the awful awakening to face the hideous Four Horsemen --
    Terror, Bewilderment, Frustration, Despair.
    Unhappy drinkers who read this page will understand!
    -Alcoholics Anonymous, p.151

    Thought to Ponder . . .
    Is the life I'm living the life that wants to live in me?
     
  15. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day
    June 6, 2011
    Self-centeredness
    How amazing the revelation that the world, and everyone in it,
    can get along just fine with or without me.
    What a relief to know that people, places and things will be perfectly okay
    without my control and direction.
    And how wordlessly wonderful to believe that a power greater than me
    exists separate and apart from myself.
    - Daily Reflections, p.51

    Thought to Ponder . . .
    RULE #62: "Don't take yourself too damn seriously."
     
  16. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day
    June 7, 2011
    Grace
    I have learned my own version of what spirituality is.
    It does not mean I have to be like the saints
    who claimed to have direct advice and visions from God.
    It means I have to be concerned with my fellowman;
    through this alone can I receive the grace of God, my Higher Power,
    for, in the words of John Donne, so long before AA, "No man is an island."
    -- - Came To Believe . . ., p.81

    Thought to Ponder . . .
    The will of God will never take me where
    the grace of God will not protect me.
     
  17. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day
    June 8, 2011
    Compulsion
    I did not get over my craving for liquor much
    for the first two and one-half years of abstinence. It was almost always with me. . .
    I used to get terribly upset when I saw my friends drink and knew I could not,
    but I schooled myself to believe that though once I had the same privilege,
    I had abused it so frightfully that it was withdrawn.
    So it doesn't behoove me to squawk about it for, after all,
    nobody ever had to throw me down and pour liquor down my throat.
    - Alcoholics Anonymous, p.181

    Thought to Ponder . . .
    I am worth staying sober for.
     
  18. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day
    June 9, 2011
    Negative Into Positive
    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.
    - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p.98

    Thought to Ponder . . .
    Through adversity, we find strength.
     
  19. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day
    June 13, 2011
    True Freedom
    If we are painstaking about this phase of our development,
    we will be amazed before we are half way through.
    We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
    We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
    - Alcoholics Anonymous, p.98

    Thought to Ponder . . .
    Happiness and peace of mind are always here,
    open and free to anyone.
     
  20. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day

    June 15, 2011

    Honesty

    Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path.
    Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not
    completely give themselves to this simple program,
    usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable
    of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates.
    They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way.
    They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living
    which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average.
    There are those, too, who suffer from grave mental disorders,
    but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.


    - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 58



    Thought to Ponder . . .

    Honesty is the absence of the intent to deceive.
     

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