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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


    June 16, 2011


    Making Amends

    In making amends, we should be sensible, tactful, considerate,
    and humble without being servile or scraping.
    As God's people, we stand on our feet; we don't crawl before anyone.


    - As Bill Sees It, p.277



    Thought to Ponder . . .

    It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes
    and to make amends for them.
     
  2. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day


    June 17, 2011

    Open-mindedness

    Faced with alcoholic destruction,
    we became as open minded on spiritual matters
    as we had tried to be on other questions.
    In this respect alcohol was the great persuader.
    It finally beat us into a state of reasonableness.
    Sometimes this was a tedious process;
    we hope no one else will be prejudiced for as long as some of us were.


    - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 48



    Thought to Ponder . . .

    Minds are like parachutes -- they won't work unless they're open.
     
  3. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day

    June 18, 2011

    Willingness

    When I become "willing to make amends to them all"
    I am saying to them, "your pain is my pain; when I hurt you, I hurt myself;
    I will try not to hurt you anymore." With this kind of willingness to identify,
    my Higher Power has always set up my amends and allowed both of us
    to grow from the love involved in such an act.


    -Experience, Strength and Hope [Vol. 2], p. 163



    Thought to Ponder . . .

    If faith without works is dead; then willingness without action is fantasy.
     
  4. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day

    June 18, 2011

    Pride-blindness

    We scarcely need to be reminded that excessive guilt or rebellion
    leads to spiritual poverty. But it was a very long time before we knew
    we could go even more broke on spiritual pride.
    When we early AA's got our first glimmer of how spiritually prideful we could be,
    we coined this expression: "Don't try to get too damned good by Thursday!"
    . . . This is our AA way of warning against pride-blindness,
    and the imaginary perfections that we do not possess.


    - The Language of the Heart, p. 255



    Thought to Ponder . . .

    Swallowing my pride will not get me drunk.
     
  5. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day


    June 20, 2011


    Easy Does It

    Sitting quietly for 15 or 20 minutes before starting each day's activities
    helps us set out in a relaxed, orderly frame of mind.
    Some of us use specific methods of prayer or meditation which we have found
    particularly well suited to this purpose.
    And maybe several times during a hectic day, we manage to sit undisturbed,
    with eyes closed, for a five-minute break, then resume work refreshed.


    - Living Sober, p.45



    Thought to Ponder . . .

    While it isn't always easy, if I keep it simple, it works.
     
  6. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day

    June 21, 2011
    Prayer

    My sponsor said, "Pray if you can." Having no faith whatever,
    thinking that prayer must be a kind of auto hypnotic play-acting,
    alone in my apartment I got down on my knees like a little child
    and prayed to the unknown God.
    I said, "God, take away my compulsion to drink." And my compulsion to drink
    was removed, and it has not returned from that day to this.
    Without knowing how I had done it, I had surrendered to the Power,
    and the Power did for me what I could not do of my own will
     
  7. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day

    June 22, 2011

    Trading

    I became willing to make sobriety the most important thing in my life. . .
    But how does one do that?
    I traded dependence on puny self for dependence on God.
    I traded resentment for understanding, fear for trust, selfishness for love.
    I traded dissatisfaction for hope, dishonesty for truth.
    I traded retaliation for amendment; taking for giving.
    I traded leaning upon others for serving others.
    I traded sectarian bigotry for tolerance.



    - Thank You For Sharing, p. 40



    Thought to Ponder . . .

    Bigotry disfigures the heart.
     
  8. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day


    June 23, 2011


    A New Life

    Life will take on a new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others,
    to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you,
    to have a host of friends -- this is an experience you must not miss.
    We know you will not want to miss it.


    - Alcoholics Anonymous, p.89
     
  9. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day
    June 23, 2011
    Pictures
    My sponsor used to say to me, "If I could only paint you a picture
    of how beautiful life can be without booze . . . "
    I wanted so badly to see the picture as it was in her mind.
    Well, now I'm living it and trying to paint for others.
    AA has become a way of life and living for me.
    It has brought about a revelation of self, the discovery of an inner being,
    an awareness of God.

    - Experience, Strength and Hope, p. 315

    Thought to Ponder . . .
    A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
     
  10. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day


    June 26, 2011

    Self-will Run Riot

    Selfishness -- self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles.
    Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, and self-pity,
    we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate. . .
    So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making.
    They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an example of self-will run riot,
    though he usually doesn't think so.



    - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 62



    Thought to Ponder . . .

    Avoidance is not the key; surrender opens the door.
     
  11. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day


    June 27, 2011


    The Solution

    The 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. . .
    This is the great news this book carries to those who suffer from alcoholism.


    - Alcoholics Anonymous, p.17



    Thought to Ponder . . .

    The solution is simple; the solution is spiritual.
     
  12. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day
    June 28, 2011
    Powerlessness
    I knew I had to admit I was powerless over other people.
    I had to admit this just as, in order to keep sober,
    I had to admit I was powerless over alcohol.
    I cannot make anyone love me, or even like me. . .
    All I can do is work to make myself worthy of love.

    - The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 2], p. 104

    Thought to Ponder . . .
    When we love,
    we see in others what we wish to have in ourselves.
     
  13. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day

    June 29, 2011

    Warning Bells

    The thought of a drink is not necessarily the same thing as the desire for one,
    and neither need plunge us into gloom or fear.
    Both can be viewed simply as warning bells
    to remind us of the perils of alcoholism.
    The perils are forever, even when we feel so fine that we wonder
    whether it's really all right for anyone to feel as good as we do, now.
    - Living Sober, pp. 43-44


    Thought to Ponder . . .

    The first drink has the last say.
     
  14. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day


    June 30, 2011


    Awakening

    Is sobriety all that we are to expect from 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 does work
    under any conditions whatever


    -As Bill Sees It, p.8



    Thought to Ponder . . .

    A spiritual awakening is our greatest gift.
     
  15. Msmessup

    Msmessup Well-Known Member

    I love ur posts!!!
     
  16. Freefly

    Freefly Well-Known Member

    AA Thought for the Day
    July 7, 2011
    Step Seven
    "Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings."
    Seldom did we look at character-building as something desirable in itself,
    something we would like to strive for
    whether our instinctual needs were met or not.
    We never thought of making honesty, tolerance, and true love of man and God
    the daily basis of living.

    - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 72

    Thought to Ponder . . .
    If I want God to remove my character defects, I'll have to stop doing them.
     
  17. Restored

    Restored Member

    How about "False Evidence Appearing Real"
     
  18. Restored

    Restored Member

    I've found 15 months after accepting the finished work of Christ, that sacrifice is sufficient for my redemption. As I seek Him and find, knock and He opens doors, and asking and receiving, sobriety isn't scary. It isn't a constant struggle. It simply is one of the many riches along with many other blessings that are a result of making Him Lord. Simply a by-product of His grace, if you will. Salvation is a one-time event, all things are new, and the old has passed a way. You have a brand new mindset. The renewing of the mind with the word of God is a lifetime process, ever seasoning and strengthening the foundation of your faith in Christ. All we have to lead us into truth in our life is the revelations He shares with us, only by fellowship with Him in prayer and bible reading/study.
     
  19. JamesF

    JamesF Well-Known Member

    I'm glad that your faith has brought you happiness and success in addiction recovery. Just keep in mind that belief systems are a personal decision. One person's truth may not be another's. If God loves us as much as I believe, there are certainly more paths than one to get there.
     

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