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NOTHING GROWS IN THE DARK

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 21

We will want the good that is in us all, even in the worst of us, to flower and to grow.
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 10

SOLACE FOR CONFUSION

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 20

Obviously, the dilemma of the wanderer from faith is that of profound confusion. He thinks himself lost to the comfort of any conviction at all He cannot attain in even a small degree the assurance of the believer, the agnostic, or the atheist. He is the bewildered one.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 28

A.A'S "MAIN TAPROOT"

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 19

The principle that we shall find no enduring strength until we first admit complete defeat is the main taproot from which our whole Society has sprung and flowered.  TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, pp. 21-22

AN OPEN MIND

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 18

True humility and an open mind can lead us to faith, . . .  TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 33

A DAILY TUNE-UP

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 17

Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God's will into all of our activities. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 85

THROUGHOUT EACH DAY

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 16

This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime.  ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84

MY CHECKLIST, NOT YOURS

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 15

Gossip barbed with our anger, a polite form of murder by character  assassination,  has  its  satisfactions  for  us,  too. Here we are not trying to help those we criticize; we are trying to proclaim our own righteousness.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 67

A PROGRAM FOR LIVING

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 14

When we retire at night, we constructively review our day. . . . On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead. . . . 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, p. 86

UNREMITTING INVENTORIES

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 13

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. Then we resolutely turn our thoughts to someone we can help.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84

CURBING RASHNESS

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 12

When we speak or act hastily or rashly, the ability to be fair-minded and tolerant evaporates on the spot.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 91

SELF-RESTRAINT

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 11

Our first objective will be the development of self-restraint.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 91

FIXING ME, NOT YOU

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 10

If somebody hurts us and we are sore, we are in the wrong also.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 90

A SPIRITUAL AXIOM

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 09

It is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 90

DAILY INVENTORY

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 08

. . . and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 59

DAILY MONITORING

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 07
Continued to take personal inventory. . . .   TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 88

FACING OURSELVES

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 06
FACING OURSELVES . . . and Fear says, "You dare not look!"   TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 49

YESTERDAY'S BAGGAGE

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 05

For the wise have always known that no one can make much  of  his life until  self-searching  becomes  a  regular habit, until he is able to admit and accept what he finds, and until he patiently and persistently tries to correct what is wrong.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 88

A NECESSARY PRUNING

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 04

. . . we know that the pains of drinking had to come before sobriety, and emotional turmoil before serenity.   TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 94

SERENITY AFTER THE STORM

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 03

Someone who knew what he was talking about once remarked that pain was the touchstone of all spiritual progress. How heartily we A.A. 's can agree with him. . . .    TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, pp. 93-94

"THE ACID TEST"

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 02

As we work the first nine Steps, we prepare ourselves for the adventure of a new life. But when we approach Step Ten we commence to put our A.A. way of living to practical use, day by day, in fair weather or foul Then comes the acid test: can we stay sober, keep in emotional balance, and live to good purpose under all conditions?
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 88

LEST WE BECOME COMPLACENT

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 01

It 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. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 85

THE CIRCLE AND THE TRIANGLE

Daily Reflections - SEPTEMBER 30

The circle stands for the whole world of A.A., and the triangle  stands  for  A.A.'s  Three  Legacies  of  Recovery, Unity, and Service. Within our wonderful new world, we have found freedom from our fatal obsession.
A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 139

EXACTLY ALIKE

Daily Reflections - SEPTEMBER 29

Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 89

LOVE WITHOUT STRINGS

Daily Reflections - SEPTEMBER 28

Practical  experience  shows  that  nothing  will  so  much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 89

WITHOUT RESERVATION

Daily Reflections - SEPTEMBER 27

When brimming with gratitude, one's heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, . . .
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 37

While practicing service to others, if my successes give rise to grandiosity, I must reflect on what brought me to this point. What has been given joyfully, with love, must be passed on without reservation and without expectation. For as I grow, I find that no matter how much I give with love, I receive much more in spirit.
 

OUR CHILDREN

Daily Reflections - SEPTEMBER 26

The alcoholic may find it hard to re-establish friendly relations with his children. . . . In time they will see that he is a new man and in their own way they will let him know it.  .  .  .  From  that  point  on,  progress  will  be  rapid. Marvelous results often follow such a reunion.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 134

FIRST THINGS FIRST

Daily Reflections - SEPTEMBER 25

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, p. 98

VIGILANCE

Daily Reflections - SEPTEMBER 24

We 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, p. 33

"I WAS AN EXCEPTION"

Daily Reflections - SEPTEMBER 23

He [Bill W.] said to me, gently and simply, "Do you think that you are one of us?" ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 413

A "LIMITLESS LODE"

Daily Reflections - SEPTEMBER 22

Like a gaunt prospector, belt drawn in over the last ounce of food, our pick struck gold. Joy at our release from a lifetime of frustration knew no bounds. Father feels he has struck something better than gold. For a time he may try to hug the new treasure to himself. He may not see at once that he has barely scratched a limitless lode which will pay dividends only if he mines it for the rest of his life and insists on giving away the entire product.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, pp. 128-29

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