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GETTING INVOLVED

Daily Reflections – January 24

There is action and more action. "Faith without works is dead." . . . To be helpful is our only aim. ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, pp. 88-89

HAVING FUN YET?

Daily Reflections – January 23

. . . 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. We try not to indulge in cynicism over the state of the nations, nor do we carry the world's troubles on our shoulders. ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, p. 132

"LET'S KEEP IT SIMPLE"

Daily Reflections – January 22

A few hours later I took my leave of Dr. Bob. . . . The wonderful, old, broad smile was on his face as he said almost jokingly, "Remember, Bill, let's not louse this thing up. Let's keep it simple!" I turned away, unable to say a word. That was the last time I ever saw him. ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS COMES OF AGE, p. 214

SERVING MY BROTHER

Daily Reflections – January 21

The member talks to the newcomer not in a spirit of power but in a spirit of humility and weakness. ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS COMES OF AGE p. 279

"WE PAUSE . . . AND ASK"

Daily Reflections – January 20

As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, p. 87

ROUND-THE-CLOCK FAITH

Daily Reflections – January 19

Faith has to work twenty-four hours a day in and through us, or we perish. ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, p. 16

WOULD A DRINK HELP?

Daily Reflections – January 18

By going back in our own drinking histories, we could show that years before we realized it we were out of control, that our drinking even then was no mere habit, that it was indeed the beginning of a fatal progression. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 23

HAPPINESS COMES QUIETLY

Daily Reflections – January 17

HITTING BOTTOM

Daily Reflections – January 16

Why all this insistence that every A.A. must hit bottom first? The answer is that few people will sincerely try to practice the A.A. program unless they have hit bottom. For practicing A. A. 's remaining eleven Steps means the adoption of attitudes and actions that almost no alcoholic who is still drinking can dream of taking. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 24

AN UNSUSPECTED INNER RESOURCE

Daily Reflections – January 15

With few exceptions our members find that they have tapped an unsuspected inner resource which they presently identify with their own conception of a Power greater than themselves. ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, pp. 569-70

NO REGRETS

Daily Reflections – January 14

We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, p. 83

IT DOESN'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT

Daily Reflections – January 13

We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, p. 85

THE 100% STEP

Daily Reflections – January 11

Only Step One, where we made the 100 percent admission we were powerless over alcohol can be practiced with absolute perfection. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 68

UNITED WE STAND

Daily Reflections – January 10

We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery. The delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed. ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, p. 30

AN ACT OF PROVIDENCE

Daily Reflections – January 9

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 AND TWELVE, p. 21

DO I HAVE A CHOICE?

Daily Reflections – January 8

The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink. Our so-called will power becomes practically nonexistent. ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, p. 24

AT THE TURNING POINT

Daily Reflections – January 7

Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon. ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, p. 59

THE VICTORY OF SURRENDER

Daily Reflections – January 6

We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps toward liberation and strength. Our admissions of personal powerlessness finally turn out to be firm bedrock upon which happy and purposeful lives may be built. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 21

TOTAL ACCEPTANCE

Daily Reflections – January 5

He cannot picture life without alcohol Some day he will be unable to imagine life either  with alcohol  or without  it. Then he will know loneliness such as few do. He will be at the jumping-off place. He will wish for the end.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 152

 

BEGIN WHERE YOU ARE

Daily Reflections – January 4

We feel that elimination of our drinking is but a beginning. A much more important demonstration of our principles lies before us in our respective homes, occupations and affairs. ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, p. 19

POWERLESS

Daily Reflections – January 3

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 21

FIRST, THE FOUNDATION

Daily Reflections – January 2

Is sobriety all that we can expect of a spiritual awakening? No, sobriety is only a bare beginning. AS BILL SEES IT, p. 8

"I AM A MIRACLE"

Daily Reflections – January 1

The 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. ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, p. 25

DAILY RESOLUTIONS

Daily reflections - DECEMBER 31

The idea of "twenty-four-hour living" applies primarily to the emotional life of the individual. Emotionally speaking, we must not live in yesterday, nor in tomorrow. AS BILL SEES IT, p. 284

ANONYMITY

Daily reflections - DECEMBER 30

Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities. ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, p. 564

THE JOY OF LIVING

Daily reflections - DECEMBER 29

. . . therefore the joy of good living is the theme of A.A.'s Twelfth Step. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 125

SUIT UP AND SHOW UP

Daily reflections - DECEMBER 28

In  A.A.  we  aim  not  only  for  sobriety—we  try  again  to become citizens of the world that we rejected, and of the world that once rejected us. This is the ultimate demonstration toward which Twelfth Step work is the first but not the final step. AS BILL SEES IT, p. 21

PROBLEM SOLVING

Daily reflections - DECEMBER 27

"Quite as important was the discovery that spiritual principles would solve all my problems." ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, p. 42

ACCEPTING SUCCESS OR FAILURE

Daily reflections - DECEMBER 26

Furthermore, how shall we come to terms with seeming failure or success? Can we now accept and adjust to either without despair or pride? Can we accept poverty, sickness, loneliness,  and  bereavement  with  courage  and  serenity? Can we steadfastly content ourselves with the humbler, yet sometimes more durable, satisfactions when the brighter, more glittering achievements are denied us? TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 112

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