Bluidkiti's Recovery Forums Recovery Links Daily Recovery Readings NA Just For Today Daily Spiritual Meditations Weekly Spiritual Readings Daily Prayers AA Thought for the Day September 9 Listening In shame and despair, I went to my first AA meeting. By some minor miracle, I was able to suspend opinion, analysis, judgment. and criticism, and instead to listen and hear. I heard someone say that AA works for those who put action into the program. . . I heard that I should forget about yesterday and instead concentrating on today and staying away from the first drink -- now. I tried it, and it worked. - Came To Believe . . ., p. 42 Thought to Ponder . . . Learn to listen; listen to learn. AA-related 'Alconym' . . . A R T = Always Remain Teachable. ~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~ Delusion "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 were like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed." 1976AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 17 Thought to Consider . . . There is no such thing as being 'a little bit alcoholic.' *~*~*AACRONYMS*~*~* D E N I A L = Don't Even Notice I Am Lying *~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~* Condemn Tradition Three: The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking. Why did A.A. finally drop all its membership regulations? Why did we leave it to each newcomer to decide himself whether he was an alcoholic and whether he should join us? Why did we dare say, contrary to the experience of society and government everywhere, that we would neither punish nor deprive any A.A. of membership, believe anything, or conform to anything? The answer, now seen in Tradition Three, was simplicity itself. At last experience taught us that to take away any alcoholic's full chance was sometimes to pronounce his death sentence, and often to condemn him to endless misery. Who dared to be judge, jury, and executioner of his own sick brother? 1981, AAWS, Inc., Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 141 *~*~*~*~*^ Grapevine Quote ^*~*~*~*~* "When I'm willing to pay the price for top-shelf sobriety, 'action' is still the magic word." Craig, Colo., January 1997 "Paying the Price for Improvement" Emotional Sobriety II *~*~*~*~*^ Big Book & Twelve N' Twelve Quotes of the Day ^*~*~*~*~* "Life will take on 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." ~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Working With Others, pg. 89~ Whether the family has spiritual convictions or not, they may do well to examine the principles by which the alcoholic member is trying to live. They can hardly fail to approve these simple principles, though the head of the house still fails somewhat in practicing them. Nothing will help the man who is off on a spiritual tangent so much as the wife who adopts a sane spiritual program, making a better practical use of it. ~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, The Family Afterward, pg. 130~ "Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely." -Alcoholics Anonymous p. 58 "And as we grow spiritually, we find that our old attitudes toward our instincts need to undergo drastic revisions." -Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions p. 114 Misc. AA Literature - Quote Alcoholism was a lonely business, even though we were surrounded by people who loved us. But when our self-will had driven everybody away and our isolation became complete, we commenced to play the big shot in cheap barrooms. Failing even in this, we had to fare forth alone on the street to depend upon the charity of passers-by. We were trying to find emotional security either by dominating or by being dependent upon others. Even when our fortunes had not totally ebbed, we nevertheless found ourselves alone in the world. We still vainly tried to be secure by some unhealthy sort of domination or dependence. For those of us who were like that, A.A. has a very special meaning. In this Fellowship we begin to learn right relations with people who understand us; we don't have to be alone any more. Prayer for the Day: God, please forgive me for my failings today. I know that because of my failings, I was not able to be as effective as I could have been for you. Please forgive me and help me live thy will better today. I ask you now to show me how to correct the errors I have just outlined. Guide me and direct me. Please remove my arrogance and my fear. Show me how to make my relationships right and grant me the humility and strength to do thy will. Click here to make a Donation This is not spam. You are receiving this because you joined this list. Click here to receive Daily Recovery Readings in email. 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