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RIGHTING THE HARM

Daily Reflections – August 17

In many instances we shall find that though the harm done others has not been great, the emotional harm we have done ourselves has. TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 79

"I HAD DROPPED OUT"

Daily Reflections – August 16

We might next ask ourselves what we mean when we say that we have "harmed" other people. What kinds of "harm" do people do one another, anyway? To define the word "harm" in a practical way, we might call it the result of instincts in collision, which cause physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual damage to people. TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 80

DIDN'T WE HURT ANYBODY?

Daily Reflections – August 15

Some of us, though, tripped over a very different snag. We clung to the claim that when drinking we never hurt anybody but ourselves. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 79

REPAIRING THE DAMAGE

Daily Reflections – August 14

We attempt to sweep away the debris which has accu- mulated out of our effort to live on self-will and run the show ourselves. If we haven't the will to do this, we ask until it comes. Remember it was agreed at the beginning we would go to any lengths for victory over alcohol. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 76

A CLEAN SWEEP

Daily Reflections – August 13

. . . and third, having thus cleaned away the debris of the past, we consider how, with our newfound knowledge of ourselves, we may develop the best possible relations with every human being we know. TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 77

A LOOK BACKWARD

Daily Reflections – August 12

First, we take a look backward and try to discover where we have been at fault; next we make a vigorous attempt to repair the damage we have done; . . . TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 77

REMOVING "THE GROUND GLASS"

Daily Reflections – August 11

The moral inventory is a cool examination of the damages that occurred to us during life and a sincere effort to look at them in a true perspective. This has the effect of taking the ground glass out of us, the emotional substance that still cuts and inhibits. AS BILL SEES IT, p. 140

REDOUBLING OUR EFFORTS

Daily Reflections – August 10

To a degree, he has already done this when taking moral inventory, but now the time has come when he ought to redouble his efforts to see how many people he has hurt, and in what ways. TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 77

". . . OF ALL PERSONS WE HAD HARMED"

Daily Reflections – August 9

. . . and became willing to make amends to them all. TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 77

"MADE A LIST . . ." Made a list of all

Daily Reflections – August 8

persons we had harmed, . . . TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 77

A "DESIGN FOR LIVING"

Daily Reflections - August 7

We in our turn, sought the same escape with all the desperation of drowning men. What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of God. A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, "a design for living" that really works. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 28

DRIVEN

Daily Reflections – August 6

Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self- seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 62

LISTENING DEEPLY

Daily Reflections - August 5

How  persistently  we  claim  the  right  to  decide  all  by ourselves just what we shall think and just how we shall act TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 37

SEEDS OF FAITH

Daily Reflections - August 4

Faith, to be sure, is necessary, but faith alone can avail nothing. We can have faith, yet keep God out of our lives.

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 34

. . . TO BE OF SERVICE

Daily Reflections - August 3

Our  real  purpose  is to  fit  ourselves  to  be  of  maximum service to God and the people about us.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 77

WE BECOME WILLING . . .

Daily Reflections - August 2

At the moment we are trying to put our lives in order. But this is not an end in itself.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 77

LIVING IT

Daily Reflections - August 1

The spiritual life is not a theory. We have to live it.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 83

A PRAYER FOR ALL SEASONS

Daily Reflections - July 31

God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, Courage to change the things we can. And wisdom to know the difference. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 125

GIVING BACK

Daily Reflections - July 30

. . . he has struck something better than gold. . . . 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. AA ANONYMOUS, p. 129

ANONYMOUS GIFTS OF KINDNESS

Daily Reflections - July 29

As active alcoholics we were always looking for a handout in one way or another. "THE TWELVE TRADITIONS ILLUSTRATED," p. 14

THOSE WHO STILL SUFFER

Daily Reflections - July 28

Let us resist the proud assumption that since God has enabled us to do well in one area we are destined to be a channel of saving grace for everybody. A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 232

GIVING FREELY

Daily Reflections - July 27

We will make every personal sacrifice necessary to insure the unity of Alcoholics Anonymous. We will do this because we have learned to love God and one another. A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 234

THE "WORTH" OF SOBRIETY

Daily Reflections - July 26

Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 160

THOSE WHO STILL SUFFER

Daily Reflections - July 25

For us, if we neglect those who are still sick, there is unremitting danger to our own lives and sanity.

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 151

HELPING OTHERS

Daily Reflections July 24

Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers, depend upon our constant thought of others and how we may help meet their needs. AA ANONYMOUS, p. 20

I ASK GOD TO DECIDE

Daily Reflections - July 23

"I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows " AA ANONYMOUS, p. 76

"THE GOOD AND THE BAD"

Daily Reflections - July 22

"My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad." AA ANONYMOUS, p. 76

The joy of life is in the giving. Being freed of my shortcomings, that I may more freely be of service, allows humility to grow in me. My shortcomings can be humbly placed in God's loving care and be removed. The essence of Step Seven is humility, and what better way to seek humility than by giving all of myself—good and bad—to God, so that He may remove the bad and return to me the good.

A PRICELESS GIFT

Daily Reflections - July 21

By this time in all probability we have gained some measure of release from our more devastating handicaps. We enjoy moments in which there is something like real peace of mind. To those of us who have hitherto known only excitement, depression, or anxiety—in other words, to all of us—this newfound peace is a priceless gift. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 74

SHORTCOMINGS REMOVED

Daily Reflections July - 20

But now the words "Of myself I am nothing, the Father doeth the works" began to carry bright promise and meaning. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 75

FALSE PRIDE

Daily Reflections - July 19

Many of us who had thought ourselves religious awoke to the limitations of this attitude. Refusing to place God first, we had deprived ourselves of His help. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 75

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