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PROGRESSIVE GRATITUDE

Daily Reflections – May 25

Gratitude should go forward, rather than backward.

AS BILL SEES IT, p. 29

"HAPPY, JOYOUS AND FREE"

Daily Reflections – May 24

We are sure God wants us to be happy, joyous, and free. We cannot subscribe to the belief that this life is vale of tears, though it once was just that for many f us. But it is clear that we made our own misery, rod didn't do it. Avoid then, the deliberate manufacture of misery, but if trouble comes, cheerfully capitalize it as an opportunity to demonstrate His omnipotence.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 133

A LIST OF BLESSINGS

Daily Reflections - May 21

One exercise that I practice is to try for a full inventory of my blessings. . . .

AS BILL SEES IT, p. 37

ONE DAY AT A TIME

Daily Reflections – May 20

Above all, take it one day at a time. AS BILL SEES IT, p. 11

GIVING WITHOUT STRINGS

Daily Reflections – May 19

And he well knows that his own life has been made richer, as  an  extra  dividend  of  giving  to  another  without  any demand for a return. AS BILL SEES IT, p. 69

FREEDOM TO BE ME

Daily Reflections – May 18

If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 83

. . . AND FORGIVE

Daily Reflections – May 17

Under very trying conditions I have had, again and again, to forgive others—also myself

AS BILL SEES IT, p. 268

WE FORGIVE . . .

Daily Reflections - May 16

Often it was while working on this Step with our sponsors or spiritual advisers that we first felt truly able to forgive others, no matter how deeply we felt hey had wronged us. Our moral inventory had persuaded us that all-round forgiveness was desirable, but it was only when we resolutely tackled Step Five hat we inwardly knew we'd be able to receive forgiveness and give it, too.

KNOW GOD; KNOW PEACE

Daily Reflections - May 15

It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness. . . . But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment is infinitely grave. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 66

IT'S OKAY TO BE ME

MAY 14 - Daily Reflections

Time after time newcomers have tried to keep to themselves certain facts about their lives. . . . they have turned to easier methods. . . . But they had not learned enough humility. . . . ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, pp. 72-73

The Easier, Softer Way

MAY 13 - Daily Reflections

If we skip this vital step, we may not overcome drinking. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 72

THE PAST IS OVER

May 12 - Daily reflections

A NEW SENSE OF BELONGING

May 11 - Daily Reflections

Until we had talked with complete candor of our conflicts, and had listened to someone else do the same thing, we still didn't belong.

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 57

 

 

FREE AT LAST

May 10 - Daily Reflections

Another great dividend we may expect from confiding our defects to another human being is humility —a word often misunderstood.  . . . it amounts to a clear recognition of what and who we really are, followed by a sincere attempt to become what we could be.

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 58

 

CULTIVATING FAITH

 Daily Reflections - April 21 

LOVE AND FEAR AS OPPOSITES

Daily Reflections - April 17

All these failings generate fear, a soul-sickness in its own right.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 49

THE "NUMBER ONE OFFENDER"

Daily Reflections - April 14

Resentment is the "number one" offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 64

FREEDOM FROM "KING ALCOHOL"

Daily Relflections - April 9 

. . . let us not suppose even for an instant that we are not under constraint. . . . Our former tyrant, King Alcohol, always stands ready again to clutch us to him Therefore, freedom from alcohol is the great "must" that has to be achieved, else we go mad or die.
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 134

TRUE BROTHERHOOD

Daily Reflections - April 5

We have not once sought to be one in a family, to be a friend among friends, to be a worker among workers, to be a useful member of society. Always we tried to struggle to the top of the heap, or to hide underneath it This self-centered behavior blocked a partnership relation with any one of those about us. Of true brotherhood we had small comprehension. TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 53

NO ONE DENIED ME LOVE

 Daily Relflections - March 31 

OUR GROUP CONSCIENCE

Daily reflections - March 30

". . . sometimes the good is the enemy of the best" ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS COMES OF AGE P- 101 I think these words apply to every area of A.A.'s Three Legacies: Recovery, Unity and Service! I want them etched in my mind and life as I "trudge the Road of Happy Destiny" (Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 164).

TRUSTED SERVANTS

Daily Reflection - March 29

They are servants. Theirs is the sometimes thankless privilege of doing the group's chores
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 134

EQUALITY – Daily reflections

March 28 - Daily Reflection

Our membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism Hence we may refuse none who wish to recover. Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money or conformity. Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 565

THE TEACHING IS NEVER OVER

March 26 - Daily Reflections

Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny. May God bless you and keep you—until then.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 164

A FULL AND THANKFUL HEART

Daily Reflections - March 25 

try hard to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits. When brimming with gratitude, one's heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion that we can ever know.
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 37

NO MORE STRUGGLE. . . – Daily reflections

March 22 - Daily Reflections

And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone— even alcohol.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84

MATERIAL AND SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING

Daily Relflections - March 21 

Fear . . . of economic insecurity will leave us.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84

REAL INDEPENDENCE

Daily Reflections - March 18 

The more we become willing to depend upon a Higher Power, the more independent we actually are.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 36

MYSTERIOUS WAYS

Daily reflections - March 17

. . . out of every season of grief or suffering when the hand of God seemed heavy or even unjust, new lessons for living were learned, new resources of courage were uncovered, and that finally, inescapably, the conviction came that God does "move in a mysterious way His wonders to perform."

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 105

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