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MYSTERIOUS PARADOXES

Daily reflections - February 23

Such is the paradox of A.A. regeneration: strength arising out of complete defeat and weakness, the loss of one's old life as a condition for finding a new one.

A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 46

GUIDANCE

Daily reflections - February 22

. . . this means a belief in a Creator who is all power, justice, and love; a God who intends for me a purpose, a meaning, and a destiny to grow, however . . . haltingly, toward His own likeness and image.

AS BILL SEES IT, p. 51

 

I'M PART OF THE WHOLE

Daily reflections - February 21

At once, I became a part—if only a tiny part—of a cosmos.

. . . AS BILL SEES IT, p. 225

When I first came to A.A., I decided that "they" were very nice people—perhaps a little naive, a little too friendly, but basically decent, earnest people (with whom I had nothing in common). I saw "them" at meetings—after all, that was where "they" existed. I shook hands with "them" and, when I went out the door, I forgot about "them."

THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER

Daily reflections – February 20

At this juncture, his A.A. sponsor usually laughs. TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 26

OUR PATHS ARE OUR OWN

Daily reflections – February 18

. . . there was nothing left for us but to pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet. ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, p.25

THE LOVE IN THEIR EYES

Daily reflections - February 17

Some of  us won't  believe in God, others can't, and still others  who  do  believe  that  God  exists  have  no  faith whatever He will perform this miracle.

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 25

 

COMMITMENT

Daily reflections - February 16

Understanding is the key to right principles and attitudes, and right action is the key to good living.

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 125

TAKING ACTION

 Daily reflections - February 15

Are these extravagant  promises?  We think not  They  are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84

EXPECTATIONS vs. DEMANDS

Daily reflections - February 14

Burn the idea into the consciousness of ever, man that he can get well regardless of anyone. The only condition is that he trust in God and clean house.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 98

WE CAN'T THINK OUR WAY SOBER

Daily reflections - February 13

To the intellectually self-sufficient man or woman, many A. A.'s can say, "Yes, we were like you—far too smart for our own good. . . . Secretly, we felt we could float above the rest of the folks on our brain power alone."

AS BILL SEES IT, p. 60

"THE ROOT OF OUR TROUBLES"

Daily reflections - February 12

Selfishness—self-centeredness!  That, we think, is the root of our troubles.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 62

THE LIMITS OF SELF-RELIANCE

Daily reflections - February 11

We asked  ourselves  why we had them [fears].  Wasn't  it because self-reliance failed us?

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 68

I DON'T RUN THE SHOW

Daily reflections – February 10

When we became alcoholics, crushed by a self-imposed crisis we could not postpone or evade, we had to fearlessly face the proposition that either God is everything or else He is nothing. God either is, or He isn't What was our choice to be? ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, p. 53

CONVINCING "MR. HYDE"

Daily reflections – February 8

Even then, as we hew away, peace and joy will still elude us. That's the place so many of us A. A. oldsters have come to. And it's a hell of a spot, literally. How shall our unconscious—from which so many of our fears, compulsions and phony aspirations still stream —be brought into line with what we actually believe, know and want! How to convince our dumb, raging and hidden "Mr. Hyde" becomes our main task. THE BEST OF BILL, pp. 42-43

A PATH TO FAITH

Daily reflections – February 7

True humility and an open mind can lead us to faith, and every A.A. meeting is an assurance that God will restore us to sanity if we rightly relate ourselves to Him. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 33

A RALLYING POINT

Daily reflections – February 6

Therefore, Step Two is the rallying point for all of us. Whether agnostic, atheist, or former believer, we can stand together on this Step. TWELVE TWELVE, p. 33

A GLORIOUS RELEASE

Daily reflections – February 5

"The minute I stopped arguing, I could begin to see and feel Right there, Step Two gently and very gradually began to infiltrate my life. I can't say upon what occasion or upon what day I came to believe in a Power greater than myself, but I certainly have that belief now. To acquire it, I had only to stop fighting and practice the rest of A.A. 's pro- gram as enthusiastically as I could. "TWELVE TWELVE, p. 27

WHEN FAITH IS MISSING

Daily reflections – February 4

Sometimes A.A. comes harder to those who have lost or rejected faith than to those who never had any faith at all, for they think they have tried faith and found it wanting. They have tried the way of faith and the way of no faith. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 28

FILLING THE VOID

Daily reflections – February 3

We needed to ask ourselves but one short question. "Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?" As soon as a man can say that he does believe, or is willing to believe, we emphatically assure him that he is on his way. ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, p. 47

RESCUED BY SURRENDERING

Daily reflections – February 2

Characteristic of the so-called typical alcoholic is a narcissistic egocentric core, dominated by feelings of omnipotence, intent on maintaining at all costs its inner integrity. . . . Inwardly the alcoholic brooks no control from man or God He, the alcoholic, is and must be the master of his destiny. He will fight to the end to preserve that position. A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 311

GOAL: SANITY

Daily reflections – February 1

". . . Step Two gently and very gradually began to infiltrate my life. I can't say upon what occasion or upon what day I came to believe in a Power greater than myself, but I certainly have that belief now." TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 27

OUR COMMON WELFARE COMES FIRST

Daily Reflections – January 31

The unity of Alcoholics Anonymous is the most cherished quality our Society has . . . We stay whole, or A. A. dies. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 129

FREEDOM FROM . . . FREEDOM TO – Daily reflections

Daily Reflections – January 30

We are going to know a new freedom. . . . ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, p. 83

THE JOY OF SHARING

Daily Reflections – January 29

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. We know you will not want to miss it. Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives. ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, p. 89

THE TREASURE OF THE PAST

Daily Reflections – January 28

Showing others who suffer how we were given help is the very thing which makes life seem so worth while to us now. Cling to the thought that, in God's hands, the dark past is the greatest possession you have—the key to life and happiness for others. With it you can avert death and misery for them. ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, p. 124

FREEDOM FROM GUILT

Daily Reflections – January 27

Where other people were concerned, we had to drop the word "blame" from our speech and thought. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 47

RIGOROUS HONESTY

Daily Reflections – January 26

Who wishes to be rigorously honest and tolerant? Who wants to confess his faults to another and make restitution for harm done? Who cares anything about a Higher Power, let alone meditation and prayer? Who wants to sacrifice time and energy in trying to carry A.A. 's message to the next sufferer? No, the average alcoholic, self-centered in the extreme, doesn't care for this prospect—unless he has to do these things in order to stay alive himself. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 24

WHAT WE NEED—EACH OTHER

Daily Reflections – January 25

. . . A.A. is really saying to every serious drinker, "You are an A.A. member if you say so . . . nobody can keep you out." TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 139

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