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TRUSTING OTHERS

Daily Reflections - June 23

But does trust require that we be blind to other people's motives or, indeed, to our own? Not at all; this would be folly. Most certainly, we should assess the capacity for harm as well as the capability for good in every person that we would trust. Such a private inventory can reveal the degree of confidence we should extend in any given situation. AS BILL SEES IT, p. 144

TODAY, I'M FREE

Daily Reflections – June 22

This brought me to the good healthy realization that there were plenty of situations left in the world over which I had no personal power—that if I was so ready to admit that to be the case with alcohol, so Imust make the same admission with respect to much else. I would have to be still and know that He, not I, was God.

AS BILL SEES IT, p. 114

 

Daily Reflections – June 21

Daily Reflections – June 21

The   achievement of freedom from fear is a lifetime undertaking, one that can never be wholly completed. When under heavy attack, acute illness, or in other conditions of serious insecurity, we shall all act to this emotion—well or badly, as the case may be. Only the self-deceived will claim perfect freedom from fear.

AS BILL SEES IT, p. 263

 

RELEASE FROM FEAR

Daily Reflections – June 20

The problem of resolving fear has two aspects. We shall have to try for all the freedom from fear that is possible for us to attain. Then we shall need to find both the courage and  grace  to  deal  constructively  with  whatever  fears remain.

AS BILL SEES IT, p. 61

 

"A.A. REGENERATION"

Daily Reflections – June 19

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

 

A FELLOWSHIP OF FREEDOM

Daily Reflections – June 18

. . . if only men were granted absolute liberty, and were compelled to obey no one, they would then voluntarily associate themselves in the common interest

AS BILL SEES IT, p. 50

 

"DEEP DOWN WITHIN US"

Daily Reflections – June 17

We found the Great Reality deep down within us. In the last analysis it is only there that He may be found. . . . search diligently within yourself. . . . With this attitude you cannot fail. The consciousness of your belief is sure to come to you. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 55

OPEN-MINDEDNESS

Daily Reflections - June 16

We have found that God does not make too hard terms with those who seek Him. To us, the realm of spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive, never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek. It is open, we believe, to all men.

AS BILL SEES IT, p. 7

 

MAKING A.A. YOUR HIGHER POWER

Daily Reflections - June 15

". . . You can . . . make A.A. itself  your 'higher power.' Here's a very large group of people who have solved their alcohol problem. . . . many members . . . have crossed the threshold just this way. . . . their faith broadened and deepened.  .  .  .  transformed,  they  came  to  believe  in  a Higher Power. . . . "

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, pp. 27-28

 

LIVING OUR AMENDS

Daily Reflections - June 13

"Years of living with an alcoholic is almost sure to make any wife or child neurotic. The entire family is, to some extent, ill."

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 122

 

FORMING TRUE PARTNERSHIPS

Daily Reflections - June 12

But it is from our twisted relations with family, friends, and society at large that many of us have suffered the most. We have been especially stupid and stubborn about them. The primary fact that we fail to recognize is our total inability to form a true partnership with another human being.

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 53

 

FAMILY OBLIGATIONS

Daily Reflections - June 11

. . . a spiritual life which does not include . . . family obligations may not be so perfect after all.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 129

 

IMPATIENT? TRY LEVITATING

Daily Reflections - June 10

We reacted  more  strongly  to  frustrations  than  normal people.

AS BILL SEES IT, p. I l l

 

LIVING IN THE NOW

Daily Reflections - June 9

First, we try living in the now just in order to stay sober— and it works Once the idea has become a part of our thinking we find that living life in 24-hour segments is an effective and satisfying way to handle many other matters as well

LIVING SOBER, p. 7

 

OPENING UP TO CHANGE

Daily Reflections– June 8

Self-searching is the means by which we bring new vision, action, and grace to bear upon the dark and negative side of our natures With it comes the development of that kind of humility that makes it possible for us to receive God's help. . . . we find that bit by bit we can discard the old life—the one that did not work—for a new life that can and does work under any conditions whatever. AS BILL SEES IT, pp. 10, 8

LONG-TERM HOPE

Daily Reflections– June 7

Since most of us are born with an abundance of natural desires, it isn't strange that we often let these far exceed their intended purpose. When they drive us blindly, or we willfully demand that they supply us with more satisfactions or pleasures than are possible or due us, that is the point at which we depart from the degree of perfection that God wishes for us here on earth. That is the measure of our character defects, or, if you wish, of our sins.

ALL WE DO IS TRY

Daily Reflections– June 6

Can He now take them all—every one?

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 76

ENTIRELY READY?

Daily Reflections– June 5

LETTING GO OF OUR OLD SELVES

Daily Reflections– June 4

Carefully reading the first five proposals we ask if we have omitted  anything  for  we  are  building  an  arch  through which we shall walk a free man at last. . . . Are we now ready to let God remove from us all the things which we have admitted are objectionable?

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, pp. 75, 76

ON A WING AND A PRAYER

Daily Reflections– June 3

. . . we then look at Step Six. We have emphasized willingness as being indispensable.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 76

THE UPWARD PATH

Daily Reflections– June 2

Here are the steps we took. . . .ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 59

A CHANGED OUTLOOK

Daily reflections - June 1

Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84

OUR PRIMARY PURPOSE

Daily Reflections – May 30

The more A.A. sticks to its primary purpose, the greater will be its helpful influence everywhere.

A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 109

TRUE TOLERANCE

Daily Reflections – May 29

The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 139

EQUAL RIGHTS

Daily Reflections – May 28

At one time or another most A.A. groups go on rulemaking benders. . . . After a time fear and intolerance subside, [and we realize] We do not wish to deny anyone his chance to recover from alcoholism. We wish to be just as inclusive as we can, never exclusive.

"A.A. TRADITION: HOW IT DEVELOPED," pp. 10, 11, 12

 

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

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