Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Your Daily Reprieve 01.25.17

Your Daily Reprieve for Wednesday January  25,  2017

From Stuart. FL

"If people are going to get back into balance, one of the things they have to do is seek the truth. They have to start really speaking the truth themselves, and that's a difficult thing to do.
T he way it is now in the world, we don't mind lying."
--John Peters

"Sponsorship is a bridge to trusting the human race, the very race we once resigned from. In learning to trust, we are strengthening our sobriety." ~Grapevine: Grand Island, Neb., February 1984

So you have some quirks and idiosyncrasies. The bigger question is whether or not you use those special personality traits to make people feel better or worse. May you be blessed to always make others comfortable in your presence. Lift up, never put down, the good people who surround you. ~Prayables

Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.
~Isak Dinesen

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"To be doomed to an alcoholic death or to live on a spiritual basis
are not always easy alternatives to face."

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, Page 44~

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1/1 Bob V. (Bernardsville, NJ) ..... 33
1/1 Joanie R. (Bedminster, NJ).....15
1/1 Deirdre K. (Baskin Ridge, NJ).....12
1/1 Dorothy D. (Fayetteville, NC).....16
1/1 Joan B.  (Port Charlotte, FL) ..... 28
1/1 Boston Steve K. (Boston/Stuart, FL) ..... 19
1/1 John S. (Naples, FL).....28
1/1 Terrance R. (Morristown, NJ).....23
1/2 Gregory B. (New York, NY).....5
1/3 Johnyr (Stuart, FL).....39
1/3 Kare B. (Boston, MA).....33
1/5 Tim G. (Dallas, TX).....5
1/6 Ann OK (Stuart, FL/Greenwich, CT).....38
1/6 George R. (Statham, NH) ..... 5
1/6 Mary B. (Key Largo, FL) ..... 11
1/6 Richard F. (Annapolis, MD).....2
1/7 Leo D. (Warren, NJ).....19
1/7 Kate N. (Calgary, Canada).....7
1/8 Alan J. (Roscoe, NY).....9
1/8 Jolly Lou (Tortola, BVI).....4
1/9 Tefft S. (Washington, DC) ..... 32
1/9 Jason M. (Rye, NY).....17
1/10 Kelly P. (Methuen, MA)..... 28
1/10 Sara M. (NYC, NY).....4
1/10 Janice E. (Corpus Christi, TX).....17
1/10 Tim S. (Rownhams, UK).....11
1/11 Dannielle T. New York, NY).....25
1/12 David F. (Invermere, BC).....4
1/12 Shahab N.  (Bethesda, MD).....14
1/13 David S. (Boston, MA).....31
1/13 Debra G. (Culebra, PR).....2
1/13 Robbi H. [G.V.D.] (Pt.Char.FL/VA ).....35
1/13 Tara M. (Larchmont, NY) ..... 4
1/13 Padraic O’R. (Whistler, BC).....4
1/13 Ken R. (Boston, MA).....14
1/14 Dot C. (Acton, MA) ..... 4
1/14 Nick M. (Asheville, NC).....23
1/15 Mike R. (Englewood, NJ/Culebra, PR).....26
1/15 Kate P. (Nantucket, MA).....1
1/15 Steve D. (Bernardsville, NJ).....5
1/16 Jeff W. (Lake City, CO).....12
1/16 Tree A. (San Anselmo, CA).....28
1/17 Scott M. (NYC, NY).....3
1/17 Steve P. (Massachusetts).....1
1/17 Helen C. (Dover, UK).....45
1/19 Rhonda L. (Stuart, FL).....15
1/19 Carol L. (Aspen/NYC).....26
1/20 Jeff L. (Portsmouth, NH).....3
1/20 Elizabeth J. (Longwood, FL).....30
1/20 Deryn K. (Seymour, TN).....24
*Nancy S. (Nantucket, MA).....61*
1/21 Robbie R. (Bernardsville, NJ).....4
1/22 Stacey C. (New York, NY).....10
1/22 Lindsay (Randolph, MA).....2
1/24 Paul B. (Newburyport, MA).....31
1/24 Vito (Saratoga Springs, NY) ..... 25
1/24 Melanie K, (New York City, NY).....6
1/25 Sonja C. (San Diego, CA).....7
1/25 Thomas M. Airdrie, Scotland).....28
1/26 Dana R. (Madison, CT).....2
1/28 Howard G.( Winter Garden, FL).....20
1/28 Lisa G. (Manasquan, NJ).....5
1/28 Bill S. (Horseheads, NY).....28
1/29 Sandra C. (Port St, Lucie, FL).....41
1/30 Sandra W. (Easthampton, NY).....21
1/31 Diane B. (Cape Cod, MA).....24

1039  Total Years of Sobriety


Step Eleven - "Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out."

In the morning we think of the hours to come. Perhaps we think of our day's work and the chances it may afford us to be useful and helpful, or of some special problem that it may bring. Possibly today will see a continuation of a serious and as yet unresolved problem left over from yesterday. Our immediate temptation will be to ask for specific solutions to specific problems, and for the ability to help other people as we have already thought they should be helped. In that case, we are asking God to do it our way. Therefore, we ought to consider each request carefully to see what its real merit is. Even so, when making specific requests, it will be well to add to each one of them this qualification: "...if it be Thy will." We ask simply that throughout the day God place in us the best understanding of His will that we can have for that day, and that we be given the grace by which we may carry it out.

p. 102

Twenty-Four Hours

A.A. Thought For The Day

We used to depend on drinking for a lot of things. We
depended on drinking to help us enjoy things. It gave us
a "kick." It broke down our shyness and helped us to have
a "good time." We depended on drinking to help us when we
felt low physically. If we had a toothache or just a
hangover, we felt better after a few drinks. We depended
on drinking to help us when we felt low mentally. If we
had a tough day at the office or if we'd had a fight with
our wives, or if things just seemed against us, we felt
better under the influence of alcohol. For us alcoholics,
it got so that we depended on drinking for almost
everything. Have I gotten over that dependence on drinking?

Meditation For The Day

I believe that complete surrender of my life to God is
the foundation of serenity. God has prepared for us many
mansions. I do not look upon that promise as referring
only to the after-life. I do not look upon this life as
something to be struggled through, in order to get the
rewards of the next life. I believe that the Kingdom of
is within us and we can enjoy "eternal life" here
and now.

Prayer For The Day

I pray that I may try to do God's will. I pray that such
understanding, insight and vision shall be mine, and
shall make my life eternal, here and now.

Daily Thought
(\    ~~    /)
(    \(AA)/    )
(_ /AA\ _)
/ AA \

In many self-governing countries we are now seeing the inroads of ignorance, apathy, and power-seeking upon democratic systems. Their spiritual resources of right purpose and collective intelligence are waning. Consequently, many a land has become so helpless that the only answer is dictatorship. Happily for us, there seems little prospect of such a calamity in AA. The life of each individual and of each group is built around our Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. We very well know that the penalty for extensive disobedience to these principles is death for the individual and dissolution for the group. An even greater force for AA's unity is in the compelling love that we have for our fellow members and for the principles upon which our lives today are founded.
c. 1962 AAWS
Twelve Concepts for World Service, 26th printing,  p. 8

Thought to Consider . . .

Only those who see the invisible can accomplish the impossible.


People Relying On God Relay A Message

Daily Reflection


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

For years, whenever I reflected on Tradition Three ("The
only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop
drinking"), I thought it valuable only to newcomers. It was
their guarantee that no one could bar them from A.A.
Today I feel enduring gratitude for the spiritual
development the Tradition has brought me. I don't seek out
people obviously different from myself. Tradition Three,
concentrating on the one way I am similar to others,
brought me to know and help every kind of alcoholic, just
as they have helped me. Charlotte, the atheist, showed me
higher standards of ethics and honor; Clay, of another race,
taught me patience; Winslow, who is gay, led me by
example into true compassion; Young Megan says that
seeing me at meetings, sober thirty years, keeps her coming
back. Tradition Three insured that we would get what we
need—each other.

Pot Luck

Reflection for the Day

"It is the privilege of wisdom to listen," Oliver Wendell Holmes once wrote. If I try as hard as I can to cultivate the art of listening - uncritically and without making premature judgments - chances are great that I'll progress more rapidly in my recovery. If I try as hard as I can to listen to the feelings and thoughts expressed - rather than to the "speaker" - I may be blessed with an unexpectedly helpful idea. The essential quality of good listening is humility. Does a holier-than-thou attitude sometimes close my mind to the shared suggestions of others?

Today I Pray

May my Higher Power keep me from being "holier-than-thou" with anyone whose manner or language or opposite point of view or apparent lack of knowledge turns me off to what they are saying. May I be listening always for the voice of God, which can be heard through the speech of any one of us.

Today I Will Remember

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