Your Daily Reprieve for Saturday February 11, 2017
From Stuart. FL
"Some people say, 'when things change, that's when I will be happy, but when I choose to be happy, that's when things will change.'"
~ Wisdom, Magic, and Miracles
A sacred illness is one that educates us and alters us from the inside out, provides experiences and therefore knowledge that we could not possibly achieve in any other way. ~Deena Metzger
"Unless you're in a James Bond movie, it's really unlikely that the pressure that you're feeling is anything but self-induced."
Common sense isn't a flower that grows in everyone's garden.
“The guy had more problems than a math book”
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past associations, or his present choice."
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, There Is A Solution, pg. 2
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Casey Q. ManchVegas NH 24yrs
0931 Total Years of Sobriety
Step Twelve - "Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs."
Practically every A.A. member declares that no satisfaction has been deeper and no joy greater than in a Twelfth Step job well done. To watch the eyes of men and women open with wonder as they move from darkness into light, to see their lives quickly fill with new purpose and meaning, to see whole families reassembled, to see the alcoholic outcast received back into his community in full citizenship, and above all to watch these people awaken to the presence of a loving God in their lives--these things are the substance of what we receive as we carry A.A.'s message to the next alcoholic.
A.A. Thought For The Day
If we're going to stay sober, we've got to learn to want
something else more than we want to drink. When we first
came into A.A., we couldn't imagine wanting anything else
so much or more than drinking. So we had to stop drinking
on faith, on faith that someday we really would want
something else more than drinking. But after we've been
in A.A. for a while, we learn that a sober life can
really be enjoyed. We learn how nice it is to get along
well with our family at home, how nice it is to do our
work well at the office, how nice it is to try to help
others. Have I found that when I keep sober, everything
goes well for me?
Meditation For The Day
There is almost no work in life so hard as waiting. And
yet God wants me to wait. All motion is more easy than
calm waiting, and yet I must wait until God shows me His
will. So many people have marred their work and hindered
the growth of their spiritual lives by too much activity.
If I wait patiently, preparing myself always, I will be
some day at the place where I would be. And much toil
and activity could not have accomplished the journey so
Prayer For The Day
I pray that I may wait patiently. I pray that I may trust
God and keep preparing myself for a better life.
(\ ~~ /)
( \(AA)/ )
(_ /AA\ _)
/ AA \
Understanding is the key to right principles and attitudes, and right action is the key to good living; therefore the joy of good living is the theme of AA's Twelfth Step. With each passing day of our lives, may every one of us sense more deeply the inner meaning of AA's simple prayer:
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.
c. 1952 AAWS, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 125
Thought to Consider . . . .
The joy is in the journey.
T H I N K
The Happiness I Never Knew
THE LIMITS OF SELF-RELIANCE
We asked ourselves why we had them [fears]. Wasn't it
because self-reliance failed us?
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 68
All of my character defects separate me from God's will.
When I ignore my association with Him I face the world
and my alcoholism alone and must depend on self-reliance.
I have never found security and happiness through self-will
and the only result is a life of fear and discontent. God
provides the path back to Him and to His gift of serenity
and comfort. First, however, I must be willing to acknowledge
my fears and understand their source and power
over me. I frequently ask God to help me understand how I
separate myself from Him.
Every year, people engage in a peculiar habit. Late December rolls around and people start saying to themselves, “This is my year. This next year, I’m going to…” And then they list everything they are going to do: make more money; lose weight; be a better friend; be a better family member; do community service. Whatever high-minded aspiration they’ve had and held on to for so long, they declare it and make it into a New Year’s resolution.
Of course, this doesn’t last long. Habits slacken; discipline fades. And then they start the whole cycle again.
Well, here we are in early February. Are you really going to wait another 11 months to commit to changing your life again? Epictetus asked the same question: “How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?”
The answer should be obvious: Not a second longer. Don’t wait to better yourself. Don’t wait to demand more of yourself. There isn’t a magic day, or a magic book, or a magic habit. Big character changes are made up of thousands of little alterations—so don’t pretend that there will be an ideal time to change yourself.
~The Daily Stoic
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