Your Daily Reprieve for Friday March 10, 2017
Let your light shine so brightly
that others can see their way out of the dark.
"View challenging people as your assignment.
Ask yourself: "What is this person meant to teach me?"
Every person in our lives has a lesson to teach.
Some lessons include: to become stronger, to be more communicative,
to trust intuition, to be more self-loving, to know when to let go,
to be nothing like this person!"
"Your past is always going to be the way it was.
Stop trying to change it."
"If I want to be of some use to someone (my family, my employer, my community) then I can be a leader by becoming a servant.
This is one of those crazy paradoxes we find all over the AA program:
being a servant to be a leader."
~Grapevine: Humbolt, Saskatchewan, February 1996
Big Book Quote
"There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which
is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in
everlasting ignorance—, that principle is contempt prior to
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Appendice II, Spiritual
Experience, pg. 568~
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MARCH 2017 Anniversaries
3/1 Erich O. (Honolulu, HI).....5
3/1 Rich W. (Astoria, NY).....2
3/1 Mike Mc. (White Plains, NY).....6
3/2 Liz C. (White Plains, NY).....8
3/3 Ilene W. (Los Angeles, CA).....42
3/3 Steve H. (Middletown, NJ).....11
3/3 Kelly T. (Newmarket, NH).....26
3/3 Evelyn T. (Troy, NY).....2
3/4 Michelle C. (Surrey, BC).....4
3/5 Russel N. (Hermosa Beach, CA).....3
3/5 Tom M. (Stuart, FL/Waynesville, NC).....23
3/6 Courtney C. (Brunswick, GA).....6
3/7 Dave G. (White Rock BC, Canada).....14
3/7 George(Milwaukee, WI).....9
3/9 Andy W. (City Island / WFMG).....30
3/9 Phil S. (Dripping Springs, TX).....7
3/9 Tony C. (Punta Gorda, FL).....38
3/11 John M. (Succasunna, NJ).....8
3/12 Athol (Cardigan, PEI, CA).....7
3/12 Mark W. (Phoenix, AZ).....16
3/13 Sue S.(Naples, FL).....5
3/13 Thomas V. (East Hanover, NJ).....10
3/14 Kay Z. (North Port, FL).....24
3/15 Brian G. (Harpwell, ME).....27
3/16 John S. (Boonton, NJ).....4
3/16 Billy I. (Islington, MA).....32
3/17 Dan D. (Tortola, BVI).....38
3/17 Susan C. P. (North Port, FL).....27
3/17 Nard B. (Bridgewater, NJ).....4
3/17 Carolyn W. (nantucket., MA).....20
3/17 Judy D. (Good Morning Carmel, CA).....2
3/17 Jennifer B. (Fort Mill, SC).....2
3/18 Shannon L. (Cardigan, PEI, CA).....1
3/19 Mike B. (Purchase, NY).....17
3/20 Carlos L. Jr. (Carolina, PR).....7
3/21 Margie W. (Sant Cruz, CA).....30
3/21 Kate A. (Nyack, NY).....29
3/21 Pamela B. (New Jersey).....33
3/21 Carlos L. Sr. (Bridgeport, CT).....22
3/21 Norm A. (Boston, MA).....28
3/23 David C. (Boca Raton, FL).....4
3/25 Buffy H. (Gambier, OH/Nantucket, MA).....25
3/27 Chuck L. (Key Largo, FL).....30
3/27 Cathy C-T (Palm City, FL).....9
3/27 Steve H. (East Hampton, NY).....30
3/28 Tara S. (Pasadena, CA).....33
3/28 Mike H. (Lexington, KY).....30
3/29 Cliff k. (Philadelphia, PA).....12
3/29 Francis G. (Southampton, UK).....41
3/29 Robin S. (NYC, NY).....24
0843 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."
Where the possession of money and material things was concerned, our outlook underwent the same revolutionary change. With a few exceptions, all of us had been spendthrifts. We threw money about in every direction with the purpose of pleasing ourselves and impressing other people. In our drinking time, we acted as if the money supply was inexhaustible, though between binges we'd sometimes go to the other extreme and become almost miserly. Without realizing it we were just accumulating funds for the next spree. Money was the symbol of pleasure and self-importance. When our drinking had become much worse, money was only an urgent requirement which could supply us with the next drink and the temporary comfort of oblivion it brought.
A.A. Thought For The Day
We also strengthen our faith by working with other
alcoholics and finding that we can do nothing ourselves
to help them, except to tell them our own story of how
we found the way out. If the person is helped, it's by
the grace of God and not by what we do or say. Our own
faith is strengthened when we see another alcoholic find
sobriety by turning to God. And finally we strengthen our
faith by having quiet times every morning. Do I ask God
in this quiet time for the strength to stay sober this day?
Meditation For The Day
My five senses are my means of communication with the
material world. They are the links between my physical
life and the material manifestations around me. But I
must sever all connections with the material world when
I wish to hold communion with the Great Spirit of the
universe. I have to hush my mind and bid all my senses
be still, before I can become attuned to receive the
music of the heavenly spheres.
Prayer For The Day
I pray that I may get my spirit in tune with the Spirit
of the universe. I pray that through faith and communion
with Him I may receive the strength I need.
(\ ~~ /)
( \(AA)/ )
(_ /AA\ _)
/ AA \
Near you, alcoholics are dying helplessly like people in a sinking ship. If you live in a large place, there are hundreds. High and low, rich and poor, these are future fellows of Alcoholics Anonymous. Among them you will make lifelong friends. You will be bound to them with new and wonderful ties, for you will escape disaster together and you will commence shoulder to shoulder your common journey. Then you will know what it means to give of yourself that others may survive and rediscover life. You will learn the full meaning of "Love Thy neighbor as thyself."
c. 2001 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 152-3
Thought to Consider . . .
Sobriety is a journey, not a destination.
T E A M
Together Everyone Achieves More.
TODAY, IT'S MY CHOICE
. . . we invariably find that at some time in the past we have
made decisions based on self which later placed us in a
position to be hurt.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 62
With the realization and acceptance that I had played a part
in the way my life had turned out came a dramatic change
in my outlook. It was at this point that the A.A. program
began to work for me. In the past I had always blamed
others, either God or other people, for my circumstances. I
never felt that I had a choice in altering my life. My decisions
had been based on fear, pride, or ego. As a result,
those decisions led me down a path of self-destruction.
Today I try to allow my God to guide me on the road to
sanity. I am responsible for my action—or inaction—
whatever the consequences may be.
A.A. History Segment of the Day
Author of the AA classic Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
The second most popular A.A. author in total book sales, second only to Bill W. himself, was Richmond Walker. He was a man from the Boston area who managed to get sober in 1939 in the old Oxford Group. There was no AA group in Boston yet at that time. He stayed sober in the Oxford Group for two and a half years, before going back to drinking in 1941. After a year and a half of drinking, he joined the newly founded Boston AA group in May 1942, and finally found lasting sobriety there, never to drink again for the rest of his life. Rich died on Mar. 25, 1965 (72 years old) with 22 years of sobriety in AA.
He originally wrote this material on small cards which he carried in his pocket, to aid him in his own sobriety. In 1948, he put it together in the little meditation book called "Twenty-Four Hours a Day, " at the request of the AA group in Daytona Beach, Florida, which they printed on the printing press at the county courthouse and began distributing all over the country under the sponsorship of their A.A. group. For many years it was the basic meditation book for all A.A.'s.
The book sold over 80,000 copies during the first ten years alone, which means that over 10,000 copies a year were eventually having to be packaged and shipped out year after year, just to keep up with the demand. It did not take long for Rich to become totally overwhelmed by the task. In 1953, he asked the New York A.A. office if they would take over this job, but his request was turned down.
In their defense, New York was desperately short on money, staff, and space; they also already had their hands full with the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, which came out in April of that same year. They only just barely managed to cobble together a financial deal to get that vital book published.
Hazelden offered to publish and distribute the book in 1954. It is still widely used by A.A. members and groups today, with over eight million copies sold.
The little book became the second most popular book in AA history (exceeded only by the Big Book). It explained how to carry out the eleventh step, how to practice the presence of God, and how to attain soul-balance and inner calm. It explained how to practice meditation by quieting the mind and entering the Divine Silence in order to enter the divine peace and calm and restore our souls.
At the top of each page Rich lays out basic meat-and-potatoes information about how we used to behave when we were drinking, how we need to change our lives, and what we need to do in order to keep the A.A. fellowship together.
Then at the bottom of each page he tells us how to pray and meditate. This part of the book forms one of the ten greatest practical works on learning to live the spiritual life that have ever been written, in any century, including both the western world and the world of Asian religions. The eleventh step says "Sought through prayer and meditation (a) to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for (b) knowledge of His will for us and (c) the power to carry that out." Rich's little black book tells us how to actually do that.
His experience in the Oxford Group in 1939-1941 comes out strongly in "Twenty-Four Hours a Day," coming partly from Rich's own experience in the group, and coming partly from his use of an Oxford Group work on prayer and meditation, "God Calling," by Two Listeners. For those who would like to bring modern AA back closer to Oxford Group beliefs and practices, "Twenty-Four Hours a Day" is the most strongly Oxford-Group-oriented work written by an early AA author.
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Saturday April 1st 2017
Peter M. From Fort Lauderdale and Stevie B. Deerfield
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. includes a potluck lunch
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Location: Jensen Beach Community Church
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When: Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
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What to Bring: An Open Mind, A Covered dish to Share, The 12/12 Step Book
Where: Tierney Auditorium (Formerly Maris Stella) 50th and Ocean Drive, Avalon, NJ
Details: There will be speakers for the 12 Steps, along with food and fellowship. We will cover Steps 1 - 7 in the morning, break for lunch and a beach walk from 12:30 to 2, and then begin with Step 8 through 12 in the afternoon, early evening is for fun! AA Skit Planned and other fun things! Bring a friend!!
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Since 1954, Twenty-Four Hours a Day has become a stable force in the recovery of many alcoholics
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