Saturday, November 30, 2019

Your Daily Reprieve 12.01.19

Your Daily Reprieve for Sunday  December 1, 2019

From Waynesville, NC

Lord, when I am wrong, give me the willingness to change.
When I am finally right, make me easy to live with!
~John (Anonymous)

If we listened to our intellect we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go in business because we'd be cynical: "It's gonna go wrong." Or "She's going to hurt me." Or,"I've had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore . . ." Well, that's nonsense. You're going to miss life. You've got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down."
~Ray Bradbury

People talk about the "sacrifice" we make in doing what's right instead of what we want to do. Is that a sacrifice which brings its own best reward in activity that leads to gratitude, the consciousness of doing good, and peace of mind? Sounds more like a privilege then a sacrifice!
~Nick Harrison

When it's all said & done,
let's hope you haven't said more than you've done.
~Chris Day @imchrisday

Big Book Quote

Most of us have been unwilling to admit we were real alcoholics. No
person likes to think he is bodily and mentally different from his
fellows. Therefore, it is not surprising that our drinking careers
have been characterized by countless vain attempts to prove we could drink like other people. The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every
abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing.
Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death.

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, More About Alcoholism, Page 30~

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December 2019 Miracles

12/1 Beth S. (Albuquerque, NM/Madison, NH)…..24
12/2 Wendy M. (Scottsdale, AZ)…..30
12/3 Ancil D. (Bloomington, IN)…..1
12/4 Fred E. (Stuttgart, DE)…..8
12/4 Mike K. (Floral Park, NY)…..1
12/4 Lisa B. (Trenton, MI)…..24
12/5 Bob H. ()…..35
12/6 Dave B. (Venice, FL)…..28
12/8 Lynne L. (Portland, OR)…..46
12/8 Ed B. (Lawrenceville, NJ)…..18
12/10 Susan M. (Mendham, NJ)…..1
12/11 Dawn K. ()…..12
12/11 Brendan B. (At Home)…..1
12/15 John M. (Paros, Greece)…..17
12/16 Mike S. (Raleigh, NC)…..3
12/17 Joe K. (North Port, FL)…..36
12/19 Autumn M. (Jacksonville, FL)…..2
12/19 Mary F. (West Newbury, MA)…..21
12/27 Zoe R. (Kent, UK)…..1

0315 Total Years of Sobriety


Step Two - "Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity."

Few indeed are the practicing alcoholics who have any idea how irrational they are, or seeing their irrationality, can bear to face it. Some will be willing to term themselves "problem drinkers," but cannot endure the suggestion that they are in fact mentally ill. They are abetted in this blindness by a world which does not understand the difference between sane drinking and alcoholism. "Sanity" is defined as "soundness of mind." Yet no alcoholic, soberly analyzing his destructive behavior, whether the destruction fell on the dining-room furniture or his own moral fiber, can claim "soundness of mind" for himself.

pp. 32-33

Twenty-Four Hours

A.A. Thought For The Day

The thoughts that come before having a slip are often
largely subconscious. It is a question whether or not
our subconscious minds ever become entirely free from
alcoholic thoughts as long as we live. For instance,
some of us dream about being drunk when we are asleep,
even after several years of sobriety in A.A. During the
period of our drinking days, our subconscious minds have
been thoroughly conditioned by our alcoholic way of
thinking and it is doubtful that they ever become
entirely free of such thoughts during our lifetime. But
when our conscious minds are fully conditioned against
drinking, we can stay sober and our subconscious minds
do not often bother us. Am I still conditioning my conscious

Meditation For The Day

Having sympathy and compassion for all who are in
temptation, a condition which we are sometimes in, we
have a responsibility towards them. Sympathy always
includes responsibility. Pity is useless because it does
not have a remedy for the need. But wherever our sympathy
goes, our responsibility goes too. When we are moved with
compassion, we should go to the one in need and bind up
his wounds as best we can.

Prayer For The Day

I pray that I may have sympathy for those in temptation.
I pray that I may have compassion for others' trials.

Daily Thought
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Spiritual Life

"The spiritual life is not a theory. We have to live it. Unless one's family expresses a desire to live upon spiritual principles we think we ought not to urge them. We should not talk incessantly to them about spiritual matters. They will change in time. Our behavior will convince them more than our words. We must remember that ten or twenty years of drunkenness would make a skeptic out of anyone."
c. 1976 AAWS
Alcoholics Anonymous Page 83

Thought to Consider . . .

ttitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching?


Keep It Simple, Sweetheart

Daily Reflection

Our Twelfth Step also says that as a result of practicing all
the Steps, we have each found something called a spiritual
awakening. . . . A. A.'s manner of making ready to receive
this gift lies in the practice of the Twelve Steps in our

I remember my sponsor's answer when I told him that the
Steps were "suggested." He replied that they are
"suggested" in the same way that, if you were to jump out
of an airplane with a parachute, it is "suggested" that you
pull the ripcord to save your life. He pointed out that it was
"suggested" I practice the Twelve Steps, if I wanted to save
my life. So I try to remember daily that I have a whole
program of recovery based on all Twelve of the
"suggested" Steps.

Pot Luck

Keep It Simple

The work of adult life is not easy.---Gail Sheehy

We used to look for a easier, softer way. We tried to take care of ourselves by staying clear of hard task. The result? We haven't known what the work of adult life is.

The work of adult life is this: to become spiritually centered. And to do this, we work at getting rid of our self-will. There will be many great rewards for doing this. We will wake up spiritually. We will connect with those we love. The result? We will receive self-love to replace self-will. Our work will not be easy, but it will be rewarding.

Prayer for the Day:  Higher Power, help me to give all to my recovery program. Then help me to be open to the rewards this will bring.

Action for the Day:  I will list the hard parts of my program. Then I'll talk about them with my sponsor, friends, family, and Higher Power

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