Your Daily Reprieve for Thursday December 5, 2019
From Jacksonville, FL
Opportunity doesn't knock once,
it knocks all the time — and it rings your doorbell,
calls you up, texts you, and sends you emails.
It comes down to a moment-to-moment choice to serve the highest
good. It is not enough to do it just once today and figure that is it.
Keep choosing the highest good.
"The love that is real is the love
that lies at the heart of all relationships.
That is the love of God,
and it doesn't change
with form or circumstance."
"One of the biggest things I've learned
is that I don't always have to be right."
--Jeffrey B. Swartz
Big Book Quote
Highly competent psychiatrists who have dealt with us have found it sometimes impossible to persuade an alcoholic to discuss his
situation without reserve. Strangely enough, wives, parents and
intimate friends usually find us even more unapproachable than do the psychiatrist and the doctor.
But the ex-problem drinker who has found this solution, who is
properly armed with facts about himself, can generally win the entire confidence of another alcoholic in a few hours. Until such an
understanding is reached, little or nothing can be accomplished.
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, There Is A Solution, pg. 18~
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6/10 Bob S. (Akron, OH).....84
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
13/3 Walter S. (Jacksonville, FL)…..26
12/4 Fred E. (Stuttgart, DE)…..8
12/4 Mike K. (Floral Park, NY)…..1
12/4 Lisa B. (Trenton, MI)…..24
12/5 Sophie G. (Larchmont, NY)…..7
12/5 Bob H. ()…..35
12/5 Matt G. (Colts Neck, NJ)…..11
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
12/10 Paul K/ Gypsy (Nantucket MA / Anguilla)…..13
12/10 Kathy R. (Basking Ridge, NJ)…..9
12/11 Dawn K. ()…..12
12/11 Brendan B. (At Home)…..1
12/13 Tom O. (Milwaukee WI_.....13
12/14 Linda M. (Salem, NH)…..7
12/14 Bob P. (Cullman, AL)…..29
12/15 John M. (Paros, Greece)…..17
12/15 Taleah M. (NY, N Y)…..2
12/16 Mike S. (Raleigh, NC)…..3
12/16 Carrie F. (Selinsgrove, PA)…..15
12/16 Heather V. (Nantucket, MA)…..2
12/17 Joe K. (North Port, FL)…..36
12/18 Chris V. (Nashville, TN)…..12
12/18 Kevin T. (Basking Ridge, NJ)…..27
12/19 Autumn M. (Jacksonville, FL)…..2
12/19 Kathleen S. (Haverhill, MA)…..39
12/19 Mary F. (West Newbury, MA)…..21
12/22 Dick McD. (New York, NY)…..42
12/23 Pete G. (Larchmont, NY)…..39
12/23 Cathy B. (Princeton, NJ)…..15
12/26 Chick R. (Oak Forest, IL)…..22
12/27 Zoe R. (Kent, UK)…..1
12/28 Johanna T. (Cobleskill, NY)…..19
12/31 Aussie Ian (Bangkok)…..25
12/31 Jake R. (Prattville, AL)…..44
12/31 Tabatha J. (Charlotte, NC)…..7
0737 Total Years of Sobriety
Step Three - "Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him."
To every worldly and practical-minded beginner, this Step looks hard, even impossible. No matter how much one wishes to try, exactly how can he turn his own will and his own life over to the care of whatever God he thinks there is? Fortunately, we who have tried it, and with equal misgivings, can testify that anyone, anyone at all, can begin to
do it. We can further add that a beginning, even the smallest, is all that is needed. Once we have placed the key of willingness in the lock and have the door ever so slightly open, we find that we can always open it some more. Though self-will may slam it shut again, as it frequently does, it will always respond the moment we again pick up the key of willingness.
A.A. Thought For The Day
In spite of all we have learned in A.A., our old way of thinking comes back on us,
sometimes with overwhelming force, and occasionally some of us have slips. We forget
or refuse to call on the Higher Power for help. We seem to deliberately make our minds
a blank so far as A.A. training goes, and we take a drink. We eventually get drunk. We
are temporarily right back where we started from. Those who have had slips say
unanimously that they were no fun. They say A.A. had taken all the pleasure out of
drinking. They knew they were doing the wrong thing. The old mental conflict was back
in full force. They were disgusted with themselves. Am I convinced that I can never get anything more out of drinking?
Meditation For The Day
Give something to those who are having trouble, to those whose thoughts are confused,
something of your sympathy, your prayers, your time, your love, your thought, your self.
Then give of your own confidence, as you have had it given to you by the grace of God.
Give of yourself and of your loving sympathy. Give your best to those who need it and
will accept it. Give according to need, never according to deserts. Remember that the
giving of advice can never take the place of giving of your self.
Prayer For The Day
I pray that as I have received, so may I give. I pray that I may have the right answer to
those who are confused.
(\ ~~ /)
( \(AA)/ )
(_ /AA\ _)
"Taking advantage of technological advances, for example, A.A. members with computers can participate in meetings online, sharing with fellow alcoholics across the country or around the world. Fundamentally, though, the difference between an electronic meeting and the home group around the corner is only one of format. In any meeting, anywhere, A.A.'s share experience, strength, and hope with each other, in order to stay sober and help other alcoholics. Modem-to-modem or face-to-face, A.A.'s speak the language of the heart in all its power and simplicity."
c. 2001 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous
Foreword to Fourth Edition, p. xxiv
Thought to Consider . . .
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one that I can, and the wisdom to know that person is me."
P A I D
Pitiful And Incomprehensible Demoralization
A NEW STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS
He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of
consciousness and being.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 107
Many of us in AA. puzzle over what is a spiritual
awakening. I tended to look for a miracle, something
dramatic and earth-shattering. But what usually happens is
that a sense of well-being, a feeling of peace, transforms us
into a new level of awareness. That's what happened to me.
My insanity and inner turmoil disappeared and I entered
into a new dimension of hope, love and peace. I think the
degree to which I continue to experience this new dimension
is in direct proportion to the sincerity, depth and
The Jewish people have a beautiful prayer form, a kind of litany to which the response is always "Dayenu!" (It would have been enough!).
They list, one by one, the mirabilia Dei, the wonderful works of God for their people and themselves, and after each one, shout out DAYENU! As if to say, "How much is it going to take for us to know that God is with us?!" It builds satisfaction instead of feeding dissatisfaction.
If we begin our day with any notion of scarcity, not-enoughness, victimhood, or "I deserve," I promise you the day will not be good - for you or for those around you. Nor will God be glorified.
Maybe we all should begin our days with a litany of satisfaction, abundance, and enoughness. God, You have given me another day of totally gratuitous life: my health, my eyes, my ears, my mind, my taste, my family, my freedom, my education, clean water, more than enough food, a roof over my head, a warm bed and blanket, friends, sunshine, a beating heart, and Your eternal love and guidance.
To any one of these we must say, "And this is more than enough!"
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